Institute of Facial and Oral Surgery

What Exactly is a Facelift?

face liftWe’ve all heard the term facelift, but do we know what it really means? It’s very common to assume that a facelift involves operating on the entire face, including your eyes, cheeks and chin. However, the truth is that a facelift only addresses the lower two thirds of your face—such as your cheeks and jawline.

So why have one?

Our skin loses its elasticity as we age, which can eventually result in loose skin around the face. These deep wrinkles typically end up in the lower face and neck, which can cause you to appear tired and aged. A facelift can dramatically improve the look of loose skin on your face with minimal recovery time and maximum results! Viola! Instant time machine!

How does it work?

The anatomy of the patient and what their goals are will determine how the procedure will go and the exact technique the surgeon will use. After an initial incision is made, the surgeon is able to separate the skin from the connective tissue and muscles. Then, the deeper facial tissue is repositioned, excess skin is removed, and the remaining skin is laid back over the facial tissues resulting in a smoother, more youthful appearance.

What’s the recovery like?

As with any sort of facial surgery, recovery varies from person to person. Getting lots of rest is vital, as your body will need the chance to recoup. Some mild swelling and bruising should also be anticipated but will decrease as time goes on. Most patients report being able to get back to their normal daily activities in as little as two weeks post-op.

If you’re thinking about getting a facelift at our office, don’t be afraid to give us a call @ Institute of Facial and Oral Surgery Phone Number (703) 729-0077 with any questions you may have!

3 Benefits of Dental Implants

teeth implants Missing teeth? You may be trying to decide what replacement procedure is best for you; dental implants, dentures or maybe even another option. When it comes to choosing, we always recommend dental implants. Dental Implants are a permanent solution to a lost tooth (or teeth) and have many benefits over some of your other options. To help make your decision a little bit easier, we’ve created a list of the top three benefits of dental implants!

1. Dental Implants Act Like Natural Teeth!

One of the most well-known benefits of dental implants is that they look and act just like your natural teeth. When properly placed, dental implants are nearly impossible to detect. Unlike dentures, which are removable and can cause discomfort to the wearer, dental implants are surgically placed into the jaw and provide no discomfort.

When dental implants are implanted to your jawbone, they provide the utmost of stability. This means that you can continue to eat your favorite foods, speak normally, and enjoy your improved self-esteem!

2. Improves Your Oral Health

Losing a tooth can have a big effect on the overall health of your mouth. When a tooth is lost, your gums begin to recede, which then causes the teeth to begin to shift, ultimately weakening your jaw bone which causes major problems for the rest of your remaining teeth. Dental implants provide stability to the jaw and prevent the surrounding teeth from shifting.

3. Reliability

Due to the permanent nature of dental implants, when properly taken care of, the implants can last a lifetime! Luckily, taking care of your implant is simple. Simply treat the implant as you would your other teeth, with the help of proper brushing and flossing.

Taking action to replace your missing tooth sooner rather than later will result in less headaches in the future. If you are considering dental implants as a dental procedure, give our office a call to schedule your consultation at Institute of Facial and Oral Surgery Phone Number (703) 729-0077!

How Botox Can Change Your Life!

pink botoxBOTOX has a long history dating all the way back to the 1950’s, when it was first purified into a crystalline form for cosmetic purposes. In the years to come, doctors began researching the many uses and benefits of BOTOX—like reversing the effects of lazy eyes, facial spasms and the decrease of frown lines. In 2002, the FDA approved Botox for its use in the improvement of crow’s feet, glabellar lines, forehead wrinkles and so on.
Today, the FDA continues to approve the expansion of Botox to other parts of the body, treating both physical and mental impediments, and truly changing the lives of millions of people across the world. Thus, we’ve put together a list of different ways you can incorporate BOTOX into your life, that isn’t just for getting rid of wrinkles.

1. Migraine Headaches

Typically, BOTOX for migraines happen every three months and are injected into your neck, the back of your head, your upper back, your temples, your forehead and the bridge of your nose. Patients who received consecutive injection sessions reported less headaches, stress, nausea and hypersensitivity.

2. Excessive Underarm Sweating

Those who suffer from the embarrassment of excessive sweating can finally take control. When BOTOX is injected, the sweat glands essentially become paralyzed, making deodorant a thing of the past!

3. Overactive Bladder

BOTOX helps overactive bladders by relaxing the muscles that cause contractions which lead to those frequent trips to the bathroom. The benefits of this procedure can last up to a year!

4. Boost of Confidence

Let’s face it; our appearance and the perception that we have of ourselves matters to us. BOTOX is proven to give patients a newfound confidence and happiness. After all, when you look good, you feel good!

Interested in learning more about BOTOX or want to schedule an appointment? Give us a call at Institute of Facial and Oral Surgery Phone Number (703) 729-0077 to get started on your journey!

Procedure Spotlight: Brow Lift

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Who says you have to look your age? Not us! With a brow lift, you’ll find yourself looking and feeling 10 years younger. A brow lift (sometimes referred to as a forehead lift or forehead rejuvenation) is a cosmetic surgical procedure that drastically improves the appearance of the skin around the forehead and eyebrow area by removing excess sagging skin and repositioning the underlying muscle and tissues.

Why a brow lift?

Well, why not? Aging foreheads tend to have an undesirable effect on our facial expressions. For example, a sagging, wrinkled, brow can cause us to constantly look distraught, exhausted, or even angry. A brow lift has the ability to completely eradicate that tired, angry, appearance by smoothing away facial creases. In addition, raising the brow can open up the eye area, giving the face a more alert and youthful appearance.

Types of Brow Lift Surgery

There are two main types of brow lifts—classic and endoscopic. The classic lift is the standard of brow lift procedures, which involves one continuous incision. An endoscopic lift is a minimally invasive procedure in which an endoscope is used to make small incisions, adjusting the skin and muscles and creating the appearance of a lift. The type of lift you get will depend on your aesthetic goals and what your cosmetic surgeon recommends.


A brow lift is an outpatient procedure, meaning that you are able to go home soon after your procedure (Be sure to have Netflix up and queued!) Patients typically experience very little pain after a brow lift, but pain medication can be prescribed if need be. The timeline of recovery depends on the individual. For an endoscopic lift, you can expect to resume normal activities within ten days and be fully recovered by three weeks. With a classic lift, recovery is longer and can sometimes last up to six months until 100% recovered.

If you’re considering getting a brow lift, want to learn more, or wish to schedule a consultation, give us a call at Institute of Facial and Oral Surgery Phone Number (703) 729-0077 and start your journey TODAY!

5 Tips for Rhinoplasty Recovery

5 tips to rhinoplasty recovery

Whether you feel your nose is too big, too small, too round, or too narrow, one thing is for certain—your nose defines the shape and symmetry of the face. Because of this, rhinoplasties often provide transformative results, which is part of the reason why the surgery is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures across the globe.
Ask the people interested in getting a rhinoplasty what their major concern is and they will say the same thing—the recovery. Although recovery is evaluated through a case by case basis, we can assure you that rhinoplasty recoveries are not as dreadful as they may seem. Take a look below at some of our favorite tips on ensuring you not only look good after surgery, but feel good too!

1. Listen To Your Surgeon: There will be a lot of instructions thrown at you once the procedure is all said and done. It’s crucial for you to stay on top of any pain medications and strict routines your surgeon gives you in order to ensure a speedy and safe recovery. Remember, the healing process is just as (if not more) important as the procedure itself, so abide by any suggestions and rules you are given.

2. Schedule Time Off: Make sure that you’re giving yourself enough time off to rest and relax after the procedure. As anxious and excited as you may be to show off your new nose, the best thing for you to do is to take the time for your body to heal. Yes, this means cancelling any plans you once had and taking anywhere from one to two weeks off of work.

3. Sleep Is Your New Best Friend: What better time to cozy up in bed and binge watch your favorite show than right after a rhinoplasty? Take advantage of unlimited naps and having no excuse to not leave your bed—you deserve it! Plus, allowing your body to fall into a deep and uninterrupted sleep will do wonders for the recovery process.

4. Nutrition Is Key: Focus on healthy eating and staying as hydrated as possible to help speed up the recovery process. By upping your water intake, the area around your new nose will be more less likely to bruise.

5. Surround Yourself With Love: Last, but most definitely not least, we highly encourage you to reach out to your family members or friends that would be willing to spend a little extra time lending you a helping hand. The first couple days after your procedure will be tough to get through alone; extra assistance is a must. Whether they come stay with you or stop by to just say hello, making sure you have people checking in on you throughout the day is a great idea, in case there are any complications that may occur.

For more tips and suggestions, please give our office a call @ Institute of Facial and Oral Surgery Phone Number (703) 729-0077—we’d be more than happy to answer any of your questions.

Cheers to you and your new nose!

5 Ways To Take Care Of Yourself After Botox

5 ways to take care of yourself after botox

Botox: FDA approved “magic” that makes tired, wrinkly, old skin a thing of the past. As thrilling and innovative as Botox is, it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement and jump right back into the real world and presume your life as you normally would. However, one thing many people seem to not realize is that Botox does in fact require you to take a little extra care of yourself shortly after the procedure.

1. Limit Your Exercise: As adamant as you may be about getting back to your strict workout routine, we suggest taking a few off days so that the Botox can fully settle into your body, giving you the absolute best results

2. Avoid Touching The Treated Area: The skin and area surrounding the injections will more likely than not be sensitive and leave a slight feeling of discomfort. It’s highly important that you refrain from touching the area, as keeping the area clean of bacteria allows the injection sites to recover without any repercussions.

3. No Alcohol Consumption: When it comes to injections like Botox, we advise to avoid any alcohol for a few days before and after the procedure. This is to prevent any negative reactions or results, and to minimize bruising.

4. Sleep Facing Up: The recovery time varies anywhere from one to four hours, depending on how your body reacts. Many people resort to taking a short nap to get rid of any discomfort that they may be feeling. With sleep, comes the risk of accidentally laying on your face. It’s best to avoid sleeping altogether until the swelling goes down, but if you must, do it only on your back, with your face positioned up.

5. Steer Clear From Heat: After Botox, the area injected is typically a bit red, therefore the skin itself will be very sensitive, especially to sun or heat exposure. It’s important to avoid any excess sun exposure until the red surpasses.

Taking care of your body during the healing process is crucial. Luckily for you, we’re here to help every step of the way! For more information on Botox, give our office a call at Institute of Facial and Oral Surgery Phone Number (703) 729-0077!

3 Tips on Plastic Surgery Preparation

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Preparing for surgery is so much more than making appointments and taking time off of work. Make sure you’re preparing your body by giving it the essentials it needs for a safe and successful surgery.

1. Make the Appointment When You’re Healthy:
It’s important for your body to undergo surgery when it is at its peak health to ensure a more speedy and safe recovery. Relatively good health ensures that your immune system is ready to take on all of the healing and stress your body may be under during this time. Although it may be difficult to predict future illnesses, keeping up with your health a few weeks prior to the appointment is crucial as the appointment may have to be rescheduled if your immune system is too weak.

2. Make Sure You’re Hydrated: You put your body through an immense amount of stress when undergoing surgery, so hydration is key. Being fully hydrated helps cleanse the body of toxins that could prevent a speedier recovery. The day of surgery, water intake is significantly decreased so preparing your body with an influx of high quality water each day weeks in advance will ease the entire process. There are other instructions that your surgeon may give you in advance regarding your specific procedure, but your body’s overall health and hydration is your first priority.

3. Increase your Intake of Vitamins: There are a variety of vitamins that can assist with healing and recovery regarding scarring and reducing the chance of any infection that a surgery may cause. Adding supplements to your diet such as vitamin A, vitamin C, copper and zinc will increase your immune system and give your body and health the boost it needs. Filling your body up with supplements that will elevate your body’s overall health will make sure your body is prepared for the entire surgery and recovery process after.

For any of your surgery preparation needs and consultations please reach out to our office by calling our office.

How Plastic Surgery Can Improve Your Life

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Plastic surgery can be performed for many different reasons. From breast implants and rhinoplasty to a tummy tuck, there are different procedures that can be done to help achieve your every need. Whether you are thinking about getting plastic surgery to enhance your image, or need to undergo surgery to correct an imperfection, here are a few ways plastic surgery can improve your life.

• Confidence is sometimes wavering. It changes daily from the color of lipstick you choose to wear for the night or a new pair of heels vs flip flops, but ultimately is a force that is internal and connected with the way you perceive yourself. If there is something that you want to change or enhance, getting plastic surgery can help you to achieve these goals. Though material items can improve your confidence on occasion, when you love how you look, your confidence radiates. Your friends and family will spot the difference by the way you carry yourself, and the newly found voice that appears stronger, prouder and all in all, more confident.

• Health can be drastically improved if there are underlying problems caused by excess weight. With a tummy tuck, abdominal muscles are tightened and fat/skin removed. The extra weight that is removed can relieve the pressure on the lower back, providing relief and support to your spine. Another health improvement is the relief for the many women who suffer from neck and back pain because of large breasts. Breast reduction may relieve muscle aches and enable you to be more active in different physical activities. In terms of reshaping the nose, rhinoplasty allows more airflow through the nasal passage and reduces the congestion present with a deviated septum.

• Happiness is the end goal. Feeling confident and healthier affects the happiness in your life. When you feel better, both physically and emotionally, it reflects on the quality of your life. Everything appears to be better, brighter, and fuller!

We want to help you achieve your happiness. Call our office today for a consultation. Let us help you take the next step towards a more confident, healthy, and happy life.

Busting The Top 3 Botox Myths

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Let’s face it; aging is inevitable. With aging, comes everybody’s worst nightmare, wrinkles. Luckily, you’re able to turn back the clock with Botox. Botox, also known as Botulinum toxin type A, is a non-surgical procedure in which injections are used to weaken certain muscles by blocking nerves, therefore lessening the appearance of facial wrinkles! On average, more than 6.7 million people get Botox per year, with the statistics increasing more and more as time goes on. With the ever-increasing popularity of Botox, there’s also an influx of misconceptions and myths about the procedure. That being said, below are the top three myths regarding Botox!

Myth #1: Botox is painful.

One of the most common misconceptions about Botox treatment is that it hurts. When people think of Botox, they automatically think of big, scary needles. However, this is false. The needles used for Botox injections are typically very small, therefore the level of pain is as well. Most patients report back very minimal pain. In fact, many compare the pain level to being equivalent of simply getting a shot at your general practitioner.

Myth #2: Botox is a Long Procedure

A lot of people think of Botox as a long and drawn out service. This is completely false. In fact, Botox is often referred to as a “Lunch Time Treatment” because of how short and harmless the procedure is. The average Botox treatment clocks in at around fifteen minutes. After the initial service, you can expect to see results anywhere from 24-72 hours, with the full effect becoming noticeable between 7-10 days.

Myth #3: Botox is Toxic

Many skeptics of Botox assume that it is toxic to the human body. We can assure you that Botox is 100% safe, non-harmful, and has a well-established safety history. While it is true that Botox is derived from Botulinum, it’s actually just an isolated piece of protein from the bacteria. Because of this, one does not need to worry about the potential of botulism. Botox has also gone through heavy research trials and has even been given the stamp of approval by the FDA (the Food and Drug Administration).

We believe in doing what makes you happy. If you feel that Botox could increase your self-confidence, or just want to get rid of those pesky wrinkles, don’t waste another minute. Give our office a call at Institute of Facial and Oral Surgery Phone Number (703) 729-0077 to start your journey to smooth, young, wrinkle-free skin.


botox faq's

BOTOX® has quickly become the world’s most popular cosmetic treatment and it is easy to know why- minimal pain and quick healing with near instant results. If you are considering a BOTOX® treatment, read on for answers to frequently asked questions!

1. What is BOTOX® and how does it work?
BOTOX® is a safe and FDA approved treatment used to temporarily reduce the look of lines and wrinkles. BOTOX® is made from a purified botulinum toxin protein that is refined from the bacterium, Clostridium botulinum. BOTOX® is injected in small amounts into troubled areas, temporarily reducing muscle activity in the affected areas. This reduced muscle activity will reduce the look of lines.

2. How long does a treatment take?
Depending on the treatment you are receiving, the typical appointment time is 10-20 minutes.

3. Does BOTOX® hurt?
Some patients find that BOTOX® feels like a pinch while others feel little to no pain from the injection. If you are concerned about pain during the treatment, you can request that your specialist use a topical numbing cream on the area before treatment.

4. How quickly can I see results?
Many find that they start to see results after 24 hours though it will take a week to see full results. You can expect these results to last between 4 and 6 months.

5. Can men receive BOTOX®?
BOTOX® is for everyone! BOTOX® for men is no longer thought of as taboo, as it once was. The percentage of men receiving BOTOX® treatment has increased 337% since the year 2000. Many men look to BOTOX® for many reasons including restoring their youthful look.

If you are interested in receiving a BOTOX® treatment, contact our office for more information or to schedule a consultation today at (703) 729-0077