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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 @ Leesburg Office 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 Leesburg Office 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

how plastic surgery can improve your life

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

busting botox myths

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 Leesburg Office Phone Number (703) 729-0077 to start your journey to smooth, young, wrinkle-free skin.

BOTOX FAQ’s

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

5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Wait For Your Dental Implant

the sooner, the better

You need a dental implant, but you are reluctant to get started. We understand that there is some hesitation and life gets in the way. However, here are a list of reasons as to why you shouldn’t wait.

  1. Stop your remaining teeth from moving. Your teeth help keep everything in place. When you are missing a tooth, and have a gap, your teeth will start to shift to fill in that gap. That could cause not only uneven teeth, but teeth that are harder to clean and, in the end, that cost you more to fix.
  2. Save Your Jawbone. When you are missing a tooth, your jawbone slowing starts to deteriorate and shrink away. The roots of your teeth keep the jawbone stimulated to maintain the bone mass. The longer you are missing the tooth, the more the bone will disintegrate, making the implant process more difficult.
  3. The appearance of your face. Living without a tooth can eventually change how you look, especially if you suffer from bone deterioration. The longer you go, your skin could begin to make your cheeks sag, which will make you look older than you are.
  4. The way you speak. When you are missing a tooth, it could make it hard to annunciate words, making you sound like you have a lisp.
  5. Your overall self-esteem. Getting a dental implant will allow you to feel like your normal self. You won’t have to worry about how you look or how you sound. The implant looks and feels like a normal tooth. No one will know that you have an implant unless you tell them.

These are just a few reasons as to why you should wait to get your dental implant. If you are experiencing any hesitations or have further questions, contact our office. We are happy to ease your mind and get you on track to a beautiful smile. (703) 729-0077

Everyday Habits Causing Wrinkles

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Getting old isn’t everyone’s favorite, especially when your skin starts to show your age and make you appear older. And while you may be doing whatever you can to prevent them from appearing (you wear your sunscreen and don’t smoke) here they are anyway across your face for everyone to see. But did you know that there are subtle, everyday habits that may be contributing to your wrinkles as well? Here are a few habits that allow wrinkles to sneak their way on to your face:

Excessive Face Scrubbing: When you are washing your face, be gentle with your skin. If you are scrubbing your skin too hard and using a harsh facewash with chemicals in it, the combination of both could result in wrinkles.

Applying Products and Makeup: When you are putting on makeup, try to use products that glide easily onto your skin. Tugging and pulling can be too hard on your skin.

Sipping on a Straw: If you have a daily straw habit, that repetitive movement could cause wrinkles. Over time, you will notice lines and wrinkles around your lips. Try to ditch the straw to ditch the habit.

Squinting: We all know that squinting is the main cause for crow’s feet. To avoid the feet and to protect that delicate fine skin around your eyes, wear sunglasses. Your skin and eyes will thank you for that.

Belly or Side Sleeping: When you are sleeping at night and your face has contact with your pillow, it is pulling and stretching your skin. If you could, try sleeping on your back to avoid the face to pillow contact.

Stress: We all know that stress can have multiple negative effects in your life. When you are stressed, you tend to wear that expression on your face. Try your best to let go of those stresses and things in your life that make you frown or furrow your brows. Your face (and your life) will notice the big change.

If you noticed that your skin is already forming wrinkles due to some of these reasons, we are here to help. We offer a variety of procedures to help you restore your skin to your youthful self. Call our office for more information and to schedule your appointment with us today at (703) 729-0077.

Rhinoplasty Recovery

Are you planning a rhinoplasty procedure and aren’t sure what to expect during the recovery process? Most people find that the recovery process after their rhinoplasty is not as bad as they anticipated. Below are a few tips to ensure that your rhinoplasty recovery goes as smoothly as possible.

Be Realistic

Your recovery period may take longer than you anticipated. You may think that you won’t need the full recovery time, but it is important to give your body the rest that it needs. Avoid physical and strenuous activities until you begin to feel better, then you can slowly resume your everyday activities.

Be Patient

After your surgery you will be excited to see your new nose. Once the bandages come off you may feel disappointed. Your nose will still be swollen for several weeks and the bruising around the eyes will also need time to heal. Full healing of your nose after a rhinoplasty surgery may take up to a year.

Plan Ahead

As mentioned earlier, you will need to give your body plenty of rest. Plan ahead for meals as you may not feel up to cooking your first few days after surgery. Plan nutritious meals to help aid your body in healing.

And lastly, be sure to listen to your doctor and follow their aftercare instructions. Your doctor will provide you with post-operative instructions that you should follow carefully. Be sure that you understand the directions and contact your doctor’s office if you have any questions.
A rhinoplasty can provide you with many benefits both physical and emotional. If you are interested in a rhinoplasty and would like more information, give our office a call at Leesburg Office Phone Number (703) 729-0077 to schedule a consultation.

What You Should Know About Dental Implants

If you are looking for an alternative to dentures and would like to replace your missing teeth, dental implants may be for you. Dental implants are a popular long-term method for restoring your smile. Many people decide to get dental implants after they have experienced loss of teeth due to variety of reasons. Dental implants give you back your freedom from missing teeth.

woman getting fit for dental implantsWho gets dental implants?

Those who are in overall good health and are looking for a long-term solution for their missing teeth are candidates for dental implants. This includes those who are tired of dentures and are looking for a more comfortable and convenient alternative.

What are the advantages of dental implants?

There are many advantages of getting dental implants, including:

  • Convenience: dental implants are a long-term option for replacing missing teeth. They have the added benefit of being a permanent fixture in your mouth unlike dentures that can be abrasive to the gums and can cause difficulty speaking.
  • Easier eating: you may have found that eating has become more difficult with missing teeth. A dental implant allows for more efficient chewing and will allow you to enjoy your favorite foods once again.
  • Improved appearance: Dental implants look and feel like real teeth. They can be designed with the same color and shape as your surrounding teeth, making them natural looking
  • Confidence: Dental implants can give you a youthful appearance and increased self-esteem. You may find yourself smiling more than ever with your new implants.

How do I care for my dental implant?

The great thing about dental implants is that they require the same care as real teeth. This means regular brushing, flossing and routine dental checkups. If taken care of properly, your new implant can last you a lifetime!

If you are interested in dental implants, contact Institute of Facial and Oral Surgery at Leesburg Office Phone Number (703) 729-0077 to set up a dental implant consultation.