Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgery Blog
Fall is such a great time of year in the Washington, DC area. The leaves are beginning to turn, the air is crisp, and we begin to don sweaters and boots. It is so invigorating! Fall is also a time for us to revisit our skin care regimen and sometimes undo what we did over the summer in the hot sun. Most of us are savvy with our sunscreens and umbrellas; unfortunately much of the sun damage that we see in our 40’s and 50’s is the result of what we did in our teens and 20’s. Those of us that continue to sun bathe have even more to overcome. So what can we do?
At Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgery, we often recommend a stepwise approach. First and foremost, we need to use sunscreen every day; even when we don’t anticipate being in the sun. If you can do more than sunscreen, an antioxidant is ideal. A product that contains vitamin C such as SkinMedica Dermal Repair Cream or Obagi Vitamin C Serum combined with a glycolic cleanser like Glytone Mild Gel Wash are two of our favorite combinations. If you like using skin care products and want to see stellar results, a product with growth factors and/or peptides is a must. SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum and Environ Colostrum Gel are two wonderful products.
Other options for rejuvenation are abundant, from microneedling (collagen induction therapy) to chemical peels, there are many no down time treatments to improve your skin. Performed on a monthly basis, the microneedling will stimulate the collagen in your skin and improve your overall skin tone. We have two different options for microneedling, DermaPen3 and MicroPen, which also help with pores and fine lines. Patients with acne scars see tremendous benefit. Want to kick it up a notch? Add Platelet Rich Plasma to your microneedling treatment to see wonderful glowing skin. Your plasma rich with cytokines and growth factors will further stimulate your collagen thereby improving your result. Frequently we recommend a regimen of alternating treatments to address different aspects of your concerns.
BBL or IPL is also a wonderful way to get rid of brown spots caused by the sun or diminish red areas due to rosacea or sun damage. Through a series of treatments you will see gradual evening of the tone of your skin. These treatments are reserved for Caucasian patients with lighter skin. The Viora Reaction is another treatment that can stimulate collagen in the skin and can be used in conjunction with microneedling to improve your results.
A treatment that all skin types can benefit from is the Time Machine Procedure. It is a one stop shop for improvement of fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, stretch marks and laxity of the skin (see photo). The treatment is done as a one-time treatment or may need to be done in series, depending on the condition being treated. Typically acne scars and deep wrinkles will need to be treated on a few occasions for best results. The result is as if you have stepped back in time.
Consultation with Dr. Jennifer Parker Porter and our aesthetician, Shana Dahnert , can help you figure out which products and treatments will best serve your needs. We can design an Individualized Treatment Plan (ITP) that will outline the treatment regimen and time between treatments as well as the cost of the treatments. The ITP will help you to realize your goals in improving your skin.Posted in Non Surgical
If you have dark moles on your skin, you should plan to keep a close eye on them. Dark moles are the most likely of skin lesions to take the form of skin cancer. Skin cancer is extremely common and affects millions of Americans every year.
While certain skin cancers are treated more effectively than others, some forms of skin cancer can be very deadly. No matter what form of skin cancer you are diagnosed with, it is important to detect your cancer early. This can only happen with annual skin examinations from a physician and self-examination in the meantime. Keep your eyes out for the following changes in your moles.
- Moles that begin to grow, itch or bleed.
- A sore that repeatedly heals and re-opens.
- A translucent, blister-like lesion.
- Clusters of slow-growing scaly lesions that are pink or red.
If these conditions present on the moles of your face or neck, Dr. Porter can remove them and treat any potential skin cancer that exists.
Contact Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgery today to learn more about your risk for skin cancer as well as ways to treat your existing skin cancer.Posted in Skin Care
Everyone wants clear, healthy-looking skin. However, environmental pollutants, certain lifestyle habits, such as smoking, and even the sun can make it difficult to achieve radiant skin. Here, Chevy Chase facial plastic surgeon Dr. Jennifer Parker Porter shares five tips and tricks for glowing skin that you may not have heard before.
#1: Snack on Mixed Nuts and Watermelon
Not only are mixed nuts and watermelon tasty, they are also good for your skin. Certain nuts, including Brazil nuts, have a high selenium content, which improves skin elasticity. Also, consuming nuts that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as walnuts, reduces inflammation and breakouts.
Eating watermelon can also contribute to glowing skin. It is rich in lycopene, which fights inflammation, redness and sun damage. Lycopene also has antioxidant properties to defend against skin cell-damaging free radicals. It may even prevent future wrinkles from developing.
#2: Avoid Dairy
If you are prone to acne, it’s best to avoid dairy. All dairy products — even organic ones — contain cow hormones, which stimulate your oil glands, often causing breakouts. Cutting out all dairy, even that small amount in your daily latte, can help clear up acne-prone skin.
#3: Sleep Well
Your brain releases human growth hormone into your blood stream while you sleep. Human growth hormone is integral to your body’s ability to repair cells. If you don’t get enough quality shuteye each night, your body does not release enough of the hormone to repair skin cells effectively.
#4: Slip on You Favorite Pair of Sunglasses
Yes, sunglasses are fashionable, but they also protect the delicate skin around your eyes that is prone to sun damage and the ensuing wrinkles. Wearing your sunglasses, even when it’s cloudy outside, not only makes you look oh so chic, it also staves off visible signs of aging around the eyes.
#5: Clean Your Smartphone
According to a study performed by Stanford University, your smart phone can become more germ-infested than a public toilet. Gross! Now think about how many times a day you put your smart phone up to your ear, rubbing it against your cheek and jaw line. It’s no wonder that so many people complain that they get pimples on just one side of their face. To keep your phone (and face) free of bacteria, use an antibacterial wipe that is specifically made for use on electronic devices a few times a day to clean your smart phone.
Bonus tip: Undergoing periodic skincare treatments, such as microdermabrasion or glycolic peels, can slough off dead skin cells to reveal the fresher, glowing skin hidden underneath the dry, dull superficial layers of the skin.
To schedule a consultation with Dr. Porter to learn about nonsurgical cosmetic treatment options, contact Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgery by calling (301) 652-8191.Posted in Skin Care
Dr. Jennifer Porter and her professional staff offer a number of solutions for improving the appearance of your lines and wrinkles. Juvederm Voluma is a soft tissue filler that can give you long term improvement to your wrinkles and lost facial volume.
As we all age, gravity begins to set in causing sagging skin and lost volume to the cheek area. Juvedern Voluma is FDA approved to replace midface volume and reverse the signs of aging within your face.
There are many benefits to the use of Juvederm Voluma, including:
- Juvederm Voluma is made of hyaluronic acid that is naturally found within the face. Additionally, Juvederm works in a way that provides unsurpassed lifting capacity from other soft tissue fillers. This yields impressive results. In fact, many people my think that you’ve had surgical assistance.
- Juvederm Voluma has a built-in anesthetic, lidocaine, to make your injections comfortable and pain-free.
- Juvederm Voluma is long lasting, with a lifespan up to 2 years.
- Finally, Juvederm Voluma offers superior contouring potential after injection into the cheeks, giving you the most natural looking results possible.
Laser hair removal is quickly becoming one of the most popular cosmetic or elective procedures in the country. Patients of all ages and backgrounds have visited Dr. Porter’s office seeking permanent removal of their unwanted body and facial hair. Even the most unlikely of cosmetic patients can become frustrated with lost time and money only to eliminate hair on a temporary basis.
Dr. Porter is proud to offer these patients the ability to remove their unwanted body hair for good. Laser hair removal can eliminate unwanted hair on the hands, arms, legs, bikini area, back, chest and face. While it can sound intimidating, laser hair removal is quite comfortable and is not an expensive procedure.
Laser hair removal works by moving a handheld laser device over the surface of your skin to heat and remove unwanted hair follicles. The hair is removed and the root, and after treatment is complete, will not return.
However, you should expect to require several treatments in order to achieve permanent results. Additionally, depending on your skin tone and pigment you may require more or fewer treatments. For example, darker hair responds best to laser hair removal, while lighter pigmented hair may require multiple treatments to eliminate.
No matter what your skin type or hair pigment, Dr. Jennifer Porter has a hair removal laser to meet your needs. Contact our office today to learn more about how you can achieve the smooth skin you’ve always wanted with laser hair removal.Posted in Laser Procedures
Rhinoplasty, or nose surgery, is a procedure that requires meticulous surgical skill as well as a keen eye for aesthetic detail. This is because changing the shape of the nose by mere millimeters can alter the look of the patient’s entire face.
In addition, rhinoplasty must be customized to meet the unique needs of each person. A patient of Asian descent does not have the same anatomical and aesthetic needs as someone of, say, Latin descent. For these reasons, it is incredibly important for individuals pursuing rhinoplasty to turn to a plastic surgeon with extensive experience performing rhinoplasty procedures for patients of various ethnic backgrounds.
One such surgeon is Dr. Jennifer Parker Porter. As the author of several book chapters dedicated to the topic of rhinoplasty, board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Porter understands the aesthetic concerns of her patients, no matter what their ethnic background is.
Dr. Porter’s Chosen Approach to Ethnic Rhinoplasty
Although Dr. Porter evaluates each patient’s nasal structure on an individual basis, she often prefers to use the “open,” or external, approach to rhinoplasty when performing the procedure for someone of African American, Asian, Middle Eastern or Latin heritage. This is because these patients tend to have thick skin and often desire increased definition throughout the tip of the nose. Using the open approach allows for further contouring of the nose, which becomes increasingly apparent as the nose heals. However, the open approach is not always the most appropriate treatment option for these patient populations, and, again, each patient’s consultation and examination findings determine the best surgical approach.
Note: It may take as long as 18 months for the nose to heal completely and reach its final shape.
Dr. Porter’s Goal With Rhinoplasty
When Dr. Porter performs rhinoplasty — for any patient — her goal is to correct the patient’s aesthetic concern while preserving the distinct characteristics of the nose that make that person unique and beautiful. She wants all her patients to look like an improved version of themselves.
To schedule a consultation with Dr. Porter to learn more about rhinoplasty, contact Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgery by calling (301) 652-8191.Posted in Face Procedure, Rhinoplasty
Are you starting to look a little older than you feel? Are your eyes telling the world that you’re tired, stressed or just not as kind are you really are? These are all common complaints of patients who come to Dr. Jennifer Porter seeking the surgical correction of their drooping eyelids.
Drooping eyelids tend to occur naturally over time as gravity sets in and patients age. Sagging skin can accumulate above the eye from the upper eyelid or fall below the eye creating deep bags and wrinkles under the eyes. No matter what condition you find your eyes in, either eyelid or both can be safely and beautifully lifted to instantly create a more youthful and alert appearance.
Also known a blepharoplasty, an eyelid lift can be performed easily in our office under mild anesthesia. Within and hour or just a little longer, the skin around your eyes can be tightened and lifted. Excess tissue can be removed if necessary to further improve the quality of your results.
Sagging eyelid skin cannot only create cosmetic concerns for patients; in fact skin can often sag to the point of intruding into a patient’s line of sight. If your vision becomes compromised in any way as a result of sagging eyelids you should contact Dr. Porter immediately. In fact, if this is the case, your health insurance may cover a portion of your corrective surgery.
Posted in Blepharosplasty
One of the most common questions regarding rhinoplasty at the Centre for Rhinoplasty at Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgery is “How long will it take for me to recover?” Many patients imagine a month or so of unsightliness. This is far from true!
The majority of our patients are able to return to social activities within days of taking off the cast, which occurs approximately 1 week after surgery. At that point, depending on the person, there may be a faint yellowish discoloration due to bruising, below the eyes, or there may be no bruising at all by that point. The amount of swelling is highly variable, but the majority are able to appear socially acceptable within a day or so after the cast is removed. While it still takes a full year to get to that final result, a socially acceptable result happens very soon after surgery. Patients typically have swelling in the tip of the nose that makes the surgical changes difficult to see early on. As the swelling dissipates, the nose slowly takes shape to make the change desired. Even those patients that undergo an open approach to the surgery will have a nice early recovery. For revision rhinoplasty patients, the experience is similar.
During the surgery, time is taken to ensure that the bruising and swelling do not get out of control, which leads to favorable outcomes with a speedy recovery. Proper planning and careful analysis allow for the surgery to move along at a swift pace; these factors also contribute to diminished swelling. During your consultation I can give you an idea of your expectations during your healing based on your anatomy.
Posted in Face Procedure, Surgical
There are thousands of patients who have come to Dr. Porter seeking correction to the appearance of their ears. The surgery to improve the appearance of the ears, also known as otoplasty, is often sought by unlikely cosmetic surgery patients.
For example, an otoplasty is often performed on young children before they enter kindergarten. When not corrected in childhood, adult patients often visit Dr. Porter for assistance in reshaping their ears as well.
There are a surprising number of cosmetic improvements that can be made to the ears. One of the most common forms of otoplasty is a procedure that “pins back” ears that are perceived to protrude too far from the head of the patient. Dr. Porter will improve the projection of your ears by making a small incision at the back of your ear and re-working the cartilage naturally found there.
However, if you are seeking a more specific repair to your ear, Dr. Porter has many surgical repair options available. She is experienced and highly skilled in otoplasty and can conduct procedures to reduce the overall size of your ears, repair torn or misshapen ear lobes, or change any other cosmetic aspect of your ear shape that you are unsatisfied with.
Otoplasty is a quick procedure that only takes and hour or two in the office, depending on how elaborate the sought correction is. Additionally your incisions will always be placed at the back of your ear where they are most hidden from view. The incisions will be placed in the natural creases of your skin and over time the scars will soften beyond view.
Don’t spend another day wishing your ears could be shaped differently or worrying about the projection of your child’s ears. Contact Dr. Jennifer Porter today for your otoplasty consultation.
Posted in Ear Surgery
Summer is here!! With the 4th of July upon us, how do we keep our skin healthy while still enjoying all that the summer has to offer? Hot summer days full of fun in the sun!
- The first mantra of the summer is to keep the skin protected. Gone are the days when we use to slather on baby oil and roast over reflectors to get as much sun as we could. Now we are all aware of what is necessary to protect our skin; application of lotion with SPF 30 is enough to protect our skin from the harmful UVA & UVB rays. Reapplication is necessary every few hours if you are out swimming or exercising. ELTA MD suncare is our favorite line of products.
- Application of antioxidants to the skin would help to scavenge free radicals, further preventing sun damage. Products such as Obagi Vitamin C serum or Dermal Repair Cream facilitate this process and helps your skin to glow. Whats more, they will not make you more sun sensitive.
- Wear a hat when out and about. Wearing a wade brimmed hat while at the beach or when your out for a walk will further protect your facial skin from the UVA & UVB rays as a physical block. Baseball caps are insufficient blockage as they only shield the forehead and nose leaving the cheeks fully exposed. People that wear baseball caps chronically as their “protection” from the sun tend to have significant sun damage on the lateral cheeks.
- Treatments that stimulate the collagen in your skin help to combat aging effects of the sun. Over time chronic sun exposure, including that from our childhood, ravages our skin elasticity lessens. Increasing the collagen production with treatments like Viora Reaction or Thermage CPT Total Tip will help to restore our collagen production to more youthful levels.
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