Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgery Blog

5 Tips and Tricks for Glowing Skin

Skin Care TipsEveryone 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

Rhinoplasty for Individuals of Different Ethnic Backgrounds

Ethnic RhinoplastyRhinoplasty, 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

Rhinoplasty Recovery: Give us a week



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

Cosmetically Improve… My Ears?

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!


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4.  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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Brow Lifts for a Younger Appearance

Did you realize that the area around the eyes and forehead could be one of the most telling indicators of age? As we get older gravity sets in, the condition of our skin changes and wrinkles begin to form, starting at the forehead and eyebrows. An eyebrow lift is a surgical procedure that can lift your drooping brow lines and eliminate the furrows that appear around your brows and eyes.

By eliminated the lines that can form on your forehead and around you eyes, you will immediately look younger and even more well rested. One of the main complaints Dr. Porter hears from her eyebrow lift patients prior to surgery is that their appearance makes them look angry, sad or unenthusiastic about life. Consider a brow or forehead lift today to let the real you shine – despite your age or gravity.

A brow lift is also a great way to eliminate the appearance of crow’s feet alongside your eyes – another telltale sign of aging. Otherwise these lines are very difficult to treat with skin care products alone.

If you’re getting older and growing tired of spending money on expensive skin care products only to see lackluster results and want a virtually permanent elimination of your eyebrow and forehead wrinkles – contact Dr. Porter to learn more about a brow lift today. While you skin and face will continue to naturally age following surgery, you will notice immediate and dramatic results from your brow lift. Act now to take years off of your appearance!

Posted in Face Procedure

Stop Wrinkles in Their Tracks with Botox Cosmetic

One of the most common complaints of new patients of Dr. Porter’s is the formation of fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth and eyes. Often these types of wrinkles are the first to appear on young faces. This is often the condition that brings men and women alike into our office for their first cosmetic treatment.

If you are just starting to see crow’s feet forming near the outer corners of your eyes, fine lines around the corners of your mouth or wrinkles forming between your eyebrows where they furrow – this is the perfect time to try Botox Cosmetic.

Botox Cosmetic is an FDA approved liquid that is injected into targeted facial muscles to prevent the formation of wrinkles. Botox does not fill your skin or eliminate the appearance of existing wrinkles but it does prevent new wrinkles from ever forming.

The substance works by paralyzing the small muscles that it is injected into. This prevents the muscles from moving as your facial expressions change, and therefore prevents wrinkles from forming in wrinkle-prone areas. Botox is most commonly used between the eyebrows.

Although a temporary treatment, you’ll notice the full effects of your Botox treatment within a week of receiving injections and the results should last between 4 and 6 months.

Don’t let your newly forming wrinkles go unaddressed. Fight the signs of aging at an early age with Botox Cosmetic and Dr. Jennifer Parker Porter.

Posted in Non Surgical, Wrinkle Reducer

Why Take Time to Treat Your Skin?

Your skin defines your health, besides the skin’s very important function to keep our body’s normal temperature in control and our body’s bits and pieces all in one piece.  It provides a number of important functions to your body and those are reason enough to treat your skin with what it deserves through skin care in Chevy Chase.  The aesthetician of Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgery can help with your desired skin treatments with the range of skin care products in Chevy Chase to choose from that will possibly answer your skin’s protection, restoration and prevention needs.

Caring for your skin is quite simple by providing yourself with the right products appropriate for your skin type.  That is why it is always important to consult with a professional dermatologist since you cannot properly determine the suitable product for your skin type on your own.  Here at Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgery, Dr. Jennifer Porter or her staff will recommend the right products and treatments appropriate for your skin type.

A busy lifestyle can sometimes cause you to forget to take a break and take some little time to treat and care for your skin.  Your skin breathes and has pores that can be clogged with foreign and harmful substances that may affect its healthy state and appearance in the long run.  So, take some time to treat your skin with some specialty products that you can incorporate into your basic daily care and keep your skin glowing, healthy and beautiful always.  Better yet, these simple basic skin care tips can help you maintain supple and younger looking skin:

  • Cleanse
  • Tone
  • Moisturize
  • Exfoliate
  • Sunscreen
  • Hydrate

Chevy Chase offers skin care products that your skin deserves to moisturize or nourish your skin, restore, protect and preserve its youthfulness perfect enough for your at home skin care rejuvenation routines.

Call us at 301-652-8191 to schedule your skin care consultation in Chevy Chase!

Posted in Skin Care

Chemical Peel Options: What Best Suits You?

Age old ideas of chemical peels were used hundreds of years ago and fortunately with the advances of technology, an array of new generation chemical peels are now made convenient to anyone who wants to improve the appearance of their skin.  Here at Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgery you are provided with an option of chemical peels that can be done comfortably at our cosmetic facility in Maryland.

Chemical peels are good because they simply work to lessen wrinkles, fine lines, hyperpigmentation, acne and sun damage of the skin.  Old age ideas of using natural substances such as milk, berries, etc. are the foundation of the chemical peel’s safety.  Most of the current chemical peels offered today contain the natural acid substances to naturally stimulate the natural collagen production of the skin.  Different types of chemical peels are now currently available to suit different individual needs.  A skin consultation with an aesthetician of Chevy Chase can help you choose the type of chemical peel for you.

Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgery offers the following chemical peel options to choose from:

  • SkinMedica Peels – safe and effective to remove dull and damaged skin affected by aging and a harmful environment.  This type of chemical peel can give you clear and beautiful skin.
  • PCA Peels – is a type of facial treatment that will improve your skin’s elasticity.
  • Vivite Glycolic Peels – a powerful yet mild type of facial peel that can rejuvenate and protect your skin.

Your skin is the largest organ of the human body and it is important to give it special care.  A chemical peel can get rid of those skin imperfections that generally affect only the top layers of the skin.

Call us now to schedule your chemical peel treatment and consultation in Chevy Chase!

Posted in Skin Care

Sciton SkinTyte in Chevy Chase

You can finally stop being fully dependent on not so effective facial creams or gels to firm up your loose skin. Dr. Jennifer Parker Porter is a trusted facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon in Chevy Chase who can effectively help with your skin laxity concerns.  It is true that there are a lot of creams that promise to give your droopy and sagging skin firmness and tightness but only discovered after several applications that it is not working in your case.

Generally, health conscious people love to diet and lose some weight but sometimes they will have loose skin after.  Loose or sagging skin can also result from stress and aging. You can have droopy or sagging skin in the different areas of your body and the more commonly, in the abdominal, neckline, arms, thighs and in your face.  You may have a sagging jaw line or you may want to tighten your cheek and remove the puffiness below your eye.  Sciton SkinTyte is a non-invasive effective tool to help tighten and firm these skin laxity problems.

Sciton SkinTyte is a zero downtime aesthetic procedure that uses a safe laser light to heat the deep layer of your skin to make and remodel collagen production in your skin.  Through the utilization of the pulsed light technology, the treatment can deeply heat your skin and at the same time cool down and protect the entire skin surface treated.  You will be amazed by the youthful firmness as an end result.  The number of treatments to achieve the desired result will be recommended by your doctor upon your consultation and after the treatment.

Call us now at 301-652-8191 to schedule your skin tightening consultation in Chevy Chase!

Posted in Face Procedure, Non Surgical