Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgery Blog

Beauty Gift Ideas for the Holidays

Cosmetic Gift SuggestionsThe holidays will soon be here, and it is time to get a jump start on your holiday shopping list. Do you have a beauty lover in your life? If so, she will adore the beauty gift ideas in the following list. Take note, and get thee to the mall pronto to beat the holiday rush.

Bobbi Brown Lip and Eye Palette

Beauty lovers love having a plethora of makeup choices. That’s why the Bobbi Brown lip and eye palette in Twilight Pink is such a great idea: With 10 different shades of neutral-colored eye shadows with both matte and sparkling finishes and four gorgeous lip colors, beauty lovers will make this palette a staple in their makeup arsenal.

Solid Perfume Compacts

It is nice to be able to carry a signature perfume scent in the purse for whenever your beauty lover needs a little pick-me-up. In the past, however, this could be a messy undertaking, as perfumes tend to spill at the worst possible moments. Now, your beauty lover can carry a solid perfume compact in a variety of fun shapes, such as a monkey, grasshopper or horseshoe shape. Estee Lauder offers some of our favorite compact designs — and fragrances.

Heart Breaker Leather Pochette

“Pochette” is simply a fancy term for “pouch.” With the Heart Breaker pochette from Nars, your beauty lover will feel fancy herself. This cute leather pouch has a black and red heart on a white background, and is the perfect size for holding all the makeup goodies she likes to keep with her, in her purse.

Sonia Kashuk Holiday Brush Set

No beauty arsenal is complete without a set of makeup brushes with which to apply eye shadow, powder, blush and lip gloss. You can avoid breaking the bank with the Sonia Kashuk holiday brush set, which comes with six different makeup brushes. In addition, your beauty lover will be reminded of this festive time of year every time she uses the sparkling set.

Gift Certificate for Cosmetic Treatment

If your beauty lover has hinted that she could use a little help smoothing out fine lines or facial wrinkles, enhancing the look of her lips, rejuvenating the area around the eyes or achieving smoother, healthier skin, consider getting her a gift certificate for a cosmetic treatment with facial plastic surgeon Dr. Jennifer Parker Porter. Dr. Porter offers a wide range of both surgical and nonsurgical facial cosmetic treatments, from facelift and eyelid surgery to minimally invasive procedures, including BOTOX Cosmetic treatment and intense pulsed light (IPL) photofacials. Just be sure to use discretion and only treat your beauty lover to a procedure she has already expressed interest in — or you may be out in the cold come the New Year!

To schedule a consultation with Dr. Porter to learn about the available cosmetic treatment options, contact Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgery by calling (301) 652-8191.

Posted in Skin Care


To tighten or not to tighten, that is the question

So many patients are into the “quick fix” these days. While a face lift is the gold standard for rejuvenation of the lower face and neck, many are unable to take the time off of work and their daily schedules to embark on these procedures. The so called quick fix skin tightening options abound. Some of the treatments are performed in series or need to be repeated to maintain the result.  Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgery has a variety of options designed to turn back the hands of time.

 

One of the best procedures is the Time Machine Procedure®. This procedure has little down time in exchange for powerful results. An in office procedure, the Time Machine Procedure incorporates a combination of cutting edge technologies to improve skin texture and firm up the skin. Patients with acne scars, wrinkles and enlarged pores and scars can benefit from the treatment. Most often the treatment is performed on the face, neck and décolleté. It can also be performed on scars or stretch marks on other areas of the body. Depending on the condition being treated some patients may need several treatments.

 

Another one of our favorites that has been histologically shown to improve skin texture and tone through the years is the Forever Young BBL™ treatment. This treatment is a fotofacial(BBL) treatment combined with SkinTyte™ to make the skin in the area treated look younger as the patient ages. The treatments are typically performed 3-4 times a year, less often in the younger patient population. The number of treatments are determined the degree of sun damage and the age of the patient. Continued use of the appropriate skin care products is encouraged for best results.

 

The Viora Reaction® treatment can be performed alone or combined with PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma). The combination of the two helps to stimulate collagen and tighten skin. The treatment has minimal downtime – only a windburn look the day of the procedure which resolves overnight. Improved texture of the skin and tightening after a series of treatments is the result. With these treatments the collagen is stimulated in three ways: with the bipolar radiofrequency machine, microneedling collagen induction therapy and PRP injections and application through microneedling.  The PRP has been proven to stimulate collagen in the skin.

 

Last up, Thermage® is a treatment option that has been around for the past decade.  While not all patients see substantial benefit, those that do will see continued improvement with successive treatments.  We have some patients that come every 1 to 2 years for a repeat treatment and they have not aged during a time period when the aging should be rapid.

 

Consultation with Dr. Jennifer Parker Porter can determine which of these treatments may be best suited for you based on your skin type and your concerns. Frequently these treatments are performed in conjunction with other procedures such as Botox®, fillers and chemical peels.  Making everything look slightly better and natural is the goal.

 

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TIME MACHINE

Posted in Non Surgical


Learn More About Our Nonsurgical Cosmetic Treatment Options

nonsurgical cosmetic treatmentsAt Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgery, our goal is to help your face look flawless. One way we do this is with facial rejuvenation surgery, when necessary. Another way we help you look your best is with our nonsurgical cosmetic treatments. We offer a range of noninvasive treatment options that can enhance the aesthetic results of your cosmetic surgery procedure — or help you stave off the need for cosmetic surgery a while longer.

Wrinkle Reducers

We offer BOTOX Cosmetic, Dysport and Xeomin injectable treatments to relax the muscles in the treatment area, thereby smoothing out the overlying wrinkles. These muscle relaxants are an effective way to treat moderate to severe wrinkles on the forehead or in between the eyebrows. BOTOX Cosmetic has additional uses, such as improving the look of horizontal neck bands.

Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers, including Juvéderm, Restylane and others, are designed for use in filling in fine lines and wrinkles, such as the parenthetical-looking lines that extend from the outer edges of the nose to the corners of the mouth. Juvéderm can also be used to enhance the lips, while Juvéderm Voluma XC can be used to enhance the cheeks and provide a subtle lift throughout the treatment area.

Laser Treatments

We provide a variety of laser treatments to address a myriad of aesthetic concerns. For instance, Fraxel repair laser resurfacing treatment corrects visible signs of aging, including wrinkles, fine lines, uneven skin texture, redness and hyperpigmentation (dark spots), by removing the dull outer layers of the skin, stimulating your body’s natural healing process and re-activating your body’s production of collagen, a protein essential to healthy skin.

Laser hair removal is an effective means of removing unwanted hair from various regions of the body, with long-lasting results.

We offer intense pulsed light (IPL or BBL) photofacials to reduce wrinkles, repair sun damage and correct dark spots and redness.

Many other laser treatments are also available, such as laser vein therapy to improve the look of superficial veins that are visible underneath the skin’s surface.

Medical-Grade Skincare Treatments

In addition to the treatments listed above, we offer several medical-grade skincare treatments to help your skin look its best. From microdermabrasion used to slough away dead skin cells and reveal radiant skin to chemical peels that offer more dramatic skincare results, there is a cosmetic treatment that is right for you. Micro-needling collagen induction with the DermaPen 3 is a wonderful addition to the skin care regimen; helping your skin care products to penetrate more.

At Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgery, we offer more than surgical procedures! To schedule a consultation with Dr. Porter to find out more about our noninvasive cosmetic treatments, contact Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgery by calling (301) 652-8191.

Posted in Lasers, Non Surgical, Wrinkle Reducer


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


Look Younger with Juvederm Voluma

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.

Contact Dr. Jennifer Porter’s office today to schedule your Juvederm Voluma consultation and prepare to look and feel younger.

Posted in Non Surgical, Skin Care


Eliminate Unwanted Hair for Good

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 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


Lift Your Eyelids for a Rejuvenated Appearance

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.

Don’t live with sad, sagging eyes for another day. Contact Dr. Jennifer Porter today and open your eyes to blepharoplasty.

Posted in Blepharosplasty


Rhinoplasty Recovery: Give us a week

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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