Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgery Blog
Dr. Jennifer Parker Porter, a facial plastic surgeon in Bethesda, believes that the happiest patients are the ones that are well-informed and have realistic expectations of surgery. To help you prepare your expectations for your upcoming cosmetic enhancement, she compiled a list of thoughts from former facial plastic surgery patients. Here are some things that they wish they would have known before their surgery.
Pamper Yourself before Surgery
If you regularly get your hair cut and colored, schedule an appointment with your hairstylist a few days before your procedure. You won’t be able to have it done for several weeks after surgery. Also, since you are making changes to your facial appearance, it might be a good time to try something new with your hair.
Take a long shower the night before surgery and wash your hair thoroughly. (Note: do not wear creams or lotions on the day of your operation.) You won’t be able to shower for a few days to a week after surgery, so keep some cleansing wipes on-hand to freshen up your face. You will be able to take a bath that is not steamy.
Post-Operative Comfort Is Key
A little prep work helps make recovery more comfortable and stress-free. First, keep in mind that you will need help during your initial recovery. Plan to have someone stay with you for at least the first week. Then, remember that you will spend most of the time resting and relaxing. Your energy level will be limited due to the anesthetic effects in the first few days after surgery. Stocking up ahead of time on recovery basics is helpful.
The following items are suggested:
- Oversized or incline pillows to help prop you up after surgery
- Button-up pajamas and zip-up hoodies
- Hairpins or elastic bands to keep hair off of the face
- Handheld mirror to assist you when applying ointment/peroxide in hard-to-see spots
- Healthy, easy-to-prepare and easy-to-digest meals
- Paper goods to avoid a sink full of dishes
- Flexible straws for drinking
Recovery Might Be Emotional (At Times)
Facial plastic surgery patients sometimes experience a “roller-coaster” of emotions after surgery. You might have mood swings, sadness and feelings of stress. Pain medications can also contribute to unpredictable emotions. This is a normal reaction, and it is generally temporary. Mood swings tend to resolve in several weeks and typically, patients are very pleased with the surgical outcomes.
It’s a good idea to have an emotional support system in place to help pull you out of a funk if needed. Also, try to keep in mind that any negative emotions are temporary and normal. Simply understanding that there may be emotional ups and downs can help you better navigate them.
It Can Take Time to See the Final Results
Post-operative swelling, bruising and redness initially mask the results of surgery. Former patients advise waiting awhile before taking a peek at your face. It may be impossible to avoid the mirror until the final results stabilize, but remember that your results will continue to improve over time. Final results can be seen several months to a year after surgery.
Contact Dr. Porter Today
For more information about planning for facial plastic surgery, please contact Dr. Porter’s office today. Call Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgery at (301) 652-8191 to make an appointment with her or speak to a member of the staff.Posted in Facial Plastic Surgery
Rhinoplasty is a procedure that reshapes the nose and improves its balance with the rest of the facial features. For many people, rhinoplasty is a life-changing experience. Dr. Jennifer Parker Porter of Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgery would know; she is a talented rhinoplasty surgeon that has seen first-hand the incredible ways her patients’ lives improve after the operation.
If you are weighing the pros and cons of rhinoplasty, Dr. Porter has information that might help you as you make your decision. Here, she shares the most common ways peoples’ lives change after rhinoplasty.
Positive Improvement in Appearance
The most obvious effect of rhinoplasty is positive improvement in the nose’s appearance. Even the slightest cosmetic tweak and subtle results can bring your nose into greater harmony with the rest of your facial features. With a more elegant nose, your entire face can look more proportional and defined — for some people, the face even looks thinner!
A physical change can prompt a psychological change, too, especially for people that once suffered teasing and bullying about their appearance. Children and teenagers can be cruel toward one another about physical features (including the nose). If your nose was the subject of ridicule during your childhood or adolescence, you might feel much better mentally after having it fixed.
With a nose you love, you won’t be critical of the way you look in pictures, nor tempted to Photoshop your face. You might actually feel inclined to take more pictures of yourself!
Unimpeded Breathing Function
Another important and life-altering benefit of rhinoplasty is the fact that making physical changes to the nasal structures can correct the flow of air. Some people know going into rhinoplasty that an anatomical abnormality in their nose affects their breathing function. Others don’t realize that their breathing has been affected until after surgery, when their nasal passages are opened and it becomes much easier to breathe through the nose. Some people are delighted to find that they sleep much better with improved breathing function after rhinoplasty.
For many people, physical appearance correlates with self-confidence. Rhinoplasty can help eliminate lifelong insecurities for improved self-confidence. With better self-confidence, you can look people in the eye when they speak to you. You can attract the people you want, pursue new opportunities and engage socially in a way you never did before.
Speak with Dr. Porter about Rhinoplasty
To learn more about rhinoplasty and how it might change your life, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Porter. Call Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgery at (301) 652-8191 to make your appointment today.Posted in Rhinoplasty
As we welcome fall and watch excitedly as the leaves change colors, it’s a natural time to think about transitions and transformations. If you’d like to transform tired, sad-looking eyes, upper eyelid surgery with Dr. Jennifer Parker Porter is your best option. Here, the founder of Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgery explains how upper eyelid surgery can help you look revitalized, younger and more attractive — just in time for the holiday season!
Who Can Benefit from Upper Eyelid Surgery?
Upper eyelid surgery is intended for men and women that have noticeable signs of aging in the upper eyelids. This includes:
- excess, sagging skin that distorts the natural eyelid contours (and sometimes droops over the eyelashes into the line of sight, impairing vision)
- displaced fat
These problematic features can give the eyes a tired, worried or depressed appearance. They can also change the eyelid surface and make it difficult for women to apply eye makeup.
Your candidacy for upper eyelid surgery should be discussed on a one-on-one basis with Dr. Porter. To find out whether you are a good candidate for surgery, please call (301) 652-8191 and schedule a consultation.
What Upper Eyelid Surgery Accomplishes
Upper eyelid surgery is performed through an incision hidden in the natural folds of the upper lid. This ensures that any scarring from the incision lines is virtually invisible to the eye.
Excess tissue, fat and skin are removed to give the lids a firmer and more youthful contour. If needed, muscle laxity is corrected. Displaced fat is returned to its normal position and the remaining skin is tightened.
Dr. Porter is extremely meticulous as she re-contours the upper eyelids. It is important for her to preserve her patient’s unique sense of beauty while making subtle improvements. After recovering from upper eyelid surgery, your eye area will look more alert, well-rested and brighter. You can look 10 years younger simply by rejuvenating your eyes!
Upper eyelid surgery can be combined with lower eyelid surgery if the lower lids droop, are puffy or have noticeable bags. The incision for lower eyelid surgery is typically made right below the lower lash line or inside the lower eyelid.
It’s Time to Fall in Love with Your Eyes Again
To discuss upper eyelid surgery in more detail with Dr. Porter, please schedule an informational consultation. Call Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgery at (301) 652-8191 to make your appointment today.Posted in Facial Plastic Surgery
Having facial plastic surgery to correct a bothersome trait or minimize the signs of aging is usually a life-altering and positive experience. Before undergoing surgery, patients must prepare their bodies (and minds) for the operation and recovery. This reduces some of the risks of surgery and makes the recovery process go more smoothly.
Here, Dr. Jennifer Parker Porter of Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgery shares several lifestyle changes to make prior to surgery.
Smoking is always terrible for your health, but especially as you prepare for plastic surgery. It floods the body with toxic chemicals and robs the blood of oxygen needed to support the body’s healing processes. Smoking can also constrict the blood vessels, making it difficult for them to deliver blood to the healing tissues. And, smoking raises the risk of post-operative complications. If you smoke, commit to quitting for several weeks prior to surgery, and try to avoid picking the habit back up after surgery.
Fuel Your Body Properly
Following a good diet, exercising and getting enough sleep puts your body in prime position to heal as quickly and comfortably as possible. Fuel your body with nutritious foods high in antioxidants and vitamins; the right diet builds up your immune system to reduce the risk of infection. Drink plenty of water to flush out toxins and promote good blood circulation. Exercise regularly, and get plenty of sleep.
Minimize Stress Levels
Reducing stress is important, because stress hormones can negatively affect your immune system. Practice deep breathing and positive visualization. If you feel nervous or anxious about an aspect of your upcoming treatment, talk to Dr. Porter. She can put you at ease as you prepare for your operation.
Re-evaluate Your Medications and Vitamins
There are certain medications and vitamins you need to abstain from in the weeks leading up to surgery. Aspirin and other anticoagulants (blood thinners), including Vitamin E and ginkgo biloba, can affect your body’s blood clotting abilities. Alcohol thins the blood, too, and can cause excess bleeding. Other drugs may react with anesthesia used during surgery, or with the medications prescribed after surgery.
Dr. Porter will provide a detailed list of medications, vitamins and supplements to avoid, as well as a timeline for stopping these medications. In the case of drugs like aspirin, she can recommend safe alternatives.
Contact Dr. Porter Today
Want more tips for preparing for surgery? Have a question about the instructions you have received? Contact Dr. Porter’s office today by calling (301) 652-8191.Posted in Facial Plastic Surgery
If you are like most women, you regularly wear makeup to hide flaws and enhance your favorite facial features. However, the slightest mistakes can sabotage your beautifying efforts and actually work against you. Dr. Jennifer Parker Porter and aesthetician Shana Dahnert of Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgery describe some common makeup mistakes that can age you, and offer quick fixes and long-term solutions.
Cake-y Face Makeup
The problem: Face powder settles into fine lines and wrinkles, making them look more noticeable.
The quick fix: Use a liquid or cream foundation formula sparingly to spot correct. Gently dab it onto the problematic areas to even out pigmentation problems.
A better long-term solution: A non-surgical wrinkle reducing treatment with Dr. Porter can smooth wrinkles and fine lines so makeup applies more evenly. Botox, Dysport and Xeomin are injectable products great for minimizing facial lines, especially those between the eyebrows. Dermal fillers like Restylane and Radiesse are a better option for smoothing larger wrinkles and facial folds (e.g., nasolabial folds between the nose and mouth).
The problem: Lipstick bleeds or smears around the mouth, looking clownish, because the border of the lips has softened with age.
The quick fix: Line lips with a pencil to create a border to contain the product. Try a liner in a nude shade or a color similar to your lipstick. Then, use a small lipstick brush to dab on a sheer color with a light hand; start at the center of the lips and spread to the corners. Choose neutral shades that are a tad bolder than your natural lip color, and avoid frosty colors, which can look dated.
A better long-term solution: Ask Dr. Porter about Restylane Silk, the first product FDA-approved for lip enhancement. The injectable filler adds sexy shape to the lips and smoothes the lines around them.
The problem: Crooked or jagged eyeliner makes sagging or crepe-y eyelids look worse.
The quick fix: Swap out liquid liner for a creamier, chubbier crayon; this type of product creates a smoky effect that doesn’t have to be precise. Or, use a small brush to carefully apply gel liner; focus on burying the liner within the eyelashes with a back-and-forth motion.
A better long-term solution: Avoid tugging the corners of the eyes when applying liner (this creates crinkles in the skin). If your eyelids are already crinkly or saggy, talk to Dr. Porter about blepharoplasty. This procedure corrects sagging upper eyelids, drooping lower eyelids or both to completely rejuvenate the eye area.
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Even a simple non-surgical treatment can have noticeable anti-aging results! To learn more about any of the treatments mentioned, please contact Shana or Dr. Porter by calling (301) 652-8191 today.Posted in Anti-Aging
Do you want to enjoy radiant, glowing skin this summer? Would you like to minimize noticeable lines and wrinkles? Dr. Jennifer Parker Porter of Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgery can help. Here, she offers tips for beautiful, healthy skin, and suggests a few professional treatments to help your skin look its best.
Protect Yourself from the Sun
Sun protection is key for beautiful, healthy skin, especially during the summer when the sun is most prevalent. If you’re going outside during the day, apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 25+, and re-apply every two hours. For extra protection on the delicate facial skin, wear a wide-brim hat and wraparound sunglasses. If possible, stay out of the sun between the hours of 10:00 am and 2:00 pm, when the sun’s rays are strongest. Don’t forget about super-sensitive areas such as the lips (use a lip balm with an SPF of 15 or higher) and the scalp (try a sunscreen spray along your part).
If you like products that multi-task, streamline your routine with makeup products like foundation and powder that contain SPF. Mineral makeup is a great choice that offers coverage and protection in one product.
Did you accidentally sunburn? Soothe irritated skin with cooling gels and balms, and treat yourself to a glass of red wine. Studies have shown that resveratrol, which is found in the skin of red grapes, can minimize redness from sunburns.
Slough Off Dead, Dull Skin Cells
Exfoliation is essential for smooth, soft skin. Use a gentle exfoliating scrub one to three times per week to get rid of dead, dull skin cells and shed previous sun damage. Exfoliation also helps your skincare and makeup products penetrate the skin deeper and last longer. After exfoliating, use a rich hydrating cream to lock in moisture. Be extra diligent about sun protection on newly exfoliated skin.
Chemical peels are another way to slough off dead, dull skin cells. A professional chemical peel evens out discoloration, minimizes wrinkles and improves the overall health and hydration of your skin. The skin care experts at Dr. Porter’s office offer a variety of chemical peels, including PCA Peels and Vitalize® and Rejuvenize® Peels, to address various skin concerns.
Tweak Your Product Routine
The right combination of products can stave off wrinkles and lines and minimize existing sun-related skincare problems. Ask Dr. Porter about the Environ and Lifeline product lines, which are more potent than over-the-counter skin care products. She can recommend products to suit your unique skin care needs.
Consider Botox Treatment
Do you have noticeable lines and wrinkles from years of squinting into the sun or furrowing your brow? Botox can minimize these imperfections. Treatment with the cosmetic injectable is quick, convenient and practically painless. Results last up to three months the first time, and five to six months with repeated treatments.
Try a Laser Skin Procedure
If you have moderate to severe areas of skin damage (i.e., dark sun spots, age spots, sun-induced redness, deep creases or folds), you might be a candidate for laser skin rejuvenation. Dr. Porter uses the Fraxel re:pair® laser system to remove damaged skin cells and stimulate the body’s natural healing process for fresh, glowing skin. The Time Machine Procedure® is another great alternative for improving skin texture.
Learn More about Safe, Effective Skin Care Treatments
For more information about skin care treatments or products, please contact Dr. Porter at Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgery by calling (301) 652-8191.Posted in Skin Care
Jennifer Parker Porter, MD, FACS
Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgery
I had a long personal journey in my decision to offer Ultherapy in my practice. Many years ago, when it first arrived on the scene it was very painful and I was not impressed with the results. As I would sit through presentation after presentation at the meetings, I would look at the before and after photos with great difficulty in seeing the difference. So to me, it was painful and didn’t work; certainly not something I would like to offer my patients.
Fast forward to about 8 months ago when I began to see patient after patient asking for the procedure. As a result I decided to revisit the technology and learn more about what it had to offer. I looked at before and after photos, as well as investigated and read journal articles about the technology. Finally, I decided that I needed to have the procedure done to know whether it would truly be worth it.
At the age of 50, I was beginning to see things I didn’t like; the extra skin under my chin and some early jowling with associated loose skin of the cheek area. So I was an appropriate candidate. Two months after my treatment I started to notice that that skin that I played with under my chin was gone! The loose skin of my cheek was more difficult to move toward my ears. The firmness of yesteryear was back! How exciting. It was then that I decided that I needed to bring this technology to our patients.
There is still a little pain during a short part of the treatment but I had it performed with no anesthesia or medications of any kind. I have performed it on patients that have taken Motrin and those that have used no medication – all tolerated well and would do it again for the result.
We are excited to have you learn more about the procedure and determine whether you are a good candidate for the procedure. Attend our Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgery Beach Week Open House on July 14, 2015 from 12:00 to 1:00 pm to talk with us about your concerns and to learn more about the procedure. Likewise, you can schedule a consultation to discuss your concerns and allow us to help you determine if it is right for you. You may contact us by phone, (301) 652-8191 or email Jen Mergenthaler, our patient coordinator, at email@example.com.Posted in Uncategorized
Statistics show that the number of men seeking cosmetic treatment is rising: roughly one in 10 plastic surgery patients is male. Dr. Jennifer Parker Porter of Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgery knows the reason for this: men want to look and feel great, just like women! She offers cosmetic treatments to minimize signs of aging, treat sun-damaged skin and enhance her male patients’ facial features.
With Father’s Day 2015 quickly approaching, Dr. Porter urges you to consider treating your father, or the father of your children, to facial plastic surgery for his special day. She has seen her male patients flourish both personally and professionally after receiving cosmetic treatment. Executives look more energized and fathers look less tired after surgical or non-surgical treatments.
Here are some of the most commonly requested treatment options for men:
- Eyelid surgery is the most popular procedure amongst Dr. Porter’s male clientele. It is ideally suited for the man with tired or sad-looking eyes or eyelid skin that obscures their line of sight. During the operation, excess skin and fat is removed from the upper and/or lower eyelids, puffiness or bags are reduced and fine lines and wrinkles are smoothed.
- Skin tightening treatments — such as Ultherapy and Thermage— are great for the man that wants firmer skin and greater definition on the face and neck without surgery. Ultherapy and Thermage technologies warm the deep layers of the skin to trigger the body’s production of collagen for smoother, more elastic skin; Ultherapy goes a little deeper to improve and tighten the muscle layer. Skin tightening treatments generally require a few months to achieve the desired results.
- Injectable dermal filler products like Radiesse replenish lost volume in the cheeks for a more youthful facial contour. Sculptra is another great product to treat facial volume loss; it stimulates the body’s production of collagen for tighter looking skin. Regular treatments are recommended to maintain the results.
- Pulsed light photorejuvenation with BBL technology can lighten areas of sun damage and uneven pigmentation for a more even complexion. They can be performed on the face, neck, chest and hands. For the best results, a series of two to four treatments, performed every few weeks, is recommended.
An at-home skin care product routine can improve skin tone and texture with minimal effort. Dr. Porter recommends the PCA product line, which has a variety of serums that work well with the thicker male skin.
Why Choose Dr. Porter
There are a few reasons why Dr. Porter is the perfect choice of plastic surgeon for the man in your life. Not only does she have the medical expertise necessary to perform complex cosmetic procedures, but she also favors an individualized approach to patient care. She takes the time to discuss her patient’s goals in a one-on-one environment before developing a viable plan of treatment. Dr. Porter is one of Washington, D.C.’s most in-demand surgeons for facial plastic surgery.
If you are interested in gifting the man in your life cosmetic treatment with Dr. Porter, please contact Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgery by calling (301) 652-8191.Posted in Male Plastic Surgery
The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, to which Dr. Jennifer Parker Porter belongs, recently released their 2014 procedural report. To compile the annual report, the AAFPRS surveyed a select group of their 2,500 facial surgeon members about the procedures they most frequently perform. The survey also asked the member surgeons to describe any trends they’ve seen during the year.
Certain aspects of the 2014 report are surprising. For example, many of the facial plastic surgeons noted that photos and videos posted to social media have raised their patients’ self-awareness, and contributed to an increase in requests for cosmetic treatment.
Other areas of the report, such as the wild popularity of Botox and dermal filler treatment, are consistent with reports from past years.
Here, Dr. Porter explores the 2014 report’s findings in more detail.
Most Requested Surgical Procedures
Rhinoplasty was the most requested procedure among both sexes in 2014. When expertly performed by a surgeon with Dr. Porter’s experience and skill, cosmetic nose surgery can accomplish a wide range of aesthetic goals. For example, it can gently adjust the shape and size of the nose or refine other problematic areas (e.g., the bridge, nostrils, tip). The result is a beautiful nose that balances out the rest of the facial features.
Other highly requested surgical procedures in 2014 included:
Most Requested Non-Surgical Procedures
No surprises here: Botox was the most requested non-surgical procedure in 2014. Botox temporarily minimizes the appearance of dynamic wrinkles that appear from making normal facial expressions such as smiling and frowning. Botox injections can be administered quickly and conveniently during a lunchtime appointment. Dr. Porter saw a patient back recently that echoed what so many patients say — “I wish I had done it sooner!”
Other highly requested non-surgical procedures in 2014 included:
- Hyaluronic Acid Fillers
- Non-Ablative Skin Resurfacing
- Chemical Peels
The 2014 AAFPRS report also revealed the following:
- Women account for 82 percent of patients having surgical and non-surgical procedures.
- Patients confess that video clips on social media heighten their awareness of dynamic wrinkles, double chin and imperfect noses.
- The need for reconstruction after skin cancer (e.g., skin grafts/flaps) is growing. Eighty-seven percent of AAFPRS member surgeons reported that they have seen patients that need skin cancer-related reconstructive work.
Learn More about Your Procedure of Choice
If you would like more information about a surgical or non-surgical facial procedure, please schedule a private consultation with Dr. Porter. Contact Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgery by calling (301) 652-8191 to make an appointment.Posted in Facial Plastic Surgery
Dr. Jennifer Parker Porter of Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgery understands that each of her patients has a unique cosmetic concern and goal. In order to accommodate a diverse patient base, she offers a wide range of treatment options. She has noticed that patients tend to ask for certain procedures based on their age group. Here, she shares a few examples.
Most young adults in their 20s haven’t yet started to show signs of aging, but have other cosmetic concerns. For example, a young adult may be unhappy with the size or shape of their nose. Rhinoplasty brings the nose into better proportion with the rest of the face and corrects any problematic features (e.g., hump on the nasal bridge, upturned nasal tip).
Twenty-somethings may also have scars from acne breakouts in their teenage years. Non-surgical skin care treatments such as the Time Machine Procedure or DermaPen are helpful to reduce the appearance of acne scarring and improve the overall tone and texture of the facial skin.
In their 30s, Dr. Porter’s patients tend to see subtle signs of aging appear around the face. Bothersome forehead lines or crow’s feet can develop and prematurely age a 30-something. Non-surgical wrinkle reducers like Botox, Dysport and Xeomin are great options to stave off the aging process. Treatments like chemical peels and microneedling can improve other skin concerns such as wrinkles, acne scars and sunspots.
Signs of aging deepen in a person’s 40s. Lines and wrinkles become more pronounced and the cheeks may lose volume, giving the facial a fatigued or sallow appearance. Regular dermal filler treatment with Juvederm Ultra or Ultra Plus smoothes lines and wrinkles, and Juvederm Voluma restores healthy-looking volume to the areas of the face that need it. Other dermal fillers, like Restylane, Perlane, Radiesse or Belotero, are designed to add definition to weak facial contours or fill in smile lines and marionette lines around the mouth and chin. Skin tightening treatments such as Thermage CPT and Viora Reaction become very useful as we approach our late 40s.
50s and Older
Most adults in their 50s and older that are unhappy with wrinkles, lines, fat displacement and saggy skin usually require surgical intervention such as facelift or eyelid lift. Facelift will address most signs of aging in the middle to lower face, and eyelid lift tightens the skin on the upper and lower lids. The procedures can be combined for a complete facial makeover. Some in this age range opt for the nonsurgical options as well. Dr. Porter will discuss the full gamut of options that would be appropriate for your concerns.
Considering Cosmetic Enhancement?
Dr. Porter works with patients of all ages that desire a more attractive facial appearance. She is happy to consult with you to identify your specific cosmetic concerns and design a plan of treatment. To schedule a consultation, please call (301) 652-8191 today.Posted in Plastic Surgery