Monthly Archives: June 2014

Skin Cancer and Prevention

With summer officially upon us, you will likely be spending more time outdoors. While you enjoy the warmer weather and the other great benefits that this season has to offer, now is also a great time to touch on skin cancer. As the most common cancer in the United States, skin cancer is also one of the easiest to prevent. Below, are some helpful tips to help protect you from developing skin cancer.

Young woman applying sunscreen to her shoulderSunscreen

Of course you know about sunscreen and the basis of how it works, but do you know how often you’re supposed to be using it? According to the American Cancer Society, sunscreen of at least SPF 15 should be applied to the skin on a daily basis. To fully protect your skin, use a broad spectrum sunscreen, as it wards off both UVA and UVB rays.

Beautiful woman with long hair wearing sunglassesWear Sunglasses

The sun’s harmful rays can also cause cancer in the eyes known as ocular skin cancer. Shielding your eyes with sunglasses not only averts this type of skin cancer, but also preserves your vision as well. When deciding on a pair that is suitable for protection, choose sunglasses that are wrap-around styled and deemed safe by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

Woman sitting on the beach in the shade of an umbrella

Avoid Tanning

With the craze of tanning beds over the last few years, many individuals can now get that summer glow without ever stepping outdoors. However, various studies have proven that tanning beds pose the same risks as the sun when it comes to skin cancer. If you still wish to have sun-kissed skin without soaking in the sun, then sunless tanning lotions and sprays are a safer route to go.

If you already developed some any cancerous skin lesion, Dr. Alex Masbahi can help. Skin cancers such as basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma can easily be treated under local anesthesia at his state-of-the-art practice.

To schedule your consultation with our Virginia based board-certified plastic surgeon, we welcome you to call (703) 287-8277 or fill out our online contact form today. Enjoy your summer!

Potential Effects of Rhinoplasty on the Voice

Profile of a female model with hair in a blonde bunAs one of the most popular procedures performed in 2013, rhinoplasty can drastically improve the appearance and function of the nose while typically improving a patient’s quality of life in the process. But even with all of the benefits that this surgery offers, some individuals still have questions about the procedure. For instance, a number of people wonder if rhinoplasty will affect the sound of their voice.

An article published in the February 2014 issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS) addressed this very issue. Along with colleagues of Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Dr. Kamran Khazaeni conducted a study to determine if changes occur in a person’s voice after undergoing rhinoplasty.

“Changes in voice after rhinoplasty are perceptible to patients as well as to experts, but generally don’t cause problems with speech function.”

The study was performed on 27 people (22 women and 5 men) in Iran, where rhinoplasty is one of the most frequently performed procedures. After patients underwent rhinoplasty surgery, researchers made each person answer a questionnaire about how they thought their voice sounded. Trained listeners were asked to listen to random before-and-after audios of each patient to determine if there was a significant change in the patients’ voices. According to the article, “changes in voice after rhinoplasty are perceptible to patients as well as to experts, but generally don’t cause problems with speech function.”

These listeners determined that any change in a patient’s voice after surgery was likely due to an increase in hyponasality. Hyponasal speech is a term used to describe the voice when there is an inadequate amount of air moving through the nasal cavity. This condition commonly occurs when a person has a stuffy nose. However, they noted that although the rhinoplasty may have slightly changed a patient’s voice, the change in sound would barely be noticed by the untrained ear, if at all. More importantly, the researchers concluded that any alteration in the voice did not negatively affect the patient’s lives in any way.

If you think a rhinoplasty can be beneficial for you, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Mesbahi Plastic Surgery. Call our Virginia practice at (703) 287-8277 or conveniently fill out our online contact form to get started today. Dr. Alex N. Mesbahi is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS), and has extensive experience in performing nose surgery for men and women of all ages. He looks forward to meeting you soon and is dedicated to providing you with the best results possible.

How to Choose Your Rhinoplasty Surgeon

Female with short blonde hair thinking with question marks above her headAs the central part of the face, the nose is one of the most noticeable features of a person’s appearance. However, when individuals are unhappy with the size and/or shape of their nose, they typically desire a rhinoplasty (nose surgery) to improve their overall facial appearance. Due to the complexity of this procedure, it is imperative that patients choose the right surgeon to perform their rhinoplasty.

To ensure that you choose a surgeon that will perform your rhinoplasty safely and effectively, we’ve provided some valuable information below.

Board Certification

Before you decide to undergo any plastic surgery procedure, you should always check to see if the surgeon is certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery. Being board certified means that the surgeon has gone through extensive testing and has been evaluated by a panel of doctors who are already certified. Some boards are not recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties.

Cost

Many patients make the unfortunate decision to proceed with the least expensive surgeon, and some will even travel great distances to save money on the surgery. It is not uncommon for these decisions to lead to revision surgery that ends up costing more in the long run. The simple fact is that an experienced, well-credentialed surgeon will likely not be “cheaper.”  Being a central part of your appearance, the nose should be cared for by an expert with proven results you can see. You should consider investing in not only anticipated great results, but also getting through the surgery safely and with no complications.

Before & After Photos

During your consultation with a potential surgeon, always ask to see before and after photos of previous patients who have undergone rhinoplasty. This will not only give you an idea about how often they perform nose surgery, but it can also hint at what your final results will look like. Dr. Mesbahi also performs Vectra 3D imaging and morphing to provide his patients with a detailed analysis of their face and to show them what the results could look like.

The Facility

When searching for the right surgeon, make sure that he or she performs rhinoplasty at an accredited facility or hospital. This not only puts you at ease throughout the procedure, but also greatly decreases the likelihood that complications will occur during surgery.

Dr. Alex Mesbahi is a board-certified plastic surgeon who is extensively experienced in performing rhinoplasty surgery. He performs all of his procedures at his private, state-of-the-art surgery center and is dedicated to providing each and every one of his patients with results that they can feel great about.

Feel free to view before and after photos of some of Dr. Mesbahi’s past rhinoplasty patients.

If you live in Washington DC, Maryland, or Virginia and are unhappy with the appearance of your nose for any reason, we encourage you to contact Mesbahi Plastic Surgery. Simply call (703) 287-8277 fill out our online contact form to get started today.