Dr. Albert Chow's Blog

Eyelid Surgery Recovery: What to Expect & How to Recover Quickly

Eyelid Surgery Recovery

As they plan their eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), my San Francisco patients often feel some uncertainty about what that process will be like and how long it will take to feel completely back to normal. If you’re considering eyelid surgery, you likely have some of the same concerns. Understanding what to expect is a great way to put your mind at … Read more

How To Choose the Best Rhinoplasty (Nose Job) Surgeon

Choosing a Rhinoplasty Surgeon

Choosing the best rhinoplasty (nose job) surgeon for your San Francisco procedure is perhaps the most important step you’ll take in your plastic surgery journey. As you trust your face to someone else’s hand, you want to make sure that person is as qualified and experienced as possible, and also that they care about you and will support you each … Read more

Mask-Wearing Brings Focus to Your Eyes

Masks Bring Attention to Eyes

Enter an office or grocery store filled with customers wearing masks and it’s natural to focus on their eyes. Wearing a mask is the “new normal” in the Covid-19 era, and friends, strangers, and family are noticing the appearance of your eyes more than ever. People who feel self-conscious about their eyes may want to consider nonsurgical or surgical procedures, … Read more

Septoplasty 101: Answering Your Most Commonly Asked Questions

A woman can breathe better after getting a septoplasty.

Obstructed breathing can greatly affect your quality of life. A deviated septum can also cause problems such as chronic nosebleeds, nasal pressure, or sinus infections. Septoplasty surgery at my San Francisco plastic surgery practice gently adjusts the inner structures of the nose so patients can finally breathe comfortably and freely. Up to 80% of people have septums that are deviated … Read more

Dr. Chow’s Office Will Re-Open June 1 with a New “Safer Appointment” Process

We are excited to welcome you back to our practice for surgical and nonsurgical appointments beginning Monday, June 1. We have adapted our scheduling process and extended our hours to minimize patient overlap and maximize convenience. To celebrate the end of the shelter-in-place, we are offering a 30% DISCOUNT on all nonsurgical treatments and products! (Offer good on 1 treatment, … Read more

Embracing Imperfection: How Nose Jobs Are Evolving

How Nose Jobs Are Evolving

As a San Francisco plastic surgeon specializing in rhinoplasty, I see many patients with different nose surgery requests. For the most part, people undergo surgery to hide imperfections or change the size of the nose. But recent trends have made rhinoplasty less straightforward As times change, rhinoplasty patients are requesting different things. While there are certain nose “ideals”—such as symmetry … Read more

“Liquid Rhinoplasty” Is Trending: What Are the Risks?

A woman receives an exam to determine what can be achieved with a non surgical rhinoplasty.

For those unhappy with the appearance of their noses, rhinoplasty has been the trusted solution for decades. It is a permanent fix to a persistent problem, allowing surgeons to adjust the size, shape, and slope of the nose. I specialize in rhinoplasty at my San Francisco plastic surgery practice, and I know how transformative the procedure can be. However, some … Read more

A Rhinoplasty Without Surgery? More Details, Please

A woman looks happy with her non surgical rhinoplasty results.

The nose is at the center of the face, which means it can attract attention if it’s large or asymmetrical. Many people undergo a rhinoplasty at my San Francisco practice so they can feel less self-conscious when looking in the mirror. But what if surgery makes you feel uneasy? Is there a less invasive way to change your nose? With … Read more

How Do You Choose a Septoplasty Surgeon?

Up close of a woman's profile

Often in my San Francisco plastic surgery practice, patients are referred to me for septoplasty. As a triple board-certified plastic surgeon with special training in otolaryngology (head and neck surgery), I am specifically qualified to help patients with septum-related issues, such as a deviated septum and turbinate reduction. What is Septoplasty? Septoplasty is traditionally taught in otolaryngology training programs as … Read more