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Jennifer Parker Porter, MD, FACS & Gina Chu, MD

7201 Wisconsin Ave., Suite 515
Bethesda, MD


Do certain fillers work better than others?

A lot depends on a person’s anatomy and how we perceive the filler is going to behave in individual cases. Some people have soft, superficial wrinkles while others are dealing with heavier folds that require more volume or lift. It’s a matter of our experience and knowing how different fillers work for different skin types. We carry a wide variety of filler options, from the newest filler, Juvederm Volbella®, which we love for its soft appearance and the best delivery of natural lip enhancement, to Restylane Lyft®, which volumizes in a subtle way. Fellowship trained facial plastic surgeons perform all the injections in our office, enabling us to address any concerns while avoiding complications. We always strive for natural results and are quick to tell patients when additional treatments would not deliver any further benefits.

How has your practice adapted to technology?​

What’s nice about this field is there’s always something new coming down the pike, to keep us on our toes. It’s important that we stay up to date on the latest advancements through research and continuing education and training. We adopted electronic medical records several years ago and our system will soon allow us to provide photo simulation prior to consultation. VISIA® skin analysis enables patients to visualize their skin progress and through MIRROR™ computer imaging, they can envision their surgical outcomes. Dr. Porter’s idea to set aside time blocks for drop in Botox® hours (Tox2GO) has been a big hit with patients, as they are quickly able to fill sudden openings in their schedules. The Tox2GO app is now available in the app store and allows patients to request last-minute Botox® appointments. We have also incorporated a variety of machines to enhance the treatments we offer, including Sciton BBL®, SculpSure®, Hydrafacial®, Thermage® and Viora® Reaction.


Dr. Porter: Sc.B., Brown University; MD, Duke University School of Medicine Dr. Chu: B.S., University of Georgia; MD, Morehouse School of Medicine