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Asian Eyelid Surgery FAQ

Dr. Houtan Chaboki specializes in facial plastic surgery. He offers the women and men who visit him in Washington, DC Asian eyelid surgery (also called blepharoplasty) to enhance their eye areas while preserving their ethnic characteristics. This page contains answers to some of the questions he is most commonly asked about Asian eyelid surgery.

To learn more about Asian eyelid surgery and other procedures to help you look more attractive, request a cosmetic consultation with Dr. Chaboki online or call his office at (202) 800-2085.

1. Where is Asian eyelid surgery performed?

Dr. Chaboki practices facial plastic surgery at several DC area surgical facilities to accommodate his patients. Minor procedures with local anesthesia are performed in the DC office. Surgical procedures with IV (twilight) sedation or general anesthesia are performed at accredited facilities with a board-certified anesthesiologist.

Dr. Chaboki practices facial plastic surgery at several DC-area surgical facilities to accommodate his patients. Minor procedures including Asian eyelid surgery are performed in the DC office. Surgical procedures with IV (twilight) sedation or general anesthesia are performed at accredited facilities with a board-certified anesthesiologist.

  • Georgetown University Medical Center
  • The George Washington University Medical Center
  • Sibley Memorial Hospital
  • MedStar Surgery Center

2. What is recovery like after Asian eyelid surgery?

Downtime after cosmetic procedures may be a few hours to several days, depending on the specific procedure and areas treated. Office procedures are performed under local anesthesia, if any anesthesia is required. Surgical procedures are performed with either IV (twilight) sedation or general anesthesia and require a longer recovery period. Anesthesia normally wears off within the first 24 hours after surgery.

3. Will smoking affect my recovery after Asian eyelid surgery?

Smoking adversely affects your recovery. One may develop pneumonia, and treated areas don't heal as well or may become infected. The blood vessels that supply oxygen and nutrients to the tissues shrink up and prevent the necessary healing of the area. Patients must stop smoking for a minimum of two weeks prior to surgery to decrease the risk of these complications, and they must continue smoking cessation after the procedure.

4. What health conditions threaten a successful recovery after Asian eyelid surgery?

Dr. Chaboki performs a complete history and physical on all patients prior to undergoing cosmetic treatments. Asian eyelid surgery is usually safe for patients with chronic, stable medical conditions. However, the surgery may be delayed or canceled as needed for patient safety. Dr. Chaboki will work with his cosmetic patients to help find a safe, appropriate plastic surgery option for them.

5. How long is the procedure?

Asian blepharoplasty is a relatively quick surgical procedure. The length of surgery may range from 1 hour to longer, if combined with other cosmetic surgery.

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6. Will I need time off work after Asian eyelid surgery?

Most patients plan at least a few days or 1 week off from work. A longer period of recovery may be necessary for combined procedures.

7. When can I resume regular exercise after Asian eyelid surgery?

Strenuous activities or exercise after plastic surgery will increase the risk of bleeding, swelling, and bruising, until an appropriate healing time has been allowed. This restriction during the recovery period varies based on the operation performed and patient's medical condition. Light activities, such as slow walking, may be performed soon after anesthesia. Heavy activity, such as aerobics, yoga, cycling, running, heavy lifting, or similar vigorous activities are allowed 2 weeks after the procedure. Contact sports are generally allowed 6 weeks after surgery.

8. Can I combine cosmetic Asian eyelid surgery with other facial surgery?

Yes, it's generally preferred to combine procedures such as Asian eyelid surgery with BOTOX® Cosmetic jaw reduction, or another complementary treatment. Commonly combined procedures with eyelid surgery include the following:

9. How much time passes between the initial consultation and Asian eyelid surgery?

Generally, a minimum of 2 weeks is allowed from the consultation to prepare for surgery. Select procedures may be performed earlier. Non-surgical procedures may be performed at the same time as the initial consultation.

10. Does insurance cover Asian eyelid surgery?

Dr. Chaboki provides the finest in both cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery at affordable prices and participates with most insurance plans. Plastic surgery covers a broad area of medicine, which includes both reconstructive procedures and cosmetic procedures. If your procedure is medically indicated, some portion of the cost may be covered. Our office accepts insurance in applicable cases and will, if you wish, contact your insurance company to find out whether your procedure will be covered. Insurance coverage varies greatly for patients.

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    Houtan Chaboki, M.D.