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Facial Paralysis FAQ

Dr. Houtan Chaboki is board-certified in otolaryngology (head and neck surgery) and facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. To learn more about facial paralysis in Washington, DC, contact us online or call our office at (202) 800-2085. Dr. Chaboki serves men and women in Washington, DC, Northern Virginia, and Maryland.

1. Where is surgery for Facial Paralysis performed?

Dr. Chaboki practices facial plastic surgery at several DC area surgical facilities to accommodate his patients. Cosmetic treatments such as Botox Cosmetic and 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.

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

2. What is recovery like after surgery for Facial Paralysis?

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 surgery for Facial Paralysis?

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 continue smoking cessation after the procedure.

4. What health conditions threaten a successful recovery after surgery for Facial Paralysis?

Dr. Chaboki performs a complete history and physical on all patients prior to undergoing cosmetic treatments. Surgery for facial paralysis in Washington, DC may usually be safely performed on many chronic, stable medical conditions. However, surgery for facial paralysis may be delayed or cancelled as needed for patient safety. Dr. Chaboki will work with his patients to help find a safe, appropriate plastic surgery option for them.

5. How long is the procedure?

Surgery for Facial Paralysis is relatively quick surgical procedure. The length of surgery may range from 1 hour or longer.

6. Will I need time off work after surgery for Facial Paralysis?

Most patients plan at least one week off from work. A longer period of recovery may be necessary for combined procedures.

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7. When can I resume regular exercise after surgery for Facial Paralysis?

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 after 2 weeks from the procedure. Contact sports are generally allowed after 6 weeks from surgery.

8. Can I combine surgery for Facial Paralysis with other facial surgery?

Yes, it's generally preferred to combine procedures. First, by combining surgery, insurance may cover a portion of the procedure, and you may save money on fees. Secondly, tissue modified from one area may be used for another surgical area, such as fat transfer and face lifting. Lastly, the recovery process following surgery would only be once, and you minimize downtime by avoiding two separate procedures. Commonly combined procedures with surgery for Facial Paralysis include the following:

  • Eyelid Surgery
  • Brow Lift
  • Face Lift
  • Fat Transfer

9. How much time passes between the initial consultation and surgery for Facial Paralysis?

Generally, a minimum of 2 weeks are 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 surgery for Facial Paralysis?

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. The office accepts insurance in applicable cases and will, if you wish, contact your insurance company to find out if your procedure will be covered. Insurance coverage varies greatly for patients, however, surgery for Facial Paralysis may be partially or fully covered.

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    Houtan Chaboki, M.D.