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Lip Enhancement FAQ

Dr. Houtan Chaboki is board-certified in Otolaryngology and specializes exclusively in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. To learn more about lip enhancement in Northern Virginia, request a cosmetic consultation with Dr. Chaboki online or call his office at (202) 800-2085. He serves men and women in Washington, DC, Northern Virginia, and Maryland.

1. Where is Lip Enhancement performed?

Dr. Chaboki practices facial plastic surgery at several DC area surgical facilities to accommodate his patients. Cosmetic treatments such as lip augmentation and minor procedures with local anesthesia are performed in the DC office.

2. What is recovery like after Lip Enhancement?

Downtime after cosmetic procedures is usually a few hours to a day, depending on the specific procedure and areas treated. Office procedures are performed under local anesthesia, if any anesthesia is required. Most patients do not require any time off from work, and may even return to work on the same day

3. Will smoking affect my recovery after Lip Enhancement?

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 Lip Enhancement?

Dr. Chaboki performs a complete history and physical on all patients prior to undergoing cosmetic treatments. Lip enhancement in Northern Virginia may usually be safely performed on many chronic, stable medical conditions. However, lip enhancement may be delayed or cancelled 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?

Lip augmentation treatments are relatively quick cosmetic procedures. The length of treatment may range from 15 minutes to an hour.

6. Will I need time off work after Lip Enhancement?

Most patients do not require any time off from work, and may even return to work on the same day. A longer period of recovery may be necessary for combined procedures.

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7. When can I resume regular exercise after Lip Enhancement?

Strenuous activities or exercise after nonsurgical cosmetic treatments 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 cosmetic treatment 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 Lip Enhancement with other facial plastic 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 lip enhancement include the following:

  • BOTOX® Cosmetic
  • Chemical Peel
  • Fat Transfer

9. How much time passes between the initial consultation and Lip Enhancement?

Nonsurgical procedures may be performed at the same time as the initial consultation. Select procedures may be performed at a later time. Generally, a minimum of 2 weeks are allowed from the consultation to prepare for surgery.

10. Does insurance cover Lip Enhancement?

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, plastic surgery may be partially or fully covered.

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    Houtan Chaboki, M.D.