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Med Spa FAQ

Dr. Houtan Chaboki is board-certified in otolaryngology (head and neck surgery) and facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. To learn more about Washington, DC med spa skin care treatments, 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. What are Med Spa Treatments?

Med Spa treatments include all the non-surgical options for facial rejuvenation. These cosmetic procedures include the following:

  • BOTOX® Cosmetic
  • Facial Fillers (hyaluronic acid, collagen, etc)
  • Fat Transfer
  • Chemical Peel
  • Lip Enhancement
  • Non-Surgical Facelift
  • Washington, DC Skin Care Products

Med Spa treatments are quick, in-office procedures. Aesthetic results may be immediate without the longer recovery period that may result from traditional plastic surgery.

2. Where are Med Spa Treatments performed?

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

3. What is recovery like after Med Spa Treatments?

Downtime after cosmetic procedures is usually ranges between 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

4. Will smoking affect my recovery after Med Spa Treatments?

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.

5. What health conditions threaten a successful recovery after Med Spa treatments?

Dr. Chaboki performs a complete history and physical on all patients prior to undergoing cosmetic treatments. Med Spa treatments may usually be safely performed on many chronic, stable medical conditions. However, med spa treatments 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.

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6. How long is the procedure?

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

7. Will I need time off work after Med Spa treatments?

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.

8. When can I resume regular exercise after Med Spa treatments?

Strenuous activities or exercise after non-surgical 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.

9. Can I combine cosmetic Med Spa Treatments with other facial surgery?

Yes, it's generally preferred to combine procedures such as a facelift near Maryland with a non-surgical treatment like BOTOX. The Med Spa treatments may be combined with each other, such as BOTOX Cosmetic and facial filler. Facial cosmetic surgery that is commonly combined with med spa treatments includes the following:

  • Eyelid Surgery
  • Face Lift
  • Brow Lift

10. How much time passes between the initial consultation and Med Spa treatments?

Non-surgical procedures may be performed at the same time as the initial consultation. Select procedures may be performed at a later time.

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11. Does insurance cover Med Spa Treatments?

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, rhinoplasty may be partially or fully covered.

12. Are fat injections an option after already having an injectable filler, such as Restylane®, JUVÉDERM® Injectable Gel, or RADIESSE®?

Yes, generally. Fat is a natural alternative to injectable fillers. The decision largely depends on the following:

  • Original area treated with an injectable filler
  • The area being considered for facial enhancement with fat grafting
  • Time interval between the injectable filler and fat grafting

Usually, if you are considering adding more volume or filling wrinkles in the same area as a prior injectable filler, it's better to wait until the first treatment if complete. Depending on the original filler, the waiting time may range from several months to over a year.

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    Houtan Chaboki, M.D.