Frequently Asked Questions
Do you offer payment plans and how does it work?
We offer an innovative lay-a-way plans that allows patients to pay for procedures without interest, carrying charges or penalties. Should the patient not decide to have a procedure, all monies deposited are returned to the patient without any charges.
How much does the initial visit?
The initial visit will cost $50 and is not covered by health plans. The $ 50 is deducted from the cost of surgery if you decide to have the operation. All subsequent visits are free. New patient appointments are made Monday through Wednesday from 1pm to 5:30 pm.
Are operations covered by the medical plans?
Not usually. The only operation that health plans may cover are breast reductions (as long as it reduces more than 500 gm and you have a referral from a psychiatrist) and upper eyelid surgery when recommended by an ophthalmologist.
Can I operate the abdomen if I can I'm a little overweight?
The ideal for any type of body contouring surgery is to be in the correct weight for your height. This is determined in your initial visit by calculating your body's mass index (BMI). This index must be less than 27 to operate.
Where are the operations carried out?
All operations are carried out in our modern operating room at our office facility. The room is certified by JCHAO (www.jointcommission.org) the same way as hospitals. The procedures are done under local anesthesia and conscious sedation; all procedures are always ambulatory.
How long to recovery?
The recovery for most body procedures is 7 to 10 days. I like my patients to actively recover and not remain in bed. I'd rather you go for a walk the day after surgery. Most of my patients return to work a week after their body procedures. Face surgery takes a little more time, depending on facial swelling.
What is the difference between a mini-Abdominoplasty and a tummy tuck?
The mini-Abdominoplasty is an operation that is often combined with liposuction of the abdomen and the waist. During the operation excess skin is removed from the lower abdomen where it is loose or where there is a scar of a caesarean section. Abdominoplasty is a more complete procedure because all the skin is removed from the navel to the pubic area and abdominal muscles are arranged. The two operations are ambulatory and are performed under local anesthesia. For more information and photos go to the procedures section.
What type of implant is recommended for breast augmentations?
I use saline implants or silicone gel approved by the FDA. The gel implants feel more natural to the touch, but it looks like and weighs about the same. However, the gel implant is more expensive, the incision to insert it is longer (because it is full, whereas the water implant is filled once in place), and must be monitored with a breast MRI every three years. With the saline implant it is easier to correct differences in size. If the person does not have much tissue to cover the incision for the implant the person would likely benefit from a gel implant. This issue is addressed more fully during the evaluation.
What incision do you use for breast augmentations?
I usually recommend an incision at the bottom of the aureola. This incision has several advantages over the other two (armpit and below the breast fold). First, it is rare to have an ugly scar in this area. Incisions in the armpit area are sometimes visible with any strapless clothing. Second, I have better control of the operation from this access point. Third, recovery is less painful. Fourth, it does not raise the incidence of infection or problems with sensation of the nipple or breast-feeding. The other two incisions may be used if the patient prefers them.
Do you do breast augmentations and lifts at the same time?
Usually I do them both at a time but in certain cases where the sagging is very severe, I perform the lift first and once it returns to normal (3-6 months) then we carry out the augmentation.