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Plastic Surgery FAQ

Does health insurance cover cosmetic surgery?

In most cases, procedures done for purely cosmetic reasons are not covered by health insurance. Costs may be covered if a procedure is done to for a medical reason, such as to treat precancerous lesions. Always check with your insurance carrier for exact terms of coverage.

Am I a good candidate for plastic surgery?

People who have health conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, lung disease, heart disease, high cholesterol, arthritis, and emphysema are not generally good candidates for cosmetic surgery. Further, if you are malnourished, severely depressed, obese or you smoke or drink heavily, it is likely that you are not a good candidate. All surgery has inherent risks, but if you have a health problem it increases the likelihood of complications. Any and all health conditions should be discussed openly with your cosmetic surgeon so they can help you make the most informed decision.

How old do you need to be to get plastic surgery?

You have to be 18 without parents’ permission, but if you are younger than 18 you will need their permission. If you are under 18 and do have your parent’s permission, the doctor needs to make sure you have stopped growing before proceeding with certain surgeries, such as rhinoplasty.

How can I get financing for my procedure(s)?

Check our Financing Plastic Surgery page for more information on how to apply for and secure financing for your surgery.

Face Procedures FAQ

What are the differences between a facelift and non-surgical alternatives?

When comparing a facelift to non-surgical alternatives, the primary differences lie in the approach and longevity of results. A facelift, performed by board-certified plastic surgeons like Dr. Mazin Al-Hakeem and Dr. Eric C. Hu, involves surgical adjustments to address sagging skin and deeper facial tissues, providing more comprehensive and longer-lasting rejuvenation. Non-surgical alternatives, such as injectables, offer a less invasive option with minimal downtime but may require more frequent maintenance. These cosmetic procedures are ideal for patients not ready to commit to surgery.

How long is the recovery time for eyelid enhancement surgery?

The recovery time for eyelid enhancement surgery varies but is generally relatively short. Patients typically experience a week of downtime.

How does the Plastic Surgery Institute of California customize rhinoplasty procedures to suit individual facial structures?

Customizing rhinoplasty procedures at the Plastic Surgery Institute of California involves a meticulous approach. Our plastic surgeons tailor each rhinoplasty to suit individual facial structures, considering factors like nasal anatomy, facial proportions, and the patient’s unique aesthetic goals, ensuring natural-looking and harmonious results.

Breast Procedures FAQ

What options are available for breast implants at the Plastic Surgery Institute of California?

Breast augmentation options at the Plastic Surgery Institute of California encompass a range of choices. Patients can opt for gummy bear, silicone, or saline implants, each offering distinct advantages to personalize breast surgical enhancements.

Who are the ideal candidates for breast reduction surgery?

Ideal candidates for breast reduction surgery are individuals with disproportionately large, heavy breasts that cause physical discomfort, such as neck and back pain, shoulder grooving from bra straps, and skin irritation. Additionally, candidates should be in good overall health and have realistic expectations about the potential outcomes of the procedure.

For men considering surgery for gynecomastia, what are the contraindications?

For men considering surgery for gynecomastia, contraindications may include uncontrolled medical conditions, such as heart disease or severe obesity, as well as the use of certain medications that can contribute to the development of gynecomastia. A comprehensive evaluation by a qualified plastic surgeon is essential to determine the suitability for gynecomastia surgery.

Body Procedures FAQ

What are the components of a Mommy Makeover, and how is it tailored to individual post-pregnancy needs?

A Mommy Makeover at the Plastic Surgery Institute of California comprises various components to address post-pregnancy needs. These may include a combination of rejuvenation techniques and procedures like breast augmentation, tummy tuck, and liposuction, tailored to restore a woman’s pre-pregnancy body, considering individual concerns and goals.

Who are the ideal candidates for a tummy tuck?

Ideal candidates for a tummy tuck are individuals seeking to address excess abdominal skin and weakened muscles, often resulting from pregnancy or significant weight loss. The procedure is a transformative solution for achieving a firmer, more contoured midsection.

How long does it typically take to see the final results of liposuction?

The final results of liposuction are typically visible within 3 to 6 months after the procedure, once the post-operative swelling has fully subsided. Patients can expect a more contoured and proportionate body shape, provided they maintain a stable weight and a healthy lifestyle.

Dr. Mazin Al-Hakeem

Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Mazin Al-Hakeem, is a board-certified Plastic, Reconstructive, and Cosmetic Surgeon. Dr. Al-Hakeem has been in practice since 2000 and is a professional member of the Orange County Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation.
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