COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY PRACTICE, SAFETY, AND SERVICES
What does “board-certified” mean?
As a surgeon, to be board certified indicates that the doctor has gone above and beyond the minimum standards with regard to education and continued study and has passed a test to prove the distinction.
What questions should I ask Dr. Moein during the initial consultation?
Sitting down with Dr. Moein during the initial consultation lets you ask the Cosmetic surgeon questions so that you can alleviate any concerns that you might have. To be sure that you have the right surgeon, here are some questions we recommend.
- Are you a board-certified surgeon in the discipline my surgery requires?
- How many successful procedures have you performed with regard to my specific surgery?
- Will I be receiving anesthesia? If so, what type and who will be providing it?
- What can I expect during the recovery process?
- How much is my surgery going to cost? Are there any associated costs I should know about?
The more questions you ask, the better informed you will be as a patient.
Are Cosmetic Plastic surgery and body contouring safe?
Every surgical procedure comes with risks. However, millions of people have undergone body-contouring procedures successfully. Complications, while they can happen, are rare. Dr. Moein follows strict safety protocols that take into account your medical history and present health. If there are any potential risks, Dr. Moein will discuss them with you during your initial consultation. We recommend the safest, sound approach with the best possible results.
Do you keep your patients and their procedures confidential?
Yes. All medical professionals are bound to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which protects your rights as a patient. The law holds doctors, nurses, and everyone else in possession of patient records personally responsible if those details are ever released without your permission. At Healthy Life Bariatrics, we take HIPAA very seriously and guarantee your patient details and procedure will be kept confidential at all times. We will only release your details to a third party with your express permission.
What treatments and services do you offer besides surgery?
Dr. Moein is a rarity in that he is board-certified and double fellowship trained in both weight loss surgery and body contouring surgery. In addition to procedures like gastric sleeve, lap band, and post-bariatric weight loss surgery, Dr. Moein also specializes in medically supervised diets and occasionally prescribes weight loss medication.
Am I a good candidate for cosmetic plastic surgery and body contouring surgery?
To find out if you are a good candidate for cosmetic surgery like a tummy tuck or breast augmentation is to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Moein at Moein Surgical Arts in Los Angeles, California. Dr. Moein will take into account your medical history and current health and can answer your questions and alleviate your concerns. By the end of the appointment, you will become better informed and will know if you are a good candidate for the surgery you have in mind.
What is the best age to have bariatric and body contouring surgery?
The age of the person isn’t as much of a determination as health when talking about plastic surgery candidacy. When it comes to bariatric surgery and body contouring, we have seen patients in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, and 60s. Surgery is riskiest when the person is aged 69 or older.
As long as you are of sound health, Dr. Moein will consider bariatrics or body contouring. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Moein so that your health history and current health can be assessed for an accurate final determination.
What does it mean for a surgeon to be board-certified? How do I find out if my doctor is board certified in cosmetic or plastic surgery?
Surgeons like Dr. Moein are required to pass a test to receive a board-certified distinction. To be board-certified means that the doctor has gone above and beyond with regard to education and continued education and has passed the test.
You are within your right to ask your surgeon for proof of board certification before your surgery to alleviate your concerns. A surgeon who cannot or refuses to show certification is a red flag that should force you to keep looking for the surgeon for you.
How do I prepare for surgery?
Dr. Moein and the team will let you know how to prepare for your procedure well in advance. The best way to prepare is to ask lots of questions. By having your questions answered, you will get a better idea of what to expect, meaning there will be few surprises, which is always good when you’re undergoing surgery. You will also want to discuss your needs and wants so that your surgeon can manage your expectations and explain your procedure in detail from the beginning of your surgery and throughout recovery.
As surgery approaches, let Dr. Moein know if there have been any changes to your medication. If you will be under anesthesia during surgery, it would be a good idea to arrange for a ride home following the procedure. Your ride can also help you fill any prescriptions you may need.
The night before the surgery, refrain from drinking or eating anything after midnight. Wash your face and hair with antibacterial soap and avoid smoking if at all possible.
Dr. Moein will give you a complete list of what to expect so that you are fully prepared by the day of your procedure.
What is the difference between cosmetic/aesthetic and reconstructive surgery?
Cosmetic or aesthetic surgery refers to procedures that are designed to improve your appearance. Reconstructive surgery refers to a medical procedure designed to repair dysfunctional areas of the body, such as breast reconstruction following a mastectomy. Dr. Moein is specialized in Cosmetic Surgery for reconstructive options. We will be happy to refer you to a member of our team with a plastic surgery specialty.
What is the difference between a “Cosmetic Surgeon” and a “Plastic Surgeon”?
A cosmetic surgeon specializes in using surgical and medical techniques to enhance a patient’s appearance. Cosmetic surgery is considered an elective procedure.
Plastic surgery is a surgical specialty that focuses on correcting dysfunctional areas of the body. Unlike cosmetic surgery, which is elective, plastic surgery is reconstructive in nature and is meant to fix defects caused by birth disorders, burns, trauma, and disease.
What are the possible risks?
All surgical procedures come with some risks if the necessary safety protocols are not followed, such as infection. Each procedure then comes with its own risks and complications, though these are rare. Dr. Moein will discuss any possible risks and side effects during your initial consultation.
Can several plastic surgery procedures be performed at the same time?
Yes. In fact, some patients prefer to opt for several procedures at once to minimize recovery times. In some cases, bulking procedures together can save you on cost. Examples of plastic surgeries that are often performed together include breast augmentation and tummy tuck. As long as you are in sound health, Dr. Moein can discuss combining procedures to limit your operating and recovery times. Schedule your initial consultation to learn more.
Is plastic surgery right for me?
That is no easy question. Dr. Moein would have to meet with you personally to listen to your wants and needs. During this initial consultation, he can answer your questions, alleviate your concerns, and manage your expectations. Only after assessing your medical history and current health can Dr. Moein accurately determine your candidacy for plastic surgery. Schedule today and meet with Dr. Moein for a more definitive answer.
How do I schedule a consultation?
We have made every effort to keep our scheduling process as easy as possible. You can always schedule by calling (310) 818-7916 or by clicking the “Contact Us Today!” button on the top right corner of our website.
You can also stop into our office at 2080 Century Park East, Suite 1508, in Los Angeles, California, 90067. We do have satellite offices in Encino and Glendale for our patient's convenience.
You can click on our Contact page to leave a note for our office staff, or you can ask a question by using the form near the footer of our website.
Use one of those methods and schedule today to start discussing the bariatric and body contouring procedures that can change your life for the better!
Do I need a consultation?
Yes. Dr. Moein needs to assess every patient to ensure they are a good candidate for bariatrics and body contouring. This cannot be done over the phone or via email. The meetings must be done in person and are conducted in a comfortable and private setting. Schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Moein to discuss the procedures you have in mind.
What should I expect during a Cosmetic surgery consultation?
Sitting down with Dr. Moein will allow the board-certified surgeon, with double fellowship training to educate you about your options and set your mind at ease prior to scheduling surgery.
During this first meeting, which is always conducted in a comfortable and private setting, you are encouraged to ask plenty of questions, especially any that are of particular concern to you. Dr. Moein’s goal is to help you relax as you learn more about bariatrics and post-bariatric body contouring.
Dr. Moein will also listen to your concerns and feedback before relaying the risks and benefits involved. You will learn where the surgery will take place, what to expect during the procedure and while in recovery, and all other aspects of the procedure.
By the time you leave, you will have a full understanding of the procedure and if you are a good candidate. If Dr. Moein decides that you are a good candidate for surgery, you can be scheduled on the spot. Call now to book your initial consultation with Dr. Moein.
THE SURGERY AND RECOVERY PROCESS
After I schedule surgery, what is the process?
After scheduling your procedure, you will learn the details of that day. You will be given the address and time of your procedure and instructions on how to prepare. You will learn how to manage any medications you are taking and how to arrange for pickup. There is no guesswork involved, in other words. If you need to know about it, Dr. Moein will ensure that he or one of our staff keeps you informed every step of the way. All you need to worry about is showing up for surgery and taking care of yourself throughout recovery. We will take care of all the rest.
What is recovery from cosmetic surgery and body contouring surgery like?
All surgeries are different, and some people heal faster or slower than others. Generally speaking, you may experience tenderness or discomfort at the surgical site and may need to stay off your feet for a while. Dr. Moein will instruct you on how to change bandages and how to manage any discomfort with prescription or over-the-counter medications. You will also learn when it is best to return to work and when to engage in your unusual routine following surgery. Dr. Moein will make every effort to ensure your recovery goes smoothly and with as little discomfort and disruption to your routine as possible. Ask about the recovery process for the procedure you have in mind during your initial consultation with Dr. Moein.
Will I need to take time off work while in recovery?
Some surgical procedures are more involved than others. You may need to take time off work for at least a day or two for minimal surgery. More significant surgery may require weeks away from work. It really comes down to how strenuous your job is and which surgery is performed. Ask Dr. Moein about the recovery process for the procedure you have in mind and if you need to miss work for at least a time after the procedure is completed.
COST AND INSURANCE INFORMATION
How do I find out the cost and fees for cosmetic procedures?
Dr. Moein can assess your medical history and current health during an initial consultation. Only after Dr. Moein has examined you can he determine the bariatric and plastic surgeries that may be best for you and all associated fees. During the consultation, you can also ask about insurance and other financial concerns. This is the best way to get an exact dollar amount for the procedure(s) you have in mind.
Is there a consultation fee?
Whether you will be charged a consultation depends on the procedure you have in mind. For medical procedures, such as weight loss surgery, a consultation fee will be charged to your insurance. If you are a cash-paying patient, we will often add the consultation fee to your overall procedure fee unless a promotional discount is applied. Please understand we reserve the right to change our prices without prior posted notice. But we will notify you regarding your fee before your consultation. There are no surprises.
Cosmetic surgery patients are not charged a consultation fee unless the consult includes functional issues or is greater than 20 min. There is a $50 no-show fee that will be charged if you do not arrive by the pre-scheduled appointment time. If you are going to cancel your appointment, please provide at least 24 hours' notice to avoid the no-show fee. At the time of your consultation, you will need to place a copy of your credit card to book a consultation. We value your time and provide you with a consultation and expect our patients to value our time.
For details, call our office at 310 589 3691
Does insurance cover cosmetic surgery? Is my procedure covered by insurance?
Cosmetic surgery is considered an elective by insurance companies, which means that providers are hesitant to cover any procedures designed to merely enhance your appearance.
Plastic surgeries are reconstructive in nature and are viewed differently by insurers. Examples of plastic surgeries that are often covered by insurance include breast reconstruction following a mastectomy, breast augmentation to make lopsided breasts become more symmetrical, and revising previous breast reconstructions.
Other procedures covered by insurance can include breast reductions to alleviate discomfort, male breast reduction, panniculectomy (the removal of excess fat and skin after significant weight loss), and the tummy tuck.
Whether insurance will cover your procedure depends on your insurance provider and the surgery in question. Ask Dr. Moein about the costs associated with surgery and whether insurance will pick up the tab during your initial consultation. Schedule today to learn more.
PROMOTIONS AND EVENTS
Do you offer promotions or specials?
We do offer promotions and specials; please check our website for monthly specials. We do offer financing options for many of our bariatric and post-bariatric body contouring procedures. Call our office at (310) 589-3691 to learn more.
Do you have events?
We don’t have any events scheduled at this time but keep checking our website to see if we have any future events scheduled. Call our office to learn more.