Thursday, 27 October 2016

Is Cosmetic Surgery Covered By Insurance? Ask Dr. Brian Evans

Is cosmetic surgery covered by insurance? This is a question that many people have and ask Dr. Brian Evans, when planning to undergo a cosmetic surgery procedure. It is a fact that plastic surgery is expensive. The cost is a big factor that influences your decision whether to undergo cosmetic surgery or not.

Financing Options for Cosmetic Surgery

Before committing to any procedure, most plastic surgeons will ask you to pay a deposit. Plus, there are additional fees that you have to incur in the facility. The good news is that your insurance may help cover part of your procedure cost. There are many financing companies that offer easy and convenient loans to pay for medical expenses associated with plastic surgery. Insurance providers assist patients seeking cosmetic surgery with financing for their desired procedure. With the help of these financing companies, you can pay for your surgery costs in easy installments over time.

There are certain procedures that the insurance companies refuse to cover. As far as eligibility for insurance is concerned, plastic surgery is categorized into two: cosmetic and reconstructive. Certain cosmetic surgery procedures are undergone for reasons other than aesthetic ones. Cosmetic procedures that are performed to improve function rather than aesthetic aspects are eligible for an insurance cover. For e.g. when a person chooses to have blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery for cosmetic enhancement, then the procedure will not get insurance coverage. At the same time, the same procedure performed to correct drooping eyelids that are causing vision problems is eligible for insurance coverage. Breast augmentation, when performed to meet aesthetic goals is not covered by insurance.

Cosmetic Surgery and Insurance

Some of the cosmetic surgery procedures covered by insurance:
Abdominoplasty: If performed for an obese person to improve or eliminate health problems.
Breast surgery: It is eligible to get financial coverage for breast surgery procedures, if performed to reduce large breasts that cause back pain, shoulder pain, and related conditions.
Ear surgery: If performed to correct ears deformed by disease or injury, or those deformed at birth.
Blepharoplasty or Eyelid surgery: Is covered, if performed to correct drooping eyelids, which cause vision problems.
Nasal surgery: If performed to correct nasal deformities and nasal birth defects.

Find out whether the cosmetic surgery procedures you have opted for are eligible for insurance coverage. It is important to have a talk with both your surgeon and your insurance provider. They can explain to you whether your desired procedure is covered by insurance or not. Coverage for specific procedures and coverage levels might vary. You can receive full or partial coverage for your plan. Choose a reliable insurance company to consolidate and manage your healthcare expenses and make your body contouring dreams a reality.

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Friday, 21 October 2016

Tummy Tuck - The Perfect Mommy Makeover

A new baby brings joy and life not only to you, but to your whole family. Although becoming a mother is a fulfilling experience, you may feel self-conscious about the effects that pregnancy had on your body. During pregnancy, your stomach muscles often separate and skin stretches, this causes loose and sagging skin, stretch marks, and excess fat that cannot be repaired without surgical intervention.

The perfect way to counteract the physical changes that pregnancy brings is by having a "Mommy Makeover," which is a combination of a tummy tuck, liposuction, and usually a breast augmentation or a breast augmentation with a lift. A tummy tuck is primarily designed to address the effects of pregnancy that cannot be reversed through diet and exercise. If you are considering a tummy tuck, it is important to carefully prepare and to follow your doctor's instructions for a successful recovery. Come to Beverly Hills in California and consult Brian Evans MD a Board-certified plastic surgeon.

What is a Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a procedure that can restore a toned stomach by tightening the abdominal muscles and removing excess skin. During a tummy tuck procedure, the surgeon manually tightens the muscles of the abdominal wall and sutures them into place. Excess skin is then removed from the patient's abdomen to create a firmer, flatter midsection. The abdominoplasty procedure can be customized to your specific goals and can be combined with liposuction and breast augmentation, or a breast augmentation with a lift.

Planning Your Tummy Tuck

Your current health and lifestyle, the areas of your body you want to target, and how a post-pregnancy tummy tuck will affect your family life are all factors that you will want to consider before undergoing a "mommy makeover." It is important to be at a stable weight before having tummy tuck surgery. However, if you have excess skin after your pregnancy, a tummy tuck is often the only way to get rid of loose overhanging skin.

Recovering From a Tummy Tuck

If you undergo a tummy tuck you can anticipate approximately 7-10 days off of work. During this time, you should not do any strenuous exercise. It is imperative that you follow the post-surgery instructions that you receive from your physician regarding how much weight you are able to lift, how often you should get out of bed, how long you should wear your compression garment, and how to care for your incision.

Complications from a Tummy Tuck

There are risks associated with any surgical procedure, but serious complications are rare with a tummy tuck. Common risks associated with any surgery include blood clots, infections, and slow healing. One of the most important things you can do to reduce the risk of complications is to avoid smoking and being around second-hand smoke. Exposure to cigarettes decreases the size of your blood vessels and constricts the amount of circulation and oxygen available in your blood to your incisions.

If you are considering a tummy tuck, Dr Brian Evans of Cosmetic Surgery Affiliates is a rare and uniquely qualified plastic surgeon whose private medical practice has been divided between cosmetic and reconstructive surgery and the care of the burn-injured patient.
Patients who choose Brian Evans Plastic Surgery Hosptial & Medical center center for their tummy tuck surgery can expect dramatic and life-changing results. Contact our plastic surgery center 818-665-3585 in West Hills Hosptial & Medical center today for further information about tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) procedures.
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Monday, 17 October 2016

Get Rid of Excess Skin with a Body Lift from Dr Brian Evans after Massive Weight Loss

You've lost all the weight, you're on a strict diet-You're even JOGGING! But, there's just one problem actually many problems:
  • Excess skin you hadn't expected left after weight loss.
  • Stubborn pockets of fat that diet and exercise won't budge.
  • An overall feeling of "what's the point"? After you've lost so much weight but there's that little bit left that won't go away.

Don't give up yet! Before you fall off the wagon, decide you are fated to be fat, and start shoving double cheeseburgers into your mouth. There's one more option-Plastic surgery. Plastic surgery after massive weight loss is a great way to shape up those little pockets of flab that won't say goodbye. The "body lift" is the most recommended plastic surgery.

How the Body Lift Gets the Job Done

The body lift is a combination plastic surgery that removes fat and tissue from different parts of the body. The tummy tuck attacks the belly fat, the arm lift fights the "bingo wings", liposuction sucks out fat, the butt lift battles the butt fat, the thigh lift well, you get the point.
Unlike these plastic surgery techniques, the body lift works on the whole body for total body contouring. It uses smaller versions of these procedures to pinch a little here, tuck a little there, and give you the finished product-A perfect body! Think of the body lift as the happy ending to your massive weight loss saga.

Finding the Right Surgeon

Body lift is becoming a more and more popular surgery, and as it does so, there are more doctors everywhere with the experience necessary to perform it. The first step is to research plastic surgeons in your area. You should look for a doctor who has some experience with the body lift. Because it uses lots of different techniques, experience is key. If you don't find anyone who does body lifts in your area, you should consider traveling to another area. Visit Brian Evans MD if you are looking in West Hills, CA.

After finding an experienced body lift surgeon, you should schedule a consultation. This is the most important step! At the consultation, your doctor will explain the procedure. They will explain what you can expect from your surgery. They'll also ask you about your medical history, and make an overall assessment of your flab problems.
The consultation is also your chance to get information about the surgery. Ask lots of questions, have a good look at before and after photos, and ask the doctor about their experience. If there is anything that puts you off about the clinic or the doctor, go somewhere else. It is far too important to leave in the hands of someone you don't totally trust.

You can expect some recovery time. Because the body lift uses so many small operations, the recovery can be serious. Make sure you follow doctor's instructions and most of all, take it easy for a while. Don't exert any part of your body. You'll just have to take a vacation on the couch and make somebody else do everything too bad!
Don't feel gypped after your massive weight loss. Get rid of the flab that keeps hanging around with a body lift. Plastic surgery after massive weight loss can get you the way you want to be-slim and happy!

At Dr. Brian Evans Plastic Surgery West Hills Hosptial & Medical center, everybody lift procedure is customized for the needs of our patients. Depending on the amount and location of excess skin, Dr. Brian Evans can focus efforts on one particular area of the body like the thighs or arms, or perform a complete upper or lower body lift. The goal is to help patients feel better in their bodies, and help them overcome every obstacle that may arise after weight loss. For the best results, Brian Evans Plastic Surgery patients can opt for a lower body lift, which includes a tummy tuck, or a complete upper body lift, which may require a Neck Lift and Breast Lift.

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Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Eyelid Surgery from Dr. Brian Evans Can Make You Look Brighter and Younger

Eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty creates an open, larger, brighter appearing eye. By removing excess loose skin and fatty tissue which produce bags of the upper or lower lid, the eye appears larger, less tired, more open and brighter.
In women, excess loose tissue prevents optimal use of makeup and obscures the normal contours of the eyelid. In both women and men, loose, sagging, bulging tissues make the eye appear smaller and more tired or stressed.
 The goal of eyelid surgery is to produce a significant improvement in eyelid appearance with the utmost safety.
If you have any type of eye disease or symptoms, these must be carefully investigated and considered in planning your blepharoplasty surgery, visit Brian Evans Plastic Surgery for more details. After examining you, Dr. Brian Evans may request a consultation from an ophthalmologist if he feels that your safety would benefit.


There are limits to the amount of tissue which can or should be removed from the eyelid. Excessive removal of fat can produce a hollow, unnatural appearance. Excessive removal of skin can cause deformities or prevent proper eye closure. The key to the best result is precise planning of the procedure based on careful measurements of your eyelids.
Eyelid surgery cannot remove every wrinkle from the eyelid area. Differences which exist in the eyelids on both sides may be improved after surgery, but slight differences will always be present.


Risks of injury to the eye, infection or bleeding which could impair vision are extremely small, but do exist and must be considered.
Other risks common to all surgical procedures such as bleeding, infection and scar tissue formation occur in a very small percentage of cases. We will give you more detailed information about these and other rare risks in our written information, and encourage you to discuss any which concern you during your consultation.
If deformities exist in areas of the face besides the eyelids, additional procedures may be necessary in those areas for optimal facial appearance.

About The Operation

It is critically important that decisions regarding amounts of removal be made with you upright immediately prior to surgery, since the degree of deformities changes drastically when you lie down. For the most accurate correction, your eyelids must be measured and marked with you sitting before going to the operating room.
By using very fine electrosurgical instruments for many aspects of the procedure, risks of bleeding and the amount of bruising following the procedure are greatly reduced, speeding your recovery.

Incisions for eyelid surgery are placed deep in the fold of the upper eyelid and immediately beneath the lashes in the lower eyelid to make them inconspicuous. If only fat removal is necessary in the lower eyelid, the incision can sometimes be located on the inside of the lid.

During the procedure, excess skin is removed from the upper and lower eyelids to improve lid contours. If excess fatty tissue is producing bulges or bags, only the excess is carefully removed to produce a natural lid appearance.
After carefully rechecking the lid, the incisions are closed with tiny sutures or stitches.


You will have virtually no pain whatever following your eyelid surgery. You'll have some swelling for the first two or three days after surgery, but it decreases rapidly by the third day.
When your sutures are removed on the fourth or fifth day after surgery, you can immediately apply makeup to the lids to hide any residual traces of bruising. You can usually return to your normal activities in a week or less.

The Stages of Recovery

Patients usually want to know about four stages of recovery: hospitalization time, when swelling or bruising is resolved, when they'll be able to return to work or social activity, and when they can return to full aerobic or strenuous exercise.
For eyelid procedures, the average procedure is usually performed as an outpatient procedure. Bruising and swelling resole in 5-10 days or less. Patients can return to work and social activities within 14-21 days.

Most surgeons encourage immediate return to full normal activity immediately. Just don't do any type of strenuous exercise that would push your pulse over 100 for about two to three weeks. Any aerobic activity that increases your pulse over 100 also increases your blood pressure, and could make you bleed.
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Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Silicone Gel and Breast Implants - Dr. Brian Evans

About Silicone Breast Implants 

On November 17, 2006, the FDA approved silicone gel implants. Now that the products have been determined to be safe and effective, the FDA will continue to monitor them by requiring each breast implant manufacturer (Mentor and Inamed) to conduct a large post approval study following which will follow about 40,000 women for 10 years after receiving breast implants. The FDA often requires post market studies to answer important questions that can only be answered once a product is in broader use, such as the incidence of rare adverse events.

The FDA's decision to approve these implants was based on a thorough review of each company's clinical (core) and preclinical studies, a review of studies by independent scientific bodies and deliberations of advisory panels of outside experts that heard public comment from hundreds of stakeholders. In addition, the FDA conducted inspections of each company’s manufacturing facilities to determine that they comply with the FDA Good Manufacturing Practices. Some of the complications reported in the core studies included hardening of the area around the implant, breast pain, change in nipple sensation, implant rupture and the need for additional surgery. However, the majority of women in these studies reported being satisfied with their implants.

In the past decade, a number of independent studies have examined whether silicone gel-filled breast implants are associated with connective tissue disease or cancer. The studies, including a report by the Institute of Medicine, have concluded there is no convincing evidence that breast implants are associated with either of these diseases. However, these issues will be addressed further in the post approval studies conducted by the companies.

About Silicone Gel

Silicon is the second most abundant element on earth, next to oxygen. Silicones are actually a family of chemical compounds. They are made of silicon, which is a naturally occurring element found in sand, quartz, and rock. When silicon is mixed with oxygen, hydrogen, and carbon, it becomes silicone. Silicone can be made in a variety of forms. Low molecular weight silicones form oils. Middle molecular weight forms gels, and high molecular weight forms elastomers and rubbers. Silicone is found in many other types of implants, such as facial implants, artificial joints, drainage systems, etc.

Currently, Mentor and Inamed silicone implants have 3 layers of shell surrounding the silicone gel. This reduces the amount of gel bleed. It does, however, make the implants a bit firmer than they were years ago, but this is attributed to the thicker shell. Silicone implants of today are still very soft and natural feeling.

Silicone gel breast implants come pre-filled, meaning that there is no fill to be added. The only real drawback to a pre-filled implant is that the incision will have to be a bit longer, depending on the size of the implant to be inserted. This is especially true for textured silicone and gummy bear silicone implants, which are somewhat firmer. Another reason that textured silicone implants require a longer incision is the fact that the shell is textured. Because silicone gel breast implants come pre-filled, they cannot be inserted via the TUBA incision (nor can any other type of pre-filled implant).

Dr. Brian Evans Plastic Surgeon an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in breast augmentation can be invaluable in helping you decide how large you want to go. Dr. Brian Evans MD can evaluate your anatomy and take accurate measurements of your chest and breasts to determine the proper proportions for your frame. He will also take into account how lax, or loose, your skin is — an important consideration because, for an aesthetically pleasing augmentation, you must have enough tissue to cover the breast implants.
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