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Posted by : drbrianevans | On : October 26, 2016

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.

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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.


Learn more about our plastic surgery procedures near, visit Dr. Brian Evans Plastic Surgery Clinic.

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Posted by : drbrianevans | On : October 20, 2016

Breast Implants

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).


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 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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Posted by : drbrianevans | On : October 15, 2016

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 Dr Brian Evans 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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Posted by : drbrianevans | On : October 10, 2016

Brazilian butt augmentation is a body enhancement solution which helps people increase the size and improve the shape of their buttocks. People who have poorly developed, flat or insignificant derriere stand to benefit from this cosmetic procedure.

A beautiful body attracts attention and appeals to all; but those who are body conscious, work out extensively and are careful of their dietary intake often tend to have the least conspicuous posterior in spite of an otherwise shapely body. Advancement in the field of plastic surgery has made it easy to solve this problem. Brazilian butt augmentation is becoming increasingly popular as a good solution. Recent reports indicate a multifold increase in the number of prospective candidates for the elective procedure compared to the previous years.

Portrait of a beautiful, young, woman sleeping in bed

Contact Brian Evans Plastic Surgeon who is successfully performing micro fat grafting for years. As the demand for more shapely bottoms skyrockets, these same techniques have been adapted to augment and shape the buttocks for those who are good candidates.

The three stage procedure involves: fat liposuction from specific parts of the body, processing of the same for the purpose of purification and finally the injection of fat into the buttocks.


Fat is extracted from selected areas around the stomach and thighs. The process of purification is important as it helps segregate fat cells that are best suited for contouring the buttocks. This ensures that the cells are capable of sustaining themselves inside the tissues. The plastic surgeon then carefully injects fat into different parts of the treated region. The quantity of injection required depends on the degree of enhancement needed by the patient.


Brazilian butt augmentation is a safe and uncomplicated procedure. However, it is imperative that one seeks the guidance and expertise of a professional plastic surgeon that has a proper understanding of the human body. The specialist would make a detailed study and decide on the best approach suited for the patient to ensure desirable and long lasting results.


Advantages of Brazilian Butt Enhancement

A successful buttock augmentation with fat transfer can offer natural-looking results. Besides, the chances of the body rejecting your own tissues are minimal. This is a minimally invasive procedure, and requires no general anesthesia or hospital stay.

  • No implant related risks
  • Minimal side effects
  • Minimal downtime
  • No general anesthesia or hospital stay
  • Fast recovery
  • Minimal scarring and discomfort
  • Consistency of the skin is soft


It is our experience at Dr. Brian Evans Plastic Surgery West Hills Hosptial & Medical center that the vast majority of patients will have successful results with fat survival. One thing is for sure, sculpting the buttocks by removing fat from the proper areas around and adding volume to the buttocks will certainly improve the contour, shape and curves no matter how much fat actually survives.  The combination of selective liposculpture and fat augmentation will produce a leaner look and shapelier


At our plastic surgery center in West Hills Hosptial & Medical center, Butt Enhancement is a popular procedure for both men and women. Whether our patients are looking for a shapelier backside or trying to give their “glutes” a boost, we can reshape the backside in a way that looks and feels completely natural. Buttock enhancement can also be featured as part of a lower body lift for patients who have undergone gastric bypass surgery. Contact our West Hills Hosptial & Medical center if you are interested in buttock enhancement with liposuction, fat transfer, or implants.


Contact Dr. Brian Evans today to schedule your butt enhancement consultation in West Hills Hosptial & Medical center

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Posted by : drbrianevans | On : October 4, 2016

The chemical peel is one of the oldest cosmetic procedures in the world, and was performed in ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome to help people achieve smoother, more beautiful skin. Today, chemical facial peels are popular because they offer nearly immediate results and can be performed as an outpatient procedure. If you want to reduce or eliminate the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, acne scarring, and uneven pigmentation, or if you simply want to rejuvenate your skin, Dr. Brian Evans Plastic Surgery Clinic provides detailed information to help you learn more about chemical peels — their risks benefits, cost, and more.


Contact Dr. Brian Evans Plastic Surgery if you are looking for a cosmetic dermatologist in West Hills, CA.


What are Chemical Peels?

Patients who have never heard of this treatment before will want to know, what are chemical peels? A chemical peel is a treatment in which an acid solution is used to remove the damaged outer layers of the skin. Typically administered as a facial peel, a chemical peel enhances and smoothes the texture of the skin. It is an effective treatment for facial blemishes, wrinkles, and uneven skin pigmentation.


Chemical Peel Candidates

In general, patients with fair skin and light hair are the best chemical peel candidates. However, patients with other skin pigmentation and hair color can achieve good results as well. Ideal candidates for the chemical peel procedure are individuals who are unhappy with the appearance of their skin, have realistic expectations of their procedure, and do not smoke.


Cost of Chemical Peels

The cost of chemical facial peels varies from state to state and doctor to doctor. The current chemical peel price range is approximately $600 to $900. Possible additional expenses to keep in mind, especially with deep chemical peels, are the cost of anesthesia, use of the surgical facility, and a possible hospital stay. The final cost of your procedure will depend on the type of peel you want, the condition of your skin, and other factors unique to your case. Light chemical peels can cost as low as $150, while deep chemical peels are generally the most expensive, as much as $6000.


Risks and Benefits of Chemical Facial Peels

Chemical peels rarely result in serious complications, but certain risks do exist. These risks include scarring, infection, swelling, changes in skin tone, and cold sore outbreaks. You can reduce the risks associated with facial peels by following all of the doctor’s instructions completely and by providing your doctor with a complete medical history.

A chemical facial peel can provide several benefits to the skin. The procedure can restore a more youthful appearance to skin and reduce wrinkles, uneven pigmentation, sun-damage, and blotchy patches.


Light Chemical Peels

Your cosmetic dermatologist will use a specific formula for your chemical peel based on the characteristics of your skin and your desired result. Light chemical peels are used to treat fine wrinkling, areas of dryness, uneven pigmentation, and acne. The solution used for light chemical peels is usually comprised of alphahydroxy acids (AHAs), such as glycolic, lactic, salicylic, or fruit acids. Light chemical peels are ideal for people who want the benefits of a facial peel but do not wish to spend the time required to recover from a deeper peel.


Medium Chemical Peels

For medium facial peels, many doctors use trichloroacetic acid (TCA). This chemical works well for treating fine surface wrinkles, superficial blemishes, and pigmentation problems. Similar to the light chemical peel, medium chemical peels require less downtime than a deeper peel. TCA peels are the preferred choice for patients with darker skin.


Deep Chemical Peels

Deep chemical peels are the strongest of the facial peels. The chemical used for deep chemical peels is phenol acid. Deep peels are used to treat coarse facial wrinkles, blotches caused by aging or sun exposure, and pre-cancerous growths. While a deep chemical peel produces the most dramatic, longest-lasting results, the procedure takes longer than other peels (one to two hours) and requires the most healing time. Phenol acid is typically used only for facial peels. Because a deep chemical peel may cause permanent lightening of the skin, prospective patients should seek advice from a qualified cosmetic dermatologist before undergoing the procedure.


Acne Chemical Peel

Certain chemical peel solutions are useful for treating acne blemishes and diminishing existing acne scars. Light chemical peels administered with a solution of alphahydroxy acids (AHA) can be beneficial for treating acne. A lower-strength AHA solution can be mixed with a facial wash as part of a daily skin-care routine.


Chemical Peel Side Effects

When performed by an experienced cosmetic dermatologist or plastic surgeon like Dr. Brian Evans MD, chemical facial peels are safe. With light and medium peels, relatively mild chemical peel side effects such as redness, stinging, and crusting usually subside within a day or two after the treatment. The side effects of deep chemical peels are typically more pronounced, and recovery time is longer. More serious side effects, such as infection and scarring, are possible, especially with medium and deep chemical peels. However, serious side effects are rare when the procedure is performed by a qualified doctor.


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Posted by : drbrianevans | On : September 30, 2016

Is cosmetic surgery something that has been on your mind? If might be if you have an imperfection, like excess fat, excess skin, or wrinkles, that you want to fix. As great as cosmetic surgery is, it isn’t something that is right for everyone. So, is cosmetic surgery right for you?

Dr. Brian Evans is a plastic surgeon in West Hills, California and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Cincinnati Veterans Affairs Medical Center and San Joaquin Community Hospital.



Here is what Dr. Brian’s experience is stating:

The first step in determining if cosmetic surgery is right for you is by examining the cost. Can you afford it? Unless you are going in for reconstructive surgery, like to repair a serious burn or serious cuts and scrapes from an accident, your health insurance provider may not cover the costs. With that said, be sure to check. There are a small number of cosmetic procedures, such as breast reduction surgery, that are occasionally covered and possibly in full. On the back of your health insurance card, there should be a phone number. Call that number and make an inquiry.


Another sign that cosmetic surgery may be right for you is if you are looking to improve your health. Although many individuals opt for cosmetic surgery to only improve their appearance, there are some exceptions. Liposuction and gastric bypass surgery can be used to help you achieve your weight loss goals. Typically, liposuction isn’t considered a weight loss plan, like gastric bypass surgery, as you only have around five to ten pounds of fat removed from your problem areas. If you opt for gastric bypass surgery or another similar procedure, you can reduce your risk of heart complications, diabetes, and high blood pressure.


Cosmetic surgery may also be right for you if you don’t feel that you have any other options. As it was previously stated, liposuction is ideal for those who have a little bit of extra weight and fat that they would like to have removed. If you have tried eating healthy and exercising, you may not feel like you don’t have any options left. The same can be said for slowing the signs of aging. If you have tried numerous over-the-counter products to reduce or eliminate your wrinkles and you haven’t seen success, you may see a surgical facelift as your only option. In these instances, cosmetic surgery is usually best.


In keeping with limited options, it is also important to examine that hopelessness you may be feeling. As previously stated, cosmetic surgery is often used to improve one’s physical appearance. While you may be told that beauty is more than just your physical appearance, it may have a negative impact on your life. Those who are down or feel like they don’t have any other options are likely to suffer from depression, low self-esteem, and have a poor sense of self-confidence. Dr. Brian Evans MD says that if you are feeling this way, cosmetic surgery is something that is worth looking into.


Perhaps, the most important point to take into consideration is the recovery process. Depending on the cosmetic procedure you undergo, recovery can take a few hours to a few weeks. Be sure to determine this time frame ahead of time. Also, what steps will you need to take to care for yourself? If you undergo a surgical facelift, moisturize or antibiotic cream may need to be applied multiple times a day. Can you remember to do so? If not, cosmetic surgery may not be right for you, as the recovery process can be just as important as the surgery itself.


As a recap, cosmetic surgery is not right for everyone. With that said, if you are looking to improve your self-confidence, your health, and if you can afford the cost of cosmetic surgery, it may be right for you. To see if you are an ideal candidate, contact one of your local cosmetic surgery centers or a surgeon who runs their own private practice. You will want to schedule a consultation appointment. If you are an ideal candidate for surgery, you should get all of the information you need. This information should include a detailed explanation of the procedure, the recovery process, and the total cost.

Consult Dr. Brian Evans Plastic Surgery for more details and call him 818-665-3585

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