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Overnight stay can be provided in our adjacent state licensed Paradise Valley Surgical Recovery Center where our nurse and staff can keep you comfortable and pampered after your plastic surgery.
Your surgery with Dr. Beals is performed at the state licensed and certified Paradise Valley cosmetic surgery center, on the same campus as his office. Here, he is able to provide top medical care in a private and comfortable setting.
Cosmetic surgery is usually not covered by health insurance because it is elective.
There are a number of “gray areas” in coverage for plastic surgery that sometimes require special consideration by an insurance carrier. These areas usually involve surgical operations, which may be reconstructive or cosmetic, depending on each patient’s situation. For example, eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) – a procedure normally performed to achieve cosmetic improvement – may be covered if the eyelids are drooping severely and obscuring a patient’s vision.
Frequently Asked Questions
- My family and friends frequently ask me why I’m so tired and I think it’s because of the puffiness around my eyes. Will a facelift improve this problem?
Facelifts and mini-facelifts address the mid-face and neck region, but really aren’t meant to rejuvenate the eyes. The skin laxity and protruding fat pads in the upper and lower eyelids are taken care of with a blepharoplasty or eyelid lift. In addition, some patients require an endo-scopic browlift if the distance between the brow and the upper eyelid has decreased with aging. During a consultation with Dr. Beals, he can determine exactly what procedure will help you achieve a more rested and youthful appearance.
- I had surgery several years ago to reduce the loose skin in my upper eyelids and until recently, have enjoyed the results. At the time of my plastic surgery, I was advised that I would probably need a browlift in the future. I think that time has come, but I’m concerned about the large scalp incision, numbness and loss of hair that I’ve read about.
Unlike other plastic surgeons who still use the open approach for browlifts, Dr. Beals performs this procedure with an endoscopic approach. This technique requires only 3 or 4 very small incisions in the hairline, so Dr. Beals has never had a patient remark about loss of hair. Most patients experience some temporary numbness along the hairline, usually related to mild swelling, and typically this subsides within 2 to 3 weeks. The endoscopic browlift has a much shorter recovery time and does not result in a pulled, higher forehead or give one the tell-tale “surprised” look people relate to plastic surgery. Using this technique, your results are more likely to appear supple, soft, and natural. Additionally, Dr. Beals prefers the endoscopic approach because it gently lifts the brows to their normal position without affecting the normal blinking and closing of the eyes.
- I’ve heard that silicone implants are softer and feel more natural, but are they safe?
After a fourteen year study conducted by the FDA, silicone implants are available once again for breast reconstruction, as well as augmentation. Even though the studies did not relate any medical conditions to silicone implants, the implants now have a thicker outer shell and consistency similar to Jell-O. In the rare event of a rupture, this would prevent the silicone from leaving the breast pocket. Even though the shell is now four times thicker, patients continue to experience a very natural feel and look.
- Will my insurance company pay for my upper eyelid surgery?
Typically, certain criteria must be met prior to insurance companies authorizing eyelid surgery. In most cases, the patient must show an impairment of his or her visual field.
An ophthalmologist will conducts testing for this and sends the actual test results along with a written explanation to our office. This information, along with Dr. Beals’ consultation note and patient photos are sent to the insurance company for pre-determination. Typically the amount of time required for pre-determination is 15-30 days. Once we receive the authorization/pre-determination we are at liberty to move forward scheduling the procedure. These insurance covered procedures may be combined with other plastic surgery.
- How long after surgery can I return to my normal activities?
Every surgical procedure has specific “down” time requirements, however, as a general rule patients typically return to somewhat of a normal routine within 7-10 days from surgery date. Dr. Beals does not release any patient for cardio type exercise for 3 weeks following the plastic surgery.