Frequently Asked Questions

Here is a list of commonly asked questions regarding our practice and how to get started.

Q: How do I schedule a consultation?

A: Scheduling a consultation is simple and easy and can be done by calling our office, sending an email to or contacting us through this website. Our doctors’ schedules are flexible so we can set up a meeting that best accommodates you.


Q. Is there a cost for the consultation?

A: The consultation cost is $200 for our doctors’, however, the consultation cost is calculated and included in the cost of surgery, so should you choose to proceed with the procedure, the consultation cost will be deducted from the balance.


Q: Are the costs of surgery described on this website?

A: Since every patient’s cosmetic issues are unique, the cost of a given surgery depends on the complexity of the case. An exact quote for your surgery, including all fees, will be provided to you after your initial consultation and examination with our one of our doctors.


Q: What are the payment options for surgery, office services, and products?

A: We accept cash, check, Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, and have financing options available to you through financial institutions we work closely with. See the financial options page for more details.


Q: Will my insurance cover the expense of my cosmetic surgery?

A: If the procedure is not a medical necessity, then more than likely the insurance will not cover the surgery. Most insurance policies do not cover the costs of purely cosmetic surgery. However, if the procedure is performed for reconstructive purposes, either to correct a health-related problem or a marked deformity following injury, the procedure may be covered. This can also be discussed during your consultation at our offices.


Q: How long is the recuperative period and when can I return to work or regular activity?

A: The longevity of a recovery varies from person to person. While some cosmetic procedures have approximately a week or less of down time (eyes, small areas of liposuction, etc.), others require up to 2 weeks to recover (facelift, abdominoplasty, etc.) Most patients require assistance for the first two days and then care for themselves after that, however, if they have small children, they may still need assistance. Additionally, exercise is strongly discouraged the first two weeks post-operatively in order to decrease the risks of bleeding, swelling, and bruising and about a month for weight lifting and contact sports.


Q: What is the difference between reconstructive and cosmetic plastic surgery?

A: The sole purpose of reconstructive surgery is to correct abnormalities of the body caused by congenital defects, trauma, infection, disease, or restore function to areas that have been altered (for example breast reconstruction after cancer), while cosmetic surgery is to improve a person’s normal appearance and self-esteem.


Q: What does the term “Board Certified” mean and why is it important?

A: Being “Board Certified” in Plastic Surgery means the surgeon has been trained specifically in plastic surgery and has completed at least five years of general and plastic surgery residency. Additionally, Board Certified surgeons are required to pass a comprehensive written examination, oral exams, and are expected to regularly attend educational courses in relation to plastic surgery. In many states, licensed physicians may perform plastic surgery without being board-certified in plastic surgery. At the Plastic Surgery Institute of San Francisco, all of our surgeons are Board Certified in Plastic Surgery.

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