Frequently Asked Questions

Why should you choose a board certified plastic surgeon?

Choosing the right surgeon may be one of the more important choices you will make. Steps to help you make the right decision are outlined here by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) and here by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

Briefly, you want someone who is qualified, that you feel comfortable with. A qualified surgeon should at a minimum be certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). Be cautious of those who simply say they are “Board Certified.” There are 24 Boards, and the doctor's certification may not be in Plastic Surgery. Board certification in plastic surgery is a requirement for membership in the ASPS and the ASAPS, so if your surgeon is a member, then their certification in plastic surgery is confirmed.

Checking hospital privileges (by calling the medical staff office and asking if the surgeon has privileges to perform your surgery at their facility) lets you know that the hospital review committee has reviewed the surgeon’s training and competency to perform your surgery, even if the procedure is not going to be performed at the hospital. This is important because a surgeon may do anything he wants to in his own office without the hospital's scrutiny.

Interviewing two or three surgeons lets you know who will best suit you. You want to have good rapport with your surgeon.

Dr. Askren and Dr. Zuniga are both members of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, which is officially recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties as the only Board whose membership is limited to surgeons specifically trained in a rigorous and comprehensive plastic surgery residency program. You have a right to ask about the specific credentials, experience, and training of your physician.

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Do we use Board Certified Anesthesiologists?

Our surgical facility only uses board certified anesthesiologists, not nurse anesthetists.

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What can I expect at my consultation?

Dr. Askren and Dr. Zuniga allocate as much time as necessary to ensure that you know enough to make an educated decision. They review benefits and risks. After your consultation appointment you will meet with our Director/Patient Coordinator and review your cost for the desired procedure. If you are ready to move forward, you may place your deposit and reserve your date.

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What are the costs involved with cosmetic surgery?

Your cost analysis will include all fees including Surgeon, Anesthesiologist, and O.R fees (Assist and Breast Implants (if applicable). It does not include prescriptions, pre-operative lab work , pathology and insurance co-pays or deductibles (when applicable).

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Is it possible to have more than one procedure at a time?

Many of our patients desire more than one cosmetic procedure. More than one procedure may be safely performed at the same time; some savings may result from having more than one procedure done at the same time. Your physician will discuss the risks and benefits; keeping your safety in mind is our primary concern.

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Will I see the doctors before and after my surgery?

Dr. Askren and Dr. Zuniga a feel strongly about seeing their patients personally before surgery and in the post-operative care period.

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Will insurance pay for cosmetic surgery?

Most cosmetic surgery procedures are not covered by insurance with a few exceptions. In some cases patients may have a cosmetic procedure performed in conjunction with an insurance procedure. For example, women who are candidates for a panniculectomy may also be able to have an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) performed at the same time. Additional fees and a longer recovery period will be incurred.

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How long is the recovery after cosmetic surgery?

The recovery after most cosmetic surgical procedures varies from about 2 weeks to 8weeks. Patient health, patient age, and multiple procedures also greatly affect the range of recovery. It is best to discuss the specific estimate of recovery with your physician at your initial consultation appointment.

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Is there a consultation fee to meet with Dr. Askren or Dr. Zuniga?

Yes, there is a consultation fee of $100. This fee is applied to your surgical fee should you proceed with your cosmetic surgery.

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How long have Dr. Askren and Dr. Zuniga been in practice?

Dr. Askren has been in practice since 1996 and has practiced continuously for over 24 years while Dr. Zuniga has been in practice since 1998 and has practiced continuously for 20 years. They are Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

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Does the practice offer financing?

Yes, the Practice offers financing through Carecredit. If you would like more information please see our director and patient coordinator, Lorena Martinez and she will be happy to assist you in applying for financing.

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How long after my consultation can the cosmetic surgery be booked?

Your plastic surgery procedure can generally be booked 3-4 weeks after your consultation, although in some circumstances and for shorter procedures like breast augmentation, the surgery can be done sooner.

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