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Planning your Surgery:

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Our staff is ready to address your concerns in a responsive, professional manner. Many of your preliminary questions will probably be answered after the first phone call. If not, you will be transferred to another member of our staff who is qualified to offer their advice. Once we have satisfied your initial questions, upon your request, you will be offered complimentary collateral material that will further explain the procedure(s) you are considering. You may find these informative to review prior to your appointment with Dr. Watanabe. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons is a good source of information on how to select a surgeon and gives details on each procedure at www.plasticsurgery.org.

We are happy to quote you a fee range over the phone with the understanding that your ultimate quote will depend upon your consultation with Dr. Watanabe.


Making an Appointment

You are welcome to make an appointment with us either by phone or email. We will do everything we can to accommodate your schedule. The length of your cosmetic consultation will be dependent upon the procedure you are considering. Plenty of time is allowed for each patient. Our cosmetic consultation fee(s) range from $80.00 to $100.00 We will contact you two days prior to your appointment as a reminder.


Patient Forms

Please use the links below to provide us with your health history and medical information. Having these forms completed in advance will save you time in the waiting room on the day of your appointment.

Forms

Your Cosmetic Consultation

When you arrive at our office you will be greeted by our receptionist and asked to complete a health questionnaire. You can save some time if you download the form and fax it or mail it to us ahead of time. It is important that you disclose any conditions you are experiencing and medications you are taking. Lupe, our patient coordinator will be your guide both during and after your visit to be sure your time with us is productive.

During your consultation with Dr. Watanabe you will have the opportunity to get all your questions answered. The doctor will listen to your questions, discuss your desires, and provide alternatives for your consideration. During the consultation you will have the opportunity to review before and after pictures of patients having goals similar to yours. Before you leave, Lupe or Ellies will create a fee quote and answer any questions you may have regarding scheduling surgery.

We believe the time you spend up front evaluating practices is the most valuable. Our intention is that you leave our practice having a firm understanding of how we would approach accomplishing your aesthetic goals.

Most patients see several surgeons prior to making a final decision. You are welcome to come back to see us for a subsequent visit if you need additional information. There is no fee for a second consultation.

Scheduling Surgery

Lupe will help schedule your surgery at a convenient date and time. She will request a non-refundable deposit of $750.00 to secure your surgical date. You will then be sent a pre-operative packet, which includes detailed information for you to carefully review. It will detail your obligation as a patient and explain any potential risks and complications. It also includes written pre- and post-operative instructions for follow. Failure to take these seriously could influence your result. Your pre operative visit will confirm all medical and lab reports. Any prescriptions we anticipate to be necessary for your comfort will be sent home with you at this time.


Surgery

The day of your surgery you will arrive at Laguna Aesthetic Surgery Center and be greeted by our nurse, Celine Capone. This accredited surgical suite is uniquely designed for cosmetic procedures and the staff is well versed in providing top quality care. It is a professional, tranquil and secure environment dedicated to your privacy, comfort and safety.
You will see Dr. Watanabe and the nurse anesthetist prior to your procedure. You will be given local, intravenous or general anesthesia and wake up in our recovery suite.


Recuperation and Post-op

Our nursing staff will closely monitor you during your initial recovery. Before you leave, Dr. Watanabe will see you. Because of anesthesia, you must have a responsible adult take you home and remain with you before we can discharge you. It is important that you follow all post-operative instructions carefully during your recovery. Follow up visits are scheduled in advance and vary by procedure but you will see Dr. Watanabe the next day after surgery.

Financial Planning

Like any major investment, it is important to understand your financial obligations when considering plastic surgery. Dr. Watanabe’s office will make you aware of all the costs associated with your surgery so there are no surprises.

Initial Fee

We believe that the more time we spend with a prospective patient up front, the better the result. Consultations are comprehensive and unhurried and conducted by Dr. Watanabe. Our cosmetic consultation fee(s) are $80.00 and $100.00. Because we are holding that time for you, we ask that you notify us in advance if your plans change so we can reschedule.

Surgical Fee

At the time you schedule surgery, we ask for a non-refundable deposit of $750.00 to hold your desired date on the operating room schedule. Two weeks prior to your surgery, the total balance will be due.


Insurance

We continue to participate in the Medicare program and the MemorialCare insurance plan and we are now contracted with Aetna, Blue Cross, Blue Shield and United Healthcare. Patty, our financial coordinator, will help with any pre-certification and authorizations.

It is important to know that aesthetic procedures are not covered by insurance. We will be happy to discuss any exceptions at the time of your consultation.


Payment Policy

Payments are accepted in the form of:

Cash
Personal Check
Cashier’s Check
Master Card, Visa


Financing Options

We offer the following financing options for our patients who desire a payment plan. These organizations provide plans that are specifically designed for cosmetic surgery. Our patient care coordinator can help you compare each plan and find one suitable for your needs.

Care Credit Website: www.carecredit.com
(800) 365-8295

Care Credit offers no initial payment, affordable payment options, low interest rates, and terms up to 60 months with no prepayment penalties. You may apply quickly and securely via the web by clicking on the links listed above.


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