What To Know Before Your First Visit

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Whenever you decide to pop into your surgeon’s office for a consultation, there is probably a list of things you’ll need to bring with you to make sure you and your surgeon share the right information with one another. Every piece of information counts and these are the keys to success when consulting so that Dr. Elias has all the information he needs to determine whether the surgery is the right one. When you set up your appointment for a consultation with Dr. Elias at Southern California Center for Surgical Arts, we will tell you which items to bring so that you’re fully prepared.

While these pieces of information are helpful to determine the fit of the surgery, they also allow you to better prepare with any questions you might have for Dr. Elias. To start, we like for every patient to bring in a list of their current medications and any X-rays taken by referring physicians. Any reconstructive surgeries with a particular medical history are best performed with all information ready to go.

The questions you have are addressed during your first meeting with Dr. Elias, and we encourage you to bring them, so you feel ready to move forward with surgery. We are only as successful as your experience from the first moment you walk in until your procedure is complete. We also want you to know that you have the opportunity to check out all of our before and after photos, so you know what to expect.

Recap of what to bring with you on your first visit:

  • List of your most current medications
  • Copy of your insurance information
  • List of questions you have for Dr. Elias
  • Referral slip and any previous radiographs, CT scans or MRI if needed

Am I a candidate for surgery?

One of the most common questions that we have and address is whether or not you will be the best candidate for the surgery. As long as you are healthy and a nonsmoker without prior conditions that could affect the outcome of the surgery, you’re a great fit! Certain procedures do have requirements such as those for liposuction since we encourage patients to have tried healthy weight loss before looking into fat reduction. For a surgery like this, if we remove excess fat from the body it doesn’t mean you cannot gain the weight back. Liposuction requires that you make a lifestyle change to keep the weight off and it’s important that we don’t offer you a surgery that will have risks if it’s not necessary.

What lifestyle changes will I need to make?

We want you to achieve the results you want from your surgical procedures, and that means only offering you the right surgery for your lifestyle. As mentioned before, we like to make sure that clients are paired accurately with their surgical procedures and that we don’t perform an unnecessary surgery or that we do it at the right time. Liposuction candidates are encouraged to make a lifestyle change such as committing to a healthier diet with daily exercise to maintain a healthy weight or be quite close to the reduced weight they’re hoping to achieve.

Any facelift procedure will not last as long as you expect unless you stop smoking. Smoking isn’t the best thing for your skin and will cause increased aging even after you’ve asked for a surgical lift and tightening of the skin. Being realistic about what is possible and the lifespan on a procedure is important, but that begins with your lifestyle. So make these decisions with care, and we can help with the rest.

Now you know what you need to bring with you and what to expect from surgical procedures at SCCSA, so give us a call and make your appointment today at 818-616-6685.

Brow Lift: Why You Need One Now


In our naturally youthful moments of life, our skin is tight, full and radiant. The eyebrows are especially one of the most time-consuming beauty staples in men and women everywhere. We groom them incessantly, by plucking and shaping to applying tinted palettes to decrease thinning brows, etc. At the Southern California Center for Surgical Arts under Dr. Husam Elias, we think about the after effects of plucking and skin pulling techniques that contribute to the reduced elasticity of the skin causing it to stretch and sag in the eye area. Most people don’t realize that the skin around the eye and the eyebrow area suffer from changes, and early aging signs that can make changes more noticeable. Dr. Elias provides brow lifts or blepharoplasty procedures to patients that notice significant changes in the brows. After all, who wouldn’t want to be at the height of fashion with great brows?

What are the benefits of a brow lift?

Overall, a brow lift will change the way you look and feel. Confidence boosts start with cosmetic treatments that accentuate the natural curves of the face, and the brows are the central focus of emotions. Imagine your brows lifted and tightened with reduced wrinkles in the eye area; your eyes will appear brighter, and you’ll look much happier. For women, makeup application is improved and worth the money you spend. Men and women can brighten their facial features, shaving years off their look. With just a slight brow lift, you will look 10-20 years younger. Coloring enhancements are now supported by a lifted foundation you didn’t have before.

Trends with Brows

Celebrities all over the world are getting noticed for the immaculate quality of their eyebrows. We see stars like Gwen Stefani with her bombshell blonde hair and stand-out darkened brows that bring out the angular beauty of her face. Kate Middleton embodies a classic look of royalty with softly framing and lifted brows. We see topical cosmetic treatments with eyebrow tattooing to help women reach the ultimate brow perfection with younger skin to support the shape and styling. Whether you’re in the group of people that wants feathered and full brows, or tight, angular brows, new trends are bursting at the seams in beauty magazines. But the main thing that all of these people have in common is a strong foundation of smooth skin that can support these brow trends.

If you’re hoping to achieve this look, anytime after your mid-thirties, a blepharoplasty procedure would be the best route for you. At SCCSA, we can help you reduce the amount of sagging skin in the brows, reset the underlying muscle layers and remove any excess fat that has accumulated under the skin to cause this sagging to occur in the first place. We love working with patients every day that have aesthetic and healthy living goals that our cosmetic treatments can help support. SCCSA is located in the heart of Los Angeles, so we’ve got the scoop on the hottest eyebrow lifts around. Call SCCSA and make an appointment with LA’s best surgeon, Dr. Husam Elias at 818-696-4425.