Does Dr. Katzen ever provide pro bono surgeries for those who can’t afford it?

March 11th, 2015  

Dr. J. Timothy Katzen is known to be a great humanitarian who has been giving back whenever he can. He is very involved with the weight loss surgery community, and his office works with many insurance companies (mostly PPO plans) to try to get coverage for the patients since many of them are deemed medically necessary. If the insurance does not cover some or all of the procedures requested, Dr. Katzen gives patients a cash discounted rate for surgery.

There are some patients who simply can’t afford surgery but desperately need it. With massive weight loss, many patients experience excess skin that causes problems in their daily lives, including the inability to exercise, hard time finding clothes that fit them, low self-esteem, rashes, boils, pain, and many others.

One of the foundations that Dr. Katzen refers his patients to if they need financial assistance is the Weight Loss Surgery Foundation of America(WLSFA). This foundation helps fund weight loss and plastic reconstructive surgery for those who qualify. Dr. Katzen performed surgery on the first plastic reconstructive grant recipient for this foundation, and he is committed to perform more.

They have several grant application cycles throughout the year. To find out if you qualify, please go to WLSFA’s website. They have ongoing fundraisers throughout the year. There is a big one coming up from April 10-12, 2015 in San Diego, CA. This will be their California Dreamin’ 5th Anniversary Fundraiser. Dr. Katzen is scheduled to speak at 8:15 am on April 11th at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego ( He will also be offering free consultations on-site.

At this year’s event, WLSFA will have a “Chopped” Competition. Carnie Wilson, will be at the judges table. She herself has been featured on “Chopped” from the Food Network show. Carnie Wilson has had weight loss surgery herself and has been very involved with WLSFA the last few years.

This event is one of the biggest gatherings of weight loss patients from all over the world. There will be many vendors with free giveaways and raffles. Many speakers will be presenting on weight loss related topics. There will also be many parties and gatherings as well. Dr. Katzen looks forward to seeing new and old faces at this next fundraiser. We can all make a difference, one person at a time.

To contact Dr. J. Timothy Katzen, please call 310-859-7770 or visit

How Will I Know What Size Breast Implants to Get?

January 19th, 2015  

What Size of Breast ImplantsBreast size selection should be proportionate to your body size and figure. The best way to know what size is right for you is to come into our office for a fitting. Dr. Timothy Katzen recommends wearing a form fitting shirt or tank top. You can bring a friend or family member with you during the fitting to get their opinion. Dr. Katzen and our staff are also available to help you decide.

You will pick several implants to insert in your bra to see how you look with them on. Once you have decided the right one for you, we will order that size. We will also order you extra implants, one size up and one size down to have on hand on your surgery day. Most patients have breast asymmetry, we need to have the extra implants in order to make your breast even.

How Do I Know I Am Ready For Reconstructive Surgery After Massive Weight Loss?

January 3rd, 2015  

Stable, Stable, Stable:

Reconstructive Surgery After Massive Weight Loss

In my practice, I require my patients’ weight to be stable for at least three months. For gastric bypass patients, this is typically 12 months after surgery, and lap band is typically 18 to 24 months after surgery. It is okay if your weight fluctuates three to five pounds; this is considered normal. If there is more of a fluctuation, please see your bariatric surgeon to make sure that everything is normal.

Reconstructive Surgery After Massive Weight Loss


I encourage my patients to be as active as possible. It’s important to build up muscle and your strength in order to have a healthy recovery after surgery.


Reconstructive Surgery After Massive Weight LossNutrition comes hand in hand before and after having reconstructive surgery for massive weight loss patients. If you have had weight loss surgery, make sure you are taking all the recommended vitamins, iron, calcium, and protein.

If you have any questions, concerns, or would like to set up a free consultation, please call the office at (310) 859-7770.

Is Plastic Surgery Safe?

December 17th, 2014  

Is Plastic Surgery Safe?All surgical procedures are accompanied by a certain degree of risk, whether the procedures are for medical or cosmetic reasons. Our expert team is dedicated to making your operation go smoothly.  We carefully review your medical history and current health condition before deciding if it is safe for you to proceed with surgery. It is important that you fully disclose all pertinent information so that we are able to make an accurate assessment of the risks involved. We will take every precaution necessary to reduce the possibility of any complications.

Does Insurance Cover Plastic Reconstructive Surgery?

December 3rd, 2014  

 There are many types of insurances out there, and it can be quite overwhelming to decide what insurance to choose. Below is a breakdown of what we experience in our practice

  • Does Insurance Cover Plastic Surgery?PPO Plans:  We do accept most PPO plans
  • POS Plans:  We do accept most POS plans
  • HMO:  This plan normally forces you to go to a doctor within your network
  • EPO:  This plan normally forces you to go to a doctor within your network
  • Medicare:  We are a Medicare provider, but they only pay for certain procedures
  • Kaiser:  This plan usually requires you to go to a Kaiser doctor and facility

In our practice, we do accept most PPO or POS plans. There are rare cases where a PPO or POS plan won’t allow for out of network coverage. To get started, you would come into our office for a free consultation appointment (free phone consultations are offered for out of town patients). During your consultation, I will go over your medical history and examine you. If I think you are a good candidate for insurance submission, I will take some photographs and dictate a consult note

Our office manager will then go over everything with you and what is required for submission. If you have rashes, boils, back problems, or anything else that is related to your excess skin, it is a good idea to provide documentation. If you are going through weight loss right now, I highly advise you to take your own pictures of rashes, boils, or bra strap grooves as you get them. You should also see your family doctor when the rashes appear and have them documented in your chart. If your doctor  prescribes any rash creams, make copies of the prescription for your records. If you see a chiropractor for back pain, have those documented as well

My office will verify your insurance to see what kind of coverage you have and submit a letter of medical necessity to your insurance along with pictures and consult notes. We’ve been doing this for over 12 years, so we know which codes to use

It normally takes two to six weeks before we hear back from your insurance. They will call us and/or mail a letter with their decision. They will mail you the same letter that they mail us as well. Once we get a decision, we will call you to discuss it. We will also go over cost, out of pocket expenses, what to expect for surgery, and, of course, scheduling of surgery

.If you have any questions about insurance, please don’t hesitate to call us at 310-859-7770