To myself personally, Dr. Katzen is the best board certified plastic surgeon there is. His bed side manner is incredible! The care that he gives is impeccable. He really explains that you approach reconstructive surgery seriously. It is life changing to go though it & Dr. Katzen will be there for you every step of the way.”
In the summer of 2013 I had two sets of surgeries:
1st 360 lower body lift and medial thigh lift
2nd brachioplasty and breast lift with augmentation.
I am extremely happy with Dr Katzen’s work and how his staff handles the office. They are courteous, carrying, sweet and always attentive to a patients needs.
Dr Katzen and his staff were very understanding and accommodating when I made last minute changes to my breast lift (adding the augmentation).
Some had asked if I would do it again… I most definitely would, no doubt!
My weight loss surgery set me free from potential health problems, but Dr Katzen and his team set my BODY free and let me see the real me under all that skin!”
I had my first surgery with him that December. I had a brachioplasty (arm lift) as well as a breast lift with augmentation (implants). After this surgery I was happy, but incomplete… I needed my stomach done, too. A year and a half later, I finally got the surgery I have always wanted: a 360 body lift. I flew to Los Angeles from Kansas to have my surgery with him on May 7, 2014.
I now say this was the second best decision of my life…the first was losing weight, the 360 body lift surgery was the second. Dr. Katzen has absolutely changed my life and I am forever thankful for his skill and the way he treats his patients. I am beyond thrilled with the flat tummy that he gave me and the adorable belly button that I now have, which was a concern of mine. I finally look like I have a normal body, which is how I was supposed to look all along. This surgery has raised my self-esteem tenfold. I often find myself emotional when I look at pictures or look in the mirror because I am so happy with the changes. The transformation is so dramatic and I finally am starting to feel beautiful.
Since I am an out of state patient, I stayed in a local hotel for two weeks with my mom after my surgery. Even from 1,500 miles away he is still communicating with me for post op care, makes me feel so reassured with any questions I may have, and is here for me at any time. Dr. Katzen’s care for his patients is something you will not find anywhere else. You just won’t.
How can you thank someone for changing your life completely around? Although it’s *just* skin, the removal of it makes all the difference. Thank you Dr. Katzen + team for changing my life. I could not be happier with my new body! I really do have a Body By Katzen, and one that I am incredibly proud of. Now…where’s my bikini? :)”
I know that I chose Dr. Katzen because I trusted his work as a surgeon but, I recommend him because I trust him as a friend. He is no longer a Dr. to me I consider him a friend of the family and I would put my life in his hands any day. Based on what I have seen from Dr. Katzen I wouldn’t allow any other surgeon to do my plastics but, him. In short, I love you Dr. K.”
I have the highest respect and regard for Dr. Katzen and his work. His work and results are fantastic. I am so pleased with my results from the surgeries Dr. Katzen performed on me.
I think that more important to me than the surgeries themselves was the kindness, attentiveness and the caring shown for me as a patient by Dr. Katzen. He makes you feel wonderful, like you are the most important person in the world and his office. I could not be more pleased with my results and the way I was treated by Dr. Katzen and his staff.”
“I am scheduled for brachioplasty and breast lift/augmentation with Dr. Katzen on February 26, 2009 and I couldn’t be more excited. Dr. Katzen and his staff (you know who you are — Lieu, Diana, Raquel, Jane…) are amazingly supportive, patient and knowledgeable. His office is serene and accommodating (big chairs, waterfalls and calming music) and his examination rooms are huge. About the only thing he could do to make it better is install bigger mirrors so we can better ogle ourselves, once he’s done with us!
I learned about Dr. Katzen on OH, after attending presentations by two other surgeons at my weekly support group meeting. I was amazed (and impressed) by the sheer volume of positive reviews Dr. Katzen had amassed (158, at the time), especially considering the “number 2” surgeon only had 9 reviews! After reading some of them and learning about his qualifications, I immediately scheduled a consultation and — interestingly enough — ended up “running” into him beforehand (along with a few members of his staff, and several of his enthusiastic patients), at the Long Beach Walk From Obesity. Let me just say, Dr. Katzen is SO highly regarded by his former patients, he’s achieved nothing short of rock-star status for his work. I’m not kidding about this — his patients will show you their scars (and “amazingly perfect” belly buttons) at the drop of a hat! You couldn’t PAY people for this sort of adoration, believe me!
Anyway, In October 2008, I got to attend his free (and exceptionally-informative) seminar, where I learned the caliber of the man — not just the doctor — through first-hand accounts of satisfied patients. So many had shown up to rave about his work (they are NOT paid for their time), he had to actually cut their talks short, just so he could get up and talk himself (!!!)
So, what more can I say about him? Dr. Katzen’s knowledge and experience with post-bariatric patients are unbelievably impressive (99% of his practice is dedicated to WLS patients), yet he remains approachable, compassionate and concerned. He is not the slightest bit aloof, listens when you ask endless questions, and never makes you feel rushed.
Making the decision to put my body in his hands is a no-brainer. Basically, I call him Dr. Zen, because after I meet with him, my chi is just a little more balanced (ha ha). Of course, I’m still a pre-op, but based upon the endless stories of his post-operative care, I know I’ll be even MORE thrilled about him once I come back as a post-op to update this review!
In Southern California (especially Beverly Hills) we have many, many reconstructive surgeons to choose from, so I’d encourage prospective patients to do their due diligence and interview other doctors BEFORE they settle on Dr. Katzen (it’s just prudent). Like the Cadillac commercials say, “drive everything ELSE; THEN buy a Cadillac.” Once you meet Dr. Katzen, you’ll forget about everyone else.”
“Now that I’m an official — AND SUCCESSFUL — post-op, I figure it’s time to update my review of Dr. Katzen. Let me just say that I LOVE this man — since the day of my surgery, he’s made me feel that I’m his only patient. How, on earth he’s able to accomplish this is beyond me, but he does it with compassion and gentle concern. Remember, I’ve taken to calling him Dr. “Zen” because of his amazingly calm, patient and comforting bedside manner. Whether he’s returning one of my panicky calls on the way home from surgery, or visiting with me in one of my post-op appointments, he has NEVER made me feel crazy for my concerns — never once. He is reassuring and very compassionate — two things I cannot stress enough.
Now, for the quality of my surgery: This man is an ARTISTIC GENIUS! Even though I’m only 6 weeks out, my arms and breasts look incredible — the incision lines on my arms are so flat and the “pleating” (where the very deepest sutures are still dissolving) is disappearing more and more each day — exactly as he said it would.
It’s true that I have had PAIN — but when you think about it, this is major surgery with major cutting, so why wouldn’t it be painful? That’s where pain management comes into play, and Dr. Katzen is incredibly supportive about it. He does NOT want his patients to be in any pain (if he can help it) and is very forthcoming in providing the best pain meds available.
I’m still a long way from being “fully healed,” but since day one post-op, I’ve had ZERO regrets in choosing Dr. Katzen to perform this surgery. He is my hero and I can’t imagine that I ever considered anyone else for the job! His hands are gifts from God — no doubt about it — and I recommend him as highly as I can recommend anyone. If I ever have additional work done, you can BET it will happen with him (and only him!)
Thank you for giving me a new life, Dr. Katzen!”
“El Dr. Katzen es excelente en su manera de escuchar a sus pacientes. He llamado a su oficina varias veces por semana por un dolor que tenia. Al dejar mensaje, el me ha regresado la llamada CADA VEZ. Lo he visto una vez por semana y me ha atendido con paciencia y no me ha hecho sentir como molestia. Las muchachas de la oficina tambien me han tratado muy bien contestando todas mis preguntas y pasandole los mensajes al doctor. Realmente es una persona profesional. Y los resultados, pregunta? Pues…
El Dr. Katzen hizo mas de lo que yo pedi/pague. Hizo una esculptura con mi cuerpo aunque yo solo pedi y anticipe tener un cuerpo ‘normal’. Me siento como una estrella! Muchas gracias doctor por su paciencia y su trabajo. No tengo las palabras para decirle cuanto agradezco lo que ha hecho por mi. Es usted el mejor.”
I don’t think there is a better or more caring surgeon out there then Dr. Katzen. I would recommend Dr. Katzen to all my family and friends.”
I had a lower body lift and lipo to both legs on October 26th, 2010. Dr. Katzen removed 29 pounds of skin with my lower body lift and 12 pounds in my legs via liposuction. I have gone down two whole pants sizes and heading for the next. Dr. Katzen has helped me look like a normal person and I am so thankful. I still have two more surgeries with him. My next surgery will be a breast lift with implants and an arm lift and the last surgery will be a thigh lift. I trust Dr. Katzen with my life and want to say thank you so much Dr. Katzen I truly appreciate what you have done to change my life.
I love life and enjoy every day of it. I love the journey I am on and I am so excited about that life has in store and want to share it with others. Please take the next step to choose L.I.F.E. –Losing It For Ever!! Don’t let the weight keep you down choose “LIFE”.
When I got to Dr. Katzen’s office for my pre-op visit, I was again a bundle of nerves and as soon as he walked in the door, I jumped up and asked him for a hug because I was nervous and he took the time to reassure me that everything would be ok, he was not worried that he had other patients waiting, he took the time to devote to me and make sure all my questions were answered.
The next day was surgery and he marked me before surgery and showed me exactly what we were going to remove, we again addressed any questions and fears I had and then they made me comfortable and put me to sleep, I remember nothing until I was in my room. Dr. Katzen uses the best hospitals and the staff was great. I had my ON-Q pump, so I felt nothing from the tummy tuck, I did feel some pain from my hernia repair, however I hear that this is normal and that pain went away after a few days. I was up and walking around in a few days and my recovery has been a breeze.
Dr. Katzen shared with me before pictures and I was so stunned at what he was able to do with my body, it is totally different, I am so happy, I never dreamed that the results could be this good. Dr. Katzen has given me more than I could ever have hoped for. He is so skilled and removed 22 pounds just from my belly. I will never be a Barbie doll, but when I look in the mirror, the absence of skin on my belly, and the hourglass shape he as given me takes my breath away. I told him THANK YOU; however those tiny words do not seem big enough to account for the change that he as made in my life.”
I first met Dr. Katzen at an Obesity Help conference in Phoenix. I was very impressed by his presentation, and his before and after photo’s just seemed to trump most of the other surgeons photo’s that I had seen. I knew this was the plastic surgeon for me!
Since I live in Phoenix, AZ I found it necessary to communicate thru email, rather than travel back and forth. Dr. Katzen’s staff was excellent, and always made me feel like their most special patient. That spoke volumes to me. Soon I had a date to have the Katzen Power Lift (circumfrential body lift), and a bi-lateral medial thigh lift. I flew to Los Angeles the day prior to my surgery and went to meet with Dr. Katzen. I was very nervous when the doctor came in to meet with me, but by the time I left his office I was at such a peace with the procedure, and what to expect. Surgery went wonderfully, the hospital and staff was tremendous, and of course Dr. Katzen made certain that I was always very comfortable. I stayed in LA for a couple more days prior to flying home, and continued to have a very normal recovery.
Today when people meet me they would never know that I had been morbidly obese, let alone have had plastic surgery. I’m able to wear the kind of clothing that I want to wear, shop where I want to, and I have the confidence in my body that I was looking for.
Thank you to Dr. Katzen for helping me to achieve my desired look. You are the best!”
At the seminar, I was absolutely blown away by the outpouring of love and gratitude that all of his previous patients expressed for Dr. Katzen. During my private consultation with him he made me feel very comfortable and secure as he showed me what his vision of my post-op body would look like. He answered every question I had and shared with me his thoughts on what procedures I would likely be a good candidate for, some of which I had not even considered because I thought they were way beyond my reach. I remember walking away that day full of confidence and excitement, not only because there was a real possibility for me to have the excess skin removed, but also because I felt that I had found the man that was going to help me through the journey.
Thanks to Dr. Katzen and his staff’s hard work just 2 months after my first consultation I got the amazing news that my insurance had approved all the procedures that the doctor felt I needed. I was overjoyed! I remember jumping up and down from the excitement. Dr. Katzen did a Circumferential Body Lift and a Medial Thigh Lift for me in July of 2009 and most recently he preformed my Brachioplasty. The results have forever changed my life! I now understand why his patients were so grateful. During both of my recoveries Dr. Katzen made himself available to me day and night. I remember one instance when I had an allergic reaction to one of the medications I had been prescribed and Dr. K answered my concerns in the middle of the night. That kind of personal attention is unparalleled. I could not ask for anything more from a surgeon. I love you Dr. Katzen and will forever be grateful for everything you have done for me.”
My consultation with Dr. Katzen was the most comfortable one ever. Dr. Katzen’s experience and knowledge shined through. He took the time to hear me out, answer my questions, and address my concerns. I did not leave without setting up a surgery date.
As far as my overall results, I AM ECSTATIC. Dr. Katzen has sculpted my body into one that I am not ashamed to show off. I am down to a size 8 in jeans. I actually enjoy shopping again I do not dread running into old friends that I have not seen in ages anymore… and I look forward to meeting new people.
Essentially, I now have my life back, and I have Dr. Katzen to thank for that. I obviously cannot say enough good things about my plastic surgery experience with Dr. Katzen. His bedside manner is unmatched. He has definitely raised the bar to unattainable heights for the physicians and surgeons I will encounter in the future. If I ever need plastic surgery again, it will definitely be with Dr. Katzen… and I recommend him to anyone that is interested or considering plastic surgery.”
I returned to the operating room, with Dr. Katzen for an arm and breast lift. Next year I will return, once again, for a leg lift.
I am so happy with my body contouring results. I am normal. While I was not trying to look like Barbie, I come pretty close. Dr. Katzen is a warm, honest, soft spoken, caring doctor. When I asked questions or expressed concerns, he did not skirt the issue, just told me the plain, simple truth.
Giving your body and in effect trusting your life over to someone else is very scary. I trusted Dr. Katzen completely and I will again.
Thank you Dr. Katzen, for giving me back my self-esteem, a sense of normalcy, and frankly helping me look sexy again.”
I have to say what made me switch doctors in midstream and cancel the scheduled surgery with the other doctor was Dr. Katzen himself. He had a very put together presentation that was informative and more so, he was not trying to sell himself in the sense you feel from other doctors. He was offering a service to people who had suffered the ravages of obesity and telling us -look this is what I can do for you. I am not a miracle worker nor am I a “god,”…I am a person who can make you feel good about yourself again or maybe for the first time in your life. He never promised that you would look like a super model. In fact, Dr. Katzen had slides of people who had also been obese in different degrees and ages and showed what the results were. It was dramatic and especially in the sense that they gave realistic expectations.
After his presentation, I spoke with him on the floor of the conference room. Dr. Katzen was personable, knowledgeable and a very kind person.
When I had my initial consultation, I thought I was going to die a million deaths having to take my clothes off, but that was not the case with him. I was not uncomfortable and there was no distain on his face like I had already experienced by other doctors. He explained to me what he could do for me, and I just went for it.
Well, nearly 2 years later and a major body overhaul, I am here to say that Dr. Katzen is an amazing person and surgeon. His skills as a surgeon have by far surpassed my expectations. He is an artist using the human body as the canvas. Another thing about him that has never changed is his demeanor. He cares beyond belief which is not put on nor phony. He makes you feel like you are the one and only.
However beyond that and I must really stress this – Dr. Katzen is one of the most ethical people I have ever met and the integrity he possesses most people cannot hold a candle next to him. Dr. Katzen is a super star in my eyes and I will always be extraordinarily grateful to the man who gave me a gift that I could never put a price tag on. I able to hold my head up high and know how I feel about myself is all because of this gifted man. I have a body by katzen!”
I have since had my lower body lift and am amazed with my results. I am currently a size 6 and finally feel like me. I have a few procedures yet to complete, but with Dr. Katzen’s help, incredible skill and attention to detail, I am well on my way to being the wife and mommy I was meant to be. I have truly been blessed.”
As far as the results, I had an abdominoplasty, brachioplasty, thigh lift and breast lift/augmentation in October of 2006 and couldn’t be happier. I think the pictures speak for themselves. I still can’t believe this body is mine and keep pinching myself every time I look in the mirror. I am truly grateful. THANKS for everything!”
The best part of being a post op is being able to share my experience with others and hopefully give them the motivation and lessen the fear they might have in going through what I did.”
I am a new woman now. I have self confidence that I never knew was in me. I feel great, I like looking in mirror now, and shopping for clothes is the funnest thing I love to do! I am so grateful and completely happy with how Dr. Katzen has taken care of me. He truly understood my needs, and gave me the results that I always believed could never happen. Thank you Dr. Katzen!!”
I’m coming back for Dr. Katzen to do two more surgeries on me.
I love my “Body By Katzen”!
I can tell you, after three procedures with Dr. Katzen over a six-month period of time, it was not easy, and there was pain, but I always knew I was safe and in the hands of someone who truly cared for me. His skill as a surgeon goes without saying, but it is his ability to make his patients feel at ease and as if they are the only one in the world at that moment, is invaluable. As an obese person, I always felt ugly, guilty and anxious when seeing a doctor. Now, thanks to Dr. Katzen I have a renewed faith in the medical profession.
No one can ever prepare a person for all of the changes that you go through as a bariatric patient, but you can be smart and responsible about the decisions you make. I am fortunate to say that I was and by being so, I have had the opportunity to not only feel comfortable in my own skin, but have made a true friendship with a very special surgeon who has the ability to always make me feel special and beautiful. Thank you Dr. Katzen for everything you have done for me and know that I will faithfully support your vision as long as you are practicing.”
My husband and I left there with a great feeling, but since we had 2 other consults already booked we felt we should go to those. We went to them and found ourselves back at Dr. Katzen’s office booking my Anchor tummy tuck and breast augmentation.
Dr. Katzen gave me something I have never had before, a flat stomach and a renewed sense of self confidence. I now stand in front of the mirror that I used to avoid and can’t believe that it’s me with a flat tummy, something I have only dreamed of before. Dr. K is amazing in what he does.
I highly recommend Dr Katzen to anyone considering plastic surgery. He and his whole staff are awesome.”
He has surrounded himself with a professional support staff, which is important to me. They cleared the procedure with my insurance company with no problems what so ever.
I would recommend Dr. Katzen to anyone in need of his services.”
I opted to self pay for the rest of the body lift. Had my LBL/hernia repair on Sept. 2, 2005. The operation took about 8 hours, removed 15 lbs. of skin, and there were about 1,000 stitches between all the layers/closing up. He used “superglue” to close up the outermost layer. It held up well, and left a very smooth scar. Dr. Katzen had warned me about the hospital food, so I was prepared with protein bars. Some things on the meal trays were ok, other things were totally inappropriate (apple pie, coffee). Dr. Katzen came to check on me every day, I was there 3 nights. After discharge and my first post-op visit, I went back home.
Dr. Katzen didn’t want me to have to make unnessessary trips for office visits, so I was able to email my drain totals to his office (Ruth, you’re awesome). When a drain total got below a certain point and could come out, we set up an appointment. This worked out really well. I started out with 4 drains. It took a long time for them to get to the point where they could come out. 3 were in for 62 days (but who’s counting). Dr. Katzen explained that it was better to keep them in than pull them early and risk developing a seroma that would have to be drained with a needle a couple of times per week. He’s very easy to talk with, put me at ease right away. I feel that we’ve developed a very good doctor-patient rapport, and I’m looking forward to stage 2, the inner thighs, in January. Then the breast lift, then the “batwings”. Guess I’ll have a “Body by Katzen” by then.”
Why Dr. Katzen? He is an intelligent, patient and caring doctor that makes you feel like you are his only patient in life. He is a tireless professional that you can call in the middle of the night when you are in pain. He never has a bad day when it comes to dealing with patients. He said he would make me a new person and he did. It is nice to turn heads.
Since going though all of this I have made the second most important decision of my life. I got married to the man of my dreams. I told Dr. Katzen that without what he has done for me that I would not have had the confidence to fall in love and open myself up. He gave me that confidence.
I said earlier that I see Dr. Katzen as a saint and you will too after spending time with him.”
After a lot of research, especially on Obesity Help’s website, I found Dr. Katzen. I immediately made an appointment for a thigh lift consult and during my consult with Dr. Katzen, I knew I had found the perfect surgeon for my thigh lift surgery. He was extremely knowledgeable, kind, compassionate and he spent a lot of time answering my questions and concerns.
One of my concerns was of scars as I had a very red and ropey scar on my arm from a previous arm lift surgery. Dr. Katzen put my mind to ease and even offered to revise the scar during the thigh lift surgery. Wow, I was impressed! I was also impressed with his office staff as they were also very kind and knowledgeable.
Dr. Katzen performed my medial thigh lift surgery on 10/26/06 and he also revised the previous scar on my arm. Dr. Katzen is indeed an excellent and skilled surgeon! The scars on my thighs look great, not red and ropey, and the revision of my previous arm scar looks awesome.
Dr. Katzen is definitely an artist and expert in his field of practice. I now can’t wait for summer next year so I can wear shorts and swimsuits again without feeling so miserably self conscience. I have so much gratitude to Dr. Katzen and feel so fortunate to have had him as my surgeon. I highly recommend Dr. Katzen to anyone considering plastic surgery. He is the BEST!”
Plastic surgery has helped me become the person I want to be. I had 11 lbs of skin on my stomach that Dr. Katzen removed in June 2005 and it has really changed my life. I’m not so self conscious any longer and clothes fit so much better. I couldn’t be in better hands.”
Thank you so much for your care and concerns, and making me feel great about myself.”
He is one of the kindest people you will ever meet and he makes you feel that you and your health and safety, are the most important thing to him. He has an excellent bedside manner and exceptional surgical skills. I feel his results are amazing. You can tell that he is proud of his work and enjoys giving his patients the desired results we deserve after our weight loss success. His appointments are never rushed and you have his full attention at each meeting. He gladly answers all questions and makes you feel like his most important patient.
I had a circumferential body lift and medial thigh lift 11/29/06, and am very pleased with the results. A total of 28 lbs. was removed.
My results are more amazing than I could have imagined. I am planning on more surgery with Dr. Katzen to continue my transformation.
Thank you Dr. Katzen for believing in me and making my dream of a skinny me come true.”
Once I met with Dr. Katzen and we spoke for a while, I knew I had found the right surgeon. He addressed my concerns giving me options as to placement of surgical incisions, took the time to sit down and show me before and after pictures of his patients and answered all my questions.
In October 2006, Dr. Katzen performed a thigh and butt lift, removing 10 lbs. of excess skin. This has given me the confidence to wear dresses, skirts, shorts and, dare I say it, a swimsuit! I am very happy with the results of my surgery and plan to have Dr. Katzen perform additional surgeries in the coming year.”
My road to recovery wasn’t without pitfalls, it took a lot longer to heal and my body rejected some of the stitches, and at times it looked like my body lost the battle, but after 5 months, it finally is healing up! He took my mountains of flat tires (18 pounds worth) and I lost an additional 12 pounds post surgery! And my husband loves that my mountains are gone, so he can now see the lovely twin hills!! So now I’ll ride off into the sunset, saying…”When can I get my arms done?” and “We lived happily ever after!”
On December 26th 2002 I had a gastric bypass and lost over 150-lbs., but I was still hiding and praying to look normal like other women. I wanted to wear sleeveless shirts, shorts and a bathing suit; clothing that most take for granted until they have to contend with tucking in massive amounts of skin. With over 50 pounds of loose skin hanging from my body, it seemed that the life I wanted was always just out of reach. When was that Fairy Godfather going to appear?
On May 10th 2007, after interviewing several plastic surgeons, I finally met Dr. Katzen, my “Fairy Godfather.” He was very professional and immediately put me at ease. He took his time to educate me on the different procedures available. I was very impressed by his knowledge as well as his character. It was then that I started the process of removing the excessive skin from my thighs, stomach, arms and breasts. Dr. Katzen and his wonderful staff gently held my hand through eight months of reconstructive surgery.
On May 20th 2008 I am now able to say that my prayers were finally heard, and I now have an opportunity to live the life I’ve always dreamed of living. Dr. Katzen is a living, breathing, walking Angel on this Earth. He sees what most cannot. When he looked at my misshapen body, ravaged by years of morbid obesity, he saw the finished product already standing there. Dr. Katzen is more than a surgeon. He is an artist, a creator, an architect who designs miracles. I’m eternally grateful to him and his gifted skills.”
Arm Lift Surgery: Febuary 2006: “Always hated my arms and hated them even more when I had extra sagging skin. The surgery scar is from my elbow down my arm to about my bra line on each side. Dr. Katzen took 7 lbs. of skin off and they look great. Very minor scarring that is hardly noticeable. This surgery was done at an outpatient office so I was home the same afternoon. The facility was wonderful and couldn’t have asked for a better experience. My biggest problem was that I couldn’t bend my arms for quite a few days so had to rely on family to do a lot for me. My daughter fed me popcorn while I recuperated so she thought it was fun!” “My experience with Dr. Katzen and his staff has been excellent. I have been seen at both the Beverly Hills and Hawaiian Gardens offices. Everyone has been friendly and helpful.”
So far I have had a circumferential body lift and a thigh lift. My recovery has been difficult and longer then I hoped. Dr. Katzen and his staff have been kind to explain and ease my fears, on this journey to redefine me. Dr. Katzen could look at my body and envision the beauty within. I am very grateful that Dr. Katzen and his staff truly care not only during surgery but also during my times of recovery. The emotional support has been invaluable.”
Then I meet Dr. Katzen. From the minute I meet him I felt a sense of comfort that up until then was absent. Dr. Katzen spent as much time with me as I had questions. His responses were straightforward and honest. Dr. Katzen made that dreaded naked exam something not so embarrassing. While pulling here and there Dr. Katzen seemed excited about what he could accomplish through surgery. When he explained the changes he expected to make, over several procedures, I really started to believe that there was hope for the new me! Right then I knew that I had found my surgeon.
I had my circumferential lower body lift in January 2007. The results are dramatic and spectacular. Dr. Katzen is a gifted artist when it comes to his technique and skill in obtaining the best results possible. His beside manner is unmatched and he makes you feel like you are his one and only very special patient. He devotes as much time as needed during his hospital and office visits and is available 24/7. The office staff is also incredible. Every detail is addressed prior to and after surgery. Dr. Katzen had a vision during my consultation and is sculpting the real me. Choosing Dr. Katzen is truly one of the best decisions of my life. I will be forever grateful.”
I had been having severe problems with my breast, I had to go back to see my primary gastric surgeon to talk about a double mastectomy. After talking with Dr. Ali (my gastric surgeon) I let him know that I was going to be having work done by Dr. Katzen, he gave him a glowing review and told me that he was 150% comfortable with him performing the double mastectomy at the time of my other surgeries. This gave me all the more confidence in Dr. Katzen (as if I needed it). I had, as my husband would tell you, made up my mind, and I am not a person that goes into anything without fully investigating every detail. (I am sure Dr. Katzen would agree with my husband).
On January 26, 2007 I proceeded with a circumferential body lift, a double mastectomy with a reduction and lift of my breast.
On February I had reconstruction to my breast as well as a medial thigh lift (crescent moon). Dr. Katzen did such a great job on my circumferential body lift that my skin on my legs changed so much I was able to get the result I wanted from the “crescent moon” instead of having a longitudinal thigh lift. It was a journey for me and most defiantly my family, with all the surgeries, but a road well taken. With out the support of my husband and Dr. Katzen I would not have made it through the whole process. Dr. Katzen is one of the kindest people you will ever meet. He has an extensive knowledge of the special needs and conditions of bariatric patients. This, combined with his superior surgical skills and kind bedside manner, results in a surgeon of the highest caliber. I could go on for days about how wonderful he is, but you will just have to meet him for yourself, and if you already have met him then you know what I am talking about. I would not hesitate to refer anyone to him.
Thank you Dr. Katzen, for giving me a person that I can stand to look at in the mirror for the first time in my life, I like the person who is looking back at me.”
So, turn the clock forward by five years. After 50 years of a comfortable life in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, I moved for a job to Southern Orange County, California. Change just seemed to be what was happening to me as I was trying to control and plan my life. I noticed that the beautiful people really did live in LA. I decided to try one of those on-line dating services and was actually getting some responses and then it occurred to me that I might have to meet face to face with someone, it might turn into a date and at my age, holding hands for two years before the first kiss was not very probable. I looked at myself honestly in the mirror and had to admit, it was not a very attractive look. My belly hung over, the skin under my arms flapped when I moved them and my breasts hung down to my elbows. I was a smaller size and kept looking at my before pictures but it didn’t matter. The people I was meeting now never knew about my morbid obesity, nor did they care. I was back in my home in Pennsylvania and decided I would investigate some plastic surgeons referred to me by my Gastric Bypass Surgeon. I made 3 appointments and got three different opinions about how they would correct my sagging skin situation. In each situation, I met with the referred surgeon for no more than 3 minutes before he introduced me to his junior partner to explain the procedure. I never spent more than 6 minutes total talking to anyone in a white lab coat with M.D. behind his/her name. And I paid, on average, $135.00 for the privilege. I had decided to pursue one of the surgeon’s and scheduled the procedure. He recommended that I have a tummy tuck and the sagging skin on my arms removed and a breast lift. I booked the procedure at the University of Pennsylvania for December 11, 2007 and returned home to California.
As luck would have it, I was talking with some colleagues in my industry, Health Care for Johnson and Johnson, and was telling them about my plans. One of our companies, Ethicon, Inc. had been involved in manufacturing the instruments used in the gastric bypass procedures and had been making sutures and wound healing products for decades. One of the J&J Medical Directors, who had been collaborating with the top plastic surgeons for years, asked me why I was flying to Philadelphia when the absolute best doctors were in my backyard in California. I had never thought about it before and was unfamiliar with anyone in California to ask. That same evening, I was watching The Discovery Health Channel on television and saw a feature on “The Shrinking Woman”. The segment featured a surgeon named Dr. Katzen of Beverly Hills who has dedicated his practice to helping those who have lost a great deal of weight through gastric bypass and other methods, reconstruct their body and re-invent their life. I liked his demeanor with the patient and his thoroughness in explaining the procedure. I went on-line and began to research Dr. Katzen. He had built a business called “Body By Katzen” and I was very impressed with all of his credentials. Credentials and references are important since in today’s world, any doctor could be calling himself or herself a Plastic Surgeon. I also called my colleague at J&J and asked if he had ever heard of J. Timothy Katzen, M.D. I was told Dr. Katzen was “The Best of the Best” for the procedures I wanted. I noticed on his website that he was offering a Saturday Seminar somewhere in California and was also offering a free consultation. I already had my surgery date confirmed in Philadelphia, so I decided I had nothing to lose in attending.
On October 6, 2007, I drove 90 minutes to the seminar. It was in large room in a medical building and the room was a buzz with excitement. There were people wearing black shirts with “Body By Katzen” embossed on them. I assumed they were employees of Dr. Katzen. I soon learned these people were patients who had come to share with the attendees their first hand experience with Body By Katzen. There were men and women of all ages sharing their “fat pictures” and talking about this person who had changed their life called Dr. Katzen. They stood in front of me in mini-skirts, tight fitting jeans, flat stomachs, and no hanging skin. I was amazed at what I was seeing as none of these people looked as if they had ever had a weight problem. But what REALLY impressed me was what they said about Dr. Katzen. Each one of them, in their own way, told their story about how Dr. Katzen made them feel as if they were the only patient in the world. And how his office staff (Diana, Rachel and Jane) all made him or her feel welcomed and appreciated. I saw a man standing in the back of the room and introduced myself. It was Dr. Katzen. I told him that I had booked my surgery in Philadelphia but would like to get a second opinion. He was so pleasant and accommodating, I looked forward to the consultation. A few hours later, Dr. Katzen and his assistant, Lieu, met with me. I asked him what he would suggest and he started to show me how he would re-shape my body. I was mesmerized with how he could look at my body and see beyond the skin and fat and craft a plan to make me look beautiful. He spent 45 minutes with me talking about me and what I was thinking. I shared with him my plans in Philadelphia and that the other surgeon was going to do 3 procedures at once. He was very professional but indicated to me that he would never put a patient in a position where they could not use their core muscles and their arms. And then he explained that unless the surgeon was superhuman, he could not physically do all three procedures by himself and that since I would be at a teaching hospital, chances were high that the senior surgeon would be using junior surgeons or interns in the procedure. It was all coming together as to why I kept getting introduced to the junior surgeons in the Philadelphia offices. We talked about how the sutures can be different on each arm as a result of different surgeon’s doing the sutures-each one having their own style of stitching, much like tailors. Dr. Katzen told me that he does ALL of the sutures himself. So, after 45 minutes of a consultation, which had provided me with more information than all of the other, surgeons that I had met put together, I made my decision. I confirmed three surgeries (360 Body Lift, Brachioplasty and Breast Lift and Thigh Lift) and three surgical dates beginning in February 2008.
I waited four months with great anticipation. I completed the battery of tests needed for the pre-op and was cleared for surgery. I arrived at the Surgical Center adorned by my Valentine Day Hearts and was ready to go. Dr. Katzen met me and began to draw funny lines on my body with Sharpie Markers- black, red, green. My sister was with me and was concerned that I was getting nervous. I had no nervousness about what was going to happen at all. I had met with Dr. Katzen enough times that I had every confidence that he knew exactly what he was doing and would be doing what he does best in the operating room. Even the Anesthesiologist had called me at my hotel room the night before to introduce himself and explain every detail of what would be happening from his end the next day. The nurses were wonderful and when I woke up after a grueling 11 hours of surgery for the team, it was Dr. Katzen’s face I saw telling me everything went great and answering my “Thank You’s” with his typical “My Pleasure” and grin.
I had heard that the pain might be difficult for me but Dr. Katzen had taken great care to ensure I was comfortable. I can honestly say that I never experience a great deal of pain from the 360 Body Lift. It is amazing that so much of the body can be cut and the pain was not even close to what I experienced after the Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass. No “guns” needed this time around at all! It’s now almost 8 weeks later and although I made a few calls to Dr. Katzen on a Saturday afternoon or Sunday evening, which he promptly responded to in 60 seconds or less (very impressive in my experience with doctors), I am very pleased with my decision with Dr. Katzen. I actually look forward to my visits to his office in Beverly Hills despite the one-way 2 ½ hour commute. His staff, Diana, Rachel and Jane are just delightful and so helpful to me in ways that go beyond “their job”. I actually miss everyone when I don’t have an appointment.
I have spent 30 years as Human Resources Executive for the Johnson and Johnson Family of Companies during which time; I have honed my skills and intuition about people. I have been able to distinguish between people who want a job or a career, between people who have integrity and those who do not and I have been able to determine those who love what they do and those who just put time in. I can say with great confidence that J. Timothy Katzen, M.D. loves what he does and has a passion for excellence that I don’t often see. He has the eye of an artist to see things that haven’t yet appeared and the hands of skilled surgeon to make a previously obese person into someone who has the chance to feel beautiful and normal. He has the patience and tenacity to ensure the patient feels comfortable and the smile that re-assures them about the future. He has chosen his staff to compliment his philosophy around excellence in patient care and his diligence to his craft is evident in everything he does. I feel very blessed to have found Dr. Katzen and his staff and would travel any amount of miles to be in his care. If you are on the fence in deciding if you want to take that bold step to recapture your life and your happiness, don’t be, Dr.Katzen will be there to lead you every step of the way. With Gratitude.”
The first step of the sculpting process was the circumferential body lift in Sept 2006. The results were unbelievable. I had a flat stomach and no more rolls. Speaking of rolls, I was at my computer, pulled down my shirt to cover up those rolls, looked down, and forgot, those rolls were GONE!!!!!!! Funny how it takes time for your brain to catch up to the changes to your body.
The second sculpting was my medial thigh lift and wedge incision in Feb 2007. My saddle bags did not disappear completely with the body lift as hoped, but now they’re gone.
Dr. Katzen has made me feel like part of his family. It is as if I have known him all of my life and that goes for his entire staff. I hope to have the final sculpting (breast lift/implants) finished by Sept. 2007 and then Dr. Katzen will see his final work completed and I will be flying off to Hawaii with my high school sweetheart (my husband) of 37 years.
I cannot thank Dr. Katzen enough for my changed body, my new lease on life and finally liking who I am.”
After interviewing five plastic surgeons, the decision was easy….Dr. Katzen! He made me feel like I was important to him as a person. He did the work that I requested and he made me feel good about me. He answered every question I asked and never made me feel like any question was dumb or stupid…and my husband was made to feel great too!
So I have another angel in my life. Who knew that angels wore surgical scrubs!? The office staff at both office sites are more like friends than “the office personnel”. Everyone was so helpful and never make you feel like you are a bother.
Thank you, Dr. Katzen, for giving “me” back to me!”
My experience with Dr. Katzen has always been very positive. I knew when I first consulted with him that I had met the surgeon I had been looking for. First of all, he has the proper credentials I was looking for.
I asked Dr. Katzen about how many tummy tucks he had done and he said thousands, so that gave me another boost of confidence. He also specializes in post op bariatric surgery patients and sculpturing the patient’s body while removing all the hanging skin. My only concern was my age since I am almost 64 but he said no problem as long as I was healthy. I asked if I was his oldest patient and he quickly replied no, his oldest patient was in his 70’s!
I think you gain a lot of confidence just by going into his exam rooms. Each room is filled with diplomas and certificates on all the walls. Aside from all this, Dr. Katzen has a very gentle spirit and is a good listener. Do not be timid in asking him anything that may be bothering you because he always has the right answer. He genuinely cares about each patient and he makes you feel like you are the only one he has but then we all know how busy he is. He is always available to his patients. His staff is very competent and professional. They will get you the answer you need very quickly. I now can ride my bike for 6-7 miles and not even feel tired. I swim daily, I lift my grandchildren up in my arms. My husband and I have always wanted to take scuba diving lessons but I refused to get into a wet suit.
Now I have nothing to hold me back. I believe that God has blessed Dr. Katzen with amazing talent and I am so very thankful that I was lead to find him. So I say to him again, muchas gracias Dr. Katzen.”
Over the past six months, I have had a body lift and also my breast and upper arms done. His whole staff has been incredible. They have gone out of their way to make sure that I had everything I needed for healing process. I never imagined I would feel so great about myself. I truly owe so much to Dr. Katzen for helping me find myself again. I just love the man.”
Summer is almost here and I am actually buying short sleeves. I thank God every day for the anointed hands of Dr. Katzen, he is a true gift.”
I had heard many wonderful things about Dr. Katzen through others on the Obesity Help website. Many of them had their plastic surgeries with him. They all raved about him and I immediately knew he was the “go to” guy. I then learned that he was going to be having a meeting in my area at someone’s house with other post-gastric bypass patients. I wasn’t going to pass up this chance to hear him in person.
At the meeting he explained all his procedures along with a slide show. He answered questions and gave handouts to review. I was very impressed. I made an appointment with his office the next week. I am usually a very modest person and would normally feel very uncomfortable standing in front of someone naked. He really put me at ease. He listened to all my concerns and to what I wanted to have done. He was kind, professional, answered all my questions, told me what results I could expect and I had a good feeling that he was the right surgeon for me. Dr. Katzen told me he would stage my surgeries for 3 separate surgery dates. I was going to do the circumferential body lift (which he is known for) first, along with having a double hernia fixed. The next surgery would be on my arms and breasts, and the third would be an inner thigh lift.
His support staff is wonderful. All his girls at the office were helpful and anytime I called them, they were happy to help and answer my questions. They worked with me on dates to schedule my first surgery and even called me to see if I had any questions before my surgery.
My first surgery was in April 2007 at the Beverly Hills Surgery Center. I could not believe the results! It was a thousand times better than I even imagined it would be. The scars have faded a lot and I went from size 6 jeans to a size 0 or 2 just from the removal of excess skin! I never thought I would be that small. My second surgery was in November at Century City Doctor’s Hospital. (I didn’t want to wait so long between surgeries, but I had an ill parent at the time). I was very comfortable going into my second surgery knowing my life would be in Dr. Katzen’s hands. Again, I am amazed at how good my arms and breasts look. I feel so much better that I will be able to wear short sleeve shirts and not be embarrassed by my arms. I still have my last surgery to schedule.
I cannot think of any other doctor I would ever trust doing my surgery after having experienced the magic hands and expertise of Dr. Katzen. His experience, knowledge, bedside manner and compassion of working with post-gastric bypass patients, far outweigh any other plastic surgery doctor out there.”
The very next day I called Dr. Katzen’s office, made an appointment for consultation. This was October 2004. I was sure that Dr. Katzen was going to tell me to lose 60 or 70 more pounds, as I weighed about 230 at the time. I remember my eyes welling up with tears when Dr. Katzen said, “Let me finish what you started”.
I have had 4 surgeries in the last two years by Dr. Katzen. I can finally look in the mirror and am content with what I see. Dr. Katzen has transformed my body into one that is now ‘normal’. He is absolutely wonderful. He takes his time to explain everything, he has a wonderful bedside manner, and I believe, absolutely loves what he does. He is an artist, and in my case, a magician. Dr. Katzen is a dream come true.”
As I read over the testimonials of other of Dr. Katzen’s patients they all seem the same… he is caring, knowledgeable, patient, kind, etc. etc. etc. But guess what? He REALLY is all of these things and much, much more! Added to all of his strengths as my surgeon are the strengths of his staff. I have enjoyed interacting with them both on the phone and face-to-face.
During one of my follow-up visits with Dr. Katzen I was thanking him for changing my life and making me a different person. He responded with, “Laura, you are the same great person. I was just involved in changing the outside.” For the first time I can contradict him. I am a different person, indeed! I walk in confidence, knowing that Dr. Katzen and his staff have provided me with the tool (a changed body) that reflects the work I have put in through the entire WLS process as I have followed the dietary guidelines as well as the physical exercise plans. My inner self has changed as well as the outside. I walk in newness of life and I enjoy a better lifestyle.
Who do I ultimately thank? I am a committed believer in God and I walk closely with Him. I know that he directed me to the best surgeon for me. I believe He was with Dr. Katzen in the operating room as Dr. Katzen applied his skilled hands and his training and knowledge to my body. And I believe that Dr. Katzen and God make a great team in meeting my needs!”
While at weight loss seminars, other patients of Dr. Katzen eagerly showed their incisions. He does beautiful work. His other patients expressed their appreciation for him. His office staff is very professional and helpful. I also chose Dr. Katzen because he listens to what I want for my body.
I have had a Body Lift, Arm Lift, Breast Lift and Augmentation. For the first time in my life, with Dr. Katzen’s help, I feel pretty. I feel feminine. As I left town after my second surgery, I cried. Not because of pain, but because I looked like a regular person. Not a fat person and not a thin person with fat skin. I knew I made the perfect choice of surgeons when we unveiled my new flat stomach for the first time. The medical assistant said, “Wow, I wish my stomach was that flat”.
Instead of Dr. Katzen saying “Didn’t I do a great job?” His response was, “She worked really hard and she deserves it”. Thank you Dr. Katzen.”
In April of 2006 I met Dr. Katzen at an Obesity Help conference in Tucson, Arizona. I remember there were so many people that wanted to meet Dr. Katzen that he actually changed his flight home to be with the people that needed him.
Dr. Katzen completed my reconstructive surgery on December 18, 2006. After undergoing my circumferential body lift (and another 13lbs weight loss from excess skin) I finally feel like the woman I have always dreamed of being. The old saying of nothing taste as good as thin feels really is true. Dr. Katzen and his staff were caring, thoughtful and very thorough with their information and patience.
There are no words to express my gratitude to Dr. Katzen and his group of professionals. Thank you doesn’t seem to be enough. Dr. Katzen, you have my sincere appreciation. You’re the best!”
I’m half way through my surgical journey now and feel confident that with Dr. Katzen, I will finally reach my goal of being healthy & confident in my own skin.”
I started my search and spoke with 5 different doctors all chosen by a means of referral. I had 2 different people tell me about Dr. Katzen. I went and saw him in 2005 and had a body estimate done. Because of family/life circumstances, I had to put my plans on my body overhaul on hold. Finally, in February of 2008, I went back to him again and said, “I am READY!!” I was pleased when he noticed my attempts at working out and told me that the leg lift we had discussed in the past was no longer necessary. A doctor that didn’t want to do something unnecessary? I knew I was in the right place. (By the way, when my surgery actually happened and I was under, Dr. Katzen determined that I also did not need the breast lift which shorten my surgery by 1 ½ hours AND put money back in my pocket.)
My surgery took place 1 month later. I was scheduled for 9 hours of surgery which included: abdominoplasty, breast lift and augmentation, and liposuction. I had NEVER had any surgery in my entire life and Dr. Katzen and his staff assured me that I would come out just fine. They shared their own experiences with me as far as their own cosmetic surgeries were concerned, both with Dr. Katzen and with other doctors. Dr. Katzen was there for me as were Diana, Raquel and Jane. If I needed anything, they all went above and beyond the call of duty, whether it was in the middle of the night or on a Saturday shipping a new garment to me during their day off. I received phone calls checking on me constantly as well as well wishes and words of encouragement.
Unfortunately, I had a set back that was unavoidable and had to go back under for some revision work and Dr. Katzen was right there taking care of me again. He spent more time on my healing than perhaps anyone else that he was seeing at the time and remained patient and professional the entire time.
I just knew that I chose the right doctor for the job. His compassion and bedside manner is second to none. I have given his name and number to many people I know since then. The main reason I chose Dr. Katzen was because he understood the journey that this former fat girl made from the woman lost in skin to a beautiful swan. It was more than just the mommy make over. I was completing the transformation with an emotional choice that has since then changed my life and I am SOOOO grateful to Dr. Katzen for his beautiful work and his beautiful heart.”
Weight loss was from 235 Pounds to 125 Pounds
“TWENTY years ago I weighed 198 lbs, the smallest I ever had been as an adult. I bought a green velvet dress that didn’t quite fit. It was tight, but I figured 10 more pounds and it would be perfect. Well….those 10 pounds didn’t leave, they gained and gained and gained. Over the years I went up to 355. The dress hung in the spare closet. I couldn’t bear to get rid of it. Then WLS took 175 pounds off – I was 185! The dress should fit! It didn’t. My shape had changed. Despite being 185 lbs, it didn’t fit. My hips and thighs were shaped wrong. ARRRG!!
Enter Doctor Katzen. He reshaped my body. This last Christmas, I FINALLY wore my Green Velvet Dress. It fit beautifully. I felt like a million bucks. Losing the weight wasn’t enough. I had to change my shape. My skin that covered my 355 lb body hadn’t left. I lost 175lbs under that skin, but the outside just hung over the new me. Dr. Katzen uncovered that new me. I am now a different person – the person I sought to be. THANK YOU DOCTOR KATZEN !”
At this point I decided to start checking into plastic surgery. I went to 5 or 6 different doctors and finally decided to choose Dr. Timothy Katzen. Dr. Katzen specialized in weight loss patients and was familiar with the issues that surround us. I felt that he cared about his patients and listened to what I had to say. I also, felt he had a supportive staff and that was important to me. On December 5, 2007 I had my tummy tuck and breast reduction and lift.
At the recovery center I saw my new body for the first time and cried. I have never had a flat stomach and “perky” breasts. My life has only gotten better since the plastic surgery, I am now proud of my body, I may not be the smallest in the room but I feel like I am. Three months following the surgery I went on a 12 day cruise and Dr. Katzen encouraged me to get a bikini, which I did. It was so much fun looking at swimsuits that I would never had worn before. I wore it and did not feel I had to cover up my body and hide. I did wear my sunscreen to the parts of my body that never saw the sun.
I am so thankful for the confidence that I have now as a result of the weight loss and the new body Dr. Katzen has given me. I can never thank him and his staff for the change in my life and the continued support.”
Knowing full information about what is about to happen when it comes to surgery is very important to me. They make sure that people understand this is not miracle work and there are limits to what can be done. They tell you an honest description of what the results can be. I was a bit scared as I had never had any surgery in my life, but they helped me be comfortable and showed great patience with all the questions I had. My experience was a good one and I would recommend Dr. Katzen to anyone.”
I want to thank Dr. Katzen for explaining all the risks and benefits of the procedures I needed. He took as much time with me as necessary to explain all the aspects of the surgery. I was well prepared for all three of my procedures by the detailed literature and instructions I received from Dr. Katzen and his office. He made me feel very comfortable. His staff has been incredible through the entire process. They have all been so caring and thoughtful. What a great team they all make! Dr. Katzen and staff are wonderful to work with. I would recommend this office to anyone. All the staff was very courteous and professional. They will take as much time with you as needed to address any questions or concerns you have.
This is the happiest I have ever been in my whole life. I went from a size 34/36 to a size 9/10. Dr. Katzen has sculpted my body and now I have an hour glass figure that I never imagined I would ever have. The first surgery I had was the circumferential body lift. The second surgery was the removal of excess skin on bilateral thighs. The last surgery was a breast augmentation with lift and removal of excess skin on the under arms.
I can’t thank you enough Dr. Katzen for helping me achieve the results I had been looking for. You gave me a new beginning. I would go through this again tomorrow. No regrets!!!”
Well, I was so frustrated, and gun-shy already, so I decided to check him out online FIRST before I ever talked to him in person. I found so much information about him on different websites, including the “american board of plastic surgeons” and also his own website.
I scheduled an appointment, and I have to tell you, from the moment his office girls (all of them are absolutely amazing… considerate and organized – and helpful as well) guided me into one of his back rooms, I was impressed. I walked around his room and read all his credentials in the hopes of finding out more information about him. By the time we were done with the consult, I was feeling calm and amazed.
My insurance denied treatment, so I decided to pay cash for a new body, instead of spending the money on a new car (how many years can you enjoy a new car? This was going to be an investment in ME).
On 8/21/06 I had a circumferential body lift and crescent thigh lift.
Dr. Katzen removed 14 lbs. of skin and gave me a new, PERFECT belly button. With 450 stitches & 4 drains in my body, it was a long recovery — but Dr. Katzen and the girls in his office were with me EVERY step of the way!
I was SO pleased with the results of my 1st. surgery that I came back the following year (just a week ago today) to have my arms done. Also the “chubs” taken out on the sides where your bra sits and everything “oozes over”. Well, while we were so close to them, I had him do a breast lift/augmentation w/implants as well. I trust Dr. Katzen with my life. My boss and my best friends’ daughter (whom I’ve known since she was 9 yrs. old) are both consulting with him. If my daughter wanted work done on her body, I would guide her towards him as well.
I know you’ve read all this in the previous testimonials. He’s patient. He’s fair. He’s professional. He’s wonderful…
But the most important thing for you to learn about him in your search for a surgeon is that HE GENUINELY CARES. What more could you EVER ask from another human being who is going to cut you open?
Good luck with your search. Have fun with your new body!”
I recommend Dr. Katzen without reservation! Dr. Katzen is very gifted. His talents are amazing. I had been referred to other plastic surgeons but as soon as I met Dr. Katzen and heard him speak at an Obesity Help seminar I knew he was the right Doctor for me. Not only is his work amazing but he is a very caring and genuine person.
I had a circumferential body lift, arm lift and liposuction on my thighs and I am excited to have another surgery (a thigh lift later this year).
I feel very fortunate and blessed to have found Dr. Katzen!”
I then met Dr. Katzen and had the lower body lift and liposuction February 2007. Twenty seven pounds of skin and fat were removed, along with my old scars. I had a new body. I had never imagined that kind of “instant” weight loss and as thrilled as I was, it was also disturbing to my body image. All of a sudden, I had no huge stomach, my clothes hung well and no longer did I have to wear shirts on the outside to hide my belly. It took a while to absorb the change.
But, although life is fabulous now, it wasn’t right after surgery. I went home after surgery but continued to have pain and did not heal. I knew something wasn’t right but didn’t want to be “a bother” and thought I could get through it. After three weeks of misery, I called Dr. Katzen’s office, explained how I was feeling and they had me immediately come in. Dr. Katzen just happened to be out of town that day, but Dr. Eby saw me immediately and even faster, put me back in the hospital. I had developed a massive infection and wasn’t healing.
I went directly to surgery again to clean out the infection and then days of IV antibiotics. I went home wearing a Wound Vac machine- a state-of-the -art something to create negative pressure to make the wound heal faster from the inside out. It was like a Whoopee cushion but not as fun. I became a frequent visitor to Dr. Katzen for awhile and he was just wonderful, patient and so very knowledgeable. It was a long process but I healed very well and now am so totally pleased with the results!!
My story is about how nice it is when things go as planed. More important is what happens when they don’t. I was in pain, afraid, not adjusting quickly to my new size mentally and miserable. Dr. Katzen and his entire office staff were supportive, up beat, ALWAYS professional and caring. I was never made to wait or feel rushed. I was followed at both offices over the weeks and they were organized and did whatever they could to help my discomfort. As a bonus, they were funny and told me jokes. It worked! I healed just fine!
Now I will have the upper body lift in two months. I am so very pleased with the way I look from the waist down and now will complete the job. I am looking to get rid of the excess skin on my arms and upper torso. No matter what happens, I know Dr. Katzen will do whatever is needed to help me be successful as he has already proven his integrity and character in adverse situations. By the way, I am a registered nurse and advanced nurse practitioner with a background in surgery, so I think I am a pretty good judge.”
I had my body lift in May of 2007. The recovery was difficult, but well worth it. I’m having my arms and breasts done soon. I’m not looking for perfection, just to feel and look normal. Looking good on the outside is awesome, but if the happiness isn’t from within, you’ll never be satisfied.”
Dr. Katzen has many patients and the special ability to make you feel like you are his top priority. He is available, attentive, capable and caring. Dr. Katzen and his warm and caring staff have taken excellent care of me throughout this process and I love them all. Thank you Dr. Katzen!”
Dr. Katzen performed a tummy tuck, breast reduction/lift and implants to give me the fullness at the top of the breast that I wanted. He listened to exactly what I wanted and that is exactly what I got!! At the after care facility, he came by every day even on the weekend to visit and check on me. I ended up with a smile on my face when he walked into the room because he made me feel special and made me forget the pain even if only for the time that he was in the room. Dr. Katzen was so professional and sweet even when I encountered complications. He knew that I was freaked out yet he made me feel at ease even when I thought that my insides might fall out!!
I am so glad that I chose Dr. Katzen as my surgeon and I can not be happier with my results. I am still healing and he continues to be a support to me. He makes every patient feel special, and not that they are just a number. I have recommended Dr. Katzen to a few of my friends and will continue to recommend him to anyone who is looking for a plastic surgeon.”