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Specialist Name:   Timothy Katzen
Category:   Plastic Surgery
Profession:   Plastic Surgeon
  Beverly Hills
State:   California (CA)
Country:   United States
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  (9.91 out of 10) (70 reviews)
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I can now shop where I want to after excess skin removal, May 2, 2015, 6:44 pm
Reviewer: Christine.Ariz

During my weight loss process I had always said that I would not get plastic surgery because I would have just been happy to lose the weight. As time went on and more and more weight came off, I found that my original statements just didn’t hold true. I did want to complete the process. I was so proud of what I had accomplished, and I knew that I deserved to have the body that I had always wanted.

I first met Dr. Katzen at a conference. 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 circumferential 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 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!

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Thigh Lift Procedure, May 1, 2015, 1:46 pm
Reviewer: Barbs1971

Once upon a time, (April 2002 to be exact), I had my gastric by-pass done in the land of heat and sun (Arizona!). I started this fantasy (or was it a nightmare?) weighing in at 285 pounds. But after much shedding of the pounds I lost 115 pounds! But alas! What was this hanging around my waist? 3 flat tires!!! Or the equivalent thereof! I contacted some local surgeons, and they all said “I don’t do insurance!” or “You need to loose 40 more pounds!”

That is when Obesityhelp.com stepped in with an e-mail telling me of this surgeon that works with your insurance and he was actually speaking at a seminar in Las Vegas! So I took the plunge and had my consultation with Dr. Katzen in July of 2006. When he came charging in the room in his noble white coat (forget the white horse!) and talked to me and showed me what he could do and that my 3 flat tires could all be gone, I knew I had been rescued! After a few battles of woe with the insurance (no, they didn’t cover it!) and other problems getting it off the ground, I had my tummy tuck (flat tire removal) and inner thigh reduction (elephant skin removed!) performed on January 25, 2007. 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!

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Dr. Katzen and his staff are compassionate and professional, April 30, 2015, 9:50 am
Reviewer: BrendaWalk

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Katzen and his staff for all their help and guidance through my surgery. I had Gastric Bypass surgery October 2005. I lost 140lbs. When it was time for me to consider Reconstructive Surgery I began my search for a surgeon. I was referred to Dr. Katzen by a friend. I was immediately impressed by Dr. Katzen's kindness and compassion. Dr. Katzen made me feel comfortable and supportive which made me feel at ease regarding the procedures I was interested in having done. His knowledge and experience with Gastric Bypass patients was a major influence in my decision to go ahead with my surgery. Dr. Katzen takes the time to fully explain the procedures and answered any questions I had. Dr. Katzen is a kind, compassionate, gracious and intelligent human being who truly cares about every one of his patients. Dr. Katzen's staff is just GREAT! Through the procedures, financing and paperwork, I found his staff to be kind, considerate, respectful and professional. I was grateful for their phone calls after my surgery to make sure that I was taking my medications and vitamins as prescribed. They made themselves available to answer any questions that I had at any time. Dr. Katzen has a very good support system in the front office. Thank You! I would recommend Dr. Katzen to any Gastric Bypass patient seeking reconstructive surgery. Thanks for everything Dr. Katzen and Thanks to his staff.

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Traveled from Oregon to CA for multiple surgeries, best decision ever!, April 28, 2015, 3:04 pm
Reviewer: LauraVanT

In April, 2004 I had WLS by Dr. Tanaka. My life changed dramatically as I went from 352 lbs. down to 190 within 1 ½ years. I was a changed woman … free from the bondage of bad food habits and free to be physically fit without the restrictions of my own body.

I attended an Obesity Help conference in Orange County in 2005 in order to learn more about reconstructing my body. How exciting and rewarding it was to hear Dr. Katzen speak to not only my needs, but to my heart as well. My husband and I both felt as we heard Dr. Katzen that he understood the issues of patients concerning cosmetic surgery after WLS surgery. During this past year I have had the following procedures: circumferential body lift, inner thigh lift, breast and arm lift, eye-lid lift.

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!

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