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Long Beach OutPatient Surgery Center is a fully accredited outpatient surgical center. It is located near Long Beach Memorial Hospital. The latest state-of-the-art equipment is available for all types of cosmetic surgery. The center is staffed by Board-Certified anesthesiologists, and Registered Nurses, dedicated to safety and superb post-operative care.

The center also provides home care services with 24 hour duty nursing personnel for your convenience. This service is ideal for out of town patients, who would like to recuperate in their own hotel suite. Dr. Pearlman D. Hicks was born in Hamilton, Ohio. He attended public high school there before completing his undergraduate education at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

He graduated in 1968 with a B.A. degree in Biological Sciences. After completing four years of medical school at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, he completed a five year general surgical residency at Case Western Reserve University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio in 1977.
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read more › Dr. Hicks in Beverly Hills, Long Beach, and Los Angeles, California, offers both cosmetic and reconstructive procedures. Cosmetic surgery can improve your appearance and boost your self-esteem. Face and body procedures may be done alone or in combination to achieve your desired overall look. Cosmetic surgery includes breast surgery, liposuction procedures, abdominoplasty, and facial procedures. Reconstructive surgery is an important part of the recovery process after an injury or medical problem, and can be necessary for proper development in children with birth defects.

read more › If you are considering breast enhancement in Beverly Hills, Long Beach, or Los Angeles, California, we offer several options. Women seeking larger breasts often choose breast augmentation. This very popular procedure uses implants to increase the volume, shape, and firmness of your breasts, improving your overall body contour. Male breast reduction corrects gynecomastia, or large breasts in men, a condition that affects about half of all men. Breast reduction can create beautifully shaped, comfortable breasts and relieve the many problems such as back pain and skin irritation which overly large breasts usually cause.

read more › If you're considering breast augmentation in Los Angeles, it's vital that you select a Los Angeles breast augmentation surgeon who will advise you of all the facts and listen to your concerns. Women who have made the decision to have breast augmentation in our Long Beach surgery center can count on receiving excellent care, beginning with a thorough explanation of what takes place during the Los Angeles breast augmentation procedure. Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure to enlarge and improve the shape of a woman's breasts.

read more › Breast Augmentation Common Questions Conveniently located to serve Long Beach and Huntington Beach. Will I still be able to have a mammogram after breast augmentation surgery? Yes. Breast implants do affect mammograms and you should find a place where they have experience performing mammograms on women with implants, to ensure safety and accurate results. Mammograms with implants typically involve taking multiple views in order to see all of the tissue, as well as taking special care not to squeeze the breast too hard.

read more › Breast Augmentation Candidates Conveniently located to serve Long Beach and Huntington Beach. When planning your breast augmentation procedure you will have several decisions to make including implant placement. Dr. Hicks will help you make these decision based on your body type and shape and your desired results. Muscle activity does not affect the shape of the implant, so this placement is preferred by bodybuilders. They are easy to insert and require less recovery time than implants placed behind the muscle.

read more › Breast Augmentation Expectations Conveniently located to serve Long Beach and Huntington Beach. You'll be most pleased with the results of breast augmentation when you know what to expect from the procedure. During your initial consultation, Dr. Hicks will evaluate your overall health and the condition of your breasts. After taking many factors into consideration, including your skin type and elasticity, amount of existing tissue, and of course your desired results, he will explain your best options and answer any questions you may have.

read more › Silicone and Saline Implants Conveniently located to serve Long Beach and Huntington Beach. When planning your breast augmentation procedure incision placement is one of the decisions you will have to make. Dr. Hicks will help you make decisions based on your body type, implant size and type and your desired results. Incision placement is primarily a matter of personal preference, but your decision will be affected, in part, by the size and type of implants that you choose, implant placement, and whether you desire to breastfeed in the future.

read more › Breast Augmentation Incision Options Conveniently located to serve Long Beach and Huntington Beach. The procedure will not address weight problems. It is important to have realistic expectations and truly understand what the surgery can accomplish. Before you decide to have it, discuss your expectations and desired end results openly with Dr. Hicks. The best candidates for breast augmentation want to enhance their look and understand that the surgery will not necessarily produce a perfect figure.

read more › The most common complication associated with breast augmentation is capsular contracture. Your body will naturally surround the implant with a capsule, and in most people this does not cause a problem. In a few people this capsule will tighten around the implant causing the breast to feel hard and sometimes causing pain. Treatments for capsular contracture include scoring or removing the capsule or replacing the implant. All surgery carries the risk of excessive bleeding, which can cause swelling and pain, and in some cases may require a subsequent operation to stop the bleeding and remove accumulated blood.

read more › A breast lift, or mastopexy, can restore and reshape sagging breasts, creating more pleasing body contours and a more youthful appearance. With a breast lift in Long Beach, Dr. Pearlman Hicks can create very natural results, making the breasts perkier and addressing any shape asymmetries. Gravity, pregnancy, nursing and time can all cause breasts to sag and lose their shape and firmness. A breast lift can correct these effects, raising the breasts and restoring firmness and shape. A stretched areola can also be reduced during a breast lift.

read more › Breast Lift Common Questions Conveniently located to serve Long Beach and Huntington Beach. How long does the surgery itself take? A breast lift is performed under general anesthesia and takes anywhere from one and a half to three and a half hours. Will a breast lift prevent me from breast feeding? No. However, if you plan to become pregnant in the future you should consider postponing your breast lift. A few women experience a lack of sensation in the nipples which interferes with the milk let-down reflex.

read more › Breast Augmentation vs. Breast Lift Conveniently located to serve Long Beach and Huntington Beach. When considering breast enhancement procedures, one of the many things to determine is whether you will benefit most from breast augmentation, a breast lift, or a combination of both. After evaluating your breasts and discussing your ultimate goals, Dr. Hicks will recommend the best procedure for your unique situation. While the specific look that you wish to achieve will be unique and highly individual, most women share the same overall goals of improved shape and firmness, enhanced cleavage, and a sharper, more prominent contour of the breasts.

read more › Breast reconstruction in Long Beach can be performed immediately after a mastectomy (breast removal) or during a subsequent procedure. Reconstructing a breast that has been removed for medical reasons can greatly improve your outlook on recovery. This procedure has played a large role in reducing the stigma and emotional pain for breast cancer patients. Many women begin to explore their options for reconstruction as soon as they are diagnosed with cancer. Focusing on a positive outcome and on recovery eases the entire process for many people.

read more › Women more often seek breast reduction surgery for physical comfort and health reasons than for cosmetic reasons. They may reduce quality of life by preventing you from participating in certain activities, making you feel self-conscious about your appearance, and making it hard to find clothing that fits. Breast reduction surgery can correct these problems, bring the body into proper proportion and create beautifully shaped breasts. Excellent service, friendly atmosphere, office staff and doctor made me feel very comfortable and at ease.

read more › Gynecomastia is a Greek term which roughly translates to "woman-like breasts." Hormonal changes such as puberty, certain medications, and some medical problems can cause the condition. In most cases both breasts are affected, but it can affect just one breast. Men with gynecomastia often feel self-conscious about their appearance and may avoid certain social situations. Before performing gynecomastia correction Dr. Hicks will need to rule out certain possible causes of the condition. If your breasts are enlarged due to a medical condition or medications, this underlying cause must be addressed.

read more › While they are not a weight loss tool, liposuction procedures can remove stubborn areas of fat, and are often used as a finishing touch after weight loss is achieved. Some pockets of fat do not respond to diet and exercise and can detract from your figure and overall look. Liposuction can remove them, creating more pleasing body contour. LipoSelection is a very precise method of removing smaller areas of unwanted fat from specific places such as the ankles, behind the knees and under the chin. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Hicks in Beverly Hills, Long Beach, or Los Angeles, California, to determine if you are a good candidate for liposuction.

read more › Abdominoplasty, also called a tummy tuck, is a major surgical procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen and tightens the muscles of the abdomen wall. A tummy tuck in our Long Beach surgery is not intended as an alternative to diet and exercise. But it can flatten a protruding abdomen when the abdominal muscles have been so stretched that they cannot return to normal, usually due to pregnancy or obesity. Many of the women who come to us for a tummy tuck in Long Beach are moms. Pregnancy can stretch the abdominal muscles so far that no matter how much a woman exercises, the muscles will never be as tight as they originally had been.

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