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9735 Wilshire Blvd, Ste 407
Beverly Hills, California 90212 US
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5 out of 5 stars Body Lift

Restoring My Life - Beverly Hills, CA

The first time I heard Dr. Katzen speak I knew he was the person I wanted to complete my journey. His slide presentation was amazing and his former patients praised Dr. Katzen’s work and compassionate bedside manner. In the fall 2008 Dr. Katzen performed brachioplasty (arms), breast lift with augmentation, and lower face lift and four months later I had a lower body lift. Dr. Katzen helped me to feel young again! Not only is Dr. Katzen an amazing surgeon and artist but his compassion is extraordinary. From the very first time I met with him, he never made me feel embarrassed or ashamed of the damage I had done to my own body.

5 out of 5 stars Tummy Tuck

Most Caring Doctor I've Ever Met - Beverly Hills, CA

He's an amazing doctor. Very happy with my results. Dr. Katzen is not only professional, he is the most kind and caring physician I have ever met. He went above and beyond his call of duty as a doctor. His bed side manner is wonderful as well as his patient follow up. He called me back late Friday night to answer some of my questions I had after my surgery. 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.

5 out of 5 stars Body Lift

There is No One Better Than Dr. Katzen! - Beverly Hills, CA

After going on consults with several surgeons who made me feel less than ok, and who actually made me ashamed of how I looked, Dr. Katzen immediately made me feel comfortable and confident that he was the right surgeon. His vision provided me with the hope of a normal looking body and I was pleased beyond by expectations! You can't ask for more than that! I will be forever grateful for having found Dr. Katzen!!!!! There are not enough words of praise that can adequately describe Dr. Katzen. He has made a practice of transforming those of us who have had substantial weight loss and are left with loose and hanging skin -- a constant reminder of the excess weight that leaves us feeling unattractive and less self confident than prior to our weight loss. Dr. Katzen is like a scupltor that can envision the beauty within and performs his magic to showcase what has been hiding beneath all that skin. Not only does he have masterful surgical skills, but his compassion and caring for EACH of his patients goes beyond the surgical suite and his office. He is available to each of us at almost a moments notice and hears our concerns and fears and takes it all seriously. I have never met another surgeon who cares as much about his patients as Dr. Katzen!

5 out of 5 stars Tummy Tuck

Great Doctor and Great Result - Beverly Hills, CA

Dr Katzen takes all the time you need to discuss the procedure and answers all the question you might have. He was always there for me then and now. He is a caring doctor and a great person. I am thankful I met him and he did my surgery. Thanks to Dr katzen. He is also a great person extremely supported through out the surgery as well as 5 years later. I am very thankful for him.

5 out of 5 stars Body Lift

Dr. Katzen is an Extraordinary Reconstructive Surgeon with an Incredible Bedside Manner! - Beverly Hills, CA

I met Dr. Katzen at an Obesity Help seminar and immediately knew that he was the right surgeon for me. He was extraordinarily talented and allowed me to visualize my body post surgery. He is kind, caring and responsive. I have had numerous procedures including 360 body lift, arm lift, thigh lift and breast lift. I never thought I would have reconstructive surgery but was blessed to meet Dr. Katzen at an Obesity Help seminar. Dr. Katzen helped me to visualize what my body could look like post surgery. I still remember my first appointment with him like it was yesterday. Dr. Katzen is a one of a kind, very talented artist who was able to scalp my body into the "normal" person I alwasy wanted to be. He truly is an artist and is tremendously talented. In addition, he is very caring and responsive with an outstanding bedside manner. I recommned Dr. Katzen without reservation. I feel truly blessed to call Dr. Katzen my surgeon.

5 out of 5 stars Body Lift

HIghly Recommended, Great Experience - Beverly Hills, CA

I corresponded with about a dozen surgeons, met with five in person, continued into full consultations with three, and this was all just to make me feel better about what I knew from the second I met him... Dr. Katzen was my surgeon. He understood what was important to me, he's extraordinarily skilled, he never once treated me like an object, he never condescended to me. His staff was friendly and responsive, his facilities clean and professional. If you're even thinking about this type of surgery, you need to at least meet him in person.

5 out of 5 stars Arm Lift

Arm and Breast Lift After Weight Loss Surgery - Beverly Hills, CA

Now that I'm an official -- AND SUCCESSFUL -- post-op, I figure it's time to write a 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.

5 out of 5 stars Breast Reduction

No more pain from large breasts.

Unlike many weight loss patients, my breasts were still very large after losing a massive amount of weight. They’ve always given me problems like back and shoulder pain. I underwent a breast reduction with Dr. Katzen and went to a happy C cup. I look and feel so much better.

5 out of 5 stars Male Breast Reduction

Gynecomastia, Male Breast Reduction.

I noticed most reviews on Real Self are females so I wanted to represent us men. I’m in my late 40’s and I’ve put my body through a toll. At my highest weight, I was 350 lbs. I had gastric bypass and lost 105 lbs. I worked out heavily during the weight loss so I didn’t have a bad overhang on my abdomen BUT my breasts were hideous. When I was heavy, I had man boobs so when I lost weight,...

5 out of 5 stars Body Lift

new me inside and out!!!!! soooooo happy and grateful! - Beverly Hills, CA

I have THEE up most respect for Dr.Katzen!!! He is passionate,genuine,sincere,knowledgeable, honest,and kind!!!! I thank God that he exists!!!! He specializes in post weight loss patients and knows stretched out saggy skin very well He is down to earth and TALENTED! I highly HIGHLY recommend him to people who were like me ! You will be in good hands if you choose him! Thank you Thank you THANK YOU SOOOOOOOOO MUCH Dr.Katzen!! I am so very humbled and grateful and truly changed from the INSIDE to the out! Much love and respect!

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Board Certifications

Board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery

Memberships

Fellow, American College of Surgeons (FACS)
Weight Loss Surgery Foundation of America (WLSFA)

Consultation Fee

Free

Awards & Recognition

RealSelf Top Doctor

Hospital Privileges

Dr. Katzen has hospital affiliations at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Tri-City Regional Medical Center, La Palma Hospital, Olympia Medical Medical Center, Sherman Oaks Hospital, and Verdugo Hills Hospital.

Education

  • Undergraduate & Medical School

    Undergraduate: BS in Biology, Duke University
    Medical: MD, Medical College of Virginia
  • Post-Medical School Training

    Residencies:
    General Surgery, University of Hawaii
    Plastic Surgery, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
    Fellowships:
    Burn Surgery Specialty, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
    Microsurgery Specialty, St. Joseph's Hospital, Houston
    Craniofacial Surgery Specialty, New York University Medical Center

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Are Body Lifts Covered By Insurance?

Are Body Lifts Covered By Insurance? Many of my patients inquire about funding options for their body lift and ask if medical insurance will cover the procedure. Insurance coverage for plastic reconstructive surgery after massive weight loss depends on several factors. Insurance approvals will depend on your specific insurance policy. Some policies restrict or exclude reconstructive plastic surgery after weight loss surgery. Usually there is no way around these policies...

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Alternatives to back bra lifts with horizontal scars? (photos)

Hi "Iwantmyhourglasscurves",Thank you for your question and your pictures.I have many patients in my plastic surgery practice with your same complaint... READ MORE

Avoiding Pulling Incisions After Lower Body or Inner Thigh Lift

I commend you on your research before surgery. Postoperative activity and position is critical. For my patients who undergo a 360 lower body lift or... READ MORE

Arm Liposuction or Brachioplasty? (photo)

Thank you for your question regarding arm liposuction or brachioplasty. Based on your upside down picture, you have excess arm skin and fat. If you... READ MORE

Should Breast Implants Be Placed Under or over the Muscle?

If you were looking for a more "natural look", I would suggest placing breast implants underneath the muscle. The muscle serves to camouflage the... READ MORE

7 weeks post op, Is This Capsular Contracture? (photos)

Dear Violet, Seven weeks is too early to tell if you're developed breast implant capsular contracture. I would suggest you consult with your plastic... READ MORE

I see many TT results that look square. Can you achieve the hourglass look by plication techniques?

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I plan to have more children. Should I just do the panniculectomy or go for the tummy tuck? (photos)

Congratulations on your massive weight loss. You should be very proud of your accomplishments.The timing of your surgeries is important. It is... READ MORE

How can I prevent my butt from flattening after a lower body lift?

Congratulations on your massive weight loss and taking me next step, namely a 360 circumferential lower body lift. After a 360 circumferential lower... READ MORE

Arm Lift Scar

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After Revision Thigh Lifts the Skin of Vagina is Being Pulled Open. Is There Any Chance of Fixing This? (photo)

I have seen this before on crescent medial thigh lifts. This results in spreading of the perineal and vaginal region. The solution is to reduce the... READ MORE

Before and After Photos by Dr. Katzen

J. Timothy Katzen, MD, FACS has shared 610 before and after pictures with 467 helpful votes from the RealSelf community.

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Videos by J. Timothy Katzen, MD, FACS

J. Timothy Katzen, MD, FACS has shared 23 videos.

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Medial Thigh Lift Surgery and Demonstration (GRAPHIC)

Watch and learn about medial thigh lift, in this video showing actual surgery on a male patient in the operating room. WATCH VIDEO

Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia) Surgery Demonstration (GRAPHIC)

See and hear about gynecomastia, or male breast reduction, in this video which shows actual surgery in the operating room. WATCH VIDEO

Implant Removal and Replacement Procedure (GRAPHIC)

Dr. J. Timothy Katzen shares a video that covers breast implant removal and replacement. It shows actual footage of the surgical procedure. WATCH VIDEO

PermaLip 101: Learn About Lip Implants (GRAPHIC)

Dr. J. Timothy Katzen discusses what Permalip is and how it's performed under anesthesia. This video contains actual operating room footage. WATCH VIDEO

PermaLip: A Permanent Lip Enhancement Solution (GRAPHIC)

Dr. J. Timothy Katzen explains what Permalip is and does a live demonstration in his office. WATCH VIDEO

Dorsal Hump Reduction: Nose Surgery to Improve Nasal Profile (GRAPHIC)

Dr. J. Timothy Katzen talks about nose surgery, more specifically known as rhinoplasty, and how a dorsal hump reduction surgery is performed. Before and after pictures are shared as well. WATCH VIDEO

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