Palo Alto Plastic Surgeon
715 Altos Oaks Drive
Los Altos, California 94024 US
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10 years experience
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Board Certifications

Board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery


  • Undergraduate & Medical School

    Undergraduate: Biology, University of California
    Medical: MD, Chicago Medical School
  • Post-Medical School Training

    Residency: Plastic Surgery, Stanford University

Treatments offered at Palo Alto Medical Foundation

Most popular answers from Steven Bates, MD, MS

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Bags under eyes after 1 month blepharoplasty. Will they settle down eventually?

Thanks for your question. You definitely still have some residual swelling only one month after surgery. It can take 3 to 6 months for all of the... READ MORE

How long is the recovery time for a Mommy Makeover? Will I ruin the results of my surgery if I continue to workout? (photo)

You look like a great candidate for surgery. Typically, I tell MM patients that full recovery is about 4-6 weeks. Most patients can return to... READ MORE

Pain in left breast after carrying bag. Is it normal for one to heal slower than the other?

Thanks for the question. It is very common to have more pain in one breast after augmentation. This can be brought on by increased activity which... READ MORE

Do I need a mini tummy tuck or a full one? (Photo)

Based on your photos, you appear to be a better candidate for a full tummy tuck. A full tummy tuck will address more of the loose skin and will also... READ MORE

How low do you think a tummy tuck scar could be on me? (photos)

You would need to be examined in order to determine how much skin is safe to remove, but based on your photos, I think a low incision could be used to... READ MORE

Asymmetrical breasts after augmentation. Any suggestions?

Thanks for your question. Your asymmetry was probably noticeable to your surgeon and that is why they recommended different size implants. In this... READ MORE

4 weeks post-op. How is my recovery of upper eye lids after blepharoplasty? (photos)

Thanks for the question. Your incision appears completely normal for 4 weeks post procedure. The color and texture are to be expected this early after... READ MORE

What is the most effective way for patients to communicate with their surgeon, regarding their hopes for surgery results?

That is a great question that often gets overlooked as patients approach surgery. Communicating your desired result is the most important thing you... READ MORE

Will I be able to avoid a lift? (Photo)

Judging from your photo, you can most likely have a primary augmentation without a lift. As you note, you do have some breast asymmetry but it is not... READ MORE

Do I need a lift and implants? (Photo)

This is a very common question that I hear from patients. Based on your photos and your desired size you may need a lift. There are other factors to... READ MORE

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