San Francisco Plastic Surgeon Provides Personalized Care for Tummy Tuck Patients

San Francisco Plastic Surgeon Provides Personalized Care for Tummy Tuck Patients 
Dr. Karen Horton Provides Extensive Preoperative and Postoperative
Guidance for Her Abdominoplasty Patients to Ensure Satisfaction
Throughout the Entire Cosmetic Enhancement Experience 
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 03/21/13 --  For tummy tuck
procedures, San Francisco Plastic Surgeon Karen Horton, MD spends the
first 45 minutes of her consultations getting to know her patients
and exploring the reasons why each individual is seeking to improve
their abdominal contour. According to a blog on her website entitled
Tummy Tuck Overview from Dr. Karen Horton, her aim is to get to know
her patients (including their medical history, personal history,
hobbies, and professional life) to ensure that a tummy tuck is the
patient's best option for their cosmetic and lifestyle goals. 
When meeting a new patient, Dr. Horton examines the patient's
abdominal region and also inspects for hernias, which can be
addressed and repaired during a tummy tuck procedure. She assesses
for "lipodystrophy," or areas of fatty deposits that contribute to a
patient's abdominal contour, evaluating whether these areas might be
appropriate for liposuction in addition to an abdominoplasty. 
Once Dr. Horton determines if a patient is an appropriate candidate
for a tummy tuck, she discusses the abdominoplasty procedure in
detail, including risks, benefits, potential complications, and
realistic outcomes for surgery. In addition, Dr. Horton gives
prospective tummy tuck patients the contact information for a few of
her prior tummy tuck patients so that they may share their
experiences. All prospective patients are invited to visit Dr. Horton
again for an additional visit to answer any new questions or to bring
a significant other or a close friend into the conversation.  
Friends or close family members are encouraged to accompany
preoperative patients to the office so they can also learn about the
procedure, postoperative recovery, and how to best help out after
surgery. At Dr. Horton's practice, the entire staff strives to make
the tummy tuck procedure positive and rewarding. The preoperative
visit usually lasts at least 90 minutes and involves extensive
additional education about abdominoplasty including: 

--  How to prepare for the procedure
--  What happens in the hospital
--  The logistics of an overnight stay
--  Postoperative recovery expectations

Dr. Horton and her San Francisco Plastic Surgery staff also assist
patients with any necessary paperwork for employers or insurance
companies. After surgery, Dr. Horton sees her patients weekly for the
first month to monitor their healing and watch for any potential
complications. During the postoperative period, each patient is given
Dr. Horton's personal cell phone number for 24-hour-a-day,
7-day-a-week assistance. She continues to follow up with her patients
yearly after surgery in order to make sure her patients remain
satisfied with their surgical outcomes and to address any new
About Karen M. Horton, MD, FACS 
Dr. Karen Horton is a San Francisco board-certified Plastic Surgeon.
Specializing in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery for women, she
graduated from the University of Toronto before completing a
fellowship in reconstructive microsurgery in San Francisco. In
addition to the tummy tuck, Dr. Horton offers a wide range of
surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic enhancement procedures, including
everything from BOTOX(R) Injections to breast augmentation and
liposuction. She is available for interview upon request. 
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Dr. Karen Horton
2100 Webster Street
Suite 506
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 570-7352 
Rosemont Media
(858) 200-0044 
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