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Notice Of Patient Privacy

Notice of Privacy Practices

Acknowledgment of receipt


Neal Handel, M.D., F.A.C.S.



The Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”) is a Federal program that requests that all medical records and other individually identifiable health information used or disclosed by us in any form, whether electronically, on paper, or orally are kept properly confidential. This Act gives you, the patient, the right to understand and control how your protected health information (“PHI”) is used. HIPAA provides penalties for covered entities that misuse personal health information.

As required by HIPAA, we prepared this explanation of how we are to maintain the privacy of your health information and how we may disclose your personal information.

We may use and disclose your medical records only for each of the following purposes: treatment, payment and health care operation.

  • Treatment means providing, coordinating, or managing health care and related services by one or more healthcare providers. An example of this is a primary care doctor referring you to a specialist doctor.
  • Payment means such activities as obtaining reimbursement for services, confirming coverage, billing or collections activities, and utilization review. An example of this would include sending your insurance company a bill for your visit and/or verifying coverage prior to a surgery.
  • Health Care Operations include business aspects of running our practice, such as conducting quality assessments and improving activities, auditing functions, cost management analysis, and customer service. An example of this would be new patient survey cards.
  • The practice may also be required or permitted to disclose your PHI for law enforcement and other legitimate reasons. In all situations, we shall do our best to assure its continued confidentiality to the extent possible.

We may also create and distribute de-identified health information by removing all reference to individually identifiable information. We may contact you, by phone or in writing, to provide appointment reminders or information about treatment alternatives or other health-related benefits and services, in addition to other fundraising communications, that may be of interest to you. You do have the right to “opt out” with respect to receiving fundraising communications from us.

The following use and disclosures of PHI will only be made pursuant to us receiving a written authorization from you:

  • Most uses and disclosure of psychotherapy notes;
  • Uses and disclosure of your PHI for marketing purposes, including subsidized treatment and health care operations;
  • Disclosures that constitute a sale of PHI under HIPAA; and
  • Other uses and disclosures not described in this notice.

You may revoke such authorization in writing and we are required to honor and abide by that written request, except to the extent that we have already taken actions relying on your prior authorization.

You may have the following rights with respect to your PHI.

    • ·  The right to request restrictions on certain uses and disclosures of PHI, including those related to disclosures of family members, other relatives, close personal friends, or any other person identified by you. We are, however, not required to honor a request restriction except in limited circumstances, which we shall explain if you ask. If we do agree to the restriction, we must abide by it unless you agree in writing to remove it.
    • ·  The right to reasonable requests to receive confidential communications of Protected Health Information by alternative means or at alternative locations.
    • ·  The right to inspect and copy your PHI.
    • ·  The right to amend your PHI.
    • ·  The right to receive an accounting of disclosures of your PHI.
    • ·  The right to obtain a paper copy of this notice from us upon request.
    • ·  The right to be advised of your unprotected PHI is intentionally or unintentionally disclosed.

If you have paid for services “out of pocket,” in full and in advance, and you request that we not disclose PHI related solely to those services to a health plan, we will accommodate your request, except where we are required by law to make a disclosure.

We are required by law to maintain the privacy of your Protected Health Information and to provide you the notice of our legal duties and our privacy practice with respect to PHI.

This notice if effective as of ________________________ and it is our intention to abide by the terms of the Notice of Privacy Practices and HIPAA Regulations currently in effect. We reserve the right to change the terms of our Notice of Privacy Practice and to make the new notice provision effective for all PHI that we maintain. We will post and you may request a written copy of the revised Notice of Privacy Practice from our office.

You have recourse if you feel that your protections have been violated by our office. You have the right to file a formal, written complaint with office and with the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Civil Rights. We will not retaliate against you for filing a complaint.

For more information feel free to contact the Practice Compliance Officer Nina B Floric at 805.682.9100, in person or in writing.


HIPPA Privacy Policy

The Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Civil Rights, under the Public Law 104-191, (The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) (HIPAA), mandates that we issue this new revised Privacy Notice to our patients. This notice to our patients meets all current requirements as it relates to Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information IIHI); affecting our patients. You are urged to read this notice.

As part of the Privacy Standard, implemented on April 14, 2001, you are required to provide this office with a new, signed and dated, Consent Agreement. Every patient must receive our new Privacy Notice and execute a new Consent Agreement before this office may use your information for treatment, payment, or other health care operations (TPO).

Our Privacy Notice informs you of our use and disclosure of your Protected Health Information (PHI), defined as: “any information, whether oral or recorded in any medium, that is either created or received by a health care provider, health plan, public health authority, employer, life insurance company, school or university or clearinghouse and that relates to the past, present or future physical or mental health or condition of an individual, the provision of health care to an individual, or the past present or future payment for the provision of health care to an individual.”

Our office will use or disclose your PHI for purposes of treatment, payment and other healthcare purposes as required to provide you the best quality healthcare services that we offer to the extent permitted by your Consent Agreement or in such specific situations, by your signed and dated Authorization. It is our policy to control access to your PHI; and even in cases where access is permitted, we exercise a “minimum necessary information” restriction to that access. We define the minimum necessary information as the minimum necessary to accomplish the intent of the request.

An Authorization differs from a Consent Agreement in that it is very specific with regard to the information allowed to be disclosed or used, the individual or entity to which the information may be disclosed to, the intent for which it may be disclosed, and the date that it was initiated which may include the duration of the authorization. This is a form, separate from the Consent Agreement, and usually used only for one specific request for information. In the event of a non-healthcare related request for personal health information this office will request you to complete an Authorization Form.

You, as our patient, may revoke any Consent Agreement or Authorization at any time and all use and disclosure and administration of related healthcare services will be revised accordingly, with the exception of matters already in process as a result of prior use of your PHI. To revoke either the Consent Agreement or the Authorization you will have to provide this office with a written request with your signature and date and your specific instructions regarding an existing Authorization or Consent Agreement. Any revocation will not apply to information already used or disclosed.

If you had a “personal representative” initiate as Authorization you may revoke that authorization at any time.

You, the patient have access to your health care information and may request to examine your information, may request copies of your information, and under the law you may request amendments to your information. The physician or principal will exercise professional judgment with regard to requests for amendments and is not bound by law to make any changes to the information. If the physician or professional agrees with the request to amend the information, we are bound by law to abide by the changes.

In limited circumstances, The Privacy Standard permits, but does not require, covered entities to continue certain existing disclosures of health information without individual authorization for specific public responsibilities.

These permitted disclosures include: emergency circumstances; identification of the body of a deceased person, or to assist in determining the cause of death; public health needs; research, generally limited to when a waiver of authorization is independently approved by a privacy board or Institutional Review Board; oversight of the health care system; judicial and administrative proceedings; limited law enforcement activities; and activities related to national defense and security. There are specific state laws that required the disclosure of health care information related to Hepatitis C, and AIDS. Where the state laws are more stringent than HIPAA Privacy Standard, the state laws will prevail.

All of these disclosures could occur previously under former laws and regulations however; The Privacy Standard establishes new safeguards and limits. If there is no other law requiring that your information be disclosed, we will use our professional judgments to decide whether to disclose any information, reflecting our own policies and ethical principles.

On some occasions we may furnish your PHI to a third party. This could be an insurance company for the purpose of payment or another health care provider for further treatment or additional services. Although we will institute a “chain of trust” contract and monitor our business associates’ contracts with us, we cannot absolutely guarantee that they will not use or disclose your PHI in such a way as to violate the Privacy Standard.

Although the law requires a signed and dated Privacy Notice, this office does not demand that you sign this agreement as a condition of receiving care. It is the law that your rights are communicated in this manner.

It is our practice to retain information about non-healthcare related requests for your health care information for a period of six years.

In complying with the Privacy Standard, we have appointed a Privacy Officer, trained our Privacy Officer and the staff in the law, and implemented policies to protect your PHI. We have instituted privacy and security processes to guard and protect your IIHI. This office is taking and continues to monitor and improve steps for the protection of your information and to remain in compliance with the law.

Boob Job Beverly Hills

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons is a prestigious group of doctors.  Dr. Handel is a highly respected surgeon and  a proud member of this organization. Dr. Neal Handel focuses on multiple forms of reconstructive and plastic surgery. Many of his colleagues refer to him as the Boob Job Beverly Hills guru. Look no further than Dr. Handel for your Beverly Hills plastic surgery needs.

Boob Job Beverly Hills

Breast Implants and deciding to get a Boob Job is a big decision. No “pun” intended. Anytime you put yourself through surgery there are inherit risks. Locating a quality Beverly Hills plastic surgeon is vital to your surgeries success. Dr. Handel has over 40 years of experience. He is also a tenured professor and the co-author of a major plastic surgery text book. He and his staff have created a spa like atmosphere at their luxurious office. When you meet Dr. Handel you feel right at home. Dr. Handel and his staff have received multiple awards. He has hundreds of patient testimonials. He is a well respected surgeon, professor, and author.

Affordable Boob Job Beverly Hills

If you are considering breast implants you are also looking at your wallet. Surgery is not cheap. Plastic Surgery is more expensive. At least typically. Dr. Handel has been a leading pioneer in reconstructive and plastic surgery for over 4 decades. His office is proud to provide multiple financing options. If you have considered plastic surgery but could not afford it, call today. The new you is only a phone call away. it is time to set aside financial worries. There are a lot of payment plans and access to credit providers. The point is that Dr. Handel and his staff want to make your dream an affordable reality.

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Hormone Replacement

Hormone Replacement

Aging and menopausal symptoms can have an adverse impact on a woman’s well-being and physical appearance. While the physical appearance can be enhanced effectively with cosmetic surgery procedures, it is also important to address the common symptoms of menopause.

Dr. Neal Handel is an experienced plastic surgeon providing the latest aesthetic as well as health treatments such as Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). For nearly four decades, Dr. Handel and his team have been addressing a variety of needs of patients. Dr. Handel receives patients from Beverly Hills, CA, and surrounding communities.

What is HRT?

HRT, also known as hormone therapy, estrogen replacement therapy or menopausal hormone therapy, is a treatment involving the replacement of female hormones such as estrogen and progesterone to provide relief from the typical symptoms of menopause. The therapy may be prescribed during or after menopause, depending on a patient’s condition.

Following menopause, most women experience a decline in the hormone levels. This can lead to uncomfortable symptoms such as hot flashes, irregular sleep, and vaginal dryness, or even debilitating conditions like osteoporosis. HRT is designed to replace the hormones that the body is no longer producing in the required volume. HRT has been recognized as a time tested solution to address common menopausal symptoms.

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Hormone therapy may include either estrogen replacement or a combination of estrogen and progesterone treatment. Estrogen therapy is considered to be the most effective medical treatment for the menopause symptoms, and has been widely accepted around the world for the last many years. Numerous research studies have indicated that estrogen therapy continues to be safe and effective for many women when it is used for up to five years.

If the woman suffers from a more severe condition such as osteoporosis, which may be occurred as fallout of menopause, the treatment expert may recommend a combination of hormonal as well as non-hormonal medications. In many cases, estrogen therapy is combined with progesterone to minimize the risks and produce more effective results.

Patients should be careful about using hormone therapy for more than five years because of the potential risks involved. Dr. Handel will recommend a safe and effective hormonal treatment program, which is customized to meet the unique needs of a patient. In addition to cosmetic surgery and other aesthetic procedures, Dr. Handel also provides health procedures such as hormone therapy to patients in Santa Barbara, CA, and nearby areas.

Need for Estrogen and Progesterone

Female body has a natural need for hormones such as estrogen and progesterone. When a woman is of child bearing age, the estrogen plays a role in the development of uterus, which is ready to receive a fertilized egg. Estrogen also controls the body’s use of calcium, and raises the levels of good cholesterol in the blood.

Progesterone in the body combined with estrogen to protect the uterus against degeneration and dreaded diseases such as cancer. Progesterone lowers the risk of uterine cancer by thinning the lining of the uterus. The physician will recommend an appropriate hormone therapy in accordance with the specific health needs of a woman.

Plastic Surgeons vs. Cosmetic Surgeons

Plastic Surgeons vs. Cosmetic SurgeonsPlastic Surgeons vs. Cosmetic Surgeons

In recent decades, plastic and cosmetic surgery practices have proliferated due to a surge in demand for various aesthetic procedures for the breast, body, and face. While most practices claim to offer the services of a qualified plastic surgeon, some of them may not actually have the right training or qualifications that are expected of a plastic surgeon.

Patient awareness becomes an important aspect in this regard, in order to ensure that they seek treatment from the most appropriate surgeon. Dr. Neal Handel is a board certified plastic surgeon with nearly four decades of experience. Dr. Handel receives patients from Beverly Hills, CA and surrounding communities.

Significance of Organized Plastic Surgery

All cosmetic surgery procedures are primarily elective in nature. This increases the responsibility of the surgeon manifold to ensure that a procedure must be performed only on the right candidate and under the safest of circumstances. Only a fully trained surgeon will be in a position to ensure complete patient safety and deliver results in line with the patient’s aesthetic needs and expectations.

Patients are on a safe footing when they choose a surgeon having the required certifications from or affiliations with a leading plastic surgery board or society. These organizations will ensure that their members have the requisite training and skills and adhere to the best surgical standards and practices in every procedure they perform.

Some of the prominent societies in this regard will include the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), as well as recognized local societies in every state. Dr. Handel is a distinguished plastic surgeon providing cutting edge surgical and non-surgical procedures to patients in Beverly Hills    and nearby areas.

Legal Backing

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), and the Utah Plastic Surgery Society (UPSS) recently earned a landmark legal victory in the 10th District US Courts of Appeals in Denver, CO. A lawsuit had been filed previously in a lower court against these societies claiming that they were conducting a patient safety and awareness campaign that created a distinction between plastic surgeons and other surgeons.

The lower court had dismissed the lawsuit, and now the Court of Appeals has upheld the previous dismissal. The key contention of the plaintiffs was that the education campaign of these societies was causing a loss of business to non-plastic surgeons. However, the appellate court did not find any legal violation by the societies in their campaign and dismissed the complaint, marking an important victory for organized plastic surgery.

‘Do Your Homework’

The campaign of the ASPS, aptly titled ‘Do Your Homework’ is aimed at raising awareness and educating people to acquire correct knowledge about the qualifications and credentials of a plastic surgeon before they go ahead with a procedure.

The recent legal victory is a reaffirmation of the public education stand taken in this campaign. The President of UPSS, Brian Brzowski, said that the court’s decision is a confirmation of the need to make people aware about the fine distinctions between certified plastic surgeons and other surgeons.

Breast Implant Augmentation Surgery Overview

Breast Implant Augmentation Surgery Overview
Breast Implant Augmentation Surgery Overview

Breast augmentation is a cosmetic surgery procedure that involves surgical placement of saline or silicone implants in the breast tissue in order to increase the breast size. Currently, breast implant procedure is the second most sought-after cosmetic surgery in the US after liposuction. Sometimes breast implant surgery may be used as a part of breast reconstruction.

Dr. Neal Handel ranks among the most experienced breast implant plastic surgeons in the country. Dr. Handel has an excellent track record of success in this procedure. He employs cutting edge techniques to help his patients achieve desirable outcomes with minimal risk of serious side effects. Dr. Handel receives patients from Beverly Hills, CA and surrounding communities.

Choice of Implants

The choice of breast implants will have an impact on the final outcome of the procedure. Breast implants are available in traditional saline and advanced silicone gel type. Different sizes, profiles, shapes, and textures are also available.

During the planning process for breast implant cosmetic surgery, Dr. Handel will help the patient make the right choice of implants. Various factors will be taken into account to ensure that the choice of implants is in sync with the patient’s overall health and aesthetic needs.

Choice of Surgical Technique

Breast implants can be placed in the subglandular or subpectoral position in the breasts, depending on the patient’s unique needs. As an experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Handel along with his team, will carefully evaluate the thickness of the skin, subcutaneous tissue and breast glandular tissue to determine the optimal position of implants. Dr. Handel provides breast augmentation surgery to patients in Santa Barbara, CA and nearby areas.


Breast implant surgery can be completed in about two hours, and most patients will be able to return home the same day. The patient should have someone to drive them back home after the surgery. For out of town patients, Dr. Handel’s team can make overnight stay arrangements at a motel. The procedure is generally performed using general anesthesia, or intravenous sedation in some cases.

The procedure will begin with the surgeon placing a discreet incision below the breast crease, around the areola, or in the underarm. A breast pocket to accommodate the implant will be carved through the incision. The implant may be placed above or below the pectoral muscle as decided during the treatment planning process. Once the implant is adjusted into its position, the surgeon will close the incisions with sutures.

Expertise of Dr. Handel

A majority of surgeries performed by Dr. Handel are breast surgeries, and breast augmentation is an important part of his practice. Dr. Handel has performed breast augmentation on thousands of women during his extensive career spanning 35 years.

It is true that breast implant surgery may require a revision procedure or replacement in later years, and the patient should be aware of this fact. But many patients of Dr. Handel received the implants 25 or 30 years ago, and still continue to maintain the original set of implants without any need for replacement or additional surgery.

Your Beverly Hills Cosmetic Surgeon

Your Santa Barbara Cosmetic Surgeon
In any plastic surgery procedure, the final outcome will depend to a large extent on the skills and experience of the surgeon who performs the procedure. Dr. Neal Handel is a leading plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills, CA, providing advanced and innovative procedures for the breast, body, and face. Dr. Handel’s extensive experience of more than 38 years places him in a distinguished class of plastic surgeons in the country.

Throughout his illustrious career as a surgeon, Dr. Handel has been driven by a passion to achieve total patient satisfaction in every procedure that he performs. He has consistently stayed updated with the latest developments in the area of cosmetic surgery in order to provide the best in class surgical procedures to his patients. He receives patients from Beverly Hills, CA, and nearby locations for various surgical and non-surgical procedures.

Combining Art and Science

Over the course of his vast experience in the field of aesthetic surgery, Dr. Handel has deeply understood and embraced a holistic approach to surgery that combines the principles of both art and science. As a plastic surgeon, his goal is to produce results that are artistically and aesthetically appealing, while at the same time, preserve and promote the patient’s long term health and well-being.

In every procedure, he manages to achieve sustainable, predictable and naturally results that continue to satisfy the patient for years to come. Patients in Beverly Hills, CA, and surrounding communities have an opportunity to receive cutting edge cosmetic surgery procedures from Dr. Handel.

Academic Background

Dr. Handel attended the renowned Yale Medical School to receive his education in medicine. He went on to receive advanced training in plastic and reconstructive surgery, and finally became a board certified plastic surgeon with certification from the prestigious American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Handel is committed to treating his patients using the highest medical standards and practices and delivers the best quality care in every procedure. During his academic journey and beyond, Dr. Handel has been the recipient of several accolades and honors, and also continued to carry out research in the area of plastic surgery.

Other Endeavors

Dr. Handel is an Associate Clinical Professor at UCLA Medical School’s Division of Plastic Surgery, and supervises and teaches young plastic surgeons completing their residencies. He has published over 60 articles in scientific journals.

He recently completed work on advanced textbook, which guides plastic surgeons about latest innovations in the area of complex breast condition treatment. Dr. Handel is invited to the conferences of the ASPS year after year to perform live surgery.

Focused Expertise

Dr. Handel is a leading expert in various breast plastic surgery procedures, including complex breast revision surgeries. Another key area of Dr. Handel’s expertise is liposuction surgery. He is recognized as one of the most experienced liposuction surgeons in the US.

When the procedure was introduced in the country about 38 years ago, he was among the first ones to perform liposuction. His success rate even in complex procedures is close to 100%.

Your Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery Center

Your Santa Barbara Plastic Surgery Center

Dr. Neal Handel is a board certified plastic surgeon with more than 38 years of experience in the field. Dr. Handel’s state of the art plastic surgery center provides advanced and innovative surgical and non-surgical procedures for the breast, body and face. The practice is equipped with cutting edge surgical technologies to support the simplest to most complex case of surgery.

Dr. Handel and his dedicated team of professionals have performed thousands of successful cosmetic surgery procedures, and enjoy a strong reputation and trust among the patients. Patients have an advantage to receive treatments in a professionally managed, warm, and welcoming environment at Dr. Handel’s practice. The center receives patients from Beverly Hills, CA and surrounding communities.

Safety – A Top Priority

Dr. Handel performs many of the cosmetic surgery procedures at Sunset Hils Surgical Center, which is a freestanding ambulatory outpatient surgery center in Beverly Hills. The center is Institute of Medical Quality (IMQ) certified, which ensures top quality care. The IMQ program is officially recognized by the Medical Board of California.

One of the key safety features at Dr. Handel’s practice is his policy to work only with anesthesiologists who are board certified and licensed medical doctors. The practice works with anesthesiologists, even though it is legal in California for nurses to administer anesthesia.

Personalized Care

Dr. Handel has himself maintain uncompromising safety standards throughout his 38 years of career as a plastic surgeon. He ensures that every patient receives his personalized care and attention. The staff of trained nurses, technicians, medical assistants, and consultants at the practice is equally dedicated to providing the best standard of care in a professional and compassionate environment.

Right from the stage of initial consultation through pre-op evaluation, surgical procedure, and post-surgical recovery, the patient will receive committed support of a health care team that is trained to help patients to achieve their health and aesthetic goals. A holistic treatment approach ensures that the results for every patient as pleasing on the outside as they are on the inside.

Impeccable Reputation

Dr. Handel’s plastic surgery practice is well recognized among his peers and medical societies, including the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), both nationally and internationally. Dr. Handel is personally acknowledged as a leading expert in complex surgical breast cases and one of the pioneers in liposuction surgery in the US.

Dr. Handel’s surgery center receives hundreds of patients every year, which have been sent by other plastic surgeons, requesting Dr. Handle to correct something they are hesitant to touch. The success rate of surgery even in such complex cases at the center is nearly hundred percent.

PAL Technology

Dr. Handel’s surgical center is the only plastic surgery practice in Santa Barbara that uses a Power Assisted Liposuction (PAL) technology. The PAL machine is the only US-patented liposuction instrument that employs a reciprocating motion (rather than a rotating motion) to facilitate the movement of the cannula within the tissue. This technology is designed to make the procedure less invasive and more targeted.

Your Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Handel Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Neal Handel is a highly distinguished plastic surgeon providing a wide range of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery procedures. With nearly four decades of professional experience behind him, Dr. Handel is in a strong position to deliver exceptionally successful results in various surgeries related to the breast, body, and face.

Dr. Handel has maintained the highest standards of care and adopts the latest, cutting edge cosmetic surgery techniques and technologies to produce safe and desirable outcomes. He combines the principles of art and science to achieve the best patient satisfaction levels while producing results that are safe and sustainable in the long run. Dr. Handel receives patients from Santa Barbara, CA, and surrounding communities.

Customized Procedures

Dr. Handel firmly believes that plastic surgery procedures must be individualized because the anatomy and the aesthetic needs of no two patients can be alike. As an experienced plastic surgeon, he carefully listens to the patient’s personal concerns, needs and aspirations with regard to their body, and evaluates their overall health and anatomical condition.

Accordingly, he will create a customized treatment plan in close consultation with the patient to produce results that are tailored to meet their best expectations. Patients in Beverly Hills, CA, and nearby areas have an opportunity to receive state of the art customized cosmetic surgery procedures from Dr. Handel.

Education and Training

Dr. Handel received his medical education from the highly prestigious Yale Medical School. Following his advanced training in cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures, he earned a certification from the pre-eminent American Board of Plastic Surgery.

As a board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Handel maintains the topmost surgical standards and provides the highest quality of care to his patients. Throughout his long and illustrious career as a surgeon, he has received numerous awards and honors, and performed research in the field of plastic surgery.

Professional Engagements

Dr. Handel is an Associate Clinical Professor at UCLA Medical School’s Division of Plastic Surgery. He supervises and teaches young plastic surgeons completing their residencies. More than 60 articles written by Dr. Handel have been published in the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal, which focused on breast augmentation, revision, and how to prevent complications.

Dr. Handel recently completed writing and editing an advanced medical textbook, which teaches plastic surgeons the latest innovative techniques for correction of complex breast conditions. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons invites him to perform live surgery at their conferences year after year.

Special Expertise

Dr. Handel receives hundreds of patients a year who have been sent by other plastic surgeons with a request to correct a problem that they are reluctant to touch. Dr. Handel has a very high success rate even in such unique cases. He is an expert in the latest surgeries involving the breast, body, and face.

One of his key areas of special expertise is liposuction, and he is recognized among the most experienced liposuction surgeons in the country. In fact, he was one of the pioneers in liposuction when the procedure was introduced in the US about four decades ago.

Breast Augmentation Surgery Before and After Pictures

See Breast Augmentation Surgery Before and After Pictures


Breast Augmentation Before & After Photos

More than 4.5 million breast augmentation cosmetic surgery procedures were performed between 2005 and 2012, according to the ASAPS figures. Breast augmentation is currently the second most popular procedure in the US after liposuction. An experienced breast surgeon will discuss all aspects of the procedure during the initial consultation.

Dr. Neal Handel is a leading plastic surgeon with nearly four decades of experience in the field. Dr. Handel will ensure that the patient has access to breast augmentation before and after photographs before she makes a decision to go ahead with the surgery. Dr. Handel receives patients from Beverly Hills, California, and surrounding communities.

What are Breast Augmentation Before and After Photos?

Before and after photos in case of breast augmentation cosmetic surgery refer to images belonging to an earlier patient who has received the same procedure with satisfactory results. The images are taken prior to the surgery and after the surgery at a stage when swelling and bruising have disappeared and full effects of the procedure are established.

The plastic surgeon will take the photos with the patient’s consent and will present them before new patients in an appropriate and discreet manner. The only purpose of the surgeon here is to educate new patients about various aspects of breast augmentation and make them understand its potential effectiveness.


Breast augmentation ‘before and after’ pictures are primarily meant for the benefit of new patients. When a new patient walks into the surgeon’s office for breast implant consultation, she may only have a vague idea of how the procedure may help to achieve her personal aesthetic needs.

Breast augmentation is a highly customizable procedure with different options for implant types, implant sizes, incision location and placement of implants. Some patients may need breast augmentation in conjunction with breast lift, or another procedure. In all such situations, the surgeon can make use of breast augmentation before and after pictures to help the patient make the right choices.

Dr. Handel is a highly experienced plastic surgeon who believes that patient education is a very important part of the entire surgery process. Breast augmentation ‘before and after’ images can serve as a very useful visual aid in this process. Dr. Handel provides breast augmentation and other procedures to patients in Santa Barbara, California and nearby areas.

Staying Realistic

Patients who know exactly what to expect and what not to expect from breast augmentation surgery will usually achieve the highest satisfaction levels in the end. With the help of before and after photos, the surgeon can ensure that the patient has very clear ideas and realistic expectations from the procedure. The chances of any potential disappointment or misunderstanding are mitigated with this effort.

Online Photos

The plastic surgeon may choose to upload breast augmentation before and after pictures on their practice website. New patients will have the opportunity to access the photos in the privacy of their home or office even before they are ready to make a personal visit to the surgeon’s office for a consultation.

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