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I initially met Dr. Truong several years earlier wherein he created a dimple chin. I continue to get compliments from people about my chin. Although it is not genetics, I like how natural, as well as centered my dimpled chin is. As a surgeon, Dr. Truong is incredible. He is very thorough, centered, and focused during the surgical process. He has an incredible team that accompanies him during the surgical process. I always come away feeling as though Dr. Truong and his entire team listen to my concerns. As a plastic surgeon, he is patient, in tune to detail, and very kind. Recently, I went abroad and received a face-lift, cheek implants, and otoplasty from two plastic surgeons who are friends of mine. However, as I was on blood thinner shots for a congenital condition, I ran into complications, specifically hematoma on the right and left side of my neck. I decided to leave the country that I was in, and while in customs in Arizona, I contacted the office. I explained the procedures that I had, and asked that Dr. Truong follow my care, as I had left the country due to concerns. Although I had not spoken w/ he or his staff w/in 2 years, I felt that confident in reestablishing contact w/ him, and I am glad that I was able to do so. He got me into see him the following day, and I was in surgery to have the hematoma removed from my right and left side of my neck. As I was very overwhelmed due to leaving the country w/ sutures in my body, I was so comforted by Dr. Truong’s ability to explain the surgical procedure in a calm and concise manner. He surgically removed the hematoma, as well as the sutures a week later. I feel very blessed to have established a working relationship w/ him several years earlier. What I look for in a good plastic surgeon is someone who is calm and thorough. In retrospect, I regret not going to see him directly for the procedure(s) noted. However, 2 of my friends who are plastic surgeons abroad had graced me w/ what seemed like a wonderful gift. Although the gift was appreciated, you can never cut corner(s) when it comes to plastic surgery. Dr. Truong does not cut corners, and you will not be sorry you seek consultation and service from him. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Ethan Abercrombie at Ojai1963@comcast.net
It is not very often that you can call your doctor your friend... but Dr. Truong is definitely my friend. He has taken care of me like I was a member of his family. As a 65 year-old woman, I am concerned about looking my best. I don't mind aging at all, as long as I look as I look young! :) Dr. Truong has done a number of procedures for me over the years, including a neck-lift, botox, facial fillers, Obagi and laser treatments. Each one has made me feel better about myself. The best thing is that Dr. Truong's work is so subtle, that you never look "done." You just look better! He is so gentle and careful with each procedure, that I never worry or have any fears about the outcome. I trust Dr. Truong and I have referred many of my friends to him, because I know that he will treat them as well as he treats me. Dr. Truong and his wife, Theresa and their dedicated, caring staff will welcome you to their office and surgery center and you will feel right at home. Before long, you will be thinking of them as "your friends", just like I do. Check out his website at www.FacialSurgeryDr.com and see if you can find me and my husband in the before and after pictures. We're the ones who look 20 years younger than we really are! If you would like to talk with me personally about my procedures, just call Dr. Truong's office and ask them to give you the phone number of "Orchidluver."
I will never forget the day I met Dr. Peter Truong. He came highly recommended, from a nurse that had worked beside him for many years. She said “he is the best, his work is amazing.” From my own personal experience, having had several surgeries, injections,etc., I truly believe, he is the best. Dr.Truong is extremely knowledgeable and a master at his craft. He is an artist. Not only does he possess a gift, and talent to make each patient a better version of themselves, he has the highest level of integrity. He treats all who enter his office with sincere care, and concern. His abilities speak for themselves, through the before and after photographs. What the pictures do not show is Dr. Truongs extreme personal desire to enhance the lives of his patients. I feel very fortunate to have a doctor of his quality in the Fresno area. I am a much happier person, and have a better self image because of my experience with Dr. Truong and his wonderful staff. Not to mention, I am now engaged to a man, much younger than myself, and he thinks I am beautiful. WHO SAID LOOKS ARE NOT EVERYTHING ! Having fun in Fresno! Jill Richardson P.S. For more information go to: www.facialsurgerydr.com! IN MY OPINION, IF YOU WANT A HIGH RATE OF RETURN ON YOUR MONEY, CALL DR.TRUONG AND INVEST IN YOURSELF!
Dr. Truong is amazing!! I am 25, but was bit by a dog in the face when I was five, so my lips have always been uneven and a huge source of insecurity for me. I received a Juvederm treatment for lip augmentation from Dr. Truong and couldn't be happier! I really feel the most secure about myself I've ever been. It's mind blowing what a fifteen minute procedure could do to my self esteem. Everything with Faces! has been a piece of cake, and so pleasant. The office staff is amazing - Jackie helped me through my appointments and was so fun and caring! She made me feel as though I was her new best friend! She listened, understood, joked, and made me feel comfortable and welcome. Dr. Truong is so calm and collected, yet knows exactly what he's doing. I wish he was my doctor for everything!! My experience couldn't be better! I will be going back for a permanent lip implant, and can't wait to have the pleasure of dealing with Jackie and Dr. Truong again. If you two are reading this, THANK YOU for everything. This was one of the best experiences of my life, and I regret only doing this now!
I have been a patient of Dr. Truong's since 2001. The first time I met him, I liked him immediately for his intelligence, his candor and his gentle ways. Although I wanted to do something to look better, I really didn't know who I could trust for plastic surgery. My wife introduced me to Dr. Truong and I knew he was the right choice for me. Since then, I have had a neck-lift, mid-face lift, and upper and lower eye surgeries. People tell me I look 20 years younger than my 67 years. I continue to see Dr. Truong for botox and facial fillers, as well as Obagi, to continue to look my best. If you are looking for someone you can trust, I recommend you see Dr. Truong. There is an artistic quality to his treatment that governs all of his work. If you want to talk to me directly... call Dr. Truong's office at 434-9497 and tell them to give you "The Dentist's" number. I'm happy to share my experience with you. Check out his website at www.FacialSurgeryDr.com and see if you can fine me in the before and after pictures!
As I write this, he's rated as only 2.5 / 5 stars. A vote of four, with a review, and an empty 1-star review. I think he ticked someone off. I'm 22, been going to him since 20 (I feel so out of place, the waiting room is always full of much much older people) Dr. Salazar is not for everyone, in fact he's told us stories about how some patients react to him. He has a way of going about things, and you have to be honest with him. No drug-seekers or other fakers will be able to sucker him out of a prescription. I'm not cured, but my medical problems will likely life long. What he DOES do for me though, is keep on trying various tactics and is extremely friendly (and funny) on all our visits. I was suffering from a new morphine pump, and I called him up at 9 PM and he told me to meet him in his parking lot. Slept alot better that night since he was able to turn my rate of dosing down.
I have nothing but great things to say about this office. Dr. Mason is a true professional. He has always given me the time and attention that I require. I have been experiencing some very scary and abnormal symptoms for a person my age. Dr. Mason has done everything in his power to make me feel calm and reassured that everything is going to be ok. Several women in my family are also patients of Dr. Mason and they too have nothing but great things to say about him. The office is always clean, quiet and comfortable. The equipment is up to date. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly. I do have to wait in the waiting room for up to 30 minutes sometimes, but the wait is absolutely worth it when you are receiving the level of care that this office provides. I highly recommend Central Valley Women's Health Associates to anyone reading this.
Dr. Kim and his staff are caring, understanding and they both listen to what you have to say. Dr Kim will work with the patient and suggest alternatives to correcting a problem before he does a surgery. He has been my doctor for a very long time and I have complete confidence in him. I have recommended several of my friends to him over the years and they also find that he is a very good, caring and understanding doctor. I recently had a hysterectomy via the DaVinci Procedure. He explained to me what the pros and cons were to the other 2 types of hysterectomies. He wants to make sure that you are happy with your decisions when he is treating you. Whenever you need to see him his office person Sara will get you in the day you call or the next day. She is great to talk to when there is a problem. I am very satified with both of them.
I have been coming here for years. I had Dr. Kalmakarian, Dr. John Cox and Dr. Salazar. Doc Salazar is sweet and charming. He is very kind and considerate. When I go in for shots in my neck, he greets me with a song and makes me smile. His nurses are funny and warm and the anesthesiologists are great! I have been coming for years... (15) or so. No they haven't cured me. They are pain management! That's what they do. They make it so my life is a bit more tolerable and my pain is at as minimal as possible. John Cox is kind and honest. I see him for my check ups. No drug seekers! He will spot them! I trust him completely. Anyway, don't know what that one star was about...maybe searching for something in the wrong place...? Yes sometimes there is a long wait. They try and squeeze us all in. Oh well.
You don't need to drive to Hollywood or Beverly Hills for the best plastic surgeon, when there is Dr. Truong here in Fresno. I first went in to have Botox. Since then, I've had more Botox, Juvederm, spider vein treatments. Dr. Truong does all of the procedures. He listens to you, is very caring and compassionate. For most of my life I had protruding ears. I was teased most of my life about them. I never wore my hair up or in a pony tail. He listened to me, heard of all my concerns and fixed my ears. You can't put a price on the gratitude I feel for him and his fantastic staff. I feel like part of their family now. I wouldn't think of going to anyone else to have facial work done. Please visit his website at FacialSurgeryDr.com now and see what a great Doctor he is!
Physicians and surgeons help to keep people - from infants to the elderly - as healthy as possible. These individuals provide diagnoses and treatments for a wide variety of ailments, and preventative care and early detection for more serious illnesses. Whether you love or hate going to the doctor, the fact is your physician is there to listen to your health concerns, take preventative measures against diseases and advise you on your options for staying in tip-top shape.
In 2013, there were more than 1 million doctors of medicine in the U.S., over 854,000 of which were active. Additionally, in 2012, there were about 18,000 active general surgeons in the country. It's important to know which type of physician or surgeon you need, how to choose the best one, and account for other considerations in order to stay healthy.
Patients can choose from a wide variety of physicians depending on doctor specialty and what problems they are experiencing. Here are a few of the most common types of physicians that you may see in your lifetime:
Your GP is the doctor that you go to for regular checkups, vaccines and to identify health issues. GPs can treat many different illnesses and injuries, from the common cold to a broken arm. If your health requires a second opinion or expert care, the GP will refer you to a specialist who has the skills to focus in on the issue.
Heart attacks and heart disease are some of the most common afflictions seen across the country, making cardiologists important to your long-term health. These physicians specialize in studying and treating the heart and related diseases.
Other than a GP, the dentist is likely the most common physician you'll ever see. These professionals work with the human mouth, ensuring that your teeth and gum health are up to par. Patients typically go to the dentist twice a year.
Dermatologists are focused on skin-related issues and diseases, from skin cancers, to acute acne, eczema, psoriasis, and general cosmetic concerns like aging and scars. Most will also perform annual or semi-annual mole checks to screen for any signs of melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer.
If you have a number of sinus infections or have had your tonsils taken out, you've likely seen an ENT specialist. ENTs handle ailments related to the ear, nose and throat, often related to taking out tonsils and treating hearing issues.
For many women, their gynecologist and obstetrician are the same person. These professionals work with the female reproductive system to focus on reproductive health, fertility issues, prenatal care, options for new and expectant mothers, neonatal care and childbirth. OB/GYNs can also help in the early detection of breast or cervical cancer.
There are obviously a number of physicians that you can choose from, but how do you know if they're the best choice for you? Here are a few considerations to help you pick a physician:
Look at Your Insurance
Before you get down to the details, you need to verify which doctors are covered by your insurance and whether they are in or out of your carrier's network. Rates may be cheaper if the doc is in network – a doctor can be covered by your insurance but not necessarily in network. Out of network is typically more expensive. Doctors often add and drop plans, so it's important to ensure that your options are compatible with your insurance plan. Doing your homework will help you avoid unexpected expenses.
Check for Board Certification
Your physician should be certified through the American Board of Medical Specialties. Doctors must earn a medical degree from a qualified school, complete three to seven years of residency training, be licensed by a state medical board and pass one or more ABMS exams to be certified.
Examine the Reviews
Reviews of a doctor can reveal a lot about what your experience may be like. People may grade on staff friendliness, availability and effectiveness of treatment. Looking at these evaluations and getting recommendations from family and friends can direct you toward a physician for your needs.
Surgeons can literally hold your life in their hands, and it's important to find the best one that can put you at ease and treat you effectively
You need to feel comfortable with your surgeon. It's important to communicate your concerns and that your surgeon can respond adequately. Surgeons should be willing to go over the details of your procedure and answer any questions that you may have. They must take the time to discuss and address your worries.
If you're going in for surgery, you want someone that knows what they're doing and has a high success rate. Ask how often the surgeon performs this surgery and try to find one that regularly does it. This will give you peace of mind that you're in capable hands.
Your decision on a physician or surgeon can be majorly affected by the insurance plan you have. You may have insurance through employment, your spouse, your parents if you're under 26, or the marketplace if the previous options don't apply to you. It's important to understand how your insurance works to have the full picture of what you'll need to pay for.
Your insurance will have a deductible, which is the amount that you're responsible to pay for covered medical expenses. Some plans have coinsurances, where you must pay a certain percentage of the bill, and insurance will cover the rest. Co-pays state a flat rate for certain services, like paying $20 when you visit your GP or a $100 co-pay for an emergency room visit. Once you reach your out-of-pocket maximum, which will differ if you're an individual or within a family plan, your insurance may pay for 100 percent of covered medical expenses for the rest of the plan year.
If you plan to go to the doctor, need medication or have been recommended for surgery, call your insurance provider or go online to see what your plan covers. You can choose the best doctor for your needs, understand your options and prevent yourself from being blindsided by medical expenses.
Most doctors require a phone call for an appointment, although some may provide online scheduling as well. Be sure to have your insurance card with you when you set an appointment, and to bring it with you to the actual appointment. They need the ID numbers to verify your coverage, and will usually make a copy of the card for their files so you don't have to show it again unless your insurance changes.
When you call, let them know if you're a new patient, as this will require you to complete some paperwork for your first visit. Tell them the reason for your visit, such as your symptoms if you're feeling sick. It's also important to inform them if you have Medicaid and to find out if you need to bring anything to the visit, like current medications or medical records.
From here, the receptionist will likely ask what dates and times work best for you. During your call, it's important to be honest about your symptoms and the reason for your visit. This information will help the doctor treat you and give him or her an idea of what to expect. Your appointment may progress faster as a result, and the doctor can come prepared with a list of options to better care for you.
Doctors see a number of patients in a day, sometimes in 15-minute increments in areas where the physicians are in high demand. This can leave little time for doctors to perform thorough examinations, and they can end up missing certain problem indicators. While some problems, like a cold or flu, can be diagnosed in this time, more complex ailments require attention, which takes up time. Reviews can illuminate which doctors actively spend the necessary time with their patients and which ones are pressed against the clock to meet demand.
Surgery has some more dire risks attached to it, so be sure to talk to your surgeon about the potential issues that can come up as a result of your procedure. If a patient has a reaction to anesthesia, it can cause very serious complications, but this is an uncommon occurrence. Blood clots can be a significant problem after surgery, often caused by inactivity during recovery. Infections, numbness, scarring, swelling and death are all possible, but the likelihood of these issues will vary depending on the type of surgery you're undergoing. Talk to your doctor about your concerns and your risk potential.
Surgery affects people in different ways, but as you begin to emerge from anesthesia, you'll want to alert your nurse to any issues you may have. The nurse will tell you how the procedure went, what effect it will have on your condition, what to expect when you get home and how long it will take to get back to normal. If you start feeling pain, the nurse may give you medication to stop it from getting worse. When possible, it's also advised to move around to avoid blood clots from developing in your legs. This can be as simple as occasionally flexing your knee or rotating your foot.
Some surgeries are outpatient procedures, where people are released the same day. For major surgeries, patients may stay at the hospital for a few days to be monitored and address any concerns before being sent home. Discuss with your surgeon the projected length of the hospital stay and what you need to bring.
Your recovery time and follow-up expectations will vary depending on your procedure. For example, you can be expected to be on your feet within a few days of having your wisdom teeth taken out, but it may be weeks before you have fully recovered from a broken foot or heart-valve surgery. Your surgeon will give you a list of things that you'll need to do during this time, including what medications to take and when you'll be able to get back to work and other activities.
Every surgery will have a follow-up call or appointment to discuss your recovery and allow you to ask any questions about unusual symptoms or changes in your overall health. If you have a major operation, like heart surgery, it's important to make regular checkups with your doctor or a specialist to ensure that everything is normal. Visiting a doctor will help deter infection and verify that everything is healing as expected. These appointments will give you peace of mind about your state of health and ensure that any issues are caught early on.