What To Know Before Your First Visit

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Whenever you decide to pop into your surgeon’s office for a consultation, there is probably a list of things you’ll need to bring with you to make sure you and your surgeon share the right information with one another. Every piece of information counts and these are the keys to success when consulting so that Dr. Elias has all the information he needs to determine whether the surgery is the right one. When you set up your appointment for a consultation with Dr. Elias at Southern California Center for Surgical Arts, we will tell you which items to bring so that you’re fully prepared.

While these pieces of information are helpful to determine the fit of the surgery, they also allow you to better prepare with any questions you might have for Dr. Elias. To start, we like for every patient to bring in a list of their current medications and any X-rays taken by referring physicians. Any reconstructive surgeries with a particular medical history are best performed with all information ready to go.

The questions you have are addressed during your first meeting with Dr. Elias, and we encourage you to bring them, so you feel ready to move forward with surgery. We are only as successful as your experience from the first moment you walk in until your procedure is complete. We also want you to know that you have the opportunity to check out all of our before and after photos, so you know what to expect.

Recap of what to bring with you on your first visit:

  • List of your most current medications
  • Copy of your insurance information
  • List of questions you have for Dr. Elias
  • Referral slip and any previous radiographs, CT scans or MRI if needed

Am I a candidate for surgery?

One of the most common questions that we have and address is whether or not you will be the best candidate for the surgery. As long as you are healthy and a nonsmoker without prior conditions that could affect the outcome of the surgery, you’re a great fit! Certain procedures do have requirements such as those for liposuction since we encourage patients to have tried healthy weight loss before looking into fat reduction. For a surgery like this, if we remove excess fat from the body it doesn’t mean you cannot gain the weight back. Liposuction requires that you make a lifestyle change to keep the weight off and it’s important that we don’t offer you a surgery that will have risks if it’s not necessary.

What lifestyle changes will I need to make?

We want you to achieve the results you want from your surgical procedures, and that means only offering you the right surgery for your lifestyle. As mentioned before, we like to make sure that clients are paired accurately with their surgical procedures and that we don’t perform an unnecessary surgery or that we do it at the right time. Liposuction candidates are encouraged to make a lifestyle change such as committing to a healthier diet with daily exercise to maintain a healthy weight or be quite close to the reduced weight they’re hoping to achieve.

Any facelift procedure will not last as long as you expect unless you stop smoking. Smoking isn’t the best thing for your skin and will cause increased aging even after you’ve asked for a surgical lift and tightening of the skin. Being realistic about what is possible and the lifespan on a procedure is important, but that begins with your lifestyle. So make these decisions with care, and we can help with the rest.

Now you know what you need to bring with you and what to expect from surgical procedures at SCCSA, so give us a call and make your appointment today at 818-616-6685.

The Magic Behind 3-D Imaging Diagnosis

Complications with oral health can be very difficult to diagnose with the typical means of imaging and x-rays. Often these images come out unclear and it can be difficult to accurately diagnose where the real issue is coming from and how to approach a solution.

The Southern California Center for Surgical Arts is a state-of-the-art facility with the technology to give our patients quality care, beginning with diagnosis. If you are dealing with oral and maxillofacial stress and are looking for a solution, you deserve to know exactly what is wrong and to have a procedure catered to your case. That is what we offer, thanks to the Cone Beam CT Scan.

What is Cone Beam CT?

Cone Beam CT is the best technology for oral and maxillofacial diagnosis. It is a 3-D imaging system that allows the user to specify the exact location to be scanned and provides a high-quality, three-dimensional image of the indicated area. This means, your doctor can see exactly which parts of the mouth are affected in only one easy imaging process. Gone are the days of sitting for dozens of uncomfortable x-rays, requiring you to contort your mouth to get the right shot. Cone Beam CT simplifies the process and gives a more accurate view of the situation for a streamlined solution.

How does 3-D imaging benefit me?

Cone Beam CT technology gives doctors and patients the opportunity to see scanned images more clearly and in three dimensions instead of one. Not only does this give you the chance to see exactly where the problem area lies, it gives Dr. Elias the opportunity to create a plan for your specific solution. The entire affected area will be visible in very high quality imaging, and with the ability to change the perspective and ensure no other areas are affected, your surgery or non-surgical solution can be planned precisely according to your case.

Often, diagnosis can take several visits to a doctor’s office, as more questions come up regarding the last x-ray taken, or some images come out unclear. 3-D imaging takes the guess work, the multiple diagnoses and the laborious back and forth out of your process and allows you to come in only one time for an extremely accurate scan.

Also beneficial is the safety that this cone beam brings to the imaging process. Because the technology allows a more targeted and pinpointed scope for imaging, the amount of radiation you are exposed to during the diagnosis process is greatly minimized. This 3-D imaging seems to only have positives associated with its use.

Where can I learn more?

If you are considering oral or maxillofacial surgery, or have been recommended for imaging by your doctor or dentist, you might consider choosing the Southern California Center for Surgical Arts for your diagnosis. Dr. Elias is an experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeon with the technology to give you the most accurate diagnosis and thorough treatment plan. Our staff is dedicated to helping you have the most comfortable and successful surgical experience and would love to guide you toward the best procedure for your case. Call us today to schedule a diagnostic exam: (818) 696-4425.

How Platelet Rich Plasma Treatments Improve Recovery Times

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One of the hardest parts about committing to cosmetic or oral/maxillofacial surgery is considering the recovery process and time. It can often take months for you to feel like yourself again and to be able to perform daily tasks and physical activity to your full capacity. Giving yourself the time and opportunity to heal is the most important part of your recovery, but how great would it be if we could speed up the process and make it easier on your body?


We are happy to say, it is possible! If you are not familiar with platelet rich plasma (PRP) treatments, it’s time to learn!

What is PRP?

Platelet-rich plasma is a natural healer and exactly what it sounds like: plasma with a higher concentration of platelets than exists in our bodies naturally. When you choose to be treated with PRP, your own blood will be used. After you have supplied your blood, it is taken and treated so that the concentrated plasma can be separated from red blood cells and platelet-poor plasma. The processed plasma is then PRP, which can be used for many medical procedures, but can also expedite your healing process immensely.

How does PRP affect my body?

Why does PRP help to speed up healing? PRP contains proteins and growth factors that help wounded bone and tissue to regenerate and heal much more quickly. Bone morphogenic protein (BMP) is one of these elements, which can help during a dental implant procedure or jaw surgery when bone regeneration is necessary for your results. When you factor PRP into the healing of a surgical incision, the same is true. Rather than allowing your body to use its stored blood and normally-concentrated plasma to clot and heal a wound, it can be a long process. However, including PRP in the site of the wound is like bringing a group of people to help you move: more hands means the job gets done much more quickly! Plus, because PRP is rich in nutrients needed specifically for healing, they act like a professional healing crew, getting the job done effectively and swiftly!

PRP can be used for facial rejuvenation, facial injection of PRP, either alone or in combination with facial fillers such as Juvederm or Restylane, it rejuvenates the skin with growth factors and improves facial lines.

PRP can be injected into any joint to help with reducing pain and discomfort and speed up healing of inflamed joints, whether for knees, hips or temporomandibular joint (TMJ).

What are some benefits to choosing PRP?

When considering PRP treatments for your next surgery, it is important to know why you would go through the process or what some advantages you can expect might be:

  • Safety first! Because PRP uses your own blood, you do not have to worry about foreign chemicals or healing agents being injected into your body. It is just like optimizing your blood for efficient healing!
  • Fast and easy: PRP used to be exclusively offered in hospitals and in emergency situations. However, with the ease of acquiring the technology and tools needed, you can now have PRP made in your doctor’s office at the Southern California Center for Surgical Arts! Your next surgery just got a little easier.
  • Recovery time, accelerated: With PRP, the accuracy with which your body regenerates tissue and the speed at which you heal is tremendously improved. There is less worry about an abundance of scar tissue and more time for you to spend pain-free.

If you would like to learn more about PRP and how it can help speed the recovery of your next surgery, call the Southern California Center for Surgical Arts today, and learn more about Los Angeles’ favorite surgery center: 818-696-4425.

Time to Smile: Teeth in One Hour

Looking for a faster, easier way to obtain a full mouth of replacement teeth? Teeth in an hour might be the right solution for you. This procedure combines state-of-the-art technology with advanced implant techniques to give you the teeth you have been wanting with less time in the dentist’s chair and a shorter recovery period. At Southern California Center for Surgical Arts, we offer the revolutionary teeth in an hour to qualifying patients, giving them another option.

What is Teeth in One Hour?

Teeth in one hour is a special technique developed by Nobel Biocare. The procedure allows for the placement of a dental implant within one hour, instead of taking the usual 4-9 months to complete the process. Teeth in one hour utilizes computer imaging and other advanced techniques to provide both accuracy and safety with much less pain than other types of implant procedures.

Candidates for Teeth in One Hour

The best candidates for teeth in one hour will be those requiring a full mouth of teeth that have good bone quantity and a healthy jaw. The procedure cannot be performed on patients with an infection or on those that will be having extraction and implants performed in the same procedure. The patient must be able to open his mouth a certain amount in order to allow for the procedure to be performed properly.

About the Procedure

Teeth in one hour begin with a CT scan to provide a 3-dimensional image of your jaw structure. That image is then used to create the customized stent and teeth that will be placed into your jaw at your one appointment. Two weeks are generally required between the CT scan and your appointment to place the stent.

At your appointment, the implant bridge will be placed into the jaw in the precise location to give you the best aesthetic result and tooth function. Surgical sites are created for the placement of the implant bridge using the surgical guide that ensures accuracy of the placement. No sutures are needed and patients generally experience less swelling and discomfort than they do with other types of implant procedures.

Benefits of Teeth in one hour

There are numerous advantages of teeth in one hour versus other methods of implant surgery:

  • Implants can be placed in a single, brief doctor’s appointment
  • No need for incisions or sutures during the procedure
  • Teeth are customized to fit the patient’s mouth for a natural look
  • Patient enjoys immediate function of the new teeth
  • Patient experiences less swelling, bruising and post-operative discomfort
  • Patients can resume normal activities like eating by the day after surgery

The teeth in one-hour technique is only available at a select number of practices to date. The procedure is offered by Southern California Center for Surgical Arts, giving our Los Angeles area patients another option in safe and comfortable dental enhancement. If you are interested in this procedure, Dr. Elias can provide you with a full evaluation at your consultation to determine whether teeth in one hour is a viable solution for you.

Missing teeth can do more than create a cosmetic embarrassment – the problem can actually affect your ability to eat and speak. Teeth in one hour can correct the problem, giving you beautiful, functional teeth. To learn more about this revolutionary procedure, contact Southern California Center for Surgical Arts at 818-696-4425.

Choosing the Right Smile

Lost teeth can have a significant impact on your smile, making you self-conscious in social and professional situations alike. Dental implants are often the solution, providing you with the full set of teeth you need to be able to flash your pearly whites with confidence. With many options in dental implants today, you are certain to find implants that will meet your aesthetic goals and fit with your lifestyle.

Explaining Dental Implants

Dental implants are an effective way to replace teeth that have been lost due to periodontal disease, injury or other reasons. These titanium posts are surgically positioned into your jawbone, offering stable, permanent support for replacement teeth. Once the implants are secure in your jawbone, which may take a number of months, the replacement tooth can be placed on top of the implant. The result is a sturdy, natural smile that allows you to eat what you want with confidence.

Are You a Candidate?

Dental implants are typically recommended for patients that are in good general and oral health. The procedure also requires adequate bone for affixing the implants and absence of gum disease to ensure the implant procedure is successful. Implants can be used to replace a single tooth or an entire mouth of missing teeth, depending on the specific needs of the patient.

About the Implant Procedure

Implants are frequently placed in a two-step procedure process. During the first appointment, the implants are surgically placed into the bone where the teeth are missing. These small metal posts provide the foundation needed to hold the artificial teeth in place. It will take a number of months for the implant to integrate with the bone and heal fully. During that time, you will likely be able to wear temporary dentures to cover up the space until your permanent replacement teeth can be put into place.

At the second procedure, your replacement teeth will be affixed to the implants. In some cases, that might be a single replacement tooth, while other patients will need a bridge to cover a number of missing teeth or even replace all of the teeth in your upper or lower jaw. Once the replacement teeth are placed, you can care for them just like you would your natural teeth to keep them looking their best.

Options in Dental Implants

At Southern California Center for Surgical Arts, we understand that one size does not fit all when it comes to dental implants. We offer a variety of options that allow us to customize treatment to the unique needs of each of our patients. Those options include:


This technique is an efficient way to replace a full set of teeth with minimal trauma to the gums and bone. The procedure allows us to place a full dental bridge using just four titanium implants. The All-on-4 procedure offers a number of potential benefits to patients requiring full teeth replacement:

  • Can be performed even with some loss of bone volume without a bone graft
  • Treatment is quicker and recovery time is shorter
  • Temporary set of teeth can usually be placed on same day as implant surgery
  • Final bridge will be stable enough to eat the foods you like without worry
  • More comfortable and convenient than removable dentures
  • Reduced cost for the procedure, since only four implants used

Studies on All-on-4 implants over the past decade have shown this procedure to be both safe and effective for patients requiring full teeth replacement. This procedure can improve your quality of life and your self-confidence for less time and money than standard implants.


This procedure allows us to place a full set of replacement teeth in a single, one-hour procedure. An initial evaluation and CT-scans provide the 3D imaging necessary to construct the replacement bridge prior to the patient’s implant appointment. This allows us to have your bridge ready for you when you come in for your implant procedure. After the implants are placed, we can affix the bridge over them in the same appointment.

There are a number of potential advantages of the Teeth-in-an-Hour for the right candidates:

  • Procedure literally takes about one hour to complete
  • No sutures needed after the implants are placed
  • Fewer appointments required to complete the treatment
  • Teeth are customized to fit the mouth perfectly
  • Patients enjoy immediate functioning with their replacement teeth
  • Less discomfort and shorter recovery time than other implant procedures

Implant Supported Overdenture

Denture wearers now have a better option than traditional, unsecured dentures of the past. Today, implant supported overdentures offer greater stability and confidence for denture wearers, with minimal surgery. The procedure utilizes at least two implants and a bar and clip apparatus to hold the denture in place much more effectively than adhesives used with standard denture devices.

Benefits of implant supported overdentures include:

  • Greater stability, giving you more confidence and allowing you to eat the foods you want
  • Cost effective solution over individual implants or dental bridge
  • Less need for bone grafting, since fewer implants are used
  • A replacement arch can be placed at the same appointment as the implants

Bone Grafting for Implants

Some patients may not have sufficient bone to provide dental implants with the foundation they need. In these situations, bone grafting may be recommended to ensure the implant procedure is successful. Bone grafting can be performed using your own bone or processed bone, depending on the preferences of you and your oral surgeon.

A bone graft is usually performed on an outpatient basis using local anesthesia. In some cases, the implant can be placed at the same time the bone graft is performed. Other times, the area will need to heal for a number of months before the implant placement can be done.

Missing teeth can affect your appearance and your self-confidence. Fortunately, a wealth of options in dental implants today can help to restore your smile and function with just one or more appointments at your dentist’s office. If you would like to learn more about these implant procedures, contact Southern California Center for Surgical Arts at 818-696-4425.