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Burr Von Maur, M.D.

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We are the leading destination in Southern California for full-service aesthetics, where patients can receive first-class care with proven results from experts they trust.

We relentlessly dedicate our practice to providing the best care available, cutting-edge services, and proven results, maintained by our highly qualified team.

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Beloved by his patients, Dr. von Maur has a true artistic eye and passion for providing the best patient care, while delivering superior results. 

Burr Von Maur, M.D.

Burr von Maur, MD is a board-certified Orange County plastic surgeon and former Chief of Plastic Surgery at Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center. With over 35 years of experience, Dr. von Maur specializes in facial rejuvenation procedures including rhinoplasty and blepharoplasty, body contouring procedures such as liposuction, and breast enhancement procedures including breast augmentation.

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Education

  • M.D. – University of Iowa, 1972

  • General Surgery – University of Iowa

  • General Surgery Residency – University of Iowa, 1977

  • Residency – University of Missouri, 1979-1981

  • Specialty Cosmetic Surgery Training – New York University, 1980

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Plastic Surgery

  • American Board of Surgery

Professional Committees / Societies

  • American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons

  • American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

  • California Society of Plastic Surgeons

  • Orange County Society of Plastic Surgeons

  • Fellow of the American College of Surgeons

Facial Rejuvenation Surgery

Dr. von Maur specializes in facial rejuvenation procedures. He utilizes computer imaging with each consultation to achieve highly satisfying results with his patients. Procedures he performs include:

 

  • Facelift 
  • Fat grafting
  • Neck lift 
  • Liposuction 
  • Brow and forehead lift
  • Blepharoplasty 
  • Rhinoplasty

Body Contouring Surgery

Many patients, despite diet and exercise, are unable to achieve the body or silhouette they desire. And those who have lost weight often find themselves dealing with “problem areas” where there is excess, redundant skin.

Dr. von Maur specializes in body contouring from head to toe. He has a vast experience with abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), thigh-buttock lift, lower body lift, inner thigh lift, and arm lift (brachioplasty). These are very rewarding procedures, especially for patients who have struggled most of their adult life and who may lack confidence as a result. Utilizing the best techniques and technology, Dr. von Maur delivers incredible life-changing results. Dr. von Maur performs body contouring procedures including:

  • Liposuction
  • Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck)
  • Full body lift (includes buttock, thighs, and abdomen)
  • Thigh lift
  • Buttock enhancement with fat transfer or implants
  • Brachioplasty (arm lift)

Breast Surgery

Breast augmentation is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures in Orange County. Dr. von Maur is skilled in performing breast augmentation with implants, as well as breast augmentation with fat transfer.  Additionally, he has extensive experience with breast lift, and breast reduction procedures.  Often times a breast lift will be combined with breast augmentation, depending on your aesthetic desires and goals. 

  • Breast lift (mastopexy) is the best way to correct skin that has stretched, either due to pregnancy, weight loss or age, or a combination of factors. There are varieties of mastopexy methods used that are state-of-the art and very effective. The breast lift can be done with or without a breast implant.
  • Breast reduction helps to improve body proportion, reduce neck, back and shoulder pain, improve well-being, and allows many patients to engage in activities that would normally be a challenge. 

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Plastic Surgery Finance

Cosmetic surgery is typically considered an elective surgery because in most cases, the patient doesn’t need a procedure done to improve their health. An elective surgery usually means that your procedure won’t be covered by insurance. However, you should always double-check with your health insurance company first to determine what might be covered. 

Patients undergoing facelifts, tummy tucks, and other elective surgeries must find financial solutions to pay for plastic surgery. If you’re considering having cosmetic surgery in Orange County, but don’t know how to finance it, here are seven ideas. 

Personal Loans

A loan from your bank or credit union serves as a quick way to secure money for a plastic surgery procedure. Personal loans usually have a fixed interest rate with a specified amount of time for repayment. An unsecured loan could be the cheapest option for you. If you have a   history of good credit, your interest rate should be lower than a credit card.

Keep in mind that with a personal loan, you’ll end up paying more than the cost of your procedure because of interest. While you’ll be happy with the results of your cosmetic surgery, you will be paying more money over time. If your credit is less than ideal, you may receive an interest rate close to that of a credit card, which may not always be the best deal.

Home Equity Loan/HELOC

A home equity line of credit or home equity loan uses the equity that you’ve accumulated in your home and converts it into cash that you can use to pay for your cosmetic procedure. The interest rates of this loan are based on the current mortgage rates, which means that your interest may be tax-deductible. 

Using up your equity may start over with the purchase of your house. If the housing market takes a turn, you could end up with negative equity. This type of loan might be best for those who can’t take out a personal loan for whatever reason. However, it’s important to ask yourself if the risks of a home equity loan outweigh the rewards. 

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Personal Credit Cards

To pay for your cosmetic surgery, you can use a personal credit card with an active 0% APR offer to finance the procedure. With this option, you won’t end up paying any interest. Also, you can use a rewards card to pay for it and earn points or cashback. 

Credit cards typically have high-interest rates. If you can’t secure a 0% APR, you may end up paying a whole lot more in interest than you initially thought. Also, a large charge to your card will tie up your credit and hurt your credit utilization, two things that can affect your credit score. 

Medical Credit Cards

Healthcare credit cards are a popular way to finance plastic surgery. It’s typically easy to qualify for this type of financing, and it can only be used for medical expenses. Some cards may offer introductory interest rate offers that include no interest for the promotional period and fixed payments. 

Always make sure to read the fine print on these contracts. In some cases, if the balance is not paid in full by the end of the promotional period, interest will be applied retroactively on the entire balance. You’ll also have to make sure to stay up to date on payments so that you don’t lose your promotional rates. 

Retirement Account

If you have a 401 (k) account, you may be able to borrow up to 50 percent of the balance up to a maximum of $50,000. The loan repayment will be automatically deducted from your paycheck. The repayment period will be up to five years, so borrowing from your retirement account is usually quick and simple with low-interest rates.

Withdrawing from your retirement account may mean that you rack up taxes and penalties. You’ll be taxed on your money twice. If your plan doesn’t allow contributions until the loan is paid in full, you will miss out on some asset growth until repayment. Also, if you choose to leave your job to get laid off, you’ll have only 60 days to pay off your loan.

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Savings

Dipping into the money you’ve saved to pay for your plastic surgery is always an option if you have money available. By using your savings, you won’t be borrowing money or paying interest. 

Many people don’t feel comfortable taking money from their savings that are typically for emergencies or important life events. Having less cash available could put you at financial risk of a true emergency arises. If you have other financing options available, you may want to search around and determine which is best for you. 

Payment Plans 

Your doctor may offer payment plans in-office. CosmetiCare has four cosmetic surgery financing options that help ensure each and every patient has the opportunity to get the plastic surgery they desire. These loans can cover either a portion of the treatment or an entire procedure depending on the needs of our patients. You can apply for financing in our offices during your visit or online before you arrive and get a response immediately. 

Here are the financing options we offer:

CareCredit

A 0% interest plan with low monthly payments to those who qualify. 

GreenSky Patient Solutions®

This option offers flexible financing that gives patients an affordable and easy way to get approved for care.

Alphaeon Credit

This financing option provides credit lines available exclusively through board-certified plastic surgeons, ophthalmologists, and dermatologists. You can potentially receive up to $25,000 in credit. 

Healthcare Finance

When other financing options just won’t work for you, we offer this financing solution to do our best to help every patient in need. 

Which Option is Best for Me?

The option you choose will depend on many factors. The best advice we can give you is to make sure you can afford the cosmetic surgery and don’t push your finances to extreme limits. If reducing the number of procedures done makes financial sense, then you may have to pick and choose what is able to get done at the moment. 

Before you make your final decision, make sure to consider all of your options. Always remember to read and understand the fine print of any financing you choose. 

Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure that removes fat from an area of the body. Some Orange County liposuction procedures are performed in conjunction with other surgeries such as a breast lift, tummy tuck, or Brazillian Butt Lift. Beyond understanding what liposuction is, there are also five things you should expect after your procedure.

How does liposuction work?

Liposuction is a fantastic procedure for removing excess fat from a localized area of the body. Once a part of the body has been treated, it will appear slimmer and more contoured.

It is important to know that liposuction is not a substitute for losing weight via a healthy diet and active exercise.  A healthy diet and active exercise should take place first, before considering liposuction for stubborn areas of fat. 

There are several different methods of liposuction:

  • Tumescent: This is a very popular technique. A thin, hollow tube is inserted into an area of the body through a series of incisions. As the tube moves, it loosens and removes excess fat through suction. To ease in fat removal, a mixture of saline, lidocaine, and epinephrine is used to help dissolve fat while reducing blood loss and pain.
  • Ultrasound-assisted: Ultrasound waves are used through your skin to rupture your fat’s cell walls. These waves liquefy the fat making it easier to remove.
  • Laser-assisted: Lasers are used to melt fat via bursts of energy.

Am I a good candidate for liposuction?

The perfect candidates for liposuction are those in good overall health. Doctors don’t recommend the procedure if you have: 

  • Issues with blood flow
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • A weak immune system

Does liposuction come with risks?

Like any surgical procedure, liposuction does have some risk involved. To reduce risk, make sure you only consult with a qualified professional, such as board-certified cosmetic surgeons in Orange County.

While most of the significant risks are only present in limited circumstances, it is essential that you have a candid conversation with your surgeon about your health and any concerns.

See: Before and After Liposuction (In Photos)

What should I expect after the procedure?

Liposuction typically takes place at either your doctor’s office or at an Orange County plastic surgery center. You want to be confident that the facility you use is accredited, clean, and has a history of safety and positive results. Your doctor may mark the areas of your body being treated and “before” photos should be taken. 

Here is what you should expect after liposuction:

1. You may experience discomfort

The amount of discomfort felt varies from person to person and is related to the size and location being treated. The feeling won’t be so bad that you can’t do other things, but you can expect to feel the effects of the procedure for a few days.

2. You may not see the results immediately

While some liposuction results may be immediately noticed, your final results may not fully appear for several months. There is a significant amount of swelling that occurs after liposuction. The majority of swelling will improve after four to six weeks. Your doctor will most likely prescribe compression garments to help minimize swelling and control some of the pain.

It is often difficult to predict the exact amount of fat that will be removed. Sometimes the desired look is achieved before maxing out fat removal. If bleeding occurs, the procedure may have to stop. Every patient and treatment location is different.

3. There may be minor scars

While the incisions used to remove unwanted fat are small, they may leave scars. The number and size of incisions depend on where you are being treated. The most experienced surgeons do their best to hide incisions in natural skin creases to reduce the scar’s visibility.

4. There might be loose skin

Liposuction removes fat; it does not treat excess skin. Imagine removing some of the air from a balloon; the amount of balloon doesn’t change, but the size does. Loose skin is especially a risk for patients with thin or sun-damaged skin. You may seek additional procedures, like a tummy tuck or arm lift, to treat saggy skin. New technology, including FaceTite and BodyTite offers a fantastic solution for tightening skin. 

5. Focus on diet and exercise

While you need some time to recover from liposuction fully, you shouldn’t give up on a healthy diet or regular exercise. Liposuction removes fat cells forever, but the remaining cells can still grow.

Be sure to consult with your doctor about the activity you are able to resume following surgery, A few days after your procedure, you may be able to begin with simple walks. Within a few weeks, you may be able to start on a low-intensity workout regime and then build from there. At the same time, focus on eating a well-balanced diet and drinking plenty of water.

Based on your experience, what advice would you give to a liposuction patient? Leave your comments below.

If you’ve considered fat transfer breast augmentations in Orange County, there is a lot that you need to know. 

What is Fat Grafting?

Since the 1990s, fat transfer, or fat grafting, has been used to improve and enhance the cosmetic appearance of different body parts: face, breasts, hands, feet, hips, and buttocks. It is the process of taking fat from one part of the body and transferring it to another. Recently, doctors have started to document the therapeutic benefits of fat transfers. 

The History of Fat Transfers

The first documented fat grafting procedures happened in 1893. Gustav Neuber, a German plastic surgeon, successfully transferred arm fat to his patient’s eye region to correct scars from a bone infection. Two years later, Dr. Viktor Czerny, another German doctor, used a fat transfer procedure to augment a patient’s breast after a unilateral, partial mastectomy.

Fat transfer procedures had a hard time finding acceptance. Liposuction techniques weren’t standardized until more recent times. Dr. Sydney Coleman, a plastic surgeon from New York City, published several papers describing a more standardized approach to fat extraction, processing, and injection. Her work helped to improve the consistency of liposuction significantly and led to breakthroughs in fat transfers.

What Does a Fat Transfer Do?

Fat transfer is a procedure used to add soft tissues to areas of the body where volume or contour improvement is desired. Some of the most popular uses are:

Address facial fullness

  • Restores youthful appearance
  • Helps repair scars
  • Adds volume to create higher cheekbones
  • Improves the texture and appearance of the skin

Restoring hand and foot volume

  • Reduces wrinkles and rejuvenates the appearance
  • Provides padding for bony feet

Contouring and reshaping the buttocks

  • Create an overall perkier appearance
  • Augments buttocks size, known as a Brazilian Butt Lift

Enhancing breasts (with or without breast implants)

  • Increase breast size by one or two cup sizes
  • Correct breast asymmetry
  • Repair radiation tissue damage
  • Helps correct scar deformities from a lumpectomy or breast reconstruction

How Does Fat Transfer Work?

The best fat transfer surgeons typically use a process involving three steps.

1.  Extract fat from the donor area with liposuction.

Surgeons often use manual methods using liposuction cannulas with small holes. For a transfer, laser and ultrasonic liposuction should be avoided as these techniques can destroy fat cells.

2. Process fat.

Fat goes through a process of decanting and centrifugation to separate debris, excess fluid, and dead cells from the functional cells. Alternatively, some procedures will use a method involving washing fat with sterile saline. Fat cells that have a lower chance of surviving the graft are discarded. Only the best fat cells will be transferred.

3. Inject purified fat into the area needing improvement.

Surgeons inject small droplets of the purified fat into the tissue. This process is done through small injections to ensure proper blood supply to the “new” fat tissue, thus ensuring it survives. When fat cells survive their new location, they are there to stay forever.

Is There Anesthesia Involved?

There are a wide variety of anesthetics used in fat grafting. The location and amount of fat being transferred play a significant role in selecting the amount and type of anesthesia used. Local anesthesia is sufficient for small values of fat; larger volumes often result in sedation. The goal is to make the procedure as comfortable as possible for the patient.  

Read more: Fat Transfer Helps Reshape Your Body Using What You Already Have

Other Health Benefits

Cell Regeneration

Plastic surgeons are excited beyond fat transfer for aesthetic procedures; fat transfers also show promise in the field of cell regeneration. Fatty tissue is the home of mesenchymal stem cells (MCSs). Before 2001, MSCs were only thought to reside in the bone marrow. Currently, research has found fat-storing cells can contain 300 to 500 times more regenerative tissue than bone marrow.

Surprising Benefits 

Fat transfers are being used to:

  • Rejuvenate the skin
  • Help reverse ration tissue damage
  • Treat autoimmune skin disorders

This is only the beginning of fully unlocking the potential benefits from fat transfers. There are currently ongoing clinical trials using fat cells to treat COPD, Parkinson’s disease, Crohn’s disease, and an entire host of other conditions. 

Who would have thought that your own fat, something most people want to get rid of, can be used to help your body heal itself?

Is Fat Grafting Safe?

Of course, a procedure that takes unwanted fat from one area of the body and reuses it to improve another area of the body is highly desirable. Add the additional bonus of cell regeneration, and there is no wonder about the procedure’s appeal.

Any medical procedure has inherent risks. Luckily, fat grafting, when performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon, reduces any health risks. The most significant risks involved with fat transfer include how much of the processed fat survives once reintroduced into the body. Even with the best methods, there is no perfect guarantee that a certain amount of fat will be accepted.

How Much Does Fat Transfer Cost?

Just like with any procedure, costs will vary depending on the size, location, and other factors. Typically, fat transfers require smaller incisions than other plastic surgery procedures, which may result in lower costs.

Larger areas, like the buttocks or breasts, are typically two procedures: full liposuction and a complete fat injection. This may end up costing more than a traditional breast implant. You may decide that the reduced medical risks and dual benefits are worth the higher price.

If you are interested in a fat transfer breast augmentation in Orange County, you should discuss your options with a qualified specialist. Express any concerns while asking any questions you may have. A consultation will also help you get a better idea of the overall cost.

Do you have any tips for women seeking fat transfers? Please leave a comment below.