Plastic surgery consulations usually last about one hour. During your visit, Dr. Howard's staff will take photos for your medical record. Dr. Howard will meet with you to review your current medical condition and discuss your cosmetic surgery goals. We do not schedule "group" consultations, but rather a confidential and personal experience. Dr. Howard's staff will provide you with an itemized quote of your procedure and discuss scheduling your cosmetic surgery procedure.
Private cosmetic consultations can be scheduled for facelift, neck lift, eyelid surgery, breast augmentation, breast lift, liposuction, lip augmentation, rhinoplasty, brow lift, fat grafting, hand lift, tummy tuck, ear pinning, acne scars, gynecomastia, and skin resurfacing. All consultations are at Dr. Howard's office in the Hoover Medical Plaza building at 2010 Patton Chapel Road North, Suite 101, Birmingham, AL 35216. New patient information forms can be printed from the link above or you may complete the forms the day of your appointment in our office. An official government issued photo identification is required by our office at your consultation. A $500 deposit is required to hold your surgery date.
Take the Hoover Highway 31 Exit by the Galleria, go North on Highway 31 until you see a Krispy Kreme on the left and a Full Moon BBQ on the right. Turn right onto Patton Chapel Road. Hoover Medical Plaza is the first building on the left. Dr. Howard's office is located on the first floor at the end of the hallway.
Take the Hoover Highway 31 Exit, Go South on Highway 31. Travel approximately one mile until you see a Krispy Kreme on the right. Turn Left onto Patton Chapel Road. Hoover Medical Plaza is the first building on the left. Dr. Howard's office is located on the first floor at the end of the hallway.
Dr. Paul Howard's patients are part of our plastic fantastic family. We promise to treat all of our patients with complete confidentiality and respect. We understand your decision to have cosmetic surgery is very private and personal.
You can expect your initial consultation with Dr. Howard to include a complete medical history, photos will be taken, and you will meet with Dr. Howard in person. Dr. Howard's nurse will review your medical history with Dr. Howard to help develope a special surgery plan for your needs. Our patient coordinator will conclude your consultation by providing a detailed surgical quote and review available surgical dates around your schedule. You consultation with Dr.Howard is exclusive. Consultations last approximately one hour allowing for amply time to address your questions and develope a personalized plan. Spouses and/or caretakers are welcome to sit in on your consultation upon your approval.
Surgery dates are granted on a first-come-first-served basis. Regretably, surgery dates cannot be held without first meeting with Dr. Howard for an initial consultation. If reserving a surgery date is absolutely necessary prior to your consulation with Dr. Howard, a deposit will be required.
Dr. Howard accepts all major credit cards, checks, cash, cashier's checks, money orders, and CareCredit.
Dr. Howard has patients from all over the world to seek his expertise in cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. Dr. Howard has seen patients from England, Italy, Canada, The Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Romania, and Venezuela to just name a few.
Our Staff is ready to help assist you through the complicated process of travelling to the Unites States for surgery. Payment for surgical services is expected two weeks prior to your scheduled surgery date via major credit card or Western Union.
Depending on your specific plastic surgery procedure, Dr. Howard may require you to stay in the Birmingham metropolitan area for a week or longer. Dr. Howard does require all of his facelift and full neck lift patients to stay in the Birmingham area for the first night following surgery.
Our staff is able to assist you with arrangements for hotel, transportation, and interpretation services. Our office is located in the heart of Hoover and offers an array of restaurants, hotels, shopping, and entertainment.
Dr. Paul Howard and his Plastic Fantastic Staff understand your plastic surgery experience needs to be as comfortable as possible for you, the patient, and those who are there to help care for you during your recovery. For those patients whom plan to travel from outside of Birmingham, the State of Alabama, or from abroad, we have compiled a list of hotels and area attractions to assist you with your planning. Depending on your specific plastic surgery plan, Dr. Howard and his staff can help you coordinate the appropriate amount of time you will be require to stay in Birmingham. Feel free to contact Dr. Howard's office should you require additional assistance with your planning: 205-877-PAUL.
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The City of Birmingham is full of history and art. Birmingham has so much to offer that you are likely to have a harder time deciding on what to do and what to do first. The following is a brief list of what Birmingham has to offer:
As patients approach surgery, they frequently need information about the various payment options and have questions about their potential insurance benefits. We hope the following information will be helpful.
Our financial coordinators are readily available to meet with you personally to provide the specific information you desire. They specialize in this area and will use their expertise to help you obtain the maximum benefits from your policy.
Payment for cosmetic surgery is due at the time of your preoperative visit (at least 2 weeks prior to your scheduled surgery day). Dr. Howard accepts all major credit cards, money orders, cashier's checks, personal checks, PayPal, and cash.
No insurance company covers cosmetic plastic surgery.
The benefits paid by insurance companies for reconstructive plastic surgery vary greatly from carrier to carrier and plan to plan. Therefore, we make every effort to determine in advance if insurance coverage exists. We ascertain the projected insurance payment and the required co-payment. We to this because we believe you need to be as informed as possible before surgery. We know you realize that you are ultimately responsible for the full payment of your account, but we have found that our knowledge and experience can be an important factor in assisting you to collect your maximum benefits.
Insurance does not cover the expenses of hospitalization and surgical fees when surgery is done exclusively for cosmetic reasons. Insurance only covers the operation if it is performed in an attempt to improve or restore function. If the patient is having a procedure that is covered by insurance, but also desires to have a cosmetic procedure at the same time, insurance will only cover the portion of expenses including the facility fee and anesthesia. The expenses (facility, anesthesia, etc.) for the cosmetic portion are divided separate from the expenses covered by the insurance company.
Dr. Howard is only in-network with Blue Cross Blue Shield Insurance.
Throughout the field of Cosmetic Surgery, pre-payment is customary. A patient seeking cosmetic surgery is concerned with an attempted improvement in appearance. Since this does not constitute an emergency, the patient should have sufficient time to plan and arrange their finances in advance. It is our policy that surgical fees be paid 14 days prior to the date of surgery.
We understand that a situation may arise that could force you to postpone your surgery. Please understand that such changes affect not only your surgeon, but other patients as well. Dr. Howard’s time, as well as that of the operating room staff, is a precious commodity, and we request your courtesy and concern.
Payment is required 2 weeks prior to your scheduled surgery date. Failure to make complete payment will cause for cancellation of your surgery. We do not accept post-dated checks nor will we hold them. If you are planning to finance your surgery, it is your responsibility to get the financing processed and finalized in time for payment to be received 2 weeks prior to your surgery date.
If you should cancel surgery (and not reschedule) after payment has been made, you will be entitled to a 50% refund of the fees paid to Dr. Howard within 90 days.
If you paid by check, we will refund (50% of fees you paid to Dr. Howard) you in the form of a check within 90 days. Credit card payments will be refunded back (50% of fees you paid to Dr. Howard) to the credit card in which was originally charged within 90 days.
In some situations, payments can be accepted prior to scheduling surgery. If surgery is not scheduled within nine months of the first payment and completed within one year of the first payment, 50% of the funds will go towards administrative fees. If a refund is requested at any time, a 50% administrative fees will apply.
Due to Dr. Howard’s demanding surgery schedule, surgeries are scheduled on a first-come-first-served basis. A $500 deposit is required to hold a specific surgery date.
Dr. Paul Howard reserves the right to refuse plastic surgery services if he deems the patient not physically or mentally healthy for such services.