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Frequently Asked Questions

Learn About Services at Our Bellevue Cosmetic Surgeon

Our patients often have questions about the procedures and services that we offer at our Bellevue cosmetic surgery center, A-To-Zen Regenerative Medicine. For your convenience, we have provided answers to some frequently asked questions on this page. If you do not see your question below, feel free to contact us at any time to ask!

  • What Is the Difference Between a Plastic Surgeon & a Cosmetic Surgeon?

    Plastic Surgery is a discipline of medicine that focuses on both reconstruction and physical appearance of the body. Traditionally, this specialty was responsible for surgical correction of congenital defects, such as cleft palate or other facial deformities; breast reconstruction after surgery for breast cancer; skin grafting for burn patients; reconstruction after traumatic injuries, such as automobile accidents; and many other similar types of surgical procedures.

    It was not until the modern age of medicine, when purely elective cosmetic or aesthetic surgeries became safe, that physicians really specialized in these types of procedures. [For an interesting historical perspective on this, see the 1997 movie “Breast Men,” loosely based on the true story of the two Texas plastic surgeons who invented the silicon breast implant in the 1960’s.]

    Cosmetic Surgery is defined as the surgical enhancement of an otherwise normal body part, specifically for the purposes of improving cosmetic appearance. Surgeons who are board-certified Plastic Surgeons have completed training in General Surgery and Plastic Surgery. Board-certified Cosmetic Surgeons have completed training in one of 7 approved surgical specialties and have also completed an approved 1-2 year Fellowship in Cosmetic Surgery.

    Prior to 2014, the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery allowed board-certified surgeons to sit for the oral and written board exams without having completed a fellowship, providing they completed 300 credit-hours of formal “AMA Category 1” continuing medical education and provided evidence of completing at least 1000 cosmetic surgery cases, 200 of which are reviewed by the board and include before-and-after photos and medical records.

  • What Is “Anti-Aging Medicine”?

    The primary goal of anti-aging medicine is to assist our patients in maintaining their youthful vitality through optimizing hormone levels, nutrient balance, nutritional status, weight, physical activity, mental function, and spirituality.
  • What Does a Typical Evaluation Consist of?

    At an initial evaluation, Dr. Bullis will review your medical history, perform a basic physical examination, and order lab tests as they apply to your specific symptoms. Lab tests are usually a combination of standard blood tests, salivary tests, and sometimes a 24-hour urine collection. This visit must be performed in person, but follow up visits may be performed via Internet or telephone.
  • Will Following an Anti-Aging Routine Extend my Life?

    If we look at human beings as we do other members of the animal kingdom then, biologically speaking, our function is to reproduce and further our species on planet Earth. Once we can no longer reproduce, we are of no use to our species, biologically speaking, of course. Indeed, human life expectancy did not exceed our reproductive age until quite recently, in the span of human history; yet, our biology is such that we begin to experience aging and decline in health, which is triggered by decline in our hormonal status as we near the end of our reproductive years (sometimes as early as the mid 30’s).

    Although anti-aging medicine does not promise an eternal fountain of youth, leading experts predict that the human life span will routinely stretch to well over 100 years by 2025, as we learn more about these hormonal triggers to the aging process. For now, the goal of anti-aging medicine is to prolong our quality of life into our latter years.

    That means our brains are sharp, our bodies are lean, and joints mobile, allowing us to enjoy being active members of society, and our sexual organs function normally, allowing us to enjoy physical intimacy with our life partners. All of these things contribute to our well-being and quality of life and hormonal balance is at the center of it all.

  • What Health Insurance Do You Accept?

    A-to-Zen Regenerative Medicine does not participate with any health insurance plans. Occasionally, our patients may submit their own claims to their insurance provider and get some portion reimbursed. A-to-Zen will provide you with diagnosis and office visit codes, if you decide to do this. As these visits are primarily for “disease prevention,” many insurance companies will not authorize payment for these services.

Contact Us Today

If you would like to schedule an appointment at our Bellevue cosmetic surgery center, please reach out to us today. We offer free consultations with our team to help you get all the information about services before we get started.

Call (425) 224-3140 now to speak to a member of our staff about scheduling a service.