Electing to have a non-surgical cosmetic procedure or plastic surgery in Orange County can be complicated. At Refreshed Aesthetic Surgery, we offer a variety of options. In order to make your choices as easy as possible, we've provided answers here to some of our most common questions.

Peruse these questions, and when you're ready, request a consultation online or call our office at 949-482-1752 to schedule an appointment with board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Timothy R. Miller.

Common Questions or Concerns

Do I need a consultation before a procedure?

Yes. All treatments at Refreshed Aesthetic Surgery require an initial consultation. We understand that you may already know what treatments or procedures you would like to have performed or what results you would like achieved. However, our high level of expertise, experience, and desire for safety provides insights and aesthetic analysis often overlooked (or unnoticed) by patients and other cosmetic providers and surgeons. The consultation process allows us to better develop an approach designed specifically for you, which can benefit you in meeting your short and long-term goals in the safest, most cost-effective manner.

What is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon?

A board-certified facial plastic surgeon is a physician who has undergone years of specialized surgical training and has subsequently met and passed the stringent requirements and exams of the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Furthermore, only a few facial plastic surgeons have been accepted and completed additional training through a fellowship accredited by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery; Dr. Miller is one such facial plastic surgeon.

Many physicians will advertise board certification for cosmetic procedures in their credentials but are not board certified in plastic surgery. The Medical Board of California, commissioned to guard public safety in the state of California, recognizes only 2 boards as meeting the stringent standards for plastic surgery. The American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is one, and it is the only one exclusively devoted to plastic surgery of the face and neck. The other is the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Patients can easily check the actual specialty a physician is certified in and whether the name of their advertised board is even recognized in the state of California on the official Medical Board of California's website.

How do I prepare for my BOTOX® Cosmetic or filler procedure?

No significant preparation is required. We recommend consuming a light meal prior to your appointment; do not fast prior. Bruising is often a concern with BOTOX and other injectable treatments such as Restylane®, JUVÉDERM®, VOLUMA™ XC, RADIESSE®, BELOTERO BALANCE®, and Sculptra® Aesthetic. Most patients have little to no bruising because of our techniques, but to minimize this risk further, we have some recommendations. Beginning 1 week prior to your appointment, and only if it's cleared by your family physician, avoid taking aspirin and aspirin-like products. Also, non-steroidal medications such as Aleve® and those that contain ibuprofen (Advil®, Motrin®, etc.) should be stopped. Lastly, herbal supplements, including fish oils, have an anti-coagulation effect much like aspirin and should be stopped to limit the risk of bruising. Limiting exercise immediately after or even for the rest of the day will help reduce the risk of bruising, too.

How do I prepare for fractional CO2 laser (ActiveFx™) treatments, IPL, KTP, and chemical peels?

Some preparation is required. Starting 2 weeks before your appointment, you should refrain from sun exposure. Chemical peels and laser treatments such as fractional CO2 lasers and IPL work best on non-tanned skin. Results can be significantly reduced if your skin is tanned. We also strongly recommend consuming a light meal prior to your appointment; do not fast prior. If you have elected to receive oral sedation for you procedure, you will require a ride home (no taxis are allowed), so please make arrangements ahead of your appointment. Other preparations will be discussed during your consultation.

How do I prepare for aesthetic surgery?

All preparation for surgical procedures will be discussed and provided during your consultation and your preoperative examination appointments. For your safety and best results, these should be strictly followed. If you have any questions, our surgical coordinator will be happy to answer them for you.

FAQ

Where is the office?

2 Journey, Suite 208
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

We are conveniently located near the CA-73 toll road. To avoid toll charges, patients can easily access our office from I-5. Directions are detailed below.

Directions from the CA-73 Toll Road, heading south

  • Take the Aliso Creek Road exit.
  • Turn right onto Aliso Creek Road.
  • Turn right onto Pacific Park Drive (in about 0.6 miles).
  • Take the first left onto Journey at the stoplight.
  • Turn right into 2 Journey Medical Plaza.

Directions from the CA-73 Toll Road, heading north

  • Take the Aliso Creek Road exit.
  • Turn left onto Aliso Creek Road.
  • Turn right onto Pacific Park Drive (in about 0.8 miles).
  • Take the first left onto Journey at the stoplight.
  • Turn right into 2 Journey Medical Plaza.

Directions from I-5 South

  • Take Exit 90/Alicia Parkway.
  • Turn right onto Alicia Parkway.
  • Turn right onto Pacific Park Drive (in about 2.7 miles).
  • Turn left at the first light onto Journey (in about 0.7 miles).
  • Turn right into 2 Journey Medical Plaza.

Directions from I-5 North

  • Take Exit 88/Oso Parkway.
  • Turn left onto Oso Parkway.
  • Oso Parkway will become Pacific Park Drive (in about 2.0 miles).
  • Continue on Pacific Park Drive (for about 1.6 miles).
  • Turn left onto Journey at the stoplight.
  • Turn right into 2 Journey Medical Plaza.