Plastic Surgery

Plastic surgery is a medical specialty focused on the correction or restoration of form and function of an area of the body. There are different types of plastic surgery.

Reconstructive plastic surgery is performed on abnormal structures of the body caused by congenital defects, developmental abnormalities, trauma, infection, tumors or disease. It is generally performed to improve functions, but may also be done to approximate a normal appearance.

Pretty WomanCosmetic surgery, also called aesthetic plastic surgery or medical aesthetics, refers to the surgical and non-surgical procedures designed to enhance a person’s appearance and self-esteem. Healthy individuals who have a positive outlook and realistic expectations for what can and cannot be achieved through cosmetic surgery are the best candidates.

It’s important to keep in mind that plastic surgery Is a personal choice and should done for oneself — not to fulfill someone else’s desires to try to fit an ideal image of what is beautiful or acceptable. An open discussion with a K and B plastic surgeon will help you clarify goals and manage your expectations.

Building a foundation of trust by treating our patients as special individuals is vital to our success. We understand how uneasy some patients may feel about cosmetic surgery, and how we can make a difference in providing a life changing and emotionally positive experience. Our entire team is dedicated to providing you with excellent, personalized care and service to make your consultation and surgery as comfortable, pleasant and rewarding as possible.

The following is a sampling of the plastic surgery procedures performed at K and B Surgical Center:

Body Contouring – Surgery following major weight loss improves the shape and tone of the underlying tissue and removes excess sagging of the fat and skin.

Face Lifts – Plastic surgery to remove wrinkles, sagging skin and other signs of aging from the face

Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) – Surgical modification of the eyelid designed to improve the appearance of the upper eyelids, lower eyelids or both.

Liposuction– A cosmetic surgery technique for removing excess fatty tissue from a specific area of the body, such as the thighs or abdomen, through the use of suction

Rhinoplasty – Plastic surgery in which the structure of the nose is changed.

Abdominoplasty Botox – More commonly known as a “tummy tuck,” this is a procedure used to improve and rejuvenate the appearance of the abdominal area.

Mommy Makeovers – Plastic surgery after childbirth, this usually involves a combination of procedures, including breast lift, body sculpting and tummy tuck, to help a restore her body to her “pre-baby” condition.

Breast Augmentation – Also known as “augmentation mammaplasty,” breast augmentation involves the use of implants to alter the size and shape of a woman’s breasts or to restore breast volume lost after weight reduction or pregnancy.

Meet our Plastic Surgery Team

Ritu Chopra, M.D.

A specialist in advanced plastic surgery procedures, Dr. Ritu Chopra has a wealth of experience and expertise in body contouring and reconstructive surgery.dr-chopra Recognized for his exceptional diagnostic and surgical skills—and his caring and approachable manner—Dr. Chopra regularly appears on the nationally syndicated show The Doctors. He has also been a featured guest on Dr. Phil and many other talk and news shows.  Dr. Chopra is admired by his peers for his exceptional diagnostic skills and by his patients for his caring and approachable manner.

In addition to his partnership with the Khalili Center, Dr. Chopra is also in private practice with the renowned plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon, with offices in both Beverly Hills and Palm Springs.  Dr. Chopra is the recipient of numerous accolades throughout his medical career, including receiving the American Academy of Surgeons Award and he has also received numerous grants for research. He has published and spoken extensively both nationally and internationally, and is a member of the American Medical Association and the Society of America Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons.

Dr. Chopra earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering at the University of California, Irvine; both a Masters in Medical Sciences and his Doctor of Medicine from Boston University School of Medicine (where he graduated Cum Laude). He did his residency in General Surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he received the Leo G. Rigler Research Award, given to distinguished surgical residents.  He then completed a coveted fellowship in Plastic Surgery at the Montefiore Medical Center in New York City.

Arash Morazadeh, M.D.

Dr. Arash Moradzadeh is among a select group of surgeons who are double trained in ENT/Head & Neck Surgery and Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery.DR._MORADZADEH

A native of Los Angeles, he graduated with highest honors from UCLA and earned his medical degree at UC San Diego. He then went on to the world-renowned Washington University Medical School for training in ENT with an emphasis on facial, nasal and neck procedures. After completing two fellowships — one in plastic surgery and regenerative medicine and the other in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery — Dr. Moradzadeh was recruited to join the faculty at Washington University. There he quickly became the “go to” facial plastic surgeon for medical professionals and clients from around the country. In addition to teaching advanced techniques in facial plastic surgery, Dr. Moradzadeh served as co-director of the facial plastic surgery division at the VA hospital, where he helped restore nasal and facial functions to veterans using functional rhinoplasty and MOHs reconstruction for skin cancer defects.

An authority on facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, Dr. Moradzadeh has published numerous research articles and books in this area. He has also taught courses throughout the country in rhinoplasty, blepharoplasty, facelift, and non-surgical cosmetic procedures.

Amir Tahernia, MD

Amir Tahernia, MD enjoys challenges, be they academic, athletic, as head of a family, or as a plastic surgeon. As he says “excellence matters… a lot”. A native of New York, Dr. Tahernia spent his early years there before moving to the west coast and attending college at UCLA. He knew from early on in his medical training that he wanted to become a plastic and reconstructive surgeon. To him there was no other specialty in medicine that so nicely married science with art. It is this balance of science and artistry that drew him to the field and continues to excite him each day as he practices his craft.

Dr. Tahernia has had an impeccable academic pedigree, having attended some of the finest institutions in the country. His education has taken him from UCLA to NYU School of Medicine and most recently Duke University. At UCLA he was elected to the elite Phi Beta Kappa society, which recognizes only a small fraction of undergraduates as the brightest students in the country. While at the NYU School of Medicine he won honors in Surgery. He completed a total of 7 years of General Surgery training, which included dedicated research in plastic and reconstructive surgery. This lead to several fine works resulting in publications and presentations at national meetings. Dr. Tahernia is a diplomat of both the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery, putting him in an elite group of double board-certified surgeons. Dr. Tahernia is also an attending teaching faculty member in the division of Plastic Surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Dr. Tahernia was recently bestowed the honor of being named a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.tahernia

He comes to Los Angeles after completing a rigorous three-year plastic surgery fellowship at the prestigious Duke University Medical Center. Duke has consistently been ranked as one of the top 10 medical centers in the nation. During his time there he performed the entire spectrum of plastic surgery from the most sophisticated reconstructive procedures to high-end aesthetic surgery. Dr. Tahernia was fortunate to be trained by some of the masters of plastic surgery while at Duke.

Commensurate with his clinical acumen he was also heavily involved in resident education while at Duke. While there, his contributions lead to all-time high scores on plastic surgery board preparatory examinations. In addition his academic efforts there lead to fine publications in the specialties’ main scientific journals. He also has had extensive training in hand surgery, having completed a 4-month fellowship at the world-renowned Kleinert Hand and Microsurgery Institute in Louisville, Kentucky. All in all he has had over 10 years of surgical training with a particular focus on aesthetic and reconstructive surgery.

In his spare time, Dr. Tahernia really enjoys spending time with his wife, Azzy and two children, Pasha and Sienna. He is also an avid tennis player and plays whenever he has the opportunity.

We hope you enjoy the contents of our website, which gives insight into our practice and the procedures which Dr. Tahernia performs. Dr. Tahernia individualizes his care for each patient, based on their wishes and needs. His philosophy is that it’s important to treat each patient like family and to provide the safest and most up-to-date surgical options. This ultimately translates into optimal results, which pleases him and more importantly leads to happy patients.

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Dr. Tahernia is author to book chapters in Seminal Plastic Surgery textbooks.

Perry H. Liu, MD

Dr. Liu embodies the convergence of art and medicine that is the essence of aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. His advanced surgical skills not only reflect his background as an artist, but also integrate the artistry of aesthetic surgery, the fundamental surgical principles of reconstructive surgery, and the delicate and precise nature of microsurgery. It takes a combination of multiple skills to be a good plastic surgeon.Liu

Dr. Liu’s skills incorporate multiple disciplines and integrate them into his patients’ journeys of transformation and rejuvenation. With a special interest in Chinese painting, where balance and harmony stages all the elements of a painting, Dr. Liu understands this philosophy and utilizes it to produce more natural results.

During his 10 years of advanced training to become a cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgeon, he has trained with world-renowned surgeons in multiple disciplines across the United States and in Asia.  These include, but are not limited to, advanced microsurgery, head and neck reconstruction, and breast rejuvenation/reconstruction from Dr. Fu-Chan Wei in Taiwan and Dr. Robert Allen in New Orleans. He also trained under Dr. Gustavo Colon, a preeminent aesthetic surgeon and former president of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, in New Orleans. Currently, Dr. Liu is in private practice in Los Angeles, CA.

A graduate of Duke University, where he received multiple honors, Dr. Liu continued on to medical school at Emory University in Atlanta, General Surgery Residency at New York Medical College in New York City, a Research Fellowship at Harvard Medical School/Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, a Microsurgical Fellowship at Chang-gung Memorial Hospital in Taiwan, and a Plastic Surgery Fellowship at Tulane University in New Orleans. During the course of his training, he has received multiple awards and honors for his research into advanced wound healing and cancer reconstruction.

Dr. Liu’s fellowship in New Orleans encompassed extensive experiences with breast cosmetic and reconstructive procedures, eyelid surgery, abdominal contouring, and advanced liposuction techniques. As such, he can offer you the latest and most advanced techniques for your rejuvenation.

Being well versed in both advanced aesthetic and reconstructive techniques, Dr. Liu’s international training at Chang-gung Memorial Hospital in Taiwan also included the most up-to-date Asian eyelid and nose procedures.

A native of Taiwan, Dr. Liu was educated in the United States and is married to Vivien, his wife of 10 years. They have two adorable children, Adrien and Julien. He and his family are all fluent in Mandarin

Sheila Nazarian, M.D.

Dr. Nazarian is trained in cosmetic, plastic, and reconstructive surgery. In her youth, she was accepted by Harvard-Westlake for middle and high school, where she honed her academic and artistic skills. During this time, she was awarded a Bronfman Youth Fellowship in Israel where she received 6 weeks of leadership training. She attended Columbia University in New York and graduated with a BA in economics with a premedical concentration. From there, she matriculated into Yeshiva University’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She then matched into a combined plastic surgery residency at the University of Southern California. Between her general surgery and plastic surgery years, she served as the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery’s Clinical Research Fellow for two years where she published multiple journal articles and presented at national meetings. She continues to serve as a mentor at USC in her work as volunteer faculty.Nazarian

Dr. Nazarian earned a Masters in Medical Management (MMM) at USC’s Marshall School of Business during her research years as well. As a result, she developed and launched an organic line of skin care products for pregnant and lactating women. As a mother of three, she felt a need for safe and luxurious skin care products for this time in a woman’s life. These products can be found at www.spamomma.co.

Dr. Nazarian understands that appearance and self-confidence interplay. She enjoys improving a patient’s appearance as this often improves quality of life. Dr. Nazarian is always available to answer any questions and is dedicated to helping you feel comfortable about your procedure. She looks forward to being a supportive partner on your journey.

Dr. Nazarian’s approach to your treatment starts with patient listening. Then, after a complete and thorough examination, she will review whether you are a good candidate for the procedure and explain your treatment options and realistic expectations with you. If you are not a good candidate for a procedure, Dr. Nazarian will be honest and explain why. What Dr. Nazarian will not do is pressure you into having unnecessary, unsafe, or additional surgeries. Dr. Nazarian believes that being a physician is an honor and a privilege – a profession that cannot be without ethics. After all, a plastic surgeon must be a sound doctor first.

Dr. Nazarian is trilingual: English, Spanish, and Farsi.

Dr. Andre Panossian

Dr. Andre Panossian is a board-certified plastic surgeon practicing in the greater Los Angeles area. His areas of expertise include pediatric plastic surgery, vascular anomalies, facial paralysis reconstruction, and aesthetic surgery.

PanossianUpon graduation from Tufts University School of Medicine, Dr. Panossian completed his residency in plastic surgery at USC. He then pursued a highly competitive fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto where he specialized in facial reanimation and pediatric plastic surgery. After leaving Toronto, Dr. Panossian completed a second fellowship in congenital hand deformities and vascular anomalies at Harvard Medical School.

He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Although his training is subspecialized in pediatrics, Dr. Panossian treats adults as well with complex conditions.

Dr. Panossian is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Keck School of Medicine at USC. He is also the Director of the Facial Paralysis Center and Co-director of the Vascular Anomalies Center at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Josef Hadeed, M.D.On his road to private practice in Beverly Hills, CA, Dr. Hadeed has tapped his professional and academic experiences to help him structure a life-long dream of building a warm, friendly, and inviting place where patients can feel safe and empowered to collaborate on their most intimate aesthetic and reconstructive goals.

As evidenced by his reviews, patients immediately feel comfortable with Dr. Hadeed. As a double board certified plastic surgeon educated at some of the finest institutions in the world, patients know they are safe and well-looked after in his attentive and expert care. But more importantly, his warmth, humanity and sense of humor are what ultimately attract patients most. Dr. Hadeed wants everyone to feel at home and at ease to discuss even the most private of matters.

Dr. Hadeed attended the University of Michigan for his undergraduate studies, and then went on to Temple University School of Medicine.  From there, he went on to complete a total of 10 years of surgical training.  He first completed a full residency in general surgery at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Camden, one of the busiest trauma centers in the country.  He also completed a research fellowship at the Coriell Institute for Medical Research during his general surgery training, which led to numerous publications and presentations at both national and international meetings.  Afterwards, he went to the University of Miami where he received fellowship training in hand surgery and microsurgery at one of the top trauma centers in the country.  Following this, he completed a rigorous plastic surgery residency at Duke University Medical Center, which is consistently ranked annually as one of the top 10 hospitals in the country.  During his time at Duke, Dr. Hadeed was trained by several world renowned plastic surgeons, performing highly complex reconstructive procedures in addition to aesthetic surgery.hadeed

Dr. Hadeed loves Southern California and admires the lifestyle people are able to carve out for themselves here. Every plastic surgeon develops a “true love” for a specific type of surgery — even when they are experienced enough to do it all. For Dr. Hadeed, procedures of the body are his “true love” and give him the most personal gratification. Perhaps it’s this love that has drawn him to Beverly Hills. California supports an active, outdoor lifestyle in a warm climate. This, coupled with an “image-forward” mentality leaves little margin for error when it comes to a man or woman’s physique and how they appear in and out of clothing. Whether it’s a minor adjustment to an already well-formed figure, or a more comprehensive procedure after massive weight loss, Dr. Hadeed looks forward to building his patients confidence through procedures including Liposuction, Tummy Tuck, Body Lift, Breast Surgery, Facial and Hand Rejuvenation, and Fat Transfer.

Dr. Hadeed’s vision for his practice is that of a comprehensive aesthetic center, where patients can partner with a dedicated team to address all their cosmetic needs. As such, he has developed expertise and proprietary techniques in all areas of aesthetic medicine, including procedures to address the breast and the aging face, hands and skin. This philosophy allows patients to develop a rapport, a set of unique expectations AND a central place for all their beauty & wellness needs under one familiar roof.

Tiffany Grunwald, M.D.

A board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Grunwald, has been helping patients achieve their desired aesthetic since opening her Santa Monica private practice in 2007. Regarded worldwide as a specialist in both cosmetic and reconstructive breast surgery, Dr. Grunwald has worked extensively with breast cancer survivors to restore their natural breast shape following mastectomy.

After college, Dr. Grunwald had the unique opportunity to travel as part of a surgical team to Central and South America to perform pediatric open heart surgery. There, she realized the profound difference that a surgical intervention can make, and decided to become a surgeon.grunwald

She was drawn to plastic surgery because of the close relationship that develops between doctor and patient, and her role in analyzing and solving problems that directly impact individuals. That approach continues to guide her work as a plastic and reconstructive surgeon. By taking the time to get to know each of her patients, Dr. Grunwald determines their aesthetic and goals, and tailors a solution specifically to their needs, opting for a nonsurgical approach whenever possible. No two patients are alike, so no two patients should receive the same breast or face.

Dr. Grunwald earned her bachelors degree in biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill before attending the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine, where she was awarded top recognition for her clinical skills among her entire class. After earning her M.D., Dr. Grunwald completed competitive residencies in general surgery, plastic surgery and reconstructive surgery at the Keck School of Medicine. While working as a clinical instructor at the school, she earned her Master of Education from USC’s Rossier School of Education. Dr. Grunwald received extensive training in facial rejuvenation through Dr. Gareth Wootton, one of her mentors and a leader in this technique.

Dr. Grunwald opened her private practice in 2007. She and her small staff remain dedicated to deeply personalized care for her plastic surgery, reconstructive surgery and facial rejuvenation patients. They pride themselves in developing long-term relationships with their patients, acting as a resource even after an individual’s recovery is complete. Dr. Grunwald is also the Division Chief of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at Providence Saint John’s Health Center.

Kristi Funk, M.D.

Dr. Kristi Funk is board-certified surgical breast specialist who founded the Pink Lotus Breast Center in 2007 with her husband and business partner Andy Funk. She is an expert in minimally-invasive diagnostic and treatment methods for all types of breast disease. She has helped thousands of women through breast cancer treatment, including well-known celebrities like Angelina Jolie and Sheryl Crow, who have turned to her for her expertise.

Former Director of Patient Education at Los Angeles’ Cedars-Sinai Breast Center, Dr. Funk opened the Pink Lotus Breast Center in March 2009, in the middle of a recession and just three months before giving birth to triplet sons. The Pink Lotus Breast Center fuses state-of-the art screening, diagnosis and treatment with preventive strategies and holistic, compassionate care.

Dr. Funk graduated with distinction from Stanford University in 1991, and received her medical degree from the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. She is also a former Oxford University scholar, and worked as a research assistant at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and Baxter Diagnostics. An outstanding investigator, Dr. Funk patented a surgical device used to increase operating room efficiency, assisted in the development of a method for the rapid detection of cytomegalovirus, and helped design an in vitro antimicrobial susceptibility test.

After surgical residency at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, WA, she completed a surgical breast fellowship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in 2002, where she then excelled as a surgeon and Director at the Cedars-Sinai Breast Center until 2009.

Dr. Funk’s published works have appeared in Advanced Therapy of Breast Disease, Surgical Clerkship Manual, Archives of Surgery, the Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery and the Journal of Clinical Microbiology. As a frequent presenter, she has addressed crowds at national and international Breast Cancer conferences, multiple Los Angeles-area hospitals, the Society of Nuclear Medicine, Southwestern Surgical Congress, Pacific Northwest Vascular Society, British Esophageal Group, Seattle Surgical Society, Virginia Mason Medical Center and the American Society for Microbiology, as well as numerous community audiences.

Dr. Funk is a sought-after presenter and TV personality and has appeared in hundreds of TV segments, news articles, and stories. She resides in the Pacific Palisades, a peaceful suburb of Los Angeles, not far from where she grew up.