TELEOS Plastic Surgery
836 South Arroyo Parkway
Pasadena, CA 91105

Los Angeles Board Certified Plastic Surgeon


Did you know that just because a doctor is “board-certified” it does not mean that they are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery? In fact, in most states including California, a licensed physician can perform cosmetic procedures without being board certified in plastic surgery. This translates into dentists, gynecologists and other doctors performing plastic surgery without having undergone proper training and certification. For these reasons, it is important to carefully identify which boards have certified your plastic surgeon.When you are choosing a plastic surgeon, you are looking for certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. The ABPS is the only board that certifies physicians in plastic surgery of the face and all areas of the body. In order to be board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, one must graduate from an accredited medical school, do internship and residency training in either general surgery or otolaryngology, complete an approved residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery, practice a minimum of two years after graduation, and pass extensive written and oral exams which include a review of all cases done by that surgeon in the past year. This is an incredibly long and tedious process taking a minimum of 6 years after graduation from medical school. To verify that your surgeon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery you can call the
American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) at 1-866-275-2267 or visit their website at

Dr. Gross is certified by both the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery. Dr. Gross is also a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. In order to be a Fellow of The American College of Surgeons (FACS), a surgeon must be board certified in his or her specialty, have practiced a minimum of one year after board certification, and passed a review of clinical work, academic work and ethics in running their practice. This is yet another extensive and tedious review of a surgeon’s experience and ethics, aimed at assuring a potential patient that the surgeon they have chosen has been well-trained and deemed competent by his or her peers. If the surgeon displays the initials F. A. C. S. after his or her name, that denotes that they have been designated a Fellow of The American College of Surgeons, and completed the above process.Finally, as a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Dr. Gross is required to regularly attend continuing medical education courses and to adhere to a strict code of ethics.


Dr. Gross performs most of his plastic surgery procedures at Verdugo Hills Hospital which is conveniently located about 10 minutes from his Pasadena office. John Gross is located in Pasadena California. For more information about plastic surgery procedures like breast augmentation using saline or silicone breast implants, liposuction or rhinoplasty – call 626-792-1222

Questions to Ask Your Plastic Surgeon To explore the safety issues of cosmetic surgery and be sure your physician can provide the best care and results, ask your plastic surgeon the following questions:

  • Are you a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons or the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery?
  • Are you certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?
  • Where and how will you perform my procedure?
  • Do you have hospital privileges to perform my procedure? If so, at which hospitals?
  • Is the surgical facility accredited by a nationally or state-recognized accrediting agency, or is it state-licensed or Medicare-certified?
  • Am I a good candidate for this procedure?
  • What will be expected of me to get the best results?
  • What is the length of the recovery period, and what kind of recovery help will I need?
  • Will I need to take time off work for my recovery? If so, for how long?
  • Are there alternative procedures I could consider? What are their pros and cons?
  • What risks and complications are associated with my procedure and how are they handled?
  • What are my options if I am dissatisfied with the outcome?
  • Do you have before and after photos that illustrate this procedure and show results that are reasonable for me to expect?

Questions to Ask Yourself Finally, you need to ask: Is surgery right for you? The following questions will help you determine if you’re ready for plastic surgery:

  • Am I physically healthy, eating right, and not smoking?
  • Am I prepared to make necessary lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking, in order to have my surgery?
  • Do I have realistic expectations for the results of my procedure?
  • Am I exploring plastic surgery for myself or to fit someone else’s ideals?
  • Have I spent time testing my knowledge about plastic surgery and exploring the qualifications of plastic surgeons?
  • Have I told my plastic surgeon about medical conditions, drug allergies, and medical treatments (including those that involve fillers, facial shaping, and Botox)?
  • Have I reviewed with my plastic surgeon my current use of medicines, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, and drugs?
  • Am I ready to do my part to ensure the success of my procedure?
  • Do I know the procedure’s after-effects and recovery time?
  • Do I have a responsible adult to care for me for at least 24 hours (or as long as recommended) after my procedure?
  • Have all my questions been thoroughly addressed by my plastic surgeon?
  • Have I read, understood, and signed informed consent documents for my procedure?

Surgery Preparation Checklist

Top 10 Questions To Ask Your Surgeon Before Having Cosmetic Surgery

1. What are your credentials and training experience?

Patients are often referred to a surgeon by their primary care physician; however, it is important to know what qualifies the surgeon to perform your procedure. Ask your surgeon if he/she is “board certified” in plastic surgery.

ASPS Member Surgeons are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and are trained specifically in plastic surgery. They operate only in accredited medical facilities, adhere to a strict code of ethics and fulfill continuing education requirements, including patient safety techniques.

2. How many procedures of this type have you performed?

In addition to knowing your surgeon’s credentials, it is important to know the level of experience he/she has in performing your procedure. Choosing an experienced surgeon is one way to ensure good results.

3. Are there alternatives to surgery?

Sometimes, surgery is not the only answer. You might be able to achieve the desired results through non-surgical treatments. Ask your surgeon about the benefits and risks of these alternatives so you can make an informed decision.

4. What do I need to do to prepare for surgery?

Certain surgeries require that you stop smoking, lose weight or follow a specific diet limiting the food you eat and the medications you take prior to your surgery; or, there may be medications that your surgeon wants you to take before your procedure.

Make sure that you speak to your surgeon and your anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist about any allergies or about any conditions for which you are taking medication. You should mention any vitamins, supplements or over-the-counter medications as well.

5. What are the risks?

Every surgery has some associated risk. Weigh the benefits of the procedure against the risks of side effects and complications (e.g. nausea, vomiting, pain, infection, or blood clots) before making your decision.

6. How can I better manage post-surgical side effects and complications such as nausea, vomiting, pain, infection or bleeding?

Some post-surgical side effects and complications are more manageable than others. Make sure you speak to your surgeon about your risk of experiencing side effects and complications and about any medications he/she may prescribe to minimize these symptoms. For example, your surgeon may prescribe a medication before surgery to minimize nausea and vomiting or prescribe something for pain.

7. How will side effects or complications be handled?

If you should experience a side effect or complication after surgery, find out who will be available to address your concerns and when. Ask if any additional costs will be incurred should you need additional treatment.

8. How long of a recovery period can I expect, and what kind of help will I need during my recovery?

Some surgeries take longer to recover from than others. Make sure you speak to your surgeon about how long it will take to heal, as well as how you might physically feel immediately following your surgery. Your surgeon will be able to inform you of the arrangements necessary to ease your recovery.

9. Will my recovery keep me from my usual, daily activities such as work?

The recovery time associated with your surgery is dependent on the nature and length of the procedure. To ensure that you don’t slow your recovery, make sure you speak to your surgeon about the things you may or may not be able to do in the first few days, weeks and months after surgery.

10. Where and how will you perform my procedure?

Find out if your surgery will be performed in a hospital, office, or ambulatory facility. If performed in an office or ambulatory facility, check if it is accredited, which means the facility has passed strict guidelines for equipment, staff, hospital access, anesthesia administration, and more. ASPS requires all members who perform surgery under anesthesia to do so in an accredited facility. Also, if your procedure will be performed in an office or ambulatory facility ensure your doctor has privileges to perform the same procedure at an accredited hospital.

Many surgeries require anesthesia and certain types have a greater risk of post-surgical side effects and complications. Make sure you speak to the person administering it to find out what type of anesthesia is required for your procedure (e.g. local, regional, or general anesthesia) and the side effects or complications that may be associated with it.

Often there are multiple techniques for one procedure. Ask your surgeon which surgical technique may be best for you. A less invasive technique may mean less time under anesthesia and ultimately fewer side effects and complications.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) is the largest organization of board-certified plastic surgeons in the world. With more than 6,000 members, the Society is recognized as a leading authority and information source on cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. ASPS comprises more than 90 percent of all board-certified plastic surgeons in the United States. Founded in 1931, the Society represents physicians certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery or The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

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