“I can attribute all of my success to a handful of practice philosophies: Maintaining an artistic eye in all my work, always striving for perfection, being honest and safe in everything I do, and staying true to my word. With these points always in mind, the results of great plastic surgery can be a life changing event for many, ranging from improvements in body image to even improved psychosexual health.”
Tim Neavin, M.D.
Dr. Tim Neavin has advanced training from world renown Beverly Hills plastic surgeons in face lift, rhinoplasty, rhinoplasty revision, and fat grafting, facial remodeling, and beautification surgery for younger adults.
Dr. Neavin also has trained and worked with pioneers and leaders in the field of breast and body surgery including body contouring, liposuction, body lifting, and complex breast surgery. Dr. Neavin has lectured nationally on the topics of the safety of office based surgery, the positive effects of plastic surgery on ones sex life, periorbital beauty, abdominal surgery, and injectables.
Maintaining an honest, and goal oriented relationship with every person is a key in making people happy. The long lasting relationships Dr. Neavin builds with clients is founded on trust, pride, honesty, and caring.
In 2014 Dr. Neavin received the Top 10 Plastic Surgeons in California Award by Vitals.com. The Top 10 Doctors winners represent 39 specialties and more than 2,500 neighborhoods across the country. Vitals visitors leave ratings and reviews for their current doctors on various components of care: bedside manner, follow-up care, ease of appointment setting, courtesy of office staff, and overall appointment experience. He also has received 2014 Top Plastic Surgeon, 2014 Castle Connelly Top Doctor, 2013 Patients choice Award, 2012 Most Compassionate Doctor.
Dr. Timothy Neavin grew up on the East Coast. From a very young age, he had a love for sports and a fascination with the relationship between the arts and sciences. He attended college on a football scholarship as a quarterback.
He graduated college Magna Cum Laude after making the Dean’s list seven consecutive semesters with 27 straight A’s. Dr. Neavin then moved to Philadelphia to attend medical school at the prestigious Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, where he graduated in the top 10% of his class Magna Cum laude.
After earning his Medical Degree in Philadelphia, Dr. Neavin was accepted to the plastic surgery residency straight out of Medical School, a feat that only 70 students in the country achieved. He was recruited by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, one of the largest and most respected plastic surgery training programs in the country where he trained under leaders in the field of body sculpting surgery. Here, Dr. Neavin also utilized his time at the University of Pittsburgh to author and coauthor several publications on aesthetic surgery and present at several regional and national conferences on facial fillers, periorbital beauty, body sculpting, the psychosexual effects of plastic surgery on women, and safety in outpatient plastic surgery.
Dr. Neavin coauthored a lead article in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal, “Better Sex from the Knife?” a study looking at the positive influences of plastic surgery on one’s sex life, which gained national media attention and was highlighted on the Today Show.
Dr. Neavin is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the California Medical Association.
Dr. Neavin has full plastic surgery privileges in over 9 hospitals in the Los Angeles area.
Outside medicine, Dr. Neavin has a strong interest in independent film, cooking, and screenwriting. He occasionally lectures for the Paul Mitchell School of Beauty on modern aesthetic ideals.
- Medical School: Jefferson Med College Of Thomas Jefferson University 2002
- Internship: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
- Residency: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
- Fellowship: Advanced Aesthetic Surgery, Beverly Hills, California
- Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
2009 - “Understanding Beauty”: The Paul Mitchell School of Beauty, Sherman Oaks
2008 – “The Safety of Outpatient Combined Aesthetic Surgery”: ASAPS, San Diego, May 2008
2006 – “Better Sex From the Knife?”: ASAPS, Orlando, April 2006
2006 – Radiesse for Facial Lipoatrophy in the HIV (+) Patient: Resident Research Day, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, June 2, 2006
2006 – “The female breast: A preoccupation among the human condition”: University of Pittsburgh Plastic Surgery Grand Rounds, July, 2006
2005 – Quantitatively Defining Attractiveness of the female Periorbital Region, Resident Research Day, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, June 1, 2005
2005 – “Use of Radiesse for facial lipoatrophy in the HIV (+) patient: ASAPS, New Orleans, April 2005
2005 – “Quantitatively Defining Attractiveness of the female Periorbital Region”: Ohio Valley, Aurora,OH May 13, 2005.
2005 – “Soft Tissue Fillers for Facial Augmentation”: University of Pittsburgh Plastic Surgery Grand Rounds, January, 2005
2005 – “Traumatic Ear Amputation”: University of Pittsburgh Plastic Surgery Grand Rounds, March 2005
2004 – University of Pittsburgh Morbidity and Mortality Conference (monthly presentations)
2004 – Robert Ivy Society, Philadelphia 3/27 “Better Sex From the Knife? An Intimate Look at the Influence of Cosmetic Surgery on Sex”: Robert Ivy Society, Philadelphia, 3/27/04
2002 – The “Components Separation” Method for the Repair of Abdominal Wall Defects: A Retrospective Analysis of Reconstructive Success”: ASPS, San Antonio November 3, 2002
2001 – The “Components Separation” Method for the Repair of Abdominal Wall Defects: A Retrospective Analysis of Reconstructive Success: Robert Ivy Society
Timothy Neavin, MD; Ronit Wollstein, MD “Dorsal Dislocation of the Lunate with Distal Radius Fracture” Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery (accepted for publication 2008)
Hurwitz DJ, Neavin T, Body Contouring of the Arms and Brachioplasty, Handchir Mikrochir Plast Chir 2007; 39; 1-5.
Hurwitz Dj, Neavin T. “The L-Brachioplasty” for Clinics of Plastic Surgery edited by Al Aly
Guy M. Stofman, MD; Timothy S. Neavin, MD; Praful M. Ramineni, MD . “Better Sex From the Knife? An Intimate Look at the Effects of Cosmetic Surgery on Sexual Practices” Aesthetic Surgery Journal, Volume 26, Issue 1, 1 January 2006, Pages 12-17
Hurwitz DJ, Neavin T, “Brachioplasty in Advances in Aesthetic Surgery” edited by Aston S, Reese T, Theime Medical Publishers, New York
Anderson DW, Neavin T, Smith JA, Schneider JS “Neuroprotective effects of pramipexole in young and aged MPTP-treated mice.” Brain Res 2001, 905:44-53
Dr. Neavin has full plastic surgery privileges in the following hospitals where he frequently takes emergency room call for hand and face trauma, and delivers care to complex wounds:
- Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles
- St. John’s Hospital, Santa Monica
- Olympia Hospital, Los Angeles
- Beverly Hospital, Montebello
- Queen of the Valley Hospital, West Covina
- Intercommunity Hospital of Citrus Valley, West Covina
- Foothills Presbyterian Hospital, Glendora
- Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital, Hollywood
- Barlow Respiratory Hospital, Los Angeles
- Brotman Medical Center, Culver City
- Temple Community Hospital, Los Angeles
- Vista Hospital, Los Angeles
“The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten.”
Author John Ruskin too, made the following observation: “There is hardly anything in the world that someone cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and the people who consider price only are this man’s lawful prey. It’s unwise to pay too little.”
So what goes into the cost of a plastic surgery procedure? And why are there price discrepancies among what appears to be the “same” procedure among plastic surgeons? In short, it is quality, honesty, care, experience and talent. To illustrate these point here are a list of questions every patient should ask consider before proceeding with surgery:
- Is my plastic surgeon a plastic surgeon?
While that question may sound absurd, the reality is that probably up to half of the doctors in Beverly Hills performing plastic surgery are not plastic surgeons. Many general surgeons, dermatologists, ear nose and throat doctors, radiologists, and even pediatricians call themselves “cosmetic surgeons”. A cosmetic surgeon is not a plastic surgeon. Many that are called “cosmetic surgeons” have taken weekend courses or buy teaching videos to “learn” the skill that took plastic surgeons several years of intense training to learn. Dr. Neavin trained as a plastic surgeon at one of the nation’s largest and most reputable programs, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center which has a long standing tradition of cultivating leading surgeon-scientists in the field of plastic surgery. 22 alumni of Pitt’s residency program have served at one time as Division Chiefs at nearly a quarter of the nations 90 plastic surgery programs. Pitt is one of the first “categorical plastic surgery training programs” in the United States, recognized by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. After completing training at Pitt, Dr. Neavin spent an additional year under plastic surgeon pioneer Richard Ellenbogen in an advanced aesthetic surgery fellowship.
Here what Dr. Ellenbogen had to say about Dr. Neavin:
“Doctor Timothy Neavin worked side by side with me for over a year while completing my post graduate advanced fellowship training program.He did his plastic surgery training at University of Pittsburgh, one of the top programs in the United States. He is extraordinarily well rounded as a person being an excellent amateur screenwriter and former college quarterback of his college where he also won highest academic honors. He proved to be one of the best technical surgeons I have trained showing excellent judgment and compassion for his patients. He has an excellent artistic sense he translates to his patients procedures. He enjoys cosmetic surgery and has gleaned techniques from some of the top surgeons in the world. He is a genuine person and really cares about his patients and does his best to please them. He is most important of all an excellent listener.”
- Is my doctor Board Certified in Plastic Surgery?
The two key components of this question are “Board Certified” and “Plastic Surgery”. The accomplishment of Board Certification from the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) is no easy feat. It is a grueling process that takes years of tests and case submissions for critical evaluation of safety and performance. Board Certification from the American Board of Plastic Surgery is often considered a “stamp of approval” among colleagues in the field and the pinnacle of achievement in the specialty. Find out if a doctor is ABPS Certified here: https://www.abplsurg.org
Dr. Neavin was certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery in 2010.
- Does my doctor have privileges (permission) to do this operation in a hospital?
It is true that most plastic surgery procedures are done in a free-standing surgery center as opposed to in a hospital. But this question is important because the answer is a solid marker for safety and experience. A hospital WILL NOT credential a doctor to perform procedures for which he or she isn’t qualified to perform. For instance, a hospital won’t permit a plastic surgeon to perform open heart surgery or remove a brain tumor in their operating room. Surprisingly, there aren’t specific laws that prohibit such carelessness. However, there are obviously safety and liability issues with such a thing that concern the hospital. But surgery centers are generally more lax in credentialing and regulating, particularly if the surgeon offering the procedure is part of the credentialing committee or owns the operating room. If a surgeon does not have hospital privileges to perform the proposed procedure one should consider that information a red flag.
Those that have not met these requirements for ABPS certification (often because they are not a plastic surgeon) often “join” the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery to claim some type of certification. This is mainly a group of general surgeons, dermatologists, ENT doctors, and other fields outside plastic surgery. It is important understand this very, very big difference.
Dr. Neavin has privileges in 6 hospitals in Southern California to perform all of the surgeries he offers on his website.
- Will there be an anesthesiologist?
Many places that offer very low prices that use general anesthesia do not use an anesthesiologist. Instead, they may rely either on nurses or the plastic surgeon to monitor this part of the surgery. In other cost-saving measures, general anesthesia may be avoided altogether with the explanation that it is “safer” to be awake. Sometimes this is true. But often, general anesthesia (where the airway is protected) is a much safer alternative than an unprotected airway. Dr. Neavin will always choose the safest anesthesia for his patients. He will cut no corners and always be certain that your safety comes first.
- Does my doctor have a favorable reputation among patients and peers?
There are plenty of online websites that welcome reviews from patients for doctors. These can often be helpful. Less important than any one review is the pattern and consistency of reviews. Castle Connolly is an independent agency that awards doctors recognized for their excellence by other doctors.
Since 2011, Dr. Neavin has consistently received awards from Patient’s Choice Awards and Vitals. In 2014 he was award Top Plastic Surgeon by Castle Connolly.
- Thank you for taking such good care of me. I appreciate all of the follow up phone calls to see how I was doing. You are such a caring doctor.M.F.
- I personally know several plastic surgeons in Los Angeles but I was referred to Dr. Tim Neavin by a friend who said I just had to go see him. I did and it was the best decision I've ever made. Dr. Neavin is equal parts trustworthy professional, skillful artist and caring doctor. I went to see him to discuss injectables and fillers. Dr. Neavin spent time with me describing the options available to me, showed me pictures of other patient's procedures and discussed my expectations. He even told me there were things I was considering that I did not have to do to my face. I like that he erred on the conservative side.Dr. Neavin's dedication and commitment to his patients extends far beyond your appointment time and the obvious things. Prior to my procedure, I had several follow-up questions that I emailed to him. He not only emailed me back but called me to discuss as well. I know I wasn't having major plastic surgery but I was anxious about doing fillers and my questions were important to me and Dr. Neavin is the type of doctor who recognizes the validity of all of his patients' concerns, regardless of how big or small the procedure is.There are dozens of plastic surgeon options in LA and Beverly Hills, but Dr. Neavin is at the top of my list. I won't go to anyone else. Oh, and an extra bonus: his consultations are free. Further proof of his commitment to his future patient's best interests over his own interests.
- Thanks, Dr. Tim! I love my new addition!Kelly
- Dr. Neavin fixed my sons lip after massive dog bite. He's the most honest plastic surgeon that I know . He did not try to up sell on unnecessary surgeries. Basically he cared and handled the problem. My son's face and lip looks great . Thanks and hopefully my son will realize one day and thank you also.GabbyCanoga Park, CA
- Dr. Neavin made me look like I did ten years ago. He performed fat transfer on my lower eyelids, cheeks and smile lines and all the stress and aging of the last decade was magically gone. He really has an artist's eye. Several of my friends have been to him for procedures too and been very happy (which is part of why I chose him). Most highly recommended.
- Thank you for taking such good care of me. You are such a wonderful person and gifted surgeon.M.H.