Palm Desert, California 760-837-0364

Frequently Asked Questions

Our staff is committed to keeping you informed about your procedure at our cosmetic plastic surgery practice in Palm Desert, serving Palm Springs and Riverside. We hope you find this page informative and educational. Please let us know if we may answer any other questions you might have pertaining to our products and services.

If you're ready to discuss your questions in person, Request a consultation online or call (760) 837-0364 to learn more about your cosmetic options.

General Questions

What is the recovery time for a facial surgery?

Generally between 10 days to two weeks, depending on the particular areas addressed during surgery. Get answers to additional facial surgery questions on our Facelift and Neck Lift FAQ page.

What is the recovery time for liposculpture?

Anywhere from three to 10 days, depending on the areas involved and the amount of excess fat removed. Many patients visiting us from Palm Springs or Riverside for cosmetic plastic surgery combine liposuction with other procedures, in which case the recovery period may be longer. Get answers to additional liposuction questions on our Liposuction FAQ page.

Is financing available?

Yes, we do have a number of financing options available, similar to obtaining a credit card.

May I use my insurance?

No, we are not part of any provider networks.

What do you charge for consultations?

Dr. Mo Zakhireh and Dr. Clark Taylor offer complimentary consultations to all patients.

Where are you located?

We are located on Alessandro Drive between San Pablo and San Luis Rey, north of Highway 111 in Palm Desert, CA.

Laser Treatment FAQ

With so many products, lasers, procedures, etc., how do I know or choose what I need?

The physicians, nurses, and estheticians at CSI are specifically trained and have years of experience. It is our absolute policy to only recommend various treatment modalities, lasers, etc., that we feel will give you the best result possible.

With all the lasers you have, how do you know what is best for me?

We have a full-time laser specialty RN, whose expertise and years of experience are invaluable—not to mention her honesty and candidness in your options. If she has any questions, she will consult with one of our physicians.

What is the Levulan Blu-U® Light Treatment? Is there any downtime? Does it work for sun- and acne-damaged skin?

Levulan® (aminolevulonic acid) is a clear, liquid gel-like material that is applied to one's skin. After approximately 30 minutes, Levulan® converts the sun-damaged cells of the skin into "receptor sites," which, when treated with Blu Light, pulse dye, or IPL, removes damaged red and brown cells, leaving the skin dramatically smoother. In addition, this treatment promotes the disappearance of pre-malignant cancer cells.

There will be some sensitivity and downtime—the more sun-damage one has, the longer the recovery—generally around seven days.

Yes, this treatment can be used for sun- or acne-damaged skin. The more sun and/or acne damage to the skin, the longer the recovery— generally from a few days to a couple weeks.

To get rid of wrinkles, why do you choose the Sciton Erbium Laser over the CO2 Laser? What is the normal downtime? Is there much pain or discomfort?

We've been utilizing resurfacing lasers since 1994, and we've learned that the Erbium Laser results in faster healing, less redness, and virtually no color change at all—versus significant bleaching at the jawline and much longer healing with the CO2 Laser.

  • Downtime ranges from a few days to two weeks.
  • The Erbium Laser typically feels like a sunburn.

Lipo-Tuck FAQ

What is a tummy tuck?

In a tummy tuck, the skin of the abdomen is lifted up to expose the muscles, which are then tightened. The excess skin is then trimmed away to rejuvenate the abdomen.

What is a Lipo-Tuck?

This procedure is a combination of a tummy tuck and liposuction of the torso to give a sculpted hourglass figure to the waistline.

Who is a good candidate for a tummy tuck or Lipo-Tuck?

Usually people who have had their abdominal muscles stretched out due to pregnancy or excessive weight gain.

Will my belly button be moved?

No, your belly button will stay in the same spot and will remain an "innie" belly button.

How much weight will I lose as a result of this procedure?

Depending on how heavy you are to begin with, on average between 10 and 20 pounds, and four dress sizes!

Are there any additional benefits to this procedure?

The biggest benefit is that tightening the abdomen will leave the stomach with less room to expand, so you will feel full faster and end up losing more weight after this procedure!

Real Patient

Real Patient Stories

I'm into 1 year after having my saline breast augmentation and I can't be happier. The results are exactly what I wanted; they look and feel super natural. The staffs are helpful in making you feel comfortable and answering any questions you may have. The doctor is very pleasant and informative. I would highly recommend him to any one of my friends and/or family!

Google Reviews

- A.E., 5 Star Google Review (Dec 2018)

*Model pictured. Actual patient testimonial. Individual results may vary.

Real Patient

Real Patient Stories

The lady at the front was wonderful. They were able to break down all the post op instructions for my recovery time and did a really good job. So far everything looks really good and scarring was minimal to none.

Google Reviews

– A.H., 5 Star Google Review (Mar 2019)

*Model pictured. Actual patient testimonial. Individual results may vary.

Real Patient

Real Patient Stories

Always had a great experience when coming here. I feel more confident in myself since seeing Dr. Z. The team at CSI is amazing and goes the extra mile. I would absolutely refer anyone to this place!

Google Reviews

– M.G., 5 Star Google Review (Mar 2019)

*Model pictured. Actual patient testimonial. Individual results may vary.

Real Patient

Real Patient Stories

I went to Dr. Mo over a year ago for a breast augmentation. I was absolutely blown away by him and his team. Their caring bedside manner made me feel so comfortable and so welcome. I am beyond happy with my choice and highly recommend Cosmetic Surgery Institute of Palm Desert to anyone looking to enhance themselves.

Google Reviews

– A.M., 5 Star Google Review (Dec 2018)

*Model pictured. Actual patient testimonial. Individual results may vary.

We restore, repair, and make whole those parts which fortune has taken away, not so much that they delight the eyes but they buoy up the spirit and help the mind of the beset.

– Tagliacozzi (1597)

Contact Us

73-710 Alessandro Drive, Suite A1
Palm Desert, CA 92260

Phone (760) 837-0364

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