Ikonjia "Connie" S. Joy M.D. F.A.C.S.
Donn M. Hickman, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Phone: 562-427-8944 ♦ Fax: 562-427-4086
920 E Wardlow Rd, Long Beach, CA 90807

News Bulletin

Patient Financing

Do you need financing? We work with Care Credit for financing they have multiple lenders and most of our patients get approved and enrollment is easy.

Drs. Joy and Hickman are not contracted with any insurance company but depending on the procedure we may be able to bill insurance. After the consultation, we will take your insurance information and have our billing department verify your benefits prior to any surgery. We may be able to bill your insurance for your consult. Consultation fees for revisionary surgery or reconstructive surgery are determined at the time of consultation and are not billed as fee for service cosmetic surgery consultations.

Introducing Latisse

The only FDA approved product indicated to treat hypotrichosis of the eyelashes by increasing their growth including length, thickness, and darkness. Learn more about Latisse.

Radiesse® injections for non-surgical facial contouring

Radiesse® dermal filler is made of calcium-based microspheres suspended in a water-based gel, and is injected into the skin through a simple and minimally invasive procedure. Radiesse dermal filler is the ideal choice for total facial contouring. It can restore a healthy, youthful appearance, enhance your existing features, help you defy age and gravity, and increase your confidence—all without invasive surgery or scarring. Learn more about Radiesse®.

Recent FDA approval use of Radiesse for aging soft tissue augmentation to create a more youthful appearance to hands.

JuvedermTM Dermal Filler Recently Approved by FDA

Recently approved by the FDA, JuvedermTM injectable gel is a "next-generation" dermal filler. The smooth consistency gel helps to instantly restore your skin's volume and smooth away facial wrinkles and folds. Learn more about JuvedermTM.

New Fraxel® Laser Skin Resurfacing

Fraxel is a revolutionary new treatment for skin rejuvenation that makes it possible for you to have younger looking skin with minimal post treatment down time. One to two treatments show significant improvement in skin texture, age spots, and wrinkles. Call our office at 562-427-8944 to learn more.

New Pain Relief Offered

Pain Pumps offer a portable after surgery pain management system that delivers a long acting local anesthetic to the surgical site to control pain. This system has been helpful in patients undergoing tummy tucks, breast augmentation, and breast reduction surgery. This system is able to relieve your pain without causing drowsiness or other side effects (hallucinations, constipation, and nausea) that are associated with narcotics. Depending on your procedure and pain tolerance, short term use of narcotics may still be required.

The ACCUFUSER® pump is ideal for regional or local anesthesia approach to control acute post operative pain. The ACCUFUSER® pump delivers a continuous fixed rate infusion of non-narcotic local anesthetic to the surgical site through a catheter which is inserted at the site during surgery. The ACCUFUSER® PLUS adds an optional bolus-dose button to allow patients to self-deliver additional local anesthetic for enhanced pain relief and satisfaction. The non-latex ACCUFUSER® pump is safe, simple and lightweight, so that patients can take it with them anywhere they go during their recovery.

Aquecool Rapid Recovery System

Aquecool is a fully electric therapeutic cooling system that improves your recovery by providing safe, natural, and convenient relief from pain, swelling, and bruising.

If you live alone or have a non-nurturing partner or have had previous experience with wet linens from melted ice, then this is the answer to your prayers! This system has a compact cooling device that circulates cool water through a comfortable, form fitting facial or breast application specific pad, delivering cool therapy (40-50º F) directly to the surgical site.

Labia Minora Reduction

Have you ever wanted to reduce the irritation of tight clothing caused by elongated labia? If so, you may be a candidate for a labia minora reduction. Dr. Joy has extensive experience with this procedure and receives many referrals from OB-GYN physicians. Schedule an appointment today by calling Evelyn De Castro, our patient coordinator at 562-427-8944.

Silicone Gel Breast Implants Now Available

A new generation of cohesive silicone gel breast implants, i.e. frequesntly called gummy bear implants, have recently been approved by the FDA for all women over the age of 22. After decades of clinical trials, Allergan (previously Inamed-McGhan) has created superior silicone gel breast implants that are safe and reliable. Silicone breast implants by Allergan have a supple feel and natural shape to compliment your body frame. Dr. Joy can help you determine the best implant size, shape, and profile for your desired look.

Additional breast implant manufacturers that are used by our surgical team are Sientra and Mentor Corporations.

Dr. Joy has extensive experience with silicone gel breasts, having been a clinical inspector for both the Allergan and Mentor silicone gel breast implant studies for over thirteen years. Plasticare Surgery Center had been a surgical facility with Institutional Review Board approval for performing investigational silicone gel breast augmentation. Call us at 562-427-8944 to learn more.