Who’s Looking After Your Patient

In aesthetic medicine, we obsess about details: patient selection, choice of surgical or nonsurgical procedure, material management (best sutures, implants, garments, post-scar therapy). As trainees, we were exposed to the full range of Plastic Surgery – General, Craniofacial, Hand and Cosmetic, with a heavy emphasis in Reconstruction… Read More »

Plastic Surgeon: The Surgeon’s Surgeon?

My program director’s doctrine was that the Plastic Surgeon is the Surgeon’s surgeon, an infinitely resourceful problem solver. We, the residents, were satisfied with that accolade, stomping into the ER armed with our digital SLR cameras and magnifying loupe glasses to do battle with difficult wounds… Read More »

ER Call: Do Your Job

Yesterday was the first time in 10 years, that I took ER call for Hoag. As my practice thrived, I dropped off the call schedule, naively believing that younger Plastic Surgeons shared the perception that service to Hoag, our base hospital was a prerequisite to building a practice… Read More »

Late Summer

Thank you all who took the time to vote for me in Locale magazine’s “Who’s your favorite Plastic Surgeon in Newport Beach?” For me, the nomination was equivalent to being selected as an Olympian. Win, lose or draw, the chance to compete is what mattered, however the poll, following close on the 2016 summer games… Read More »

Not Blue Flame Enough

When I asked my brother whether any of his peers were contemplating a “nip and tuck” and he introduced me to a VC insult, #“not blue flame enough”. Apparently, it justifies my suspicion that youth has become commoditized and… Read More »

Fat Is The Original Filler

During the course of any day, I am asked why fat isn’t the “same” throughout the body. Consider that fat has been grossly underappreciated and in fact deplored, however this connotes a fundamental misunderstanding of the multiple roles fat plays. Structure and protection are critical reasons why fat surrounds critical structures… Read More »

Second Generation Plastic Surgeon

Is it in the genes? Some of my late father’s patients believe that a talent for the “metier” (career) of Plastic Surgery can be inherited. While I am not sure that a predisposition for a certain advocation may always be passed down generations, I… Read More »

Dr. Lavinia K. Chong Wins RealSelf 500 Award

Newport Beach Plastic Surgery Recognized as Top Social Influencer in Cosmetic Medicine Newport Beach, CA–March 1, 2016 – Local physician Dr. Lavinia K. Chong is one of 500 doctors in the nation to receive the prestigious RealSelf 500 Award, out of nearly 13,000 board certified specialists with a presence Read More »

Mothers and Daughters

I have the good fortune to enjoy the patronage of several families in which multiple generations are represented. Aesthetic surgery is like any other service industry. Consumers or patients must perceive there is a need to change something. Cosmetic providers must be excellent listeners to select patients, screening their… Read More »

Overheard In The OR

It is my custom and practice to call the patient the night before surgery, to brief them on the answers to the “pop quiz”, which out admitting RN asks. Patients are gratified to have a preview so that they can ease into the surgical day, as effortlessly as possible… Read More »