Lavinia K. Chong, M.D., F.A.C.S
Female plastic surgeon Dr. Lavinia Chong is a Newport Beach local and second-generation plastic surgeon. She is a graduate of Corona del Mar High School and the University of California, Irvine (UCI) having earned undergraduate degrees in Biology and French. She was elected a Diplomat of the American Board of Plastic Surgery in 2000 and maintaining her dedication to excellence, earned recertification in 2010 and 2020. As a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, she keeps current with broader issues pertinent to Surgery.
Dr. Chong’s facility with languages reflects her profound interest in people. She loves traveling and frequently visits family in Europe and Asia. She lived and trained briefly in Mexico before transferring to Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, where she was awarded a Medical Degree (M.D.) in 1988. Dr. Chong’s post graduate training began with a 5-year General Surgery residency at University of California, San Diego (UCSD). After this, she completed a full 3-year residency at University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston Plastic Surgery (UTMB), acquiring a solid skill set for her future practice.
A brief history of her practice…
Dr. Chong has recruited and trained a staff, who patients frequently compliment as being “AAA” (able, affable, and available). We emphasize communication as a method to understanding a patient’s goals, formulating plans to support their aesthetic objectives, while managing risks and costs. A bespoke practice, we are delighted to greet new patients, while also welcoming those who have entrusted their wellbeing since early days. Through her active membership in the Orange County Society of Plastic Surgeons (OCSPS), the California Society of Plastic Surgeons (CSPS), the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), Dr. Chong keeps current with Evidence-Based “Best Practices”, continuous education, and regulatory issues.
Outpatient cosmetic surgery cases are carefully screened and scheduled in Dr. Chong’s personal QuadA (AAAASF: American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities) accredited surgical suite, which is located in the Newport Medical Plaza. The facility is fully-licensed and staffed with a highly vetted crew of anesthesia providers, nurses, and surgical techs as well as stocked with the requisite equipment for patient safety.
Aesthetic Surgery for Women & Men
Dr. Lavinia K. Chong’s professional philosophy is to be the “original” not the copy and to enhance each patient’s intrinsic beauty and allure. While it is essential to acknowledge the contributions of the past, a present focus is essential to impact future plans. Adhering to the yogic principle of Mind-Body-Spirit continuum and respectful of each patient’s journey and decision to undergo elective procedures, Dr. Chong and staff work tirelessly to optimize each aspect.
A message from Dr. Chong…
“Yoga is a perfect counterbalance for my professional practice, as it affords me the opportunity to validate my skills as well as to challenge them. Since starting in 2009, I have mastered some poses and gained insight that others may never achieve. This resourcefulness allows me to be more empathetic as well as to devise plans on how to modify both for myself as well as my patients.”
“My fascination with Golden State Warrior basketball is not limited to watching feats of athletic prowess, but also their strategies for organizational behavior and aging. It’s always interesting to see what strategies can be utilized to mitigate setbacks.”
The Medical Board of California
Certified American Board of Plastic Surgery
Advanced Cardiac Lifesaving (ACLS)
Accredited with the Institute for Medical Quality
American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
American Society of Plastic Surgery
Active Member of Staff, Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian
American College of Surgeons
Fellow American College of Surgeons
California Society of Plastic Surgeons
Singleton Surgical Society
Blocker-Lewis Plastic Surgery Society
Honors and Awards:
Orange County Medical Association Ethics Committee
Hoag Leadership Elite
Chairman, Division of Plastic Surgery, Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, 2003
19th Annual OC Register Best Cosmetic Surgeon Award by California Legislature Assembly
Patients’ Choice Award Winner 2008, 2009, 2012
The Best of Orange County 2010, 2011
Top Doctors Los Angeles 2013 Best Physicians Award
The Leading Physicians of the World Award, 2015
Featured in Locale Magazine Orange County’s Finest Plastic Surgeons: Favorite Plastic Surgeons of Newport Beach (2016/2017)
Los Angeles Times Orange County’s Favorite in OC 2018
Los Angeles Times Orange County’s Best Cosmetic Surgery Group 2019/2020
Los Angeles Times Popular in the Southland 2021
Los Angeles Times Popular in the Southland 2021
Los Angeles Times Orange County Best the Southland Finalist 2023