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About Robert Singer, MD, FACS

Introduction
Your plastic surgeon should be a rare combination of both artist and scientist. I would expect my surgeon to have the highest credentials and level of training possible, be thoroughly experienced in performing my surgical procedure and be concerned about my care and safety. In addition, he should have a keen aesthetic and artistic sense of harmony. He should be compulsive about every detail in his surgical practice including maintaining privacy and confidentiality.

I have built my practice on this philosophy and these qualifications, and I value the patient relationships that have developed as a result.

While my qualifications and experience as a surgeon are extensive and internationally respected, cosmetic plastic surgery requires far more than technical skills. The time I spend with you personally before any procedure will be as important as the procedure itself. Thoroughly covering your questions, your expectations, your individual desires and wishes...all of this and more will be addressed with sensitivity and understanding.

I treat my patients the way I would expect to be treated...with respect, candor, professionalism and compassion.

Choosing a surgical procedure and the right doctor to perform it are personal decisions not to be taken lightly. You as the patient and I as the doctor must weigh not only the physical considerations, but emotional and psychological ones as well. Improving your appearance through cosmetic surgery can enhance your emotional health and improve your self-esteem. This can be attained only if your expectations are realistic. By your understanding the limitations of plastic surgery, together we will establish reasonable goals that can be predictably achieved.

I am fully dedicated to the highest aesthetic achievement in improving my patients characteristics subtly to achieve a natural appearance rather than an extreme, artificial or operated look.

What defines a great plastic surgeon? An eye for balance and symmetry. Extensive training. Perfectionism. An appreciation of beauty and harmony. A delicate and artistic touch. There are thousands of cosmetic surgeons; however, few are as respected by plastic surgeons around the world for their expertise and artistry as Dr. Robert Singer. When you consult with Dr. Robert Singer in the luxurious and comforting atmosphere of his plastic surgery center in the La Jolla area of San Diego, you will be pleasantly surprised by the personal attention you will receive. Dr. Singer will respectfully and compassionately listen to your desires and expectations, whether they involve subtly changing or significantly improving your appearance. He will give you his candid, professional opinion and work with you to create a final result that appears natural, refreshed, and rejuvenated.

Professional Background

While Dr. Singer’s practice may be based in the La Jolla area of San Diego, his reputation extends to the entire world. Dr. Singer appears regularly on radio and television programs such as Larry King Live, in national and local newspapers, and in national and international fashion, news, and health magazines. Dr. Singer has also been a resource for plastic surgery information to the Medical Board of California and the Congress of the United States.

Dr. Singer is a sought-after speaker who lectures to prominent surgical organizations and non-medical audiences in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Central America, including the prestigious Young Presidents’ Organization, CEO, and World Presidents Organization. Throughout his career, Dr. Singer has also authored many scientific publications on various aspects of reconstructive and aesthetic plastic surgery.

Education & Training

State University of New York, Buffalo - admitted to Medical School after 3 years undergraduate
State University of New York, Buffalo Medical School: M.D. 1967
Surgery intern: Stanford Medical Center
General Surgery Resident:
Stanford Medical Center
Santa Barbara General and Cottage Hospitals
Plastic Surgery Resident: Vanderbilt University 1974 -1976
Chief Plastic Surgery Resident: Vanderbilt University 1975 -1976

Locations

Practice, Robert Singer MD, FACS

9834 Genesee Ave
#100
San Diego, CA 92037
United States

Questions Answered

Questions Answered
Asked 2015-01-16

What are the best fillers for under the eyes?

5 Answers
Robert Singer, MD, FACS
Answered: 2015-01-20
Most expert experienced artistic plastic surgeons have a variety of procedures, both non-surgical and surgical, at their disposal to produce excellent cosmetic results in the appropriately selected patient: temporary fillers, micro-fat grafts, blepharoplasties and combination of procedures. Each has benefits and drawbacks and depends on desired outcome and individual anatomy. Currently, the best temporary fillers with the fewest potential problems for eyelid hollows are the hyaluronic acid fillers Restylane or Restylane Silk. A longer lasting result can be achieved with artistically performed micro-fat grafts, which is a slightly more involved procedure. Following the advice of anyone who would presume to tell you exactly what to do without seeing photos and without taking a full medical history, examining you, feeling and assessing your tissue tone, discussing your desired outcome and fully informing you about the pros and cons of each option would not be in your best interest. Find a plastic surgeon that you are comfortable with and one that you trust and listen to his or her advice. The surgeon should be certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and ideally a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). You should discuss your concerns with that surgeon in person. Robert Singer, MD FACS La Jolla, California
Asked 2015-01-16

Several years ago I had my deviated septum fixed. It is possible to now get a nose job? I have heard they use your septum to do the nose job, but since having deviated septum surgery, haven't they already removed my septum?

4 Answers
Robert Singer, MD, FACS
Answered: 2015-01-20
It is certainly possible to have a rhinoplasty after a prior septoplasty. If cartilage grafts are necessary, they may come from residual septal cartilage (depending on what what done at the initial septoplasty) or from another source like the ear. I would suggest you find a plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and ideally a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) who has extensive experience in performing nasal surgery that you trust and are comfortable with. You should discuss your concerns with that surgeon in person. Robert Singer, MD FACS La Jolla, California
Asked 2015-01-16

I have capsular contracture in one breast and have consulted with two doctors about removal of implants and doing a lift again. One says he won't do both procedures at the same time because of blood loss and loss of nipple sensation. The other, while expressing the same issues about blood loss, has…

11 Answers
Robert Singer, MD, FACS
Answered: 2015-01-20
While both approaches are acceptable, most experienced plastic surgeons will do the removal, replacement and lift at the same time. There are factors that would influence that decision which include: experience of the surgeon, size and location of the implant, individual anatomy, the amount of breast tissue, and medical history. Most patients prefer undergoing one anesthesia and one recovery period which is usually more cost effective. I would suggest that your Plastic Surgeon be certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery who is ideally a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). Discuss your concerns with that surgeon in person. Robert Singer, MD FACS La Jolla, California
Asked 2014-01-15

I am 60 years old. I have had a lot of sun damage, wrinkles more around my chin, vertical lip lines, wrinkles around my eyes. From the nose out, not so much. I had upper and lower eyelids done in my early 30's. I had 3 FX laser, deep FX for the chin, forehead, and lip lines. It didn't help much. I'm…

7 Answers
Robert Singer, MD, FACS
Answered: 2015-01-12
There are no noninvasive procedures, including lasers, that will produce the results of a natural appearing facelift in patients with laxity of the tissue at the jaw and neckline. While there may be some improvement of skin complexion and very fine lines, you need to be very realistic about what anything short of a facelift will and will not achieve. Keep in mind that following the advice from a surgeon on this or any other website who proposes to tell you exactly what to do without examining you, physically feeling the tissue, assessing your desired outcome, taking a full medical history, and discussing the pros and cons of each operative procedure would not be in your best interest. I would suggest you find a plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and ideally a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) that you trust and are comfortable with. You should discuss your concerns with that surgeon in person. Robert Singer, MD FACS La Jolla, California

Additional Information

Office Hours
Monday 9AM–4:30PM
Tuesday 9AM–4:30PM
Wednesday 9AM–4:30PM
Thursday 9AM–4:30PM
Friday 9AM–1PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Consultation Price
Patients will be given as much information as possible. Reference materials and brochures are available on a broad range of topics. The initial consultation is an in-depth evaluation and explanation of the proposed surgical procedure, and is usually supplemented by written material. Dr. Singer allows time to answer your questions, and appropriate photographs may be shown to illustrate relevant points. Computer imaging is available.
Financing Available
We work with Care Credit to provide you with convenient, low-interest financing for any of our plastic surgery procedures. Care Credit works like a credit card that is used exclusively for healthcare and cosmetic surgery services.
Board Certifications
American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS)
National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME)
Society Memberships
The Aesthetic Society (Former President)
American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF) (Former President)
American Medical Association (AMA)
American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) (Former Chairman of the Board of Trustees)
California Medical Association (CMA)
California Society of Plastic Surgeons (CSPS) (Former President)
Fellow, American College of Surgeons (FACS)
International Society of Clinical Plastic Surgeons
J.B. Lynch Society
San Diego County Medical Society (SDCMS)
San Diego International Society of Plastic Surgeons (Former President)
San Diego Plastic Surgery Society (Former President)
Hospital Affiliation(s)
Scripps Memorial Hospital - La Jolla
Surgical Facilities
Our private Ambulatory Plastic Surgery Facility is one of only 500 in the world certified at the highest level by the AAAASF (American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities). Our facility is certified for the highest level of accreditation. Dr. Singer is a prior President of AAAASF. Accreditation is a purely voluntary mark of quality, and indicates that our facility is fully equipped with the latest systems for ensuring your safety during surgery and after.
Special Features: Board certified M.D. anesthesiologist for all procedures involving anesthesia, endoscopic minimal incision surgery.

Accreditation: AAAASF

Our facility is located on the campus of Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla, California.
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Robert Singer, MD, FACS

Practice, Robert Singer MD, FACS

9834 Genesee Ave
#100
San Diego, CA 92037
United States