Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

UC San Diego Health System provides surgical and nonsurgical procedures to improve the appearance of the face and neck as well as the aesthetics and function of the nose.

Elective and Medically Necessary Facial Plastic Surgery

Dr. Watson Performing Surgery

Cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, also known as plastic surgery, can be elective or medically advised. Led by Deborah Watson, MD, our facial plastic  surgeons at UC San Diego Health System are able to combine medically necessary surgery with cosmetic procedures.

For example, as some individuals age, they experience a severe drooping of the eyelids that impairs vision. Blepharoplasty is a medically advised procedure in this circumstance to remove excess eyelid skin so that it no longer interferes with sight. This procedure is frequently performed in combination with a brow lift to rejuvenate the upper portion of the face.

Or a patient may require a nasal surgery to improve their functional breathing, and simultaneously opt for cosmetic reshaping of their nasal contours (rhinoplasty and nasal reconstruction). Elective procedures can also be nonsurgical, including Botox injections and facial filler injections.

By providing this combination of both medically necessary procedures and elective cosmetic procedures, we give our patients the opportunity to address aesthetic concerns at the time other procedures are performed.

Plastic surgery that is medically advised may include, but is not limited to, facial reconstruction after a traumatic incident, or aesthetic restoration of the skin requiring surgical removal of a skin cancers in the facial region.

Improving appearance and restoring function to parts of the face is the goal of the facial plastic and reconstruction surgery team at UC San Diego Health System.

We regularly perform:

  • Nose surgery (rhinoplasty and nasal reconstruction) – reshaping surgery of the nose
  • Eyebrow surgery (blepharoplasty) – reshaping surgery of the eyelids
  • Ear surgery (otoplasty) – surgery to correct the appearance of the external ear
  • Reconstructive surgery of the face where congenital defects, developmental problems, cancer or injury have impacted form and function
  • Botox injections to smooth wrinkles
  • Removal of facial skin lesions and advanced skin cancers by Mohs chemosurgery
  • Resection of skin cancers and repairing the defect with aesthetically-sensitive techniques
  • Face and neck lift
  • Reconstruction and rehabilitation of the paralyzed or traumatized face