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We found 4 plastic surgeons who accept Health Net EPO near La Mesa, CA.

Dr. Susan Kaweski Medical Doctor (MD), MD, FACS
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
8415 Grant Avenue
La Mesa, CA
(619) 464-9876

Dr. Susan Kaweski's specialty is plastic surgery. In addition to English, she speaks Hebrew. These areas are among her clinical interests: cancer surgery, cryotherapy, and dermabrasion. Dr. Kaweski is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. She attended medical school at Penn State College of Medicine. She completed her residency training at Naval Medical Center San Diego and Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Dr. Kaweski has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. She has received professional recognition including the following: San Diego Super Doctors. Dr. Kaweski is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: BOTOX cosmetic injections, Cosmetic Procedures/Surgeries, Cosmetic Surgery & Computer Imaging, ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael John Halls MD, Medical Doctor (MD)
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery
6386 Alvarado Court; Suite 330
San Diego, CA
(619) 286-6446

Dr. Michael Halls is a medical specialist in plastic surgery and hand surgery. Patients gave Dr. Halls an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include thigh lift, general reconstruction, and tummy tuck (abdominoplasty). He is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Halls is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, Aetna, and more. His practice is open to new patients. Before performing his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and a hospital affiliated with The University of Western Ontario, Dr. Halls attended The University of Western Ontario, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry for medical school. He has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Halls speaks French.

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Clinical interests: Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, General Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Plastic Surgery of the ... (Read more)

Dr. Barry Stuart Handler MD, Medical Doctor (MD)
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
6699 Alvarado Road; Suite 2305
San Diego, CA
(619) 583-4222

Dr. Barry Handler sees patients in San Diego, CA. His medical specialty is plastic surgery. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Handler's clinical interests: eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. After completing medical school at St. Louis University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU). He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Handler's hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Handler has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Cosmetic Surgery, Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Cosmetic Procedures/Surgeries, ... (Read more)

Tom J Pousti MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
8851 Center Drive; Suite 300
San Diego, CA
(619) 466-8851

Dr. Tom Pousti's specialty is plastic surgery. Dr. Pousti has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His areas of expertise include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. He is an in-network provider for Health Net insurance. Dr. Pousti attended medical school at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine.

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Clinical interests: Eyelid Surgery, Botulinum Toxin, Chemical Peels, IPL, Fractional CO2 Laser Treatments, Injectable ... (Read more)


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What is Plastic Surgery?

When you hear the words “plastic surgeon,” you might call to mind actresses with outlandish body proportions or aging stars with surreal facial features. Plastic surgery to alter appearance is referred to as “aesthetic” or “cosmetic” surgery. As is the case with celebrities, cosmetic surgery is often performed to change the appearance of a feature that a patient has always disliked, or to prevent changes from happening due to aging. However, cosmetic surgery can also restore appearance after an injury or illness -- when a medical condition leaves a physical mark that makes a patient look different, it can be very upsetting. Cosmetic plastic surgery gives patients more control over how they look.

But plastic surgery is about much more than changing someone's appearance. Plastic surgery is also about changing the form and function of the body, and often that means restoring what has been lost to injury or illness. A body part can lose its ability to function (meaning, for example, to move, grip, protect underlying tissues, or feel sensation) to many causes. Some common ones are burns, infections, injuries (e.g. from car accidents), illnesses (such as cancer), problems present from birth (such as cleft palate), or even scar tissue from previous surgeries. When plastic surgery is used to repair a damaged part, it is called “reconstructive surgery.” Reconstructive procedures restore the abilities of the patient so that they can use their body in as normal and healthy a way as possible.

Plastic surgeons are experts at safely moving tissue from one part of the body to another, using microsurgery techniques to reconnect the tiny blood vessels and nerves. They use these skills not only to improve appearance (cosmetic surgery), but also to repair damaged body parts (reconstructive surgery).