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We found 2 facial plastic surgeons who accept Blue Shield near San Mateo, CA.

Dr. James C Wu MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose, and Throat), Head & Neck Plastic Surgery, Facial Plastic Surgery
1008 Laurel Street; Bay Area Facial Surgery
San Carlos, CA
(650) 994-3223; (650) 595-3223

Dr. James Wu sees patients in Daly City, CA and San Carlos, CA. His medical specialties are facial plastic surgery, otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat), and head & neck plastic surgery. Dr. Wu has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Seton Medical Center, and Brown & Toland Physicians. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. His practice is open to new patients. He attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Dr. Wu's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Wu (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Taiwanese, and Portuguese. He also offers language support for Spanish-speaking patients.

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Clinical interests: Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology (ENT) - Head and Neck Surgery, Adenoidectomy, Chronic ear ... (Read more)

James Newman MD
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose, and Throat)
50 S. San Mateo Drive; Suite 320
San Mateo, CA
(650) 340-7200

Dr. James Newman specializes in facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) and practices in San Mateo, CA. He is rated highly by his patients. He is especially interested in plastic surgery procedures. Dr. Newman is affiliated with Mills-Peninsula Health Services. Dr. Newman takes Blue Shield and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. Dr. Newman (or staff) speaks the following languages: Mandarin and Spanish.

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Clinical interests: Blepharoplasty (eyelid), Craniofacial abnormalities, Facelift, Fat grafting, Head and neck ... (Read more)


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What is Facial Plastic Surgery?

Facial plastic surgeons are physicians who provide surgical or medical treatment to change the appearance of the face, head, or neck. We communicate a great deal through tiny, natural movements of the face, so the work of a facial plastic surgeon requires an unusually high level of skill.

Facial plastic surgeons provide a number of treatment options, such as:
  • Cosmetic surgery, intended to enhance the appearance. These procedures are usually considered elective, although they can be psychologically very important to patients. Cosmetic procedures seek to increase physical beauty, and can include facelifts, liposuction, and nose jobs.
  • Reconstructive surgery, to correct the appearance. Often these procedures are considered medically necessary and treat patients who are experiencing negative effects due to an aspect of their appearance. Procedures that can be considered reconstructive may include the removal of birthmarks and scars, repairs after serious accidents, and the correction of problems such as cleft palate.
  • Medical treatments that do not involve surgery. This category of procedures includes Botox, wrinkle treatments, injectable fillers, or medical skin products.

Facial plastic surgeons may have trained as plastic surgeons first, but most physicians who specialize in facial plastic surgery actually begin as otolaryngologists, or ear, nose, and throat doctors. A large part of the training that all otolaryngologists receive in medical school involves surgery on the face, and facial plastic surgery is considered the largest subspecialty of otolaryngology.

The field of facial plastic surgery is changing rapidly, with new advances in the past few years, such as laser therapy, minimally invasive surgery, and microsurgery. Facial plastic surgeons are able to use this knowledge to help you feel confident about the face you present to the world.