About Lavinia Chong, MD
Lavinia Chong, MD practices in Newport Beach at Lavinia K. Chong, M.D., Inc. as a Plastic Surgeon, board certified by American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Chong was invited to join RealSelf in 2009, and has achieved "Distinguished Member" status. The doctor has 17 years of experience providing cosmetic and aesthetic medical services, and is a member of American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). Dr. Chong has hospital affiliations at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian.
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Posted by mgallagator
Dr. C is a delightful woman and an artisan plastic surgeon. She explained everything in detail to me without me having to ask. At our first consult, she spent over an hour with me and I really felt at ease with her. As a woman, I knew she understood how important my breasts were to me. She listened to my wants and needs very carefully and she exceeded my expectations. I would recommend her in a heartbeat. She is a very skilled surgeon & a wonderful lady.
Posted by MaDoble
I was fortunate to have excellent insurance which allowed me to visit Dr Melvin Silverstein at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, CA. Dr. Silverstein recommended Dr C for my reconstruction procedure. I was so confident in Dr Silverstein, I went directly to Dr C's office, and knew she was the right choice. Dr C and her staff are like family, they are warm, caring people who give 100% all day, every day so that the patient feels like their #1, top priority.
Posted by marianne4461
I chose my Doc because he did face surgery on my newborn g-son and was told of his gr8 pesonality and skills. I heard about Dr. Chong on a link I followed from WebMD.
Posted by lucy in laguna
Dr C is truly an artist. She takes the time to study her patients and explains how and why the filler will work. very conservative and natural results.
Posted by chirp47
After losing 90 pounds and having 2 children, I decided to have a tummy tuck. I met with several surgeons and felt immediately comfortable with Dr. Chong. When I had additional questions, she called me immediately and spoke with me for an extended conversation. The care prior to surgery and, especially, after have been excellent. The office is very helpful. My results are great, and I would return for any future surgeries.
Posted by Karen3859
Dr. Chong, Really listens and is willing to work with your budget. I came in because I had gotten Botox once before from someone else. (My previous experience with another Doctor was not good). Dr. Chong wanted me to be happy with my results. She explained everything and even asked me to call the office follow-up to see how I was liking the results. I also had a budget in which Dr. Chong respected and the office worked to stay within my budget. I have since gone back to get Botox again because I had such great results and experience! The only reason I rated the wait time lower is because I try and get this done during my lunch hour and its taken me longer than an hour. (Drive and wait time).
Posted by No Frown Lisa
Botox has to be done by an experienced person. Dr. Chong knows her stuff. I am satisfied and love the results. There isn't really a recovery time. I just leave the office and feel perfectly fine. Sometimes I can see a few tiny injection holes but they soon disappear and I can't see them the next day.
Posted by dmorris08
Dr. Chong and her staff have a special way of making you feel completely comfortable. No waiting, and Dr. Chong spends all the time that you need with her. You don't feel like you are on a surgery treadline.
Posted by LA_Max
Dr. C is a plastic surgeon (your best choice), and uses fillers like a sculptor. Her prices are competitive and she does only the amount you need, so you save money. My review is for Sculptra (for my cheeks) but she also used some Juvederm Ultra and Perlane on other areas of my face. (cost indicated is Sculptra. And Dr. C has a great personality and nice staff.
Posted by rhonda1
Dear Dr. Chong: I am sure that you receive hundreds of thank you letters praising you for the excellent work you perform. Let me first thank you for accepting me as a patient on such a short notice. Waiting for more than six weeks to schedule my surgery after being diagnosed with breast cancer was devastating enough. When I received a notification from my previous plastic surgeon that my surgery was being postponed and rescheduled for the second time I felt so helpless and filled with fear that my cancer would spread. When I was referred to you by a very good friend, I called your office four days prior to my scheduled surgery and you without even knowing me and without hesitation changed your schedule and coordinated with Dr. Guerra to keep my original surgery date. You have no idea how relieved I was and how much I appreciate what you did. You are to be commended not only for your expertise but for you compassion, caring and understanding that continues to help me get through this life changing experience. You have a softness and gentleness that is so reassuring to me and I am sure to all your patients. I can’t thank you, your staff, Dr. Guerra and Hoag Hospital enough for the treatment I received. Though I am not looking forward to the procedures ahead I rest assured that I am in the best care possible. My husband thanks you as well for you helped him through this difficult time. With your support he was there to help me every step of the way. We both appreciate the time you spend with us to explain in detail the entire process and what is to be expected. I will be forever grateful to you.
Posted by breasts12
I was refferred to Dr. Chong by several of her past patients. Best decision I have ever made and wish I would have found her years ago! I have been to several doctors for breast surgery in last 15 years never recieving the results I was hoping to obtain. Dr. Lavinia Chong gave me the exact results I have always wanted! Best experience from beginning to end with her and the entire staff! I wish I would have found Dr. Chong years.....sure happy I have her now!
Posted by Sunnydaysgal
So far, I was really impressed during the consultation and pre-op. The office staff are really friendly and make you feel at ease. Dr. Chong is takes her time to listen to your concerns and I feel like I'm in good hands.
Posted by Imstillhere
Breast Implant Removal
Posted by JazzBird8
Breast Implant Removal
I discovered Dr. Chong and a couple of other surgeons on this website. I had a consultation with her and one other PS based on their good reviews. When I met with Dr. Chong I immediately felt comfortable and liked her very much. She answered pretty much all of my questions before I even asked them.
Treatments offered at Lavinia K. Chong, M.D., Inc.
Blog Posts and Articles
When a woman elects to have breast implants, she must also be briefed and accept that other operations may be in her future, including explantation or removal. The reasons why women choose to remove their implants is as varied as those which led to choose them and serves to illustrate that perceptions of beauty, value and health are always changing. Undoubtedly, many of our aesthetic ideals are predicated on the distinct historical and socioeconomic time, in...
That patients entrust their health, aesthetic ideals and hopes to us, the providers of cosmetic surgery, never ceases to amaze and daily remind me that we should under promise and over deliver. Cosmetic surgery after all involves the suspension of disbelief, as a basically healthy individual is made temporarily worse, because both patient and physician believe we can achieve something better. Occasionally "bumps" or complications occur along the road: pain, delayed wound healing,...
Sientra is the 3rd implant manufacturer to be approved by the FDA. It is the USA based intellectual property of Silimed, a Brazilian company and produces silicone gel implants and tissue expanders for breast cancer reconstruction. Its most compelling offering is a dual chamber tissue expander, which truly compliments skin sparing mastectomy reconstruction because its anterior chamber' projection really takes up the lower pole skin, thereby preserving it. Not only is the...
Like any cosmetic surgery, lip augmentation has to compliment not create problems. After taking a patient's history, history of herpes labialis (cold sores), concentrating on what has been done before, what worked, what didn't, get an idea of the patient's dissatisfaction, emphasize their favorable attributes, we jointly formulate a plan. Younger patients, usually have good anatomy (cupid's bow peak, defined philtral colums (ridges which originate below the nose and end in the central upper...
Augmentation-mastopexy is a difficult operation for many reasons. From the patient's perspective, scar quality, extent has to be acceptable and the longevity of the "lift" should justify the need for additional cost and uncertainty. Many surgeons feel that this procedure is a contradiction as the implant stretches, thins and possibly compromises scars and relapses. Both parties desire a beautiful breast, excellent, short scars, soft mobile breasts, which don't descend too quickly and no...
Education / Training
Medical: MD, Wayne State University in Detroit, MI, 1988
General Surgery, University of California, San Diego Medical Center
Plastic Surgery, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston