San Diego Plastic Surgeon
9850 Genesee Ave., #130
La Jolla, California 92037 US
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5 out of 5 stars Mommy Makeover

36 Yrs Old, Mom of Twins 5'7"

Laid back, caring doctor and staff. Talented surgeon. His Nurse Sarah is amazing too, as well as props to Jasmine in the OR. Both my full anesthetic procedures went without a problem. I am very comfortable in the office as well as in the operating room. I'm glad i found Dr. Roark and his staff. They never seem rushed, yet are always on time. I had a mommy makeover here, TT breast implants and chin lipo, and 6 months later exchanged implants for larger, revised TT scar and Chin Thermi. No complaints still. These guys are amazing from start to finish! Highly recommend Dr. Roark and his staff!

29 years old, 125 lb, 5'0, 450cc high profile smooth round silicone

Yesterday, I was really excited for my surgery but today I woke up with a pounding heart beat and I'm super jumpy. My surgery is tomorrow and thought I could get away with coffee (not supposed to have caffeine day before surgery) in the morning but I stopped drinking it due to my anxiety. I still feel out of breath after walking up the stairs to get to my office and I've been sitting at my...

5 out of 5 stars Inspira Breast Implants

5'5", 115lbs, 34A Adding 365cc HP Natrelle Inspira Implants - La Jolla, CA

He's a great surgeon who really knows what he's doing. I highly recommend Dr. Roark, the staff, and this surgery center.

5 out of 5 stars Breast Implants

27 Years Old, Breast Augmentation - La Jolla, CA

Doctor roak was very friendly and funny . He makes me feel like I'm in very good hand . He knows what's good for your body portion . He wants me to look as natural as possible ! He is very professional, he knows what he doing and very pleasant !!! I am totally happy that I got it done by him .

5 out of 5 stars Breast Augmentation

29th Bday Gift to Myself! 310/345 Silicone Sub Muscular. La Jolla, CA

Hi all! I am 6 days post-op right now. So far the recovery has been better than expected! Pre-op: 32 A (estimating this- I usually just wore sports bras and bralettes.) Post-op: intention is a mid C cup 310/345 cc silicone Natrelle mod+ Here is my experience thus far: Went in at 9am, surgery at 10:30, left around 1pm. Surgeon marked me up, anesthesiologist came and spoke with me a bit, and...

5 out of 5 stars Sientra Breast Implants

36 w/ 2 Kids, 435cc Silicone, from A Cup to D Cup! - La Jolla, CA

A friend highly recommended Dr Roark, she had her breasts augmented just a month before I did. I had already consulted with 2 other PS's but after coming to Dr. Roark I knew my mind was made up. Dr. Roark and his nurse Sarah are awesome! The doctor took time on the consultation to answer my every question, look through all my photos, and put me at ease with his kind, and comical personality. He joked with both my husband and I and quickly put us both at ease. Sara was very attentive as well, answered all questions and emailed me that same evening. At my pre-op appointment she went over every detail at length with me. She has emailed & called me several times over the past couple of weeks just to say hello, to check in with me as well as to answer all of my questions since my surgery. I would definitely highly recommend the La Jolla Surgical Center to anyone in SoCal seeking breast augmentation!

5 out of 5 stars Breast Lift with Implants

37, 4 Kids, Breastfed Them All, No Breast Tissue Really Left, Right Breast Uneven - San Diego, CA

Excellent, caring, patient, knowledgeable

5 out of 5 stars Facelift

Face/neck Lift W/complications from Hematoma and Thin Skin. La Jolla, CA

I can't say enough good things about Dr Roark and his nurse Sarah Celeste. I am 62 yrs old and have wanted a facelift for years. I was a long time smoker and quit 6 months prior to surgery but still chewed on some nicotine gum. Nicotine use is a #1 cause of hematoma after a face lift followed by high blood pressure and a hematoma was what I got. The hematoma was detected a couple of hrs...

5 out of 5 stars Breast Implants


Dr. Roark and his staff is amazing ! My girlfriend had hers done with dr. Roark and I was soooo impress with her natural result that I went ahead with him too . He's very attentive on what you want and really listen to me from start to finish . His staff is just unbelievable . From the first call to get a first appointment to sending info in the mail to review everything with you and answer questions ... And after surgery .. This whole office team work and dr. Roark's work made this easy on me . I am more sooo happy with my result it exceed my expectation . I wouldn't never though I could look sooo natural with next to nothing to start with but dr. Roark made it happen with exactly what I had ask for . Even asking me to bring what I want and what I DONT want for picture and we discussed it together . He brouth my WANTED picture in the operation room the day of surgery wich made me feel sooo comfortable ! Thanks to dr. Roark and the whole team !!! I am soo happy :)

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Personal Statement

Dr. Roark's experience and dedication in the field of cosmetic plastic surgery have earned him an enviable reputation from thousands of satisfied patients over his 26 year career. His patients love him and come back year after year referring their friends and family.

Board Certifications

Board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery


American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)
American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)

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Free. Mention RealSelf

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Dr. Roark has hospital affiliations at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla.


  • Undergraduate & Medical School

    Undergraduate: BS, Oregon State University
    Medical: MD, University of Calgary
  • Post-Medical School Training

    Internship: Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Ontario
    General Surgery, Ottawa Civic Hospital and Ottawa General Hospital Ottawa
    General Surgery, University of Toronto Gaille Program
    Plastic Surgery, University of Toronto Gaille Program
    Sunnybrook Medical Center, University of Toronto
    Division of Plastic Surgery Head and Neck and Maxillofacial
    Reconstruction and Trauma

Treatments offered at La Jolla Cosmetic Surgery Centre

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Finding the Right La Jolla Plastic Surgeon

If there are aspects of your appearance that you are considering altering, you may have considered plastic surgery. The first step in finding a plastic surgeon is deciding what changes you want to make to your appearance. Choosing the right plastic surgeon is dependent on what procedure you are considering....

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How Long Until I Look Good and am Fully Recovered After Tummy Tuck and Breast Lift?

Optimal appearance of a tummy for bikini wear is 3 months post-op. Most women look great at 6 weeks post op breast augmentation. Limit activity for... READ MORE

What's the Average Recovery Time for Juvederm Lip and Frown Line Treatment?

Generally, any bruising has disappeared by 10-14 days. The initial swelling may be minimal. Often after a few days , the areas injected are looking... READ MORE

How Long Does the Average Patient Wear Their Girdle After a Tummy Tuck?

The compressive garment after tummy tuck is necessary for 3 weeks post surgery. I suggest that a "Spanx" type garment is used for an... READ MORE

Why Are my Ears Protrduding After my Face Lift?

Do not worry.  You need to go through the healing process.  Swelling is mamium 5 to 7 days post surgery.  Every person rides a rollar... READ MORE

Music Festival 1 Week After Breast Augmentation - Bad Idea?

If you could be absolutely sure that you would not get an infection or start  up some bleeding,  then go.  However, the usual... READ MORE

I just found out I am nine weeks pregnant and have had filler. Will this affect my baby?

The use of fillers and pregnancy has not been studied. However, I am certain a focal injection of product in the face will not affect a normal... READ MORE

Should I do an explant and lift in one or two operations? (Photo)

I have had excellent uncomplicated results on many occasions with the combined explant and mastopexy lift. The decision is partially based on the size... READ MORE

Will Botox in my 'Marionette Lines' and Corners of Mouth Help to Uplift the Profile of my Mouth in General? (photo)

Botox in combination with a hyaluronic acid filler would help create a happier appearance to your face. As we age, the depressor anguli oris muscle... READ MORE

Bigger Woman for Tummy Work? (photo)

A staged procedure may be helpful for the larger, non-optimal patient. While losing more weight makes the anesthesia risks less, it often is... READ MORE

Tube Clogging Day of Tummy Tuck. What Do I Do?

Please call your doctor. Often the drain can be stretched and the clog cleared. At your doctors office , the drain can be irrigated under sterile... READ MORE

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Eyelid Lift: The Doctor Explains Surgery to Remove Extra Eyelid Skin and Fat

Eyelid surgery is a great option to help restore a youthful look and increase self-esteem in individuals. Dr. H. Michael Rark explains cosmetic solutions for sagging skin, fatty tissue, droopiness, and puffiness around the eyes. WATCH VIDEO

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