Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
321 N Larchmont Blvd, Suite 800
Los Angeles, California 90004 US
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5 out of 5 stars Breast Lift

We have lift off! Can't believe its over - New pics :)

Dr. Downey was referred to me through a family friend who is a plastic surgeon in the UK. She has been nothing short of amazing, and I trust her completely! She is so patient, answers all my questions, and knows her stuff point blank period! I highly recommend her to anyone in the LA area. She is a reconstructive surgeon with a huge range of expertise, and I am very satisfied with my results.

5 out of 5 stars Breast Reconstruction

I Say She is the Best - Los Angeles, CA

I have seen Dr. D since I was 9 yrs.old. Now I am 30yr.She listen and observes your situation. Tells you as a professional what you need and respects your decisions. Tells you the complications, side effects, and follows up. She tries to help any way she can. She is not like those so called " plastic surgeons" who want $$ and don't care about you.

5 out of 5 stars Mini Tummy Tuck

Pain Related to Mini Tummy Tuck, Breast Implant Removal, Mastopexy - Glendale, CA

This doctor's speciality is breast reconstruction from trauma, cancer, etc and skin removal after massive weight loss. I have not experienced either of the above. She's competent, confident, and real. She is in a private practive in Hancock Park area of Los Angeles.

5 out of 5 stars Eyelid Surgery

Dr Susan Downey is Great ! - Los Angeles, CA

I was very concerned about having cosmetic surgery . Especially as a man I was worried about looking "different " . However I felt my heavy upper eyelids made me look tired. Dr. Susan Downey put me at ease . Surgery went great - I look refreshed and not "done". No more tired look and I still look like myself only better. Very happy! I cannot believe it has been six months since my...

5 out of 5 stars Birthmark Removal

She Made Me Feel Much Better About Myself! I Have Confidence Now! - Los Angeles, CA

All my life I struggled with covering this horrible birthmark on my face. Dr. Downey removed it and brought confidence to my self image. I no longer have to spend huge amounts of money every year to attempt to cover it. I can go to the beach and not worry about people staring at me. I can now go anywhere without heavy makeup and without feeling that people are staring at me. My boyfriend...

2 out of 5 stars Breast Reduction

Disappointment! - Los Angeles, CA

She was very nice, very reassuring and trusting. However, I expected her to have more expertise as a doctor. I would not recommend Dr. Downey.

1 out of 5 stars Breast Implant Removal

Wish I could have found YOU ALL first!!Santa Monica, CA

Is there a minus rating available? I was recommended by a friend.I liked her bedside manner & voice of confidence that all would be great post explantation! She's a lovely person... Don't let her TOUCH your breasts!!

2 out of 5 stars Breast Implant Removal

6.5 months post-explant....smaller is better! - Los Angeles, CA

She is a very compassionate PS with 29 years of experience behind her (and lots with post-cancer reconstruction). I was a very anxious, worried client and she was very reassuring and lovely. I had a relatively simple procedure; implant removal via crease incision. I had no existing incisions on my breasts (inserted through navel), so making the incisions under the crease was very easy. For some reason, she placed one incision 1 1/4" onto my breast and the other 1 3/4" onto my breast (which is almost halfway to nipple). So they are NOT crease scars and this odd placement makes them appear as lumpectomy scars rather than implant removal scars. One of the scars has adhered to my pectoral muscle and looks unsightly when flexing or lifting my arm- very puckered. She has offered a revision whenever I should want one, but this issue was so easily avoidable with proper placement and a PS with her experience simply should not be making this mistake. As much a I like her as a person, I would not recommend her for implant removal.

5 out of 5 stars Lipoma Removal

Excellent !! Very satisfied

I had a lipoma removal on my back. Kaiser would not touch it, claiming it was purely cosmetic. Dr. Downey legitimately had her concerns and recommended removal. She thoroughly, compassionately explained the procedure. The whole process was painless. My scar is barely visible. She is very courteous, professional, and calming. I highly recommend her and will definitely seek her services for...

*Your results may vary. Any specific claims or permanence length of results vary for each patient and are not guaranteed.

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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Dr. Downey has hospital affiliations at Verdugo Hills Hospital, St John's Medical Center, Providence St Joseph Medical Center.


  • Undergraduate & Medical School

    Undergraduate: Smith College, Northampton, MA
    Medical: Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York City, NY
  • Post-Medical School Training

    General Surgery, University of Pennsylvania Hospital Pennsylvania, PA Plastic Surgery, Columbia University – Presbyterian Hospital, New York
    Fellowship: Pediatric Plastic Surgery at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, CA

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When is Tummy Tuck Medically Neccessary?

First we need to define some terms. A panniculectomy removes the overhang(sometimes called an "apron") of skin and fat that in some people... READ MORE

Will Insurance Pay to Have Breast Implants Removed After Breast Cancer?

There is a federal law mandating that surgery for breast reconstruction after cancer be covered. Since you have had cancer the removal of your... READ MORE

How Many Cc is Needed for 36 to 38C Breasts?

It is very normal to be stressed with all you are going through. When I talk to a patient about reconstruction I first try and determine the patients... READ MORE

Duration of Hospital Stay Post-Tummy Tuck?

I like my patients to stay one night after an abdominoplasty in either the hospital or an aftercare facility. While this may seem like an added... READ MORE

Remove Fat and Loose Skin Under Arms

From the photo it appears that not only do you have excess fatty or breast tissue in the armpit area you also have excess skin. Liposuction alone will... READ MORE

Minimal Incision Brachioplasty

The arm lift or Brachioplasty leaves a long scar extending from axilla (armpit) to the elbow. As with any cosmetic surgery it is a trade off: is the... READ MORE

Signs That Breast Implants Are Encapsulated?

You need to discuss your concerns with your doctor. Without examining you it is difficult to know exactly what is going on. Encapsulation can cause... READ MORE

Intentional Deflation Followed by Explant W/ Lift Approach..pros? Cons?

Intentional delfation of implants is one way to try on a smaller breast and to allow the skin to retract somewhat. It is however a serious decision as... READ MORE

Can You Get Liposuction and a Full Tummy Tuck with a Lapband in

A lap band can help a lot of patients loose a lot of weight.  The side effect of this is often a lot of excess skin and fat of the abdominal area... READ MORE

Breast Reduction for Athlete with DD Breasts?

In general breast reduction patients are some of plastic surgery's happiest patients.  A breast reduction can alleviate neck and shoulder... READ MORE

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