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RealSelf community says"I have one friend looking to do implant removal and my sister wants implants and I've already told them both to stop looking." "I experienced very minimal discomfort during the procedure itself (performed under local anesthesia) and have virtually no pain now as I recover." "I had my breasts re-augmented for a more elegant lift in June 2014 and Dr Chong recommended and used the Strattice Reconstructive Tissue Matrix for the procedure...."
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5 out of 5 stars Breast Reduction
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.
5 out of 5 stars Breast Reconstruction
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.
Dr. Chong is very caring and sweet. I felt comfortable as soon as I walked into the office. She took her time and explained everything to me in depth, I never felt rushed, and her staff are all very friendly!
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.
5 out of 5 stars Juvederm
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.
5 out of 5 stars Tummy Tuck
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.
5 out of 5 stars Sculptra Aesthetic
Dr. Chong and staff is very professional and personable. All my questions and concerns were answered.
5 out of 5 stars Botox
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).
5 out of 5 stars Botox
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.
5 out of 5 stars Eyelid Surgery
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.
Dr. Lavinia K. Chong is a second-generation, board certified plastic surgeon in Newport Beach. Like many of her patients, she is a working woman balancing professional and family life. Her sharpened focus comes with extensive knowledge, exceptional surgical skills, and a compassionate demeanor.
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Awards & Recognition
Patient Choice Awards, 2008, 2009, & 2012
Best Of Orange County, 2010 - 2011
California State Assembly Certificate, "One of OC's best cosmetic surgeons," 2012
Leading Physicians of the World, 2012 - 2013
Los Angeles Magazine "Top Doctors," 2013
Undergraduate & Medical SchoolUndergraduate: University of California, Irvine
Medical: MD, Wayne State University in Detroit, MI, 1988
Post-Medical School TrainingResidencies:
General Surgery, University of California, San Diego Medical Center
Plastic Surgery, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston
Treatments offered at Lavinia K. Chong, M.D., Inc.
- Acne Scars Treatment
- Age Spots Treatment
- Arm Lift
- Asian Eyelid Surgery
- Belly Button Surgery
- Birthmark Removal
- Body Lift
- Breast Augmentation
- Breast Implant Removal
- Breast Implant Revision
- Breast Implants
- Breast Lift
- Breast Lift with Implants
- Breast Reconstruction
- Breast Reduction
- Brow Lift
- Cheek Augmentation
- Cheek Lift
- Chemical Peel
- Chin Implant
- Chin Liposuction
- Chin Surgery
- Cleft Lip And Palate Repair
- CO2 Laser
- Ear Lobe Surgery
- Ear Surgery
- Eye Bags Treatment
- Eyelid Surgery
- Facelift Revision
- Facial Reconstructive Surgery
- Fat Transfer
- Forehead Lift
- Fractional Laser
- Glycolic Peel
- Laser Genesis
- Laser Peel
- Laser Resurfacing
- Lip Augmentation
- Lip Implants
- Lip Lift
- Lipoma Removal
- Liquid Facelift
- Lower Face Lift
- Male Breast Reduction
- Male Tummy Tuck
- Melasma Treatment
- Mentor Breast Implants
- Mini Tummy Tuck
- Mole Removal
- Mommy Makeover
- Neck Lift
- Nipple Surgery
- Non Surgical Face Lift
- Non Surgical Nose Job
- Non-Surgical Neck Lift
- Nose Surgery
- Phenol Peel
Blog Posts and Articles
As a surgeon who specializes in elective surgery, I am eager to please. Occasionally there is a discrepancy between post-op results and patient expectations; discord results. Over the past 3 years, I have acquired considerable experience working with breast explant patients, who I feel are among the most informed and studied consumers. Listening to their stories, I have learned to counsel prospective breast implants that they may eventually remove their breast implants and that decisio...
When I asked my brother whether any of his peers were contemplating a “nip and tuck” he replied with a VC insult, #“not blue flame enough”. Its definition confirmed my suspicion that youth has become commoditized and indicative of an individual’s ability. A blue flame is a fire that is burning at its brightest. In financial industries, the 20- something investment candidates, without kids who are “energizer bunnies”, monomaniacal in their work ethic are celebrated "blue flame"....
I continue to be amazed by the number of women seeking explantation of their breast implants. Since 2013, I have removed 50 sets of implants, two of which were mine. One was a young woman who had recurrent capsular contracture, was recently married, starting a family and didn't want to nurse with a firm, tender breast. The other had breast reduction, elsewhere and was tempted to have a small, 200cc, implant for upper pole fullness. Although she had no problems, she elected...
Brown stains, spider veins, sallow tone and fine lines are just some of the features of the aging face. Conventional solutions have included cosmeceuticals such as retinols (Retin-A derivatives), bleaching agents (Hydroquinone, Arbutinin), anti-oxidants (Vitamin C) and sunscreens. Aesthetician grade glycolic acid peels and microdermabrasion are deemed luxurious but not highly efficacious. Microneedling is a process in which minute injuries are made with a specialized "roller" pen,...
The central lower 1/3rd of the face is the area bordered by the base of the nose, superiorly, the chin, inferiorly and the right and left oral commissures (angles of the mouth). Many initial consults are motivated by features, which are perceived as objectionable and these include: 1. perioral lipstick "bleed" lines; 2. loss of lip fullness; 3. change in shape of the lip posture; 4. nasolabial lines or folds which extend from the nasal base inferiorly; 5. "marionette's" lines,...
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You are correct in thinking that your ethnicity may influence the quality of post surgical scars. Historical risk factors for unfavorable scars... READ MORE
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Placing a breast implant either under or over the muscle may frequently result in intermittent burning, sharp, episodic sensations, starting from the... READ MORE
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Videos by Lavinia K. Chong, MD
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Dr. Lavinia Chong demonstrates how Radiesse can help smooth the appearance of hands by correcting volume loss, providing structure, and stimulating your own natural collagen to grow for long-lasting results. WATCH VIDEO
Dr. Lavinia Chong talks about facial augmentation. Your non-surgical options can include Botox and fillers, the Cutera Laser for sun spots and skin texturization, and Ultherapy for skin tightening. WATCH VIDEO
If you find you no longer have that bikini body you want, or you wish to regain the confidence in your body that you once had, then you may be a great candidate for the mommy makeover. Dr. Lavinia K. Chong explains. WATCH VIDEO
See Dr. Lavinia K. Chong help this woman regain volume in her face with a liquid facelift. WATCH VIDEO
Dr. Lavinia K. Chong works with a male patient who's unhappy with his eyelids. See their consultation. WATCH VIDEO
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