Robert Singer MD, FACS

San Diego, CA, US
Robert Singer MD, FACS

About the Practice

Practice Philosophy

"A Philosophy of Caring, Commitment and Accomplished Skills"
Your plastic surgeon should be a rare combination of both artist and scientist. I would expect my surgeon to have the highest credentials and level of training possible, be thoroughly experienced in performing my surgical procedure and be concerned about my care and safety. In addition, he should have a keen aesthetic and artistic sense of harmony. He should be compulsive about every detail in his surgical practice including maintaining privacy and confidentiality.

I have built my practice on this philosophy and these qualifications, and I value the patient relationships that have developed as a result.

While my qualifications and experience as a surgeon are extensive and internationally respected, cosmetic plastic surgery requires far more than technical skills. The time I spend with you personally before any procedure will be as important as the procedure itself. Thoroughly covering your questions, your expectations, your individual desires and wishes...all of this and more will be addressed with sensitivity and understanding.

I treat my patients the way I would expect to be treated...with respect, candor, professionalism and compassion.

Choosing a surgical procedure and the right doctor to perform it are personal decisions not to be taken lightly. You as the patient and I as the doctor must weigh not only the physical considerations, but emotional and psychological ones as well. Improving your appearance through cosmetic surgery can enhance your emotional health and improve your self-esteem. This can be attained only if your expectations are realistic. By your understanding the limitations of plastic surgery, together we will establish reasonable goals that can be predictably achieved.

I am fully dedicated to the highest aesthetic achievement in improving my patients characteristics subtly to achieve a natural appearance rather than an extreme, artificial or operated look.

What defines a great plastic surgeon? An eye for balance and symmetry. Extensive training. Perfectionism. An appreciation of beauty and harmony. A delicate and artistic touch. There are thousands of cosmetic surgeons; however, few are as respected by plastic surgeons around the world for their expertise and artistry as Dr. Robert Singer. When you consult with Dr. Robert Singer in the luxurious and comforting atmosphere of his plastic surgery center in the La Jolla area of San Diego, you will be pleasantly surprised by the personal attention you will receive. Dr. Singer will respectfully and compassionately listen to your desires and expectations, whether they involve subtly changing or significantly improving your appearance. He will give you his candid, professional opinion and work with you to create a final result that appears natural, refreshed, and rejuvenated.


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  • Trustee: American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities, (AAAASF), no compensation
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Practice Specialization

Dr. Singer specializes in Aesthetic (cosmetic) Plastic Surgery including:
Minimizing the effects of aging

  • Facelift
  • Eyelid Surgery
  • Forehead & Brow Lift
  • Neck Lift
  • Skin Resurfacing
Redefining Facial Features
  • Surgery of the Nose
  • Chin & Cheek Augmentation
  • Ear Surgery
  • Micro-Fat Grafting
  • Lip Enhancement
  • Soft Tissue Fillers

Breast Contouring

  • Breast Augmentation
  • Breast Lift
  • Breast Reduction
  • Male Breast Reduction
Body Contouring
  • Liposuction
  • Abdominoplasty
  • Thigh-Buttock Lifting
Spa Treatments
  • Skin Care
  • Botox

Background & Certification

Board Certification

Facility Director and Surgeon at the Surgery Surgical Centre in La Jolla, California
Dr. Singer specializes in Aesthetic (cosmetic) Surgery. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, which is recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties to certify plastic surgeons.

  • National Board of Medical Examiners
  • American Board of Plastic Surgery

Professional Background

State University of New York, Buffalo - admitted to Medical School after 3 years undergraduate
State University of New York, Buffalo Medical School: M.D. 1967
Surgery intern: Stanford Medical Center
General Surgery Resident:
Stanford Medical Center
Santa Barbara General and Cottage Hospitals
Plastic Surgery Resident: Vanderbilt University 1974 -1976
Chief Plastic Surgery Resident: Vanderbilt University 1975 -1976

Continuing Medical Education Credits: Current
Length of time in practice: since 1976
American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery - Prior President
Aesthetic Surgery Education and Research Foundation - Prior President

Teaching Appointments

Clinical Professor of Surgery (Plastic Surgery), University of California, San Diego
Visiting Teaching Professor: American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

Publications and Presentations

Dr. Singer has published over 150 publications or national presentations at national and international surgical meetings.

Awards & Honors

Phi Beta Kappa
Pi Mu Epsilon - National Mathematics Honor Society
Town & Country Magazine - Best Aesthetic Surgeons in America
Best Plastic Surgeons in San Diego (San Diego Magazine - selected by peers)
Whos Who in the West
Whos Who in America
Best Doctors in America
Americas Top Doctors

Official Spokesperson

  • American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons

Affiliations & Memberships

Hospital Affiliations

Scripps Memorial Hospital - La Jolla

  • Prior Chief of Plastic Surgery
  • Prior Vice-Chairman Department of Surgery

Society Memberships

American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (Former President)
American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (Former President)
Aesthetic Surgery Education and Research Foundation (Former President)
American Society of Plastic Surgeons (Former Chairman of the Board of Trustees)
California Society of Plastic Surgeons (Former President)
San Diego International Society of Plastic Surgeons (Former President)
San Diego Plastic Surgery Society (Former President)
American College of Surgeons (Fellow)
San Diego County Medical Society
California Medical Association
American Medical Association
American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities Education Foundation (President)
International Society of Clinical Plastic Surgeons
J.B. Lynch Society

Your Consultation

Patients will be given as much information as possible. Reference materials and brochures are available on a broad range of topics. The initial consultation is an in-depth evaluation and explanation of the proposed surgical procedure, and is usually supplemented by written material. Dr. Singer allows time to answer your questions, and appropriate photographs may be shown to illustrate relevant points. Computer imaging is available.

Staff & Facilities

Surgical Facility

Our private Ambulatory Plastic Surgery Facility is one of only 500 in the world certified at the highest level by the AAAASF (American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities). Our facility is certified for the highest level of accreditation. Dr. Singer is a prior President of AAAASF. Accreditation is a purely voluntary mark of quality, and indicates that our facility is fully equipped with the latest systems for ensuring your safety during surgery and after.
Special Features: Board certified M.D. anesthesiologist for all procedures involving anesthesia, endoscopic minimal incision surgery.

Accreditation: AAAASF

Our facility is located on the campus of Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla, California.

Skin Care Products

Spa Services including full-time licensed aestheticians offering the full range of skin care, including: glycolic and fruit acid light peels, microabrasion (Power Peels) and a variety of proven products.

Languages Spoken

English and Spanish (a number of the staff - including our Patient Coordinator are bilingual in Spanish and English)

"Ask a Question" Responses

How far forward on the face is numbness normal after a face lift, lower lid, and neck lift?

My numbness is felt everywhere my beard would be, except upper lip and frontal portion of my chin. It's driving me crazy. Is it normal to have...

Numbness of the cheeks, neck and lower lids after a facelift is a normal side effect and not a complication. The extent of the numbness and how long...

Would rippling necessarily have to be corrected?

I had silicone implants 20 years ago. I had them replaced with saline 9 years ago. My mammogram in June was normal. I've lost weight and noticed...

Rippling is more common with saline implants than with silicone gel implants. Patients with little natural breast tissue and those with weight loss...

Belotero or Restylane under the eye?

Do you recommend Belotero instead of Restylane under the eye?

Both Belotero and Restylane are hyaluronic acid fillers that can be used effectively in the hollows under the eye when injected judiciously at the...

How soon can I have liposuction after having a “C” section?

I would like to have liposuction after my C section; what kind of down time should I expect? I have two kids under two and a half. When can I return...

You will get a variety of answers about how long to wait after childbirth before having a liiposuction Most ethical plastic surgeons would suggest...

Breast lift with or without augmentation - what determines it?

I had a consult today and it was recommended that I have a breast lift then go back 2-3 months later for augmentation. I wear a 34B bra and was told...

Different surgeons will have different approaches. While some prefer doing a lift and placing implants in 2 stages, many plastic surgeons with...

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Contributed Blogs

  • Plastic Surgery Enhances Your Appearance but has Its Limits

    While plastic surgery has the potential to make patients happier with their appearance, and even boost their self-esteem, it won’t necessarily address emotional or underlying psychological issues. While it may boost someone’s confidence as a result of an improved appearance, if there are deep-seated psychological issues, the procedure itself can only do so much to try to counter or erase the patient’s negative feelings about him or herself. 

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