Doctor Pacella Plastic Surgeon in San Diego, California 92130

Name: Salvatore Pacella, MD, MBA, FACS
Last name: Pacella
Began aesthetic medicine in: 2007
Years experience: 13
Primary Specialty: Plastic Surgeon
Business: Scripps Clinic Plastic Surgery
Address: 12395 El Camino Real
Address suite: Suite 112
Phone: (858) 223-1908
International phone number: +18582231908
City: San Diego
State: California
Zip Code: 92130
Country: US
Statement: To Dr. Pacella, every anatomic body part, be it the face, eyes, breast or body, has a unique function that cannot be separated from its aesthetic appearance. If you have been injured, suffered from cancer or disease, or simply do not like the appearance of aging, your anatomy must not only be resto
Consulting Fees: -1$
Has Sponsored Offer : No

Special Offers
Offer #1: Most Health Insurance Plans are Welcomed
Special Offer Treatments: All treatments
End Time: all the time
Detail: Our office staff is happy to assist you. If your procedure is reconstructive and may be billled to insurance, we can assist you with determining if Dr. Pacella is part of your provider network. Does not apply to cosmetic procedures.

Offer #2: Consult Fee Waived When You Mention “RealSelf”
Special Offer Treatments: All treatments
End Time: all the time
Detail: Regular cosmetic consultation fee of $75 is waived when you mention “RealSelf” at the time of appointment booking. Must be mentioned at the time of booking. Does not apply to consultations which are billed to medical insurance or those seeking insurance coverage for reconstructive procedures.

Clinical Privileges
  • Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Green Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Encinitas Hospital, Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego
  • Medical: MD, University of Rochester, NY
  • Graduate: MBA, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan
Postdoc Training
  • Residency: Plastic Surgery, University of Michigan
  • Fellowships:
  • Aesthetic Breast & Body Surgery, Marina Plastic Surgery, Marina Del Rey, CA
  • Facial Aesthetic & Oculoplastic Surgery, Paces Plastic Surgery, Atlanta, GA

Salvatore Pacella, MD, MBA, FACS

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

GPS coordinates on map: 32.9431476,-117.2392728

Primary location
Location name: San Diego
State: CA
Country: US
Map point: 32.7188,-117.1640015

Google plus:

  • AlloDerm
  • Arm Lift
  • Asian Rhinoplasty
  • Belly Button Surgery
  • Body Lift
  • Botox
  • Brazilian Butt Lift
  • Brazilian Butt Lift Revision
  • Breast Augmentation
  • Breast Fat Transfer
  • Breast Implant Removal
  • Breast Implant Revision
  • Breast Implants
  • Breast Lift
  • Breast Lift with Implants
  • Breast Reconstruction
  • Breast Reduction
  • Brow Lift
  • Buccal Fat Removal
  • Butt Augmentation
  • Butt Lift
  • Calf Implant
  • Cheek Augmentation
  • Cheek Lift
  • Chemical Peel
  • Chin Implant
  • Chin Liposuction
  • Chin Surgery
  • Cleft Lip And Palate Repair
  • CO2 Laser
  • Double Eyelid Surgery
  • Dysport
  • Ear Surgery
  • Earlobe Surgery
  • Eye Bags Treatment
  • Eyelid Surgery
  • Facelift
  • Facial
  • Facial Fat Transfer
  • Facial Reconstructive Surgery
  • Forehead Lift
  • Glycolic Peel
  • Gynecomastia Surgery
  • Juvederm
  • Labiaplasty
  • Latisse
  • Lip Augmentation
  • Lip Lift
  • Lip Reduction
  • Lip Surgery
  • Liposculpture
  • Liposuction
  • Lower Facelift
  • Male Tummy Tuck
  • Mentor Breast Implants
  • Mini Lift
  • Mini Tummy Tuck
  • Mohs Surgery
  • Mole Removal
  • Mommy Makeover
  • Neck Lift
  • Nipple Surgery
  • Nonsurgical Facelift
  • Nonsurgical Nose Job
  • Nose Surgery
  • Panniculectomy
  • Pec Implants
  • Ptosis Surgery
  • Radiesse
  • Restylane
  • Revision Rhinoplasty
  • Rhinoplasty
  • Salicylic Peel
  • Sientra Breast Implants
  • Skin Rejuvenation
  • SMAS Facelift
  • Strattice
  • Stretch Marks Treatment
  • TCA Peel
  • Thigh Lift
  • Tumescent Liposuction
  • Tummy Tuck
  • Tummy Tuck Revision
  • Vaginoplasty
  • Wrinkle Treatment

RealSelf Info

  • “Top Doctor” in Plastic Surgery – San Diego Magazine 2013-2019
  • Dr. Pacella’s textbook Aesthetic Facial Reconstruction after Mohs Surgery voted “Highly Commended” by British Medical Association Medical Book Awards, 2017
  • Finalist, 2015 Healthcare Champions Award

Rating: 5.0
Profile views: 16671
Answer count: 201
Review count: 51
Anonymous votes: 0
Offer count: 2
Profile created: Jun 16, 2014
Profile modified: Feb 10, 2020
Profile promotion: Yes
Profile inactive: No
Premier status: Performance
Tier: Pro
RealCare Promise: No
Directory link: Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
RealSelf’s PRO: Yes
Doctor Designation Start Time: May 18, 2017
Doctor Designation End Time: Jan 1, 2033


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  • Encinitas, CA, US. GPS coordinates: 33.0518,-117.2610016
  • Mission Viejo, CA, US. GPS coordinates: 33.6279,-117.651001
  • San Diego, CA, US. GPS coordinates: 32.7188,-117.1640015
  • Temecula, CA, US. GPS coordinates: 33.5081,-117.125

Last ratings of treatments

  • Facial Reconstructive Surgery (Aug 2019) – 5/5
  • Breast Implants (Jun 2014) – 5/5
  • Breast Reconstruction Revision (May 2020) – 5/5
  • Breast Reconstruction (Mar 2020) – 5/5
  • Lower Facelift (Jan 2020) – 5/5
  • Umbilical Hernia Repair (Jan 2020) – 5/5
  • Mohs Surgery (Oct 2015) – 5/5
  • Breast Reconstruction with Latissimus Flap (Apr 2014) – 5/5
  • Breast Reconstruction (Jul 2019) – 5/5
  • Mini Lift (Apr 2019) – 5/5
  • Breast Reconstruction (Nov -0001) – 5/5
  • Breast Augmentation (Mar 2019) – 5/5
  • Scars Treatment (Feb 2019) – 5/5
  • Brow Lift (Feb 2019) – 5/5
  • Skin Cancer Reconstruction (Jun 2014) – 5/5

Last Prices

Mohs Surgery Prices

  • $1972 – Oct 30, 2015 – Del Mar, CA

Special Offers

Start Time / End Time

Consult Fee Waived When You Mention “RealSelf”
Jan 16, 2015 /
May 17, 2033
Regular cosmetic consultation fee of $75 is waived when you mention “RealSelf” at the time of appointment booking. Must be mentioned at the time of booking. Does not apply to consultations which are billed to medical insurance or those seeking insurance coverage for reconstructive procedures.

Most Health Insurance Plans are Welcomed
Oct 13, 2014 /
May 17, 2033
Our office staff is happy to assist you. If your procedure is reconstructive and may be billled to insurance, we can assist you with determining if Dr. Pacella is part of your provider network. Does not apply to cosmetic procedures.
Any treatment

Doctor's answers

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Chemosis shows no sign of improvement after aggressive lubrication, cold compresses an
Feb 17, 2017
Chemosis is very disconcerting for patients. But rest-assured it is self limiting. It can be stubborn to resolve. Eyelid closure is key. In my patients in which chemosis persists for weeks, I use a Frost suture/temporary tarssoraphy. this is a small stitch placed at the corner of the eye to assist with eyelid closure. This can be a very effective treatment
Eyelid surgery or Botox?
Feb 17, 2017
While there is no substitute for a physical exam, you do look as if your eyelid shape looks very good. You have a very well defined crease with very minimal excess skin. Many times some strategic botox or dysport in the crows feet area can give you a "chemical browlift" to help with the skin excess. I would suggest a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist
Do I have prominent globes?
Prominent eyes
Feb 17, 2017
It is very difficult to say with out a side view. Prominent eyes have a higher risk of lid malposition after lid surgery. I would recommend evaluation by a board certified plastic surgeon who specializes in eyelid surgery
Tear trough trouble, and what to do about them?
Secondary Blepharoplasty
Feb 17, 2017
Thank you for your question. Years ago, the strategy behind lower blepharoplasty was to remove fat from the lower lid. What plastic surgeons have found is that this can , in later years, give the appearance of a sunken or hollowed out appearance. You do have some deepened tear troughs and you would possibly benefit from restoring fat in the space. Secondary blepharoplasty can be very successful when coupled with fat transfer to restore natural lower eyelid shape...
Can I make my eyes appear bigger without changing their shape?
Eyes bigger without changing shape
Feb 17, 2017
Unfortunately this is a tough question. You appear very young and eyelid surgery at your age may not be the best idea. Many times other, non-surgical treatment can be used to change the eye appearance by changing the structures around the eye such as the eyebrow. Botox or Dysport works very well for this. this is something you may wish to consider
Nipple revision after breast lift with implants (overs, 300 cc, motiva ergonomix) (Pho
Strong Pecs and a Nipple Lift
Feb 17, 2017
This doesn't sound like a great answer. Your pectoralis muscle has nothing to do with the position of your nipples. It looks like your nipples were not positioned high enough at the first surgery. Sometimes a bigger lift can be acheived with an anchor scar versus just a vertical incision. This is worth a discussion with your plastic surgeon
Do I have gynecomastia or fat?
Feb 17, 2017
Very difficult to tell from your pic. There is no substitute for a good exam by a board certified plastic surgeon. Often, gynecomastia can be both fat and tissue. Sometimes a combination of liposuction and direct resection is the best treatment.
Mohs Surgery Scar on Nose
Scar treatments after Mohs Surgery
Feb 17, 2017
After the wound has healed in the first few weeks, the best methods to treat scars are massage and silicone ointments (such as Biocorneum or ScarAway). the scar is not stable until about 8-12 months after surgery. I recommend these treatments for at least this long. If there is a contour deformity after a year, a surgical "touch-up" can be performed. Lasers can help as well.
What Happens to a BCC Left Unremoved?
Untreated Skin Cancers
Feb 17, 2017
It is rare for someone to die from non-melanoma skin cancers. Nonetheless they can be aggressive. If left untreated basal cell cancers can erode deep into cartilage and bone and are very locally destructive. squamous cell cancers can be more aggressive and sometimes can metastasize to local lymph nodes. It is best to treat these as soon as they are diagnosed.
Mohs Surgery Recovery
Recovery after Mohs
Feb 17, 2017
Recovery after Mohs surgery can be very quick, depending on the anatomic location. In general, surgery around the eyes, nose or lips can remain swollen longer than the forehead or face. Although you may be healed, scars can be persistently red and inflamed for many months. It is important to seek a qualified reconstructive surgeon after the Mohs excision that can assist with minimizing your scars
Can Fat Under Eyes be Removed Without Surgery?
Fat bags under eyes
Feb 17, 2017
There are some non-surgical treatments that help with the appearance of fat bags. These include some laser procedures or injectable fillers. There is no substitute for surgery, however. Excess bags are often not caused by just fat alone. They are often a result of some connective tissue of the lower orbit that weakens and causes normal fat to bulge. Surgical manipulation of this membrane can help blend the appearance of this area and reduce the prominence of the eye...
Breast Diameter - Breast Implant Size
One size does not fit all
Feb 17, 2017
Thanks for your question. Mentor (and most other companies) have implant sizes to fit every width and profile. The key is deciding what is best for your frame. Choosing a larger width breast implant can lead to "side boob". Choosing one to narrow will result in wide cleavage. Your board certified plastic surgeon can assist with helping you choose the right size.
Is this capsular contracture or a muscle issue?
Breasts still swollen?
Feb 17, 2017
Sometimes breast do not settle for about 6-12 months after surgery. But in light of this, you want to be certain that you are not developing an early capsular contracture. Massage can help with this, but I would suggest you followup with your board-certified plastic surgeon to make sure that they agree.
Will I be happy with a short scar Facelift?
Short Scar Facelift Improves Jowls. Not so much for the Neck
Dec 18, 2015
Thanks for your question and pics. Although there is no substitute from a comprehensive examination from a board-certified plastic surgeon, your photographs do indicate that you have some significant neck we age, our facial tissues descend and we lose the natural youthful fat that we once possessed when we were children. In my practice, I use a combination of fat restoration and facial rejuvenation procedures in order to optimize your youthful appearance. A short scar...
Tummy tuck needed or not?
#Abdominoplasty or #Liposuction
Dec 18, 2015
Thank you for your excellent question and pictures. While there is no substitute for a personal, comprehensive examination from a board-certified plastic surgeon, it appears that you would most benefit from a formal abdominoplasty. Despite your young age, the effects of pregnancy on the abdominal wall can stretch out the skin and muscles of the abdomen. Liposuction alone will not restore youthful contour. This is a common problem for young moms like yourself here in #SanDiego and...

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