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Dr. Lavinia Chong

Plastic Surgery
Newport Beach, CA
34 years experience

Locations

Office

Newport Beach, CA

Address

1401 Avocado Avenue, Suite 803, Newport Beach, CA
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My office hours

Wednesday: 8:30am - 5:00pm
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About

Bio

As a 2nd generation Plastic Surgeon, I joined my late father in private practice in 1996. I have had the honor of serving as Division Chief of Plastic Surgery at Hoag Memorial Hospital, which is my local hospital. My practice demographics is primarily cosmetic (80%); reconstruction (20%) is consists of breast cancer, breast reduction, skin cancer and complex wounds for other subspecialties. I maintain a licensed office based ambulatory surgical facility where the majority of elective surgery is performed. In addition to professional practice, I enjoy a busy family life with college students, supportive spouse and frequent yoga.

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Plastic Surgery

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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lavinia Chong
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Some can: Breast implants don't automatically disqualify a woman from lactating. Having a scar on the nipple-areolar complex may interrupt some milk ducts, how... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lavinia Chong
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Maintenance: Breast implants need to be replaced if they leak or dislocate from their original positions. Additionally breast implants may elicit accumulation of ... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lavinia Chong
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Cherry angioma: A perfectly round lesion, approximately the size of a pen tip, occuring on the chest, abdomen and extremities, which disappears when compressed is pro... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lavinia Chong
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Not a scar: Mederma is proposed for scar improvement. A dermatofibroma is a benign tumor which originates in the deeper layer of the skin, the dermis and extends... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lavinia Chong
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Contact dermatitis: Itchy, raised bumps, after exposure to a novel sunscreen is probably contact dermatitis, a form of allergy. Scratching releases histamine and if exce... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lavinia Chong
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Surprisingly little!: Compared to breast augmentation, breast reduction patients don't experience as much intense pain and chest muscle stretch. Many compare it to the sen... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lavinia Chong
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Implant longevity: No. Like any medical device, breast implants can fail and require replacement. Women with breast implants will have secondary ops because of implant... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lavinia Chong
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Gentle soap: Assuming that you do not have burn cellulitis or an infection, gentle soap, such as cetaphil will suffice. Follow your physician's advice on what to ... Read More
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lavinia Chong
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
BR criteria: Br (reduction) candidates should be at their ideal bmi, not smoke, have medical conditions well managed and have a realistic goals for the surgery. O... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lavinia Chong
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Massive weight loss : Rapid & significant weight loss is beneficial however often skin doesn't shrink optimally. Even young skin, which has been stretched out by excess wei... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lavinia Chong
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Weakened dermis: Stretch marks result from overly rapid stretching of the skin, generating thinning of the deeper layer of the skin, the dermis. Initially purple-red ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lavinia Chong
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Fat necrosis & BR: Breast reduction is an operation designed to surgically reduce excess breast tissue, fat, skin and reshape the breast mound, while conserving nipple s... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lavinia Chong
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Try yoga: Yoga has so many variants, you are sure to find something which resonates with your needs. Since starting to practice 3 years ago, my flexibility, mus... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lavinia Chong
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Scars, shape, self: Prior to consulting, consider whether the size & weight of your breasts warrants undergoing surgery. Review your personal health history, including s... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lavinia Chong
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Buyers remorse: Bleeding, infection, injury to blood vessels, nerves, scarring and most importantly unsatisfactory appearance. Some techniques include lip augmentati... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lavinia Chong
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Dermal elastosis: Chronic sun exposure causes 1) thinning of the deeper, more elastic layer of the skin (dermis); 2) fine lines; 3) dyschromias (sun spots); 4) solar br... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Lavinia Chong
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Scar fragility: Any scar which is only 60 days old is still "immature". Exploding with water is distinctly abnormal and may represent an undiagnosed "seroma", a coll... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lavinia Chong
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Cheeks and nose: Acne roseacea is a condition which affects northwestern european women>men, starting in their 40s. 1st stage: flushing; 2nd dilated capillaries; 3rd ... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lavinia Chong
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Timing: Fractional resurfacing lasers have the benefit of maintaining the energy while shortening the time of pulses, so that the energy delivered has a prec... Read More
A 66-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lavinia Chong
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Higth risk: Regrettably, the rates for recurrent capsular contracture, once you have developed one which is sufficiently deforming to require surgery or cause asy... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lavinia Chong
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
For mild laxity: Microfocused ultrasound delivers thermal stimuli to the deeper layers (smas) of the face to produce collagen, which in turn tightens and lifts. The r... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Lavinia Chong
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Yes but it's pricey: Botox-a can be injected in the armpits to temporarily prevent hyperhydrosis (sweaty armpits). I typically use 50units (allergan) per pit and the dura... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lavinia Chong
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Maintains blood flow: Br is an operation in which excess breast and skin is removed, while keeping the blood and nerve supply to the nipple-areolar complex. Ideally it sho... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lavinia Chong
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Sheer coverage: Avoid heavy liquid and cream foundations, which can be comedogenic, in favor of mineral powders. Like the jane iredale line because the mineral line i... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lavinia Chong
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Arthritis: Osteoarthritis is more common in women, after 40. It affects the small joints of the fingers, primarily those closer to the palm. You may experience... Read More
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lavinia Chong
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Naturopathic breasts: There have been anecdotal reports of breast enlarging creams which contain herbs, such as sage, however these are rather unreliable. Weight gain can ... Read More
A 47-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lavinia Chong
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Male PS procedures: Most common male plastic surgery procedures are liposuction, eyelid lifts and nose reshaping.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lavinia Chong
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Ulthera not a laser: Ulthera spares the subcutaneous fat, which is what we try to supplement with fillers. The long term results, 120days on include all the benefits of c... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lavinia Chong
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Tend to recur: If your umbilical piercing has resulted in a true keloid scar, i would recommend removing it to prevent further growth of the scar. Keloids are notor... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lavinia Chong
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Not consistently: Brava, external breast tissue expander and staged fat grafting is under investigation for breast cancer reconstruction. Brava alone has been proposed ... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lavinia Chong
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
All parts: Upper third: brow lifts, lateral eyebrowpexy (elevation), upper eyelid lifts, ulthera lifts, Botox for hyperdynamic muscle wrinkles. Middle third: lo... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lavinia Chong
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Gender reassignment: Yes, in theory, it is possible to surgically reconstruct the organs which define gender, such as breasts, penis and testicles, however the cost may be... Read More

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Jul 2, 2013
Great responses. Very impressive indeed. Recommend highly.
Aug 22, 2013
Knowledgeable and caring
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Chong is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Wayne State University School of Medicine, MI
Graduated 1988MD

Residency

UTMB Galveston, Texas 1993-1996

Residency

UC San Diego, CA. 1988-1993

Awards

Patient's Choice Awards 2008
Patient's Choice Awards 2009
OC Register's Best of Orange County 2010

Affiliations

Orange County Medical Association;
California Medical Association
American Society of Plastic Surgeons
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