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About Dr. Sassan Alavi

Dr. Sassan Alavi, MD is a Doctor primarily located in San Diego, CA. He has 25 years of experience. His specialties include Otolaryngology, Plastic Surgery within the Head and Neck and Plastic Surgery. Dr. Alavi is affiliated with Palomar Medical Center, Scripps Memorial Hospital-La Jolla and Scripps Mercy Hospital. Dr. Alavi has received 8 awards. He speaks English.

Rating Overview

122 Ratings with 84 Comments

The overall average patient rating of Dr. Sassan Alavi is Excellent. Dr. Sassan Alavi has been rated by 122 patients. From those 122 patients 84 of those left a comment along with their rating. The overall rating for Dr. Sassan Alavi is 4.6 of 5.0 stars.

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Primary Address

CENTER FOR COSMETIC SURGERY

3023 Bunker Hill St Ste 203
San Diego, CA 92109
(858) 483-0690

Specialties

Dr. Sassan Alavi has the following 3 specialties

  • Otolaryngology

    An otolaryngologist is more commonly referred to as an ENT, someone that can treat medical issues you may be having with you ears, nose, or throat. This is a physician who is specially trained to diagnose and treat conditions of the ear, nose, sinuses, larynx (voice box), mouth, throat, head, and neck. These doctors treat patients through both medical and surgical means. For instance, an otolaryngologist may treat an obstruction of the nasal passage, caused by malformation of the nose, through rhinoplasty.

  • Plastic Surgery within the Head and Neck
  • Plastic Surgery

    A plastic surgery specialist is a physician with extensive training in the execution of plastic surgery procedures.
    Plastic surgery is the use of surgical procedures to rebuild or reshape injured or misshapen body parts. Congenital defects, such as a cleft lip or palate, can be corrected by a plastic surgery specialist. Injuries sustained during auto accidents also may require the services of a plastic surgery specialist. These procedures fall under the category of reconstructive plastic surgery.
    The other category of plastic surgery is cosmetic plastic surgery. Plastic surgery specialists often perform procedures like breast augmentation, face lifts, tummy tucks, liposuction, and lip injection as elective surgeries for patients who wish to make aesthetic improvements.

  • Specialty Expertise

    Dr. Sassan Alavi has the following 2 expertise

  • Plastic Surgery (Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery)
  • Otology

Board Certifications

Dr. Sassan Alavi is Board Certified in 1 specialty

See the board certifications this doctor has received. Board certifications provide confidence that this doctor meets the nationally recognized standards for education, knowledge and experience.

Reviews

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Life Changing Results!

After years of thinking about and searching for a doctor I could trust to help me get my pre-baby body back I found Dr. Alavi. I read other patient reviews and did additional research on line about the Center for Cosmetic Surgery and decided to contact his office. From the start he and his staff have been helpful and supportive. They have kept in contact with me from the beginning and especially through my entire recovery. It's been over 4 months since my surgery and I am thrilled with the results of my tummy tuck! I highly recommend Dr. Alavi and his practice.

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Amazing Patient Care!

I interviewed several doctors before making mt decision to go to Center for Cosmetic Surgery and could not be happier with my decision. Dr. Alavi and his team truly care about their patient both pre and post op. I am 4 weeks post op and they are still following up to be sure I do not ave any questions or needs as I roll through recovery. The office is private and the staff is amazingly helpful.How many physicians review cases weeks after surgery and follow up weekly during case review. Aside from the amazing care the outcome of my augmentation and lipo are life changing. This has been the best experience I have ever had with a decision that was so very personal to me.

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Excellent results!

I am so thankful for Dr Alavi and his skills! He has transformed my face with chin lipo. He is an excellent listener and has a lot of patience. He listened to what I wanted exactly-and didn’t argue with any of it, just performed. I couldn’t be happier with my smile!

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Breast reduction and mastopexy

It has been approximately 9 months since my surgery and I just went in for my last check up with Dr. Alavi and the staff at the center for cosmetic surgery. Everything looks great and I couldn’t be more pleased with the results. I was referred to Dr. Alavi by another of his patients after speaking to several different doctors in the city. My primary concern was that I felt comfortable with the doctor and the procedure and that I would be recovered enough for my wedding in 3 months. Dr. Alavi and his staff worked to assure me, provide me with options and were very honest about recovery and what to expect. I was scheduled within 2 weeks for surgery. One thing I really appreciated about Dr. Alavi is that he actually worked with me to eliminate an additive to my surgery that, based on my individual pathology, wasn’t really necessary. He could have simply added onto the procedure and charged me additional money but recognized that I didn’t need it and was realistic and honest with me about outcomes. I can’t speak to financing as I paid in full prior to surgery. I went in a week in advance of my surgery and the doctor personally went through everything that I was going to experience as well as what I had the potential to experience. I was given prescriptions for everything that I would need in advance (antibiotics, pain, etc.) so that I had plenty of time to have them filled prior to surgery. The anesthesiologist called me in the day or two prior to review my day of surgical process and what to expect in terms of timing and recovery. I was nervous as anyone would be having a major surgery but felt well prepared. The morning of my surgery, I was dropped off and changed and was in surgery within 30-45 minutes of arrival. I can’t say I remember much more about that day, but I think that is the point. In fact, the rest of the day was a bit of a blur. I won’t lie- the next few days were pretty uncomfortable. I deal with pain pretty well so I was fine with over the counter pain medication periodically. I returned a day or two later to have the draining tubes removed and have to say that was probably the most painful part for me personally. The doctor personally called me the day after the surgery to make sure that I was doing okay. I can’t remember the exact amount of time before I had my stiches out- a couple of weeks I believe, and it was a couple of days before I could shower, but my text book and recovery were pretty textbook. Follow up appointments are regular in the beginning and then jump to 6 months once recovery is well progressed. I saw Dr. Alavi personally at every appointment. He is very involved in all aspects. Recovery and swelling all take a while, but the results are exactly as I expected. I would definitely choose the Center for Cosmetic surgery for any further procedures if I choose. I was also in great shape and very happy with the results for my wedding! It is major surgery and it does hurt, but if you listen to all care instructions carefully, it can be managed and very successfully. I really have no complaints, but if I had to say one thing that can be improved would be that appointments aren’t always timely. They get easily backed up and it is possible to have to wat 30-45 minutes for a quick check up. I attribute this to the fact that Dr. Alavi is so personally involved with each patient. The front desk staff is great about updating and providing water, but I would recommend planning that things won’t be on schedule. I just learned to accommodate the extra time in the day. Thanks to everyone at the Center for Cosmetic Surgery!

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Breast Augmentation

Dr. Sassan Alavi and his staff are top knotch! From my consultation to my surgery to my post op, they have been excellent. I could not be more pleased with the outcome of my surgery and the care I received by Dr. Alavi and his staff. Dr. Alavi is kind, thorough and has excellent patient care. He answered every question I had and walked me through the entire process before hand. His anesthesiologist, Carol, is AMAZING! She texted me before and several times after my procedure to check in and answer any questions or concerns that I had. I am about 4 month’s post-op and loving my new breasts! I highly recommend Dr. Alavi to anyone looking to have plastic surgery.

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  • Awards

    8 Awards

  • Patients' Choice Award

    Patients' Choice Award (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)

    Patients' Choice recognition reflects the difference a particular physician has made in the lives of his/her patients. The honor is bestowed to physicians who have received near perfect scores, as voted by patients.

  • Compassionate Doctor Award - 5 Year Honoree

    Compassionate Doctor Award - 5 Year Honoree (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)

    Vitals Compassionate Doctor Award - 5 Year Honoree recognizes doctors with the highest scores in bedside manner for five consecutive years. This honor is granted to a few distinct doctors in the United States based on experiences shared by patients.

  • On-Time Doctor Award

    On-Time Doctor Award (2009, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)

    Vitals On-Time + Promptness Award recognizes doctors with consistent high ratings for timeliness of appointments. The honor is granted based on a physician's overall and promptness scores.

  • Compassionate Doctor Recognition

    Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)

    Compassionate Doctor certification is granted to physicians who treat their patients with the utmost kindness. The honor is granted based on a physician's overall and bedside manner scores.

  • Patients' Choice 5th Anniversary Award

    Patients' Choice 5th Anniversary Award (2012, 2013)

    The Patients' Choice Award - 5 Year Honoree is a recognition granted only to those doctors whose ratings have reflected excellence in care for five years in a row. Only 1% of all doctors in the United States are bestowed this honor by their patients.

  • Top 10 Doctor - City

    Top 10 Doctor - City (2014)

    Top 10 Doctors are chosen by the millions of patients who visit Vitals each year to find a new doctor and share their experiences by providing ratings and reviews. In order to differentiate highly-regarded doctors from the rest for patients in search of quality care, Vitals awards Top 10 Doctor honors to those physicians within a certain specialty and geographic area who are consistently given top ratings by their patients.

  • Top 10 Doctor - Metro Area

    Top 10 Doctor - Metro Area (2014)

    Top 10 Doctors are chosen by the millions of patients who visit Vitals each year to find a new doctor and share their experiences by providing ratings and reviews. In order to differentiate highly-regarded doctors from the rest for patients in search of quality care, Vitals awards Top 10 Doctor honors to those physicians within a certain specialty and geographic area who are consistently given top ratings by their patients.

  • Top 10 Doctor - State

    Top 10 Doctor - State (2014)

    Top 10 Doctors are chosen by the millions of patients who visit Vitals each year to find a new doctor and share their experiences by providing ratings and reviews. In order to differentiate highly-regarded doctors from the rest for patients in search of quality care, Vitals awards Top 10 Doctor honors to those physicians within a certain specialty and geographic area who are consistently given top ratings by their patients.

  • Hospital Affiliations

    Dr. Alavi is affiliated (can practice and admit patients) with the following hospital(s).

  • Education

    25 Years Experience

  • Keck School Of Medicine Of The University Of Southern California

    Graduated in 1993

  • Ucla Medical Center

    Residency

  • Accepted Insurance

    Dr. Sassan Alavi accepts the following insurance providers.

  • Aetna
    • Aetna Choice POS II
    • Aetna HMO
    • Aetna HMO Deductible Plan CA only
    • Aetna Managed Choice POS Open Access
    • Aetna Savings Plus of CA
    • Aetna Signature Administrators PPO
  • BCBS Blue Card
    • BCBS Blue Card PPO
  • Blue Shield California
    • BS CA Platinum 90 PPO
    • Blue Shield CA Bronze 60 PPO SHOP
    • Blue Shield CA Bronze Full PPO 4500
    • Blue Shield CA PPO
    • Blue Shield CA Silver 70 PPO
  • Cigna
    • CIGNA HMO
    • CIGNA LocalPlus
    • CIGNA Open Access Plus
    • CIGNA PPO
  • First Health
    • First Health PPO
  • Health Net
    • Health Net CA Individual and Family PPO
    • Health Net CA PPO
    • Health Net PureCare HSP Individual and Family Plans
  • United Healthcare
    • UHC Choice Plus POS
    • UHC Navigate HMO
    • UHC Navigate POS
    • UHC Options PPO

Locations & Directions

CENTER FOR COSMETIC SURGERY, 3023 Bunker Hill St Ste 203, San Diego, CA

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