Steve Laverson, M.D.


Natural artistic sensibility.  Broad scientific knowledge. Perfectionistic standards. Unsurpassed technical skill. Professional judgment refined by decades of surgical experience.  Commitment to service.  Respect for your viewpoint and the value of your dreams.  Compassion.  Ethical commitment and morality. Appreciation of cultural and individual diversity. This combination of exceptional attributes differentiate Dr. Laverson and supports our consistent production of quality outcomes and lasting value.  

The more you shop around, the more you'll appreciate what we offer.  Beautiful results are uncertain in advance. You need the best help, an advocate with enough power to make your vision happen. Dr. Laverson has been preparing for you during the past thirty-five years. He cares about you. If he doesn't believe he can deliver what you want, he'll tell you. Usually, he CAN deliver what you want, and he will.

Don't take our word for it – come meet Dr. Laverson, and experience the San Diego Cosmetic Clinic difference.


Educated at the United States Naval Academy (Annapolis) and the University of Maryland (College Park), Dr. Laverson graduated summa cum laude in 1979. He then attended medical school at the University of Maryland in Baltimore, MD, graduating in 1983. 

Dr. Laverson's ten years of internship and residency training included general surgery at UCLA, Los Angeles County Hospitals, and at other government, private, and academic hospitals in Philadelphia, Chicago, and Atlanta. His fellowship in plastic surgery was in New York at the Long Island Plastic Surgical Group, North Shore University Hospital, State University of New York, Winthrop, and other centers.

Dr. Laverson was certified by the American Board of Surgery in 1992 and by the American Board of Plastic Surgery in 1995. He maintains certification annually with the American Board of Plastic Surgery.  The American Association for the Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities (AAAASF) sets the standards by which we maintain our surgery center accreditation (Facility #6198).

Dr. Laverson worked as a junior scientist at the National Institute of Health and published a variety of peer-reviewed research and editorials in such journals as The Lancet, The New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of Trauma, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and the Aesthetic Surgery Journal.  He has been invited to present his work at meetings of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons and the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons.


Most common procedures and areas addressed: rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty (changes in shape, size, and proportions of the nose); brow/forehead lift; BOTOX, Dysport, Xeomin, and Jeuveau for dynamic creases and lines of expression; Asian eyelids (double eyelid procedure); ptosis and lower eyelid malposition; blepharoplasty (eyelid rejuvenation); lip augmentation with fillers and/or fat, upper lip lift, shape changes of the lips by local tissue rearrangement, corner of lip lift; facelift (rhytidectomy), deep plane facelift and mini facelift; neck lift and neck liposuction; facial implants (chin implant, cheek implant, pre-maxillary implant, and others); facial fillers, including Restylane, Juvéderm, Belotero, Radiesse, Sculptra, fat, nano-fat, silicone, Aquamid, Renuva, and others; scar removal and scar revision; ears and ear lobes; breast augmentation (breast enlargement) with saline (saltwater) or silicone gel breast implants (Natrelle, Mentor, Sientra) and by fat transfer; breast lift by areola scar and "lollipop" scar; breast augmentation with lift (lift with breast implants) for larger and higher breasts; breast reduction; breast reconstruction after mastectomy; gynecomastia (breast reduction for men); abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), modified tummy tuck, mini tummy tuck; umbilical correction (belly button cosmetic surgery); liposuction (fat removal) of face, breast, and body, including liposculpture of arms, thighs, flanks, waist, hips, knees, and other areas; surgical lipectomy (surgical removal of excess skin and fat after weight loss or aging); medical weight loss ( program); arm lift (brachioplasty) and thigh lift (thigh plasty) to remove excess arm or thigh skin; labiaplasty (aesthetic and functional procedures to improve comfort, convenience, and confidence of feminine intimates); labia minora and labia majora, mons, perineum, clitoral hood.


Dr. Laverson is a fully trained general surgeon and a Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery. He subsequently specialized in and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery ("Double Board Certified"). Dr. Laverson maintains hospital privileges at Palomar Medical Center, Escondido, CA, an American College of Surgeons designated Level 2 Trauma Center, and at Scripps Memorial Hospital, Encinitas, CA. He is an active member of the following professional organizations: 

  • American College of Surgeons, Fellow
  • American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, Member
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Member
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society


Dr. Laverson is the founder and chairman of the board of Femininity Foundation, a federally designated 501(c)(3) nonprofit, providing aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery services to promote rehabilitation and recovery for unfunded adult victims of violence and physical abuse.


"Dr. Laverson is incredibly thorough and passionate about his work. He answered all of my questions prior to my breast augmentation and tummy tuck. Following my procedure, Dr. Laverson went above and beyond during my follow up appointment to ensure I get the best results. Office staff is very welcoming, and they even called to check up on me after my procedure. I feel like a new woman, and I’m more confident than I have ever been. I recommend Feel Beautiful to anyone considering having an aesthetic procedure."



"From the first time I walked through the doors and all through my recovery I was treated so nicely. Dr. Laverson spent a lot of time talking with me to really understand what it is that I want and what will be best for my body. Cherise was so friendly and made me feel so comfortable. She was easy to get ahold of and super quick to respond to texts and always answered the phone. The nurses couldn’t have been more friendly or welcoming, they were relatable and down to earth. The anasthesiologist, Dr. Landon was very informative and kind and put me at ease. On the day of my surgery I knew I was in good hands and was not nervous at all. Throughout the process I felt as if I was their most important patient and am so glad I decided to get my breast augmentation surgery at Feel Beautiful."



"I must start by saying that I very rarely write reviews. But I recently recalled my experience with Dr. Laverson, and felt compelled to leave a long-overdue review that he truly earned. My situation was also quite different from most of his typical work, so I hope this also attests to his wide-ranging surgical skill. A couple of years ago I was involved in a bad motorcycle accident and wound up at Palomar Hospital. According to my family, doctors, and nurses, my face was pretty much smashed to bits and looked extremely gruesome. Some parts of my face were even missing. Anyway, Dr. Laverson was the on-call plastic surgeon that night. Once the E.R. doctors had gotten me stable, he had the impossible task of trying to fix my Freddy Krueger face by looking at an old picture of me on my fiance’s cell phone. Or at least it should’ve been impossible based on how bad my condition was...Fast forward a day or two, after my swelling from the surgery had gone down in order to see the results, my family and some coworkers came in to see. NONE of them could tell a difference from before the accident, including the coworkers who hadn’t seen my smashed face. Somehow, some way, Dr. Laverson was able to use plates, grafts, and whatever other tools and tricks in his brilliant surgical mind to make me look IDENTICAL to how I looked before splattering multiple pieces of my face on the side of a road. Shortly after my family, friends, and coworkers visited, Dr. Laverson himself visited as well to observe the post-swelling results, see how I was feeling, and to follow up on all the medical stuff he knew to look out for. He even asked my family and I if there was anything out of place, or changes we’d like to make, since he was happy to do another surgery to get everything exactly right. Because everything was already perfect I didn’t do another surgery, but his offer, his following up with me, and his sincere concern for my well being was absolutely amazing.There is only one last detail I want to mention, but it speaks volumes for Dr. Laverson’s outstanding character and genuine desire to help people feel beautiful and be happy with their looks. Since this was in the emergency room at the hospital, not only was it different than his usual surgeries by its type and difficulty, but the emergency was also paid for by my medical insurance. In the medical profession, this often means a significant pay-cut for the doctor from what they would normally charge. I don’t know if my surgery wound up being one of those times for Dr. Laverson, but I do know that he did a spectacular job given my horrendous condition, all while cancelling his Friday evening plans, and likely earning less than usual as well. I hope this review helps prove to potential customers that Dr. Laverson is a caring and outstandingly skilled surgeon, and to put anyone’s mind at ease that may be nervous or unsure about plastic surgery. And lastly, Dr. Laverson, I want to personally thank you for everything outlined above. I know there is no way I can ever really reciprocate what you did for me, but I hope this review can at least help show people and spread the word that you are an absolutely amazing person and professional."



"I recently visited Dr Laverson for my Botox injections. His office is absolutely stunning! He was very thorough in explaining his methods and the procedure. We discussed what look I wanted and decided what areas to focus on. He did a perfect job! I definitely “feel beautiful” ! I can’t wait to see future results and try other procedures. Thank you!!"



"Best people, best surgeon! And he’s a REAL, board certified, residency-trained plastic surgeon. Go to someone you can trust, like Dr Laverson! Sensitive to patient needs, kind, extremely knowledgeable & professional who wants the best, most natural results for all his patients."



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