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Tradition and Excellence Since 1964
San Diego's Facial Rejuvenation Experts & Exclusive QuickLift™ Surgeons since 2004

Alexander Cosmetic Surgery, we have a simple philosophy—keep things simple! The ability to keep things simple requires both experience and common sense. Keeping things simple has helped us:
  • make procedures easily understandable to patients
  • create simplified surgical steps that consistently produce natural results, time after time
  • avoid problems and complications
  • keep our patients happy
We have found that most patients are happy with themselves in general, and happy with the way they look. Our patients are not looking for radical change, just an improvement, rejuvenation, or refinement of what they already have. Combining tried and true procedures with good measures of common sense and practicality helps us do just that.

For the last 40 years we have been San Diego's leader in Facial Rejuvenation and Cosmetic Plastic Surgery. And since 2004, we have been San Diego's exclusive provider of the QuickLift,™ a procedure that has simplified and transformed our facial surgeries.

We invite you to learn more about some of the simple ways we can help you achieve a refreshed, natural look.

Dr. Alexander Sr. always wanted to be a surgeon, a pilot, an architect, and a cowboy. He became all of these. As a boy, he admired his uncle, J.R. Price, a renowned general surgeon in Phoenix where Dr. Alexander was born and raised. This was his inspiration to become a surgeon. His brother, Charles, flew B-29s for the Army Air Force at the end of WWII. Dr. Alexander dreamed of becoming a flight surgeon, but was too young, and by the time the Korean War began he was right in the middle of medical school.

He had been accepted to medical school in Arizona, but when he learned that one of his best friends was attending the University of Maryland he changed his plans. In 1954, they packed up a car and made the drive across the country. Dr. Alexander loved his experience on the east coast and later would share many exciting stories of his medical training with his children, planting a seed of interest in his oldest son, John II.

After receiving his medical degree he accepted an apprenticeship at White Memorial Hospital in Los Angeles. The job paid $20 per week! He spent so much time at the hospital that he decided to move right in. After training in general surgery in Los Angeles and at Mercy Hospital in San Diego, Dr. Alexander was given the opportunity to train with Drs. Cronin and Brauer at the preeminent plastic surgery training program in the country. After two years of training in Houston, the Drs. Cronin and Brauer offered him a permanent faculty position, but he decided instead to return to San Diego, where he began his private practice in 1964. In just a few years, he had become the most sought after plastic surgeon in the county, and has maintained a reputation of excellence for over 40 years.

Dr Alexander II followed in his father's footsteps as a plastic surgeon when he recognized at an early age that he shared several of father’s traits, including a good eye, perfectionism, and meticulous attention to detail. He also admired his father’s reputation and shared the same passion for improving the lives of others by restoring or enhancing their self-image.

Dr. Alexander II has had the privilege of working alongside his father since 1996, and while he has benefited from his father’s expertise, he has also had the opportunity to bring new technologies and advanced procedures into the practice, such laser resurfacing, endoscopic procedures, and the QuickLift™.

Dr. Alexander Sr. is proud to have passed on to his son the tremendous wealth of knowledge he has acquired during his time in private practice as one of San Diego’s premiere plastic surgeons, and is proud to have his son continue his legacy.
But Dr. Alexander Sr. might tell you that the family business dates back much further than his 40 years of experience.

Occasionally, while admiring the results of a procedure he had performed, he would comment to the patient, “My grandfather would be proud of me!” to which the patient would invariably ask, “Oh, was your grandfather a surgeon?”

“No,” he would say with a smile, “he was a tailor.”

His grandfather, John Thomas, with whom both doctors share their name, was an expert tailor. To be a good tailor one must have an eye for symmetry and an ability to make things fit.

Often, plastic surgeons tout their artistic abilities to patients, making the leap that a good artist is also a good surgeon. One needs to be careful when a surgeon offers this line of reasoning, because art is a very subjective thing. What one person thinks is beautiful, another might consider hideous. Nobody wants to look like a Picasso! Natural-appearing cosmetic surgery has much in common with fine tailoring; optimal outcomes depend on being meticulous about details and getting the right fit.

We invite you to visit us for a complimentary consult, where you can discover how a family tradition of excellence and common sense can help you achieve a natural outcome with any cosmetic procedure.


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