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Meet Dr. Sayed

Dr. Tim Sayed, MD, MBA, FACS

Dr. Tim Sayed is a double board-certified plastic surgeon who has been practicing cosmetic and reconstructive surgery for 13 years. He is highly skilled in all forms of cosmetic surgery, including breast augmentation, breast reduction, breast lift, rhinoplasty, facelift, blepharoplasty (eyelid lift), tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), vaginal rejuvenation, liposuction and body contouring operations.

Patients seeking artistry in cosmetic surgery in Southern California and South Florida need look no further. California and Florida are the meccas of cosmetic surgery, where patients can enjoy year-round sunshine as they recover from cosmetic surgery in a private tropical paradise. Whether you are interested in a “Mommy Makeover,” a “nose job,” Botox® or Juvéderm® injections, a coveted “Brazilian Butt Lift,” or excellence in breast implant surgery, Dr. Sayed has the training, credentials, creativity, integrity, ethics and diligence to meet and exceed your expectations of a plastic surgeon. He has offered cosmetic surgery to patients in San Diego, Newport Beach, Orange County, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Miami and Palm Beach and has a devoted clientele of patients who have traveled to see him from New York, The Caribbean, Europe and the Middle East.

International and out-of-town plastic surgery patients can experience recovery in a number of elegant hotel and resort facilities and enjoy the benefits of medical tourism while under the care of this highly regarded plastic surgeon. Double board-certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Sayed is also a leader in local and national plastic surgical organizations, a physician entrepreneur, a working musician, and a student of many disciplines. First and foremost, though, he is a dedicated and committed physician of the highest order.

From a young age, Dr. Sayed has excelled among his peers. After graduating valedictorian of the largest graduating high school class in the state of Texas, he undertook studies in electrical engineering and computer science at Berkeley, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa with Highest Honors. During his undergraduate years, he studied medical device design for surgical indications and medical imaging, and worked in a surgery laboratory building analytical tools to measure physiology, as part of the Engineering Honors Program. He then pursued his childhood dream of becoming a surgeon and graduated as one of the top students in his class at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine – an entering class that was rated #1 for student selectivity in the U.S. News and World Report rankings of medical schools. The UCSF School of Medicine is regularly ranked as one of the top 5 medical schools in America and is known for excellence in patient care, research, and surgical specialties. He achieved membership in the exclusive Alpha Omega Alpha National Medical Honor Society, an honor bestowed on only the top 10% of medical students. He was one of only two recipients in his graduating class of the UCSF Alumni-Faculty Association Award for Academic Excellence, having earned top “honors” performance in nearly every clinical clerkship during his medical school clinical training.

Dr. Sayed recognizes that looks matter. He recognizes that people want to look and feel their best. He understands that an investment in cosmetic surgery is just that: an investment. Patients and their families work hard and rightfully expect high quality service for their investment in aesthetic surgery. Your goals and aesthetic dreams are what we strive to achieve every day. Our staff respect patients’ time, finances and family needs and will work with patients to provide a great experience for all involved. Dr. Sayed’s patient clientele and professional network includes celebrities, pro athletes, business leaders, political figures, and other prominent individuals, but in his eyes and hands, all patients are VIP’s. He has treated cosmetic surgery patients from Florida, New York, California, Texas, the UK, the Middle East, Central America and South America. Great plastic surgery is worth traveling for.

A perfectionist by nature, Dr. Sayed keeps up to date on the latest plastic surgery technologies to offer state-of-the-art techniques and results to his patients. He regularly attends continuing medical education courses to remain current on leading technologies and procedures to provide the very best for his patients.

Here are just a few examples of Dr. Sayed’s dedication to his craft and his commitment to excellence: Dr. Sayed is a regular professional expert in radio, print and television journalism pieces and has served on medical advisory boards for breast cancer multidisciplinary centers. He has served as a consultant to KCI and LifeCell (makers of Alloderm and Strattice products used in breast reconstruction and revision breast surgery). As an innovator, he was recruited by Modernizing Medicine®, the fastest-growing startup in South Florida, to head the development of its groundbreaking EMA® electronic medical record system for the plastic surgery specialty. This product was ranked #1 by a major research group for electronic medical records for plastic surgeons. He has served as a member of the Product Advisory, Emerging Trends, Public Education, Leadership Development and Young Plastic Surgeons committees with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). Dr. Sayed was also appointed Medical Director of the JFK Medical Center Wound Management clinic, where he oversaw the care of hundreds of patients with complex wounds, and he is also a committed surgical educator, having served on the faculties of the University of Vermont and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, teaching students and residents about plastic surgery. He has published works that include medical student guides and peer-reviewed journal articles, regular columns about the practice of cosmetic plastic surgery in Modern Aesthetics magazine, as well as online multimedia materials for medical school education in underserved developing nations.

Dr. Sayed has been honored by the New Beauty Magazine’s Top Beauty Experts List, the Patient’s Choice Award, the Consumer’s Guide to America’s Top Plastic Surgeons, and Who’s Who in Medicine and Health Care, among numerous professional accolades. He is a regular speaker at plastic surgery meetings, sharing insight with his colleagues, and with the media, who turn to him for a balanced, nuanced and honest assessment of new technologies and trends, including celebrity plastic surgery.

In the end, though, plastic surgeons must demonstrate not only intelligence and academic success, but worldliness, artistry and a keen eye for balance and proportion. Dr. Sayed aims to develop excellence in many spheres of learning and capability, which has allowed him to build connections with patients from varied cultures, backgrounds, and points of view. A world traveler, Dr. Sayed speaks English, German, and Arabic, and is getting better at Spanish every day, after which he intends to tackle French…. He has been artistic since he first learned to play piano at age 6, and in his free time, he continues to play music as both a solo performer and in his rock band, 1 Flight Down. He records original and cover music in his home studio and some of these recordings can be found at www.soundcloud.com/acousticneuroma.

A popular choice for plastic surgery interviews with the media, Dr. Sayed has also appeared on TV’s Jeopardy!, where he was a 3-time champion. Media inquiries may be directed to Dr. Sayed on the Media page.

In addition to his musical hobbies, Dr. Sayed enjoys skiing, tennis, golf, creative writing, reading, outdoor recreation, and community service. He and his lovely wife are proud to call Southern California home.

Q & A with Dr. Tim Sayed

Where did you grow up?

I was born in Egypt and grew up in Rhode Island, Utah, and Texas. When people ask me where I’m from, I wonder if they mean where I was born, where I live, or where I go for Thanksgiving!

Tell us about your education and training.

I was the valedictorian of the largest high school class in Texas and pursued an engineering degree (focus on medical device design) at Berkeley. I attended the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine, the top-ranked medical school on the West Coast. I then trained in general surgery at the legendary Mass General Hospital (the oldest and largest teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School), before returning to UCSF for my plastic surgery fellowship. About 10 years into my career as a practicing surgeon, I obtained an Executive MBA from the top-ranked Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. I am double board-certified in general surgery and plastic surgery (and recertified in both after 10 years of practice).

What type of surgical procedure do you specialize in?

I specialize primarily in breast implant removal/en bloc capsulectomy surgery, as well as other cosmetic breast surgery, tummy tucks, liposuction, and fat grafting. I round out my diverse practice with facelift, rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery, and male plastic surgery procedures.

What is your philosophy at your practice?

Our philosophy and motto is “Aesthetics Done Right.” This means carefully and skillfully performed surgery, honest and forthright treatment of patients with integrity and candor, and boutique personalized surgical care in a private and nurturing setting, which result in a high degree of word-of-mouth evangelism of our practice.

Why did you become a plastic surgeon?

I was always interested in the combination of science and art, and the stimulation of left-brain analytic and problem-solving skills as well as right-brain creativity and design work. I am a musician and enjoy self-directed learning across many disciplines, and plastic surgery offers an amazing diversity of procedures, patients, and technologies to engage all aspects of my mind. It is also very rewarding to be working on quality-of-life improvement for patients— plastic surgeons are among the few doctors patients often look forward to seeing!

What do you like most about being a plastic surgeon?

The privilege of creating an impact with quickly noticeable results makes plastic surgery very compelling as a career. You have an amazing opportunity as a plastic surgeon to impact the lives of people from all walks of life.

What methods did you employ to accomplish your goal of becoming a successful plastic surgeon?

I focused first on scholastic success and sought to be a leader among my peers throughout my education and training. I obtained a diverse base of surgical knowledge through training in some of the most rigorous surgical programs. During my training and throughout my career, I have sought to learn from innovators and key opinion leaders among my colleagues. I am proud that I have learned surgery from doctors who are known for inventing microsurgery, or revolutionizing rhinoplasty, or developing complex flap reconstruction techniques used by surgeons everywhere.

 What do you like to do in your leisure time when you are not operating or seeing patients?

I love spending time with my wife and two beautiful children, who are already showing a love of music, reading, and learning. I enjoy skiing, basketball, tennis and golf, world travel, and reading.

What epiphany did you experience while studying to become a surgeon that led you to choose plastic surgery?

I was allowed to participate in complex craniofacial reconstructions on children and adults with deformities while still a college student. I was amazed at how a plastic surgeon’s skills can make a dramatic change in someone’s life journey in a few short hours. I also saw that most plastic surgeons were happy in their work-life balance, when compared with some peers in other specialties. 

 What setbacks or obstacles did you encounter while pursuing your goals?

The process of surgical residency training is rigorous, time-consuming, and almost obsessive— you have to be very focused and have an intent desire to excel in surgery, and it can take precious time away from family time. I am always amazed at friends and colleagues who were able to raise families while training in surgery. As an older parent, I have developed a healthy perspective on the balance of diving deep into work and career while carving out personal time to recharge and energize.

What three words best describe you?

Compassionate, inquisitive, driven.

What mentors do you currently have, or have you had during your career that made a lasting impact on you?

I trained under some of the most respected leaders in plastic surgery, including Dr. Stephen Mathes (program director at UCSF, known for characterizing flap reconstruction used in cancer, trauma and soft tissue restoration), Dr. James May (Mass General plastic surgery chairman, cosmetic facelift expert who was also instrumental in development of hand surgery techniques), Dr. Ronald Gruber (internationally known rhinoplasty expert, with whom I did clinical research and published papers), and Dr. Harry Buncke (the godfather of microsurgery). Colleagues like Dr. Maher Anous (innovator in tummy tuck surgery), Dr. Ali Mosharrafa (top cosmetic breast and facial surgeon), Alan Pillersdorf (senior partner in my first practice in Florida, known as a leader of organized surgery) and others have shaped my career.

How did your journey to be a plastic surgeon change you internally?

Plastic surgery made me appreciate the diversity of human experience, appearance, emotion, physiology, and anatomy in ways only touched on during my medical school education. It made me fully appreciate the gifts of using one’s hands, eyes, mind, and heart to create positive change in the lives of our patients. It is a privilege and very humbling.

Why do patients choose you as their plastic surgeon, and what makes you different and unique?

I pride myself on educating my patients thoroughly to help them make informed choices that are right for their goals. I go the extra mile in providing accessibility for aftercare and developing a personal relationship with patients. We like to say our practice married technology and technique to achieve meaningful results for our patients: Aesthetics Done Right!