Dr John Walker, Cosmetic and Plastic Surgeon
Plastic surgery is the marriage of art and medicine. A good plastic surgeon sees the body as a sculptor does, but also understands its complexities as a physician. I was destined to do plastic surgery. I grew up in a family of artists, and I love the visual arts. My vocation for caring for people led me to medicine, but I chose plastic surgery because it offers intellectual and technical challenges and artistic satisfaction.
I first studied medicine in South Africa, where I was born. During my plastic surgery residency there, I was exposed to reconstructive surgery, head and neck, burn, microsurgery, and cosmetic surgery. Because of South Africa’s political and social instabilities, I left to continue my training with a research fellowship in the Cleft/ Craniofacial division at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles and Residencies at Case Western Reserve University Hospital and Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena (USC).
I have been in private practice in the Los Angeles area for over 10 years and have extensive experience with breast enhancement, breast reduction, male breast reduction, and breast reconstruction, tummy-tucks, mommy make-overs, eyelid surgery, neck lifts, breast lifts, face lifts, and scar reduction. I am particularly expert in body sculpting, liposuction, and fat transfers including fat transfer to the buttocks (Brazilian butt lift). I also am board-certified in wound healing. To find more about these procedures, to see before and after pictures, and to read patient testimonials, go to my reviews page.
I give all my patients individual concierge service. I listen closely to their surgical goals, I pay attention to their health histories and body types, and I work with them to develop a customized surgical plan that will best achieve those goals, explaining the advantages and risks of different approaches.
I stay in touch with my patients after surgery, coaching them through their recovery, and give each one my cell phone number so that they can contact me with questions at any time. Whether my patients want to enhance their figures or to recover from weight loss, pregnancy, mastectomy, or other physical changes, I work with each one individually and with their families to achieve the look they want and to build their confidence and quality of life.
Becoming a Cosmetic & Plastic Surgeon is the natural evolution of my background, interests, aptitudes and enthusiasm. My career goal was always to become a well-trained cosmetic and plastic surgeon, capable of excellence in both clinical patient care and clinical research that can advance Medical Science. I was born and raised in South Africa, and was inspired from an early age by my parents’ careers as an architect and art historian. I was drawn to the health sciences and entered medical school. I soon became interested in a surgical career and was drawn to plastic surgery because of its diversity, intellectual challenges and technical demands. I was also fascinated in the artistry and design elements of the specialty.
I was admitted into a Plastic Surgery residency in South Africa, where I gained a considerable depth of experience in basic plastic surgery techniques at an early stage. During the following few years of residency training I was exposed to reconstructive surgery, head and neck, burn, microsurgery and Cosmetic surgery. I had the opportunity to perform over eight hundred cases as a primary resident surgeon in my first two years, and a total of over five thousand cases over the span of my training. Being born and raised in Africa, I have an expertise treating African skin and scarring that gives me an edge over most surgeons in treating darker skinned individuals.
My clinical training in South Africa was excellent, but research opportunities were few and political and social instability were great. Although I strove to engage in clinical research in South Africa and studied therapeutic treatments for keloids, a large problem in the South African population, progress, interest, and funding was short.
In 2000, I relocated to Los Angeles to take a research fellowship in the Cleft/Craniofacial surgery with Dr. John Reinisch, division head of plastic surgery at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. I entered private practice in 2005.
I look forward to the opportunity of serving my community through my cosmetic, plastic, and reconstructive surgery skills and training. My clinical experience and research exposure have given me maturity and insight, which allows me to be a strong Cosmetic & Plastic/reconstructive Surgeon. I offer excellence in Cosmetic, Plastic, & Reconstructive surgery, with an emphasis on all three stages of the surgical experience: Education & counseling, the surgery, and especially the post-operative experience. I still have patients referring friends and family to me years afterwards, and am privileged to have touched many peoples lives, and souls through my work.
I care deeply about my patients and their results, hoping that all my patients stay lifelong clients, and hopefully friends. I am proud to say I am a member of a team of staff who all strive to pursue excellence.
I remain fascinated in the artistry of cosmetic surgery, in the pursuit of the curve, rather than the flat, the intriguing, rather than the boring. I always give my patients my fullest attention, aiming to satisfy their individual needs, and acheive their goals, treating each person as unique, with their own set of demands, and expectations from life, and their surgical results.
Dr. Walker believes in a “concierge-type” practice. He believes the patient should always be able to contact their surgeon in order to most accurately address any concerns or questions that the patient may have. MEET THE DOCTOR!
Phone: 1-800-452-0866 or 1 (424) 675-4965
Cell Phone: (818) 632-6915
CA Medical License Number: A92111
Dr. John Walker, MD is certified by the American Board of Wound Management. He is a member of the California Society of Plastic Surgeons, a fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, and a member of the International Group of Cosmetic Breast Surgeons. He is an ISAPS member and is internationally board certified. He is also a member of the International Society of Regenerative Plastic Surgeons.
For details of Dr. Walker’s education and references, please refer to his current CV (to be updated soon).
I am drawn to plastic surgery because of its diversity, intellectual challenges and technical demands.
I look forward to the opportunity of serving my community through my cosmetic, plastic, and reconstructive surgery skills and training. My clinical experience and research exposure have given me maturity and insight, which allows me to be a strong Cosmetic & Plastic/reconstructive Surgeon. I offer excellence in Cosmetic, Plastic, & Reconstructive surgery, with an emphasis on all three stages of the surgical experience: Education & counseling, the surgery, and especially the post-operative experience.
-Dr. John Walker