Thomas Vecchione, MD  - Plastic Surgeon

Vecchione Plastic Surgery

Thomas Vecchione, MD

Plastic Surgeon located in San Diego, CA

About Dr. Vecchione

Dr. Thomas Vecchione is a leading cosmetic surgeon providing patients throughout the San Diego region with the most advanced care for an array of aesthetic issues, including conditions affecting the face and the body. His practice relies on state-of-the-art equipment and techniques to achieve optimal results in every patient. As a skilled surgeon, he specializes in cutting-edge treatments and approaches, including eyelid surgery, rhinoplasty, otoplasty, facelift and neck surgery, tummy tuck, breast augmentation and breast reduction, breast lift, liposculpture and recontouring. In addition to surgical procedures, his practice provides minimally-invasive cosmetic treatments, including cosmetic fillers, Botox®, microdermabrasion, chemical peels and resurfacing treatments.

Dr. Vecchione has been practicing medicine for more than three decades, and he has extensive experience in understanding each patient's unique goals and needs and interpreting them skillfully using the safest, most effective, most appropriate techniques. He is committed to helping patients understand all their treatment possibilities so they can achieve their objectives while maintaining realistic expectations for greater levels of post-treatment satisfaction.

Dr. Vecchione earned his medical degree at Ohio State University School of Medicine, followed by a residency in surgery at the USC Medical Center in Los Angeles, a residency in plastic surgery at Harvard University's Brigham & Women's Hospital, and a fellowship in head and neck surgery at Western Pennsylvania Hospital. He has been certified by the American Board of Plastic Reconstructive Surgeons, the American Society for Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery, the American Association of Plastic Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons, the American Medical Association, the California Medical Association, the California Society of Plastic Surgeons, the San Diego County Medical Society, the San Diego International Society of Plastic Surgeons and the San Diego Surgical Society.

In addition to caring for patients at his private practice, Dr. Vecchione maintains hospital affiliations with Scripps Mercy San Diego, Sharp Memorial Hospital and Rady Children's Hospital, where he served as chief of staff and chief of plastic surgery. He is also a clinical associate professor of surgery at the University of California, San Diego, and has served as director and surgical coordinator of M.O.S.T., The Mercy Outreach Surgical Team.

His practice welcomes new patients and accepts most major insurance plans.

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Dr. Thomas Vecchione is a leading cosmetic surgeon providing patients throughout the San Diego region with the most advanced care for an array of aesthetic issues, including conditions affecting the face and the body. His practice relies on state-of-the-art equipment and techniques to achieve optimal results in every patient. As a skilled surgeon, he specializes in cutting-edge treatments and approaches, including eyelid surgery, rhinoplasty, otoplasty, facelift and neck surgery, tummy tuck, breast augmentation and breast reduction, breast lift, liposculpture and recontouring. In addition to surgical procedures, his practice provides minimally-invasive cosmetic treatments, including cosmetic fillers, Botox®, microdermabrasion, chemical peels and resurfacing treatments.

Dr. Vecchione has been practicing medicine for more than three decades, and he has extensive experience in understanding each patient's unique goals and needs and interpreting them skillfully using the safest, most effective, most appropriate techniques. He is committed to helping patients understand all their treatment possibilities so they can achieve their objectives while maintaining realistic expectations for greater levels of post-treatment satisfaction.

Dr. Vecchione earned his medical degree at Ohio State University School of Medicine, followed by a residency in surgery at the USC Medical Center in Los Angeles, a residency in plastic surgery at Harvard University's Brigham & Women's Hospital, and a fellowship in head and neck surgery at Western Pennsylvania Hospital. He has been certified by the American Board of Plastic Reconstructive Surgeons, the American Society for Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery, the American Association of Plastic Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons, the American Medical Association, the California Medical Association, the California Society of Plastic Surgeons, the San Diego County Medical Society, the San Diego International Society of Plastic Surgeons and the San Diego Surgical Society.

In addition to caring for patients at his private practice, Dr. Vecchione maintains hospital affiliations with Scripps Mercy San Diego, Sharp Memorial Hospital and Rady Children's Hospital, where he served as chief of staff and chief of plastic surgery. He is also a clinical associate professor of surgery at the University of California, San Diego, and has served as director and surgical coordinator of M.O.S.T., The Mercy Outreach Surgical Team.

His practice welcomes new patients and accepts most major insurance plans.


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Experienced Cosmetic Surgeon Since 1974

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  • Board Certified Surgeon
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certified Staff American Association  of Ambulatory Accreditation of Surgical Facility
  • Less than 2 miles to Scripps Mercy Hospital

Dr. Vecchione opened his practice in San Diego, California in 1974. he is on the medical staff of Scripps Mercy San Diego, Sharp Memorial Hospital, and Rady Children's Hospital. He is past Chief of Staff at Rady Chidren's Hospital. He is past Chief of Plastic Surgery at Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego, Sharp Memorial Hospital and Rady Children's Hospital.

Dr. Vecchione is a Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of California, San Diego.

He has served as president of the downtown Rotary Club #33 and director and surgical coordinator of M.O.S.T., The Mercy Outreach Surgical Team.

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Traumatic Injury

We treat many types of traumatic injuries. Traumatic injuries can leave a patient with both physical and emotional scars. Dr. Vecchione works in conjunction with Scripps Mercy San Diego, Sharp Memorial Hospital, and Rady Children's Hospital emergency facilities, specializing in hand trauma, dog bites, and scar revision. Post-surgical follow up appointments will take place in the comfort of his private practice. 

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Giving Back
  • Dr. Vecchione and his team regularly perform pediatric plastic surgery for indigent children in the U.S. and Mexico with M.O.S.T., the Mercy Outreach Surgical Team and other countries throughout the world with Operation of Hope.

    Why we do it?

    Congenital deformities negatively impact the lives of so many young children. Dr. Vecchione is dedicated to improving the quality of life for children born with deformities such as cleft lips, cleft palates, and webbing. Not only does this affect their appearance, but it improves their self confidence, removes negative self image, and can greatly impact the opportunities they may encounter throughout their lives.

     

  • Dr. Vecchione and Team crafts injured by land mine man's jaw out of leg bone, allowing him to speak again.

    Sure, reconstructive surgery has given Blessing Makwera a blinding smile and the ability to eat whatever he wants.

    But it is his voice that makes the most difference, the 22-year-old from Zimbabwe said.

    Before a team of San Diego surgeons used a bone from his left leg to replace the part of his jaw that an explosion had torn off, talking was so painfully difficult that he would just give up.

    “When you’re in class and the teacher can’t understand what you’re saying, it kinda lowers you down. But if people can understand what you’re saying, you can start to enjoy talking,” Makwera said.

    That sense of joy came out recently during a checkup with Dr. Thomas Vecchione, the Hillcrest plastic surgeon who is part of the team responsible for this young man's transformation.

    He said the simple joy of being able to make his thoughts and feelings understood is just so … fun.

    Faced with the onslaught of words and smiles, Vecchione said Makwera has the one thing he needs to succeed. “Enthusiasm is the key to life, and you’ve got enthusiasm,” the plastic surgeon said.

    Makwera’s still-imperfect but vastly improved voice is modulated by a mouth full of implanted teeth and meticulously rebuilt soft tissue in and around his palate, cheeks and tongue.

    Those areas were damaged by a land mine detonator blast in 2008. The explosion took his teeth and mostof his lower jawbone. He struggled to form words or eat even the softest foods.

    Vecchione, the plastic surgeon, said the case was in the top 10 of his career in terms of overall complexity. Chao agreed.

    “I am surprised that someone can do all of this and make everything functional. I’m just grateful to these guys for what they have done and what they are still doing,” he said.

  • Dr. Vecchione was thrilled to be a part of the team who helped to repair Blessing Makwera's face after a landmine accident in Zimbabwe. Please click on the video below to find out more about Blessing's amazing journey.    

Education, Certifications, Associations & Offices Held

Dr. Veccione completed his plastic surgery residency at Harvard University. He became certified by the:

  • American Board of Plastic Reconstructive Surgeons
  • American Society for Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery
  • American Association of Plastic Surgeons
  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Medical Association
  • California Medical Association
  • California Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • San Diego County Medical Society
  • San Diego International Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • San Diego Surgical Society.
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Location
Vecchione Plastic Surgery
3399 1st Ave
San Diego, CA 92103
Phone: 6193124023
Fax: 619-297-9247
Opening Hours

Vecchione Plastic Surgery
3399 1st Ave
San Diego, CA 92103