My interest in facial plastic surgery stemmed from my initial involvement with patients with major facial and head/neck cancers at Stanford.I was fascinated by the operations required to remove these complex tumors but the highlight was always the second part of the operations-putting everything back together. In spite of whatever had been done to treat the cancer, the patient's eventual point of focus was their appearance. Did they look 'normal'? I've been very fortunate to have had tremendous experience with facial reconstruction both in children and adults. I am convinced that I am a better cosmetic surgeon because of this; likewise, I think I bring an aesthetic sensibility to the reconstructions because of my extensive experience with elective, cosmetic procedures. I grew up in Venezuela and came to the United States for college. I had talked about being a Doctor since elementary school and was very lucky to have the opportunity to pursue that dream here in the United States. In college I became an American citizen and continued my training at world class institutions. I arrived in Charleston in 1990 having been recruited by the Medical University of South Carolina as the first facial plastic surgeon in the institution. Over the next 10 years I developed an incredibly busy practice providing the complete gamut in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. I left MUSC and opened the Facial Surgery Center in 1999. Over the last 17 years I've been fortunate to have developed a practice which is seen as the premier cosmetic and reconstructive facial surgery practice in the state. The need to give back to our community, to try to "fix the world", was passed on to me by my late father. His commitment to helping others and doing the right thing for the less fortunate inspires me daily. Through The Hemangioma Treatment Foundation I created in 2003, I have been able to help over 1,000 children with vascular tumors and malformations. With the Hemangioma and Vascular Malformation International Treatment Center, which I also founded, we are able to treat more children and adults from around the world. With the addition of this practice I am working to make Charleston the national hub for treatment of hemangiomas and research toward finding a cure so that surgery and the potential scarring become unnecessary. I opened the practice, Surgery4Migraines, through an appreciation for the misery of chronic migraine sufferers. My interest in the field of migraine relief comes from personal experience with family members who suffer from chronic migraines. These migraine surgeries offer a great integration of my cosmetic skills, vast reconstructive experience and the ability to perform highly technical surgery through small hidden incisions. He has three additional treatments for migraine and facial pain sufferers: Botox injections, Sphenoblock (Dr. Hochman's trademarked treatment, a minimally invasive procedure designed to temporarily block a collection of nerves delivering pain relief), and iOvera (extreme, painless cold). Hair loss restoration has increasingly gained importance for patients. Keeping up with best practices, with the advent of Follicular Unit Extraction and implantation and technology, he has incorporated this approach into his newest practice, The Hair Loss Treatment Center. He utilizes the latest technology in addition to any other surgical/medical therapies proven to restore hair based on his assessment of your needs. From my point of view, patients who are having surgery because 'they have to' (like children with hemangiomas or patients treated for skin cancer or migraines) are no different than those having surgery because 'they want to' (the patients having a facelift or rhinoplasty). The bottom line is that we all want to look and feel our best. We have the experience, expertise, technology and excellent staff to make that happen for everyone.
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Learn about Dr. Hochman
As a facial and head/neck plastic surgeon and migraine surgeon Dr.Hochman understands that facial surgery is more than just a science. It requires skill, patience and an appreciation for proportion and form. It is essential for you to have confidence knowing you have a surgeon with the education and expertise you can trust, a surgeon whose results are matched only by his concern for your comfort and well-being, a surgeon whose results have patients feeling better than they have in years.
Dr. Hochman's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
Specializes in Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Board certified in Otolaryngology and Plastic Surgery & Facial Surgery
No sanctions found
No board actions found
Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Facial Plastic Surgery
Hair Transplant Surgery
Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
Pediatric Plastic Surgery
Plastic Surgery-Head & Neck
Accredited by: American Board of Otolaryngology*
Plastic Surgery & Facial Surgery
Accredited by: American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Why It Matters: Dr. Hochman's Board Certifications
Board certification should be one of your top considerations when choosing a doctor. Board certification is an official recognition given to doctors who have met specific requirements set by national medical specialty boards in the United States.
Board certification indicates that a doctor is highly qualified in the medical field in which he or she practices. A board-certified doctor is more likely than a non-board-certified doctor to have the most current skills and knowledge about how to treat your medical condition.
Facial Skin Cancer
Botox® for Chronic Migraine
Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery
Cosmetic Facial Implant Surgery
Cosmetic Facial Surgery
Cosmetic Laser Surgery
Cosmetic Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy
Ear Plastic Surgery (Otoplasty)
Excision of Skin Cancer
Excision of Skin Lesion
Facial Rejuvenation, Advanced, Laser
Head and Neck Surgery
Laser Hair Removal
Laser Tattoo Removal
Lip, Excision or Resection
Nose Plastic Surgery (Rhinoplasty)
Plastic Cosmetic Surgery
Platelet-Rich Plasma Injection (PRP)
Repair of Brow Ptosis and Blepharoptosis
Soft Tissue Tumor Removal
Malpractice Claims not available
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No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
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If a doctor has a sanction, it does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor-quality doctor. Some sanctions are not related to medical care, and involve a doctor’s finances or administrative activities. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, we recommend that you evaluate the doctor’s sanction information and determine how severe or relevant you think the sanction cause and action were.
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For which states does Healthgrades collect sanction history?
Healthgrades collects sanction history from all 50 U.S. states. Physicians with a disciplinary action in one state may move to another state where they have a clean record. Since Healthgrades painstakingly compiles disciplinary action information from all 50 states, Healthgrades website will show if a physician has a disciplinary action in more than one state.
0 Board Actions
No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What are board actions?
Board actions are non-disciplinary actions imposed upon a doctor based on a complaint investigation. A patient or medical colleague may file a complaint with that state medical board or professional licensing organization, which then investigates the complaint. Board actions are intended to ensure that a doctor is able to perform safe medical and health care tasks.
Types of non-disciplinary actions include an advisory letter, a corrective action agreement, a limitation or restriction on the medical or healthcare tasks a doctor can perform, or a voluntary agreement by the doctor not to practice. A board action can also include a termination of a corrective action agreement or voluntary agreement, which allows the doctor to return to full practice.
If my doctor has a board action, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a board action, it means he or she has had a non-disciplinary action imposed upon him or her. It does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor quality doctor. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, evaluate the doctor's board action information and determine how severe or relevant you think the cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades non-disciplinary board action history go?
Healthgrades reports non-disciplinary board action history from for the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect non-disciplinary board actions?
Healthgrades collects non-disciplinary board actions from all 50 U.S. states.
University Of Texas / Austin Campus
Undergraduate School | Graduated 1981
University Of Texas Medical School At San Antonio
Medical School | Graduated 1985
Stanford University Medical Center
Internship Hospital | Completed 1986
Stanford University Medical Center
Residency Hospital | Completed 1990
Arkansas Children's Hospital
Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1991
St Louis University
Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1991
Awards & Recognition
Awards & Honors
Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications
Dr. Hochman has no media or publications listed.
Awards & Recognition
What is a recognized doctor?
Healthgrades Recognized Doctor designation identifies leading doctors who:
Are board certified.
Have not had their license surrendered or revoked since Healthgrades started collecting data in 2000.
Have no malpractice judgments, adverse arbitration awards, or monetary settlements for the last five years in the states in which Healthgrades can collect malpractice data.
Are free of state or federal disciplinary actions (sanctions) for the last five years.
Healthgrades updates the Recognized Doctor list quarterly based on board certification data. Healthgrades also receives sanction and malpractice data throughout the year, depending on how frequently the state medical boards release updates.
We remove a newly sanctioned doctor from the Recognized Doctor list as soon as we receive the information. However, it is important to note that malpractice information is publically available in only 14 states.
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