Dr. Salvatore Pacella, MD

Cosmetic, Plastic & Reconstructive SurgeryMaleAge 48

Dr. Pacella
Accepting new patients
Telehealth services available

Scripps Clinic Rancho Bernardo

15004 Innovation Dr San Diego, CA 92128

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Dr. Salvatore Pacella, MD is a Cosmetic, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Specialist in San Diego, CA. He is affiliated with medical facilities such as Rady Children's Hospital - San Diego and Scripps Green Hospital. He is accepting new patients and has indicated that he accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Pacella to book an appointment.

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Dr. Pacella did an absolutely outstanding job with my breast reconstruction following my bilateral mastectomy after breast cancer diagnosis. His goal for breast reconstruction is to make your breasts even more beautiful than they were before you had cancer, and in my case, the final result has surpassed anything that I even thought to hope for. I began my reconstruction journey with a different provider and was told that I would always live with some level of deformity after my mastectomy/reconstruction. I had come to accept it. When Dr. Pacella told me what he could do for me; I actually cried in his office. Dr. Pacella and his team showed the utmost compassion, professionalism, patience, and kindness. He took the time to answer my many questions, explained everything so well, and always treated me with respect. My results are gorgeous! Looking in the mirror used to make me feel self-conscious and sad. All I saw was what my cancer diagnoses had left behind. Now, when I look in the
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Molly Bonfiglio – Oct 09, 2020
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Dr. Pacella and his staff were everything and more than I exspected regarding the reconstruction of melanoma removal on my forehead. I was treated kindly and very professionally. Dr. Pacella did a remarkable job. The scar is not as noticeable as I thought it would be. My recovery was fast. I give them the highest kudos.
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  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
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Gail Johnson – Oct 02, 2020
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Dr. Salvatore Pacella did a fantastic job on completing my Mohs Basil Cell Carcinoma surgery. It was a two inch incision on my chest above my breast and within a month you could barely see the scar. It healed so nicely. His work is superb and he is very caring and takes an interest in his patients. He has a wonderful staff, from the office staff, to the nurses etc. I would recommend him for any plastic surgery needs you have. I was told he was the best by my Dermatologist, and he lived up to that and more.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
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Rita – Sep 13, 2020
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Dr. Pacella did a wonderful job with my breast reconstruction. After my tissue was damaged from radiation and I was very uncomfortable, unable to do many athletic activities without discomfort, I consulted with Dr. Pacella and his staff for this scary but necessary surgery. The end result was beautiful and helped me to return to feeling normal again. Dr. Pacella and his staff was very caring and responsive with follow up care. As has been my whole experience through my breast cancer ordeal, the Scripps team has made me feel very well cared for and that my health was their number one priority. Dr. Pacella continued this experience and I would highly recommend him for breast cancer related surgery, or any breast augmentation surgery.
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Jennifer Bolyn – Mar 18, 2020
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Dr. Pacella had to perform plastic surgery on my face to follow up Mohs surgery on my nose. He had to bring a term flap of skin from my forehead down to my nose in order to return my nose to normal functioning and a normal appearance. I was both horrified and terrified at the thought of this process. Dr. Pacella provided honest and detailed information regarding the surgical process and provided reassurances that if I followed his instructions I would be very satisfied with the results. The process took a little over two months during which time he and his skilled and compassionate staff at both of his office locations were amazing caregivers. The results were also amazing. It is clear why he deserves to be recognized as one of - if not the best - plastic surgeons in the country.
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Paul Oliaro – Oct 24, 2019
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I just received my release from upper and lower eyelid plastic surgery and a browlift. Wonderful!! I can't thank Dr. Pacella enough and would highly recommend him. I was 77 when he performed surgery on me and now 78. It was harder for me because of that age, but Doctor walked me through the recovery, was patient and instructed me along the way. I am thrilled and can't believe the outcome. Thank you Dr. Pacella!!!
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  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
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Beverly Dvorak – Aug 15, 2019
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After years of debate, I finally decided to have a neck lift. I selected Dr. Pacella and am so excited about my results. During my consultation Dr. Pacella recommended a lower facelift since I was already going to have work done on my neck. Dr. Pacella and his staff were always very professional, good listeners addressing my concerns in detail and very personable. Although the first week was tough, knowing the results now, I would do it again without hesitation. The results are outstanding. I recently retired and about six months after my surgery I had lunch with former co-workers. My friends stated that retirement really agreed with me and that I looked younger. I just laughed and told them “thank you”. It told me that they couldn’t tell that I had any work done and that I look like myself, just younger. It’s been about 8 months and I’m still noticing slight improvements. It is one of the best decisions I ever made!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Teri – Aug 14, 2019
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Had a totally positive experience from first consultation through surgery and follow up. I appreciated the time Dr. Pacella took to answer my questions and concerns. Results of surgery are better than I imagined. Office staff is great!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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CA – Jun 21, 2019
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Dr. Pacella repaired the dime-sized, deep hole on my nose following Mohs surgery. Due to the size of the defect, repair required skin grafting. He performed a masterful job. I am most grateful for his skill and ability. I highly recommend Dr. Pacella and will absolutely return to him should I require repair and reconstruction following skin cancer.
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Apr 27, 2019
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Dr. Pacella's Mini Lift really made a difference I could see and feel. He takes time to study the face and pays close attention to facial structure and alignment and applies his expertise and artful hand in his work. He provides his patients with individualized care and the results are amazing. He truly cares about the best outcome for his patients. Thank you Dr. Pacella and your staff as well!
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Apr 27, 2019
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Dr. Pacella and his team exceeded my expectations throughout my entire experience. I had breast reconstruction with a fat transfer performed and could not be happier with the results. I would highly recommend Dr. Pacella and his team to all of my family and friends in the San Diego area.
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Mar 21, 2019
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Avoid this dude! His arrogant attitude is a disgrace to his profession.
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  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Long wait times
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Amazing results! Dr. Pacella gave me a better outcome than I even imagined possible. He answered all of my questions, explained my options, and exceeded my expectations. His staff is beyond helpful. The only thing I would change is not waiting so long!
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Robin in San Diego, CA – Feb 21, 2018
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I first met Dr. Pacella when I had a hand injury that he fixed for me. After the procedure was complete, I noticed that he also does cosmetic surgery in his practice and inquired about the possibility of getting Botox. He was very informative in helping me to better understand the benefits and together we came up with a plan to fix some of the movements of my forehead and to soften the arch of my brows. I'm more than pleased with the results and would highly recommend him!
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Kristina M in Del Mar, CA – Sep 03, 2016
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I have always had a wonderful experience with Dr. Pacella. He is able to spend a lot of time listening to my concerns and proposes great solutions. He never makes me feel rushed. His office is welcoming and professional. I recently tried Dysport for the first time after telling Dr. Pacella I wanted a natural-looking anti-aging aesthetic. I love the results and could immediately see a difference. Since I wasn't the expert on Dysport, I asked a ton of questions and he was able to explain how it wo
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Erika F. in San Diego, CA – May 18, 2016
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I had been doing Botox for over a decade when I went to see Dr. Pacella. I couldn't believe what a difference he made with his technique. Dr. Pacella is truly an artist when it comes to understanding all the facial muscles and never gives you a frozen face, droopy eye or need to go back to fix anything. I have total confidence in him and what he recommends each visit. Hands down the best around and I love the natural results I leave with. His staff is the best-such a great office!
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Jayme S in San Diego, CA – May 17, 2016
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Care Philosophy

Salvatore J. Pacella, M.D., M.B.A. a Board Certified Cosmetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgeon, practices in La Jolla and San Diego, California. As...Read more

Specialties

  • Cosmetic, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

Board Certifications

Education

2009
Paces Plastic Surgery
Fellowship Hospital
2008
Marina Plastic Surgery Associates
Fellowship Hospital
2007
University of Michigan Hospitals
Residency Hospital

Awards

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Dr. Pacella has indicated that they offer telehealth. Contact the office to check for eligibility for your needs.

What are Dr. Salvatore Pacella, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Pacella frequently treats Adjacent Tissue Transfer, Rhinoseptoplasty, and Skin Cancer. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Pacella treats.

Where is Dr. Salvatore Pacella, MD's office located?

Dr. Pacella's office is located at 15004 Innovation Dr, San Diego, CA 92128. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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No malpractice claims found for California
No disciplinary actions found for the years we collect data
No board actions found for the years we collect data
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Dr. Pacella's Top Procedures and Conditions

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Adjacent Tissue Transfer
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Pacella performs Adjacent Tissue Transfer more than 96% of his peers

Dr. Pacella performs this procedure more than 96% of his peers

Rhinoseptoplasty
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Pacella performs Rhinoseptoplasty more than 87% of his peers

Dr. Pacella performs this procedure more than 87% of his peers

Skin Cancer
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Pacella treats Skin Cancer more than 76% of his peers

Dr. Pacella treats this condition more than 76% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC)
  • Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma
  • Epidermoid Carcinoma
  • Facial Skin Cancer
  • Infundibulocystic Basal Cell Carcinoma
  • Merkel Cell Cancer
  • Nevoid Basal Cell Carcinoma Syndrome
  • Nodular Basal Cell Carcinoma
  • Noduloulcerative Basal Cell Carcinoma
  • Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer
  • Pigmented Basal Cell Carcinoma
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma of Conjunctiva
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma of Head and Neck
  • Superficial Basal Cell Carcinoma
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Dr. Pacella's conditions and procedures:

  • Abdominal Hernia
  • Abdominoplasty
  • Adjacent Tissue Transfer
  • Birthmark
  • Blepharoplasty
  • Body Contouring (After Weight Loss Surgery)
  • Botox® Injection
  • Breast Augmentation
  • Breast Cancer
  • Breast Lift Surgery
  • Breast Ptosis
  • Breast Reconstruction
  • Breast Reduction
  • Breast Surgical Procedure
  • Capsular Contracture of Breast Implant
  • Captique™ Injection
  • Collagen Injection
  • Congenital Anomalies of Breast
  • Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery
  • Cosmetic Facial Surgery
  • Cosmetic Surgical Procedure
  • Deformities of Auricle or Pinna
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Drooping Eyelids (Ptosis)
  • Ear Plastic Surgery (Otoplasty)
  • Excision of Benign Skin Lesion
  • Excision of Skin Cancer
  • Excision of Skin Lesion
  • Eyelid Disorders
  • Eyelid Surgery
  • Facelift
  • Facial Reconstruction
  • Gigantomastia
  • Gynecomastia
  • Hylaform Injection
  • Lip Cancer
  • Lip, Excision or Resection
  • Liposuction
  • Moles (Benign Skin Lesions)
  • Nipple Reconstruction
  • Nose Plastic Surgery (Rhinoplasty)
  • Repair of Brow Ptosis and Blepharoptosis
  • Restylane® Injections
  • Rhinoseptoplasty
  • Skin Aging
  • Skin Cancer
  • Skin Grafts
  • Skin Laxity
  • Wound Repair
  • Wrinkles

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Dr. Pacella accepts the following insurance:

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Advantage-CA PPO
Balanced (Prudent Buyer)-CA PPO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Individual-CA PPO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Large Group-CA PPO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Small Group-CA PPO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Student Health-CA PPO
Bronze (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Bronze EPO (Prudent Buyer / Small Grp)-CA PPO
Bronze EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
Bronze w/ H.S.A (Prudent Buyer PPO/Small Grp)-CA PPO
Dignity Health EPO / PPO-CA
Dignity Health PHC EPO & HDP/HSA-CA
Dignity Health Ventura EPO/PPO-CA
EPO-CA
Gold (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Gold Advantage-CA PPO
Gold EPO (Prudent Buyer / Small Grp)-CA PPO
Gold EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
Lumenos Plans-CA PPO
Major Risk Medical Insurance Program (MRMIP) - Prudent Buyer-CA PPO
MemorialCare Custom-CA PPO
National (BlueCard Basic) PPO
National (BlueCard) PPO
PERS Choice / PERSCare Providers-CA PPO
Platinum (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Silver (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Silver Advantage-CA PPO
Silver EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
Silver EPO w/ H.S.A (Prudent Buyer/Small Grp)-CA PPO
Silver w/ H.S.A (Prudent Buyer PPO/Small Grp)-CA PPO
Tenet Network-CA PPO
Traditional
Traditional PPO
UC Care-CA PPO
UC CORE-CA PPO
UC Health Savings Plan-CA
UC High Option Supplement to Medicare-CA
UC Medicare with Prescription Drugs-CA PPO
UC Medicare without Prescription Drugs-CA PPO
UC Resident and Fellows-CA PPO
UCSHIP-CA PPO
Anthem Blue Cross
Power Select HMO
Assurant Health
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
CaliforniaCare HMO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
Advantage Preferred DirectAccess Plus PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California HMO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California PPO
Blue Shield of California
Access Plus Savenet
Blue Shield of California HMO
Local Access Plus HMO
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
LocalPlus
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Commercial Insurance Company
Coventry Health Care
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
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Guardian
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Health Net
Health Net of California
Large Group HMO
Large Group PPO
Humana
Choice Care PPO
Medicaid
Molina Healthcare
MHNet - Behavioral Health
MultiPlan
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Tricare
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Scripps Clinic Rancho Bernardo

Scripps Clinic Rancho Bernardo15004 Innovation Dr San Diego, CA 92128
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