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Meet Dr. Scott Miller

Plastic Surgeon San Diego - Dr Scott MillerDr. Scott R. Miller is a board-certified cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgeon who is highly sought after for his advanced surgical expertise. Patients travel from around the country – and even overseas – to see him, and praise the beautifully natural results he has helped them achieve. In addition to his aesthetic outcomes, Dr. Miller is well-known for his compassionate bedside manner and informative consultations. As one of Southern California’s leading plastic surgeons, he has proven his dedication to his patients’ aesthetic, safety, and comfort.

At Miller Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Miller performs facelift surgery, rhinoplasty, breast augmentation, liposculpture, tummy tuck surgery, structural fat grafting, and personalized skin care, among many other treatments. Dr. Miller and his friendly, knowledgeable staff welcome individuals into their elegant office and state-of-the-art certified surgical facility, located in the Scripps Medical Office Building on the campus of Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla. The entire team is committed to answering any questions you may have, helping you feel at ease and make an informed decision about your treatment.

Meet. Dr. Scott R. Miller – Board Certified Plastic Surgeon – La Jolla, CA

Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Miller exceeds rigorous standards in plastic and reconstructive surgery. He continues to stay at the forefront of the latest technology and surgical techniques. Having undergone advanced fellowship training in aesthetic surgery, Dr. Miller is experienced in creating the most naturally beautiful outcomes. Starting with the consultation, he takes a personal approach, listening to each individual’s surgical goals and addressing any concerns they may have. This, combined with his technical expertise and aesthetic artistry, leads to outstanding naturally beautiful results.

ucsdDr. Miller participated as a special guest on UCSD-TV’s Health Matters, sharing his expertise on topics ranging from shorter recovery times to procedures such as a Mommy Makeover. He has also been featured in a variety of other media sources, including Fox News and national magazine publications.

Educator and Clinical Instructor

An authority on providing aesthetic results, Dr. Miller pulls from his years of experience and frequently teaches courses on plastic surgery, instructing surgeons in endoscopic (minimal scar) techniques and advanced concepts in facial rejuvenation and enhancement. He acts as an attending surgeon at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla and a Voluntary Clinical Instructor of Plastic Surgery at the University of California, San Diego. He is also the author of multiple chapters on facelift advances in a plastic surgery textbook, along with numerous medical articles.


Before becoming a distinguished surgeon, Dr. Miller earned his M.D. and completed his internship and residency in surgery at the University of California Irvine. He completed his plastic and reconstructive surgery residency at the University of California San Diego. Dr. Miller then went on to complete a prestigious fellowship in aesthetic cosmetic surgery with world-renowned plastic surgeon Dr. Bruce F. Connell. During his training under the “Father of the Modern Face Lift,” Dr. Miller honed his surgical skill and techniques on achieving natural beauty in his plastic surgery patients.

Professional Affiliations

Dr. Miller is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and the California Society of Plastic Surgeons, as well as a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He also takes pride in participating in the Interface International Surgery Program, through which he is able to dramatically improve children’s lives by correcting disfiguring birth defects in developing countries.

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Hospital Affiliations


Dr. Miller has been recognized for his remarkable plastic surgery expertise through a variety of esteemed awards. These titles distinguish him from other professionals, as they communicate his elevated level of surgical skill and attention to patient care. Dr. Miller was awarded these honors thanks to nominations from the public, his peers, and medical governing boards.

Best Of La Jolla Award 2019


View Dr. Miller’s Curriculum Vitae

What is a Plastic Surgeon?

A plastic surgeon is a physician trained in the art and science of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. With extensive knowledge on the aesthetic principles of beauty as well as the health and function of anatomic systems, a plastic surgeon works to improve form and function in both well-functioning and impaired structures. While plastic surgeons perform many surgical treatments to cosmetically refine and rejuvenate the face, breasts, and body, they also often specialize in procedures designed to repair physical defects, address trauma and burn injuries, and reconstruct areas affected by cancer. Whether a patient’s surgical goals include achieving a more youthful appearance or restoring a damaged structure, a plastic surgeon is comprehensively trained in key aspects of function, balance, proportion, and symmetry that are vital to obtaining beautiful, natural-looking results.

Importance of Board-Certification for Plastic Surgeons

When undergoing any type of treatment or procedure, you deserve the confidence of knowing you are in the hands of a highly-qualified physician with stringent standards of patient care. For plastic surgeons, this aptitude is often communicated through board-certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Those who are board-certified obtain such a distinction by completing rigorous education and training requirements that speak volumes about an individual’s dedication to surgical expertise, continuous learning, safety, compassion, and ethical care. More often than not, a plastic surgeon’s board-certification highlights a passion for their craft and steadfast commitment to achieving the best possible outcome— values that can be essential to attaining the results you desire.

How to Choose the Best Plastic Surgeon For You

When researching a plastic surgeon in San Diego, consideration of a few key factors can go a long way towards achieving your aesthetic ideal and making your surgery or treatment a rewarding experience:

  1. Learn about your prospective surgeon’s qualifications and credentials. Start with researching whether they are board-certified, and then discover where they received their training as well as their professional affiliations. Ongoing membership to local and national organizations often demonstrates a stronger understanding of, and engagement with, innovations within the field of plastic surgery.
  2. Find out if they are highly experienced in your treatment of interest. Choosing a surgeon with particular expertise in your surgery can ensure you are entrusting your care to a professional who is capable of optimizing the procedure according to your needs, and taking immediate action in the rare event that a complication occurs.
  3. Check out your prospective surgeon’s photo gallery to familiarize yourself with his or her work. Before-and-after photos of real patient results can help you determine whether the outcomes achieved with a given procedure align with your goals and expectations.
  4. Read online reviews to gain insight into your prospective patient experience. These patient reviews are typically available for perusal on a wide range of platforms—including Facebook and Google—and can serve as an initial introduction into how a practice operates and the type of care you can expect to receive.

When you are ready to book your consultation with Dr. Miller, or if you have additional questions about our practice, please don’t hesitate to contact Miller Cosmetic Surgery today.