Spotlight Photo Dr. Lori H. Saltz
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Prominent San Diego breast and body contouring surgeon

Lori H. Saltz, M.D., is a highly experienced cosmetic surgeon with a strong following of highly satisfied breast and body patients.

Dr. Saltz also brings the perspective of a female plastic surgeon. Skilled in many areas of plastic surgery, she has the largest cosmetic breast surgery practice at the Centre, having completed over 3000 breast surgery cases since she joined LJCSC in 1990. Her practice has grown over the years because her patients refer their friends and family and return themselves for “maintenance.”

“The word I live by is balance. It’s important at every level—personal, professional, and global. I strive to balance your wishes with what’s possible. Then I help you balance what’s possible with your budget. Ultimately, I want to help you feel balanced inside and out. The results I like best look natural and harmonious, not overdone.”–Dr. Lori Saltz

Dr. Saltz comes from an accomplished family of physicians. Her father and brother are both surgeons in Portland, Oregon, specializing in diseases of the ear, nose, and throat. Her mother is a professional designer and seamstress. Learning the complexity and beauty of sewing from her mother and grandmother helped her in later years to win local and national recognition for French hand sewing. Dr. Saltz brings the same intensity and attention to detail to her work in the operating room. She is a true perfectionist and is not satisfied until it looks exactly right.

Dr. Saltz decided with certainty at a very young age to become a surgeon. Her passion for structure, delicate work, and human interaction came into clear focus through her medical education, where she earned high praise for her attentive surgical technique. Her patients also appreciate the fact that she can relate to them as women, and that she is familiar with the physical changes that come along with childbearing.

“Some women are embarrassed to show their breasts or body during our personal consultation… I understand and am supportive rather than critical. I let them know how I can draw the most loveliness out of what I see, to give them greater self-confidence and help them feel more whole.”–Dr. Saltz

Dr. Saltz is board certified in cosmetic, plastic, and reconstructive surgery by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. She is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Lori Saltz in her element—performing surgery

Dr. Saltz completed ten years of medical and surgical training. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Stanford University in 1976 and her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Oregon in 1980. She then trained for three years in general surgery at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach and completed a three-year residency in plastic surgery—a year more than the two years required in this specialty—at Loyola University Medical Center in the Chicago suburb of Maywood, Illinois, in 1986.

Dr. Saltz and her husband Steven, a board certified anesthesiologist, have resided in San Diego’s North County since 1986. Their two children, Jonathan and Gillian, are now in college. Dr. Saltz and her family enjoy activities like hiking, bird watching, and traveling.

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