La Jolla Plastic Surgeon Specializing in Cosmetic Procedures

Hector Salazar Reyes CV

Double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Hector Salazar-Reyes is passionate about cosmetic surgery—and he loves nothing more than seeing a patient’s confidence transform after a procedure.

My promise to my patients is that I will do everything in my power to achieve a beautiful, natural-looking result in the safest way possible. Building a solid relationship with my patients is incredibly important to me—and my daily goal is to ensure everyone who walks through the door feels comfortable, important, and well cared for.Dr. Salazar

Having dedicated 17 years of his life to achieve the best medical training, Dr. Salazar’s philosophy is centered around providing beautiful results safely and ensuring each and every patient feels well cared for from their first appointment to their last.

My experience with Dr. Salazar and his staff is amazing. Very friendly and cares about you. He answered all my questions and concerns, and really took the time to discuss what’s best for me and my body. The process for the surgery was really fast, he was on time and started right away. I recommend Dr. Salazar and his staff, they will take care of you.Real patient review

In addition to his devotion to staying up-to-date on the latest plastic surgery techniques, Dr. Salazar loves learning about all the new cosmetic technology and devices—though he remains critical of new products until he is sure he has found the safest, most effective options to offer patients.

Dr. Salazar is also committed to giving back, and he has worked with the Cronin/Christus Foundation to provide much-needed reconstructive care to those in need in Chihuahua, Mexico. On one unforgettable trip, he helped a young man with a severe cleft lip and cleft nose deformity who had endured 17 years of antagonism and self-consciousness.

We performed a complex reconstruction that required two surgeries. At a follow-up visit, I discovered not only a well-healed lip and nose but a bright, cheerful gentleman who was already dating a girl from his high school. Miguel touched my heart in a very special way. I confirmed what I have always believed: well-performed plastic surgery can have a huge impact on function and appearance, yes, but also on quality of life.Dr. Salazar

Dr. Salazar’s outstanding training & education

Dr. Salazar had a passion for plastic surgery from very early on—and he knew as soon as he made the decision to attend medical school that it was the field for him. He earned his medical degree from the University of Baja California where he graduated Summa Cum Laude before completing a general surgery internship at the University of Illinois Metropolitan Group of Hospitals program.

Dr. Salazar finished his full residency in general surgery at the world-renowned Houston Methodist Hospital. He completed his plastic surgery residency training at the same institution and was then board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Did you know…?

Dr. Salazar completed his plastic surgery training at the same hospital where the silicone breast implant was invented.

During his residency training in both specialties, Dr. Salazar was Chief Resident. As a result of his multiple research projects in the field of plastic surgery, he has contributed to numerous peer-reviewed publications and has participated in national and international meetings to present his findings.

My entire experience with Dr. Salazar has been amazing. He has great bedside manner and answered every question I had, which was a lot. My breast augmentation went amazing! My results couldn’t be better. He gave me his cell number in case I ever had any problems or questions, and I was even surprised with flowers when I returned after surgery. I def recommend him for any of your surgery desires.Real patient review

In addition to being an American Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Salazar is an active member of the American College of Surgeons, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, American Board of Plastic Surgery Maintenance of Certification Program, California Society of Plastic Surgeons, San Diego Plastic Surgery Society and the American Medical Association.

Plastic surgery, when performed appropriately and at the highest level, can impact the patient’s life in a very positive way. I was fortunate enough to witness this impact while observing the practice of a plastic surgeon in my late teens.Dr. Salazar

Get to know Dr. Salazar outside of the OR

When he’s not busy helping LJCSC patients look and feel wonderful, Dr. Salazar enjoys spending time with his wife and son enjoying the city or analyzing the latest techniques in plastic surgery.

Second only to his passion for his family and his work is wine—and Dr. Salazar loves celebrating the traditions, gastronomy, and wines from Burgundy. He is a proud, long-time member of the La Confrerie des Chevaliers du Tastevin, the world’s most prestigious brotherhood of wine, and he has developed an interest in wine-making following his travels throughout southern Europe.


While living in Italy prior to medical school, Dr. Salazar studied the language, customs, and art of wine-making—a study which he continued at a wine-making course in the Valle Guadalupe in Baja California.

In a way, cautiously ‘shaping’ the grape to create the perfect resonance of color, aroma, texture and flavor is analogous to the transformation a patient can undergo in the hands of a skilled surgeon.Dr. Salazar

Dr. Salazar also loves to travel, so if you see him learning about a new culture in a far off land, be sure to stop, say hi, and have a toast!

Contact us today to schedule your free consult with Dr. Salazar