San Diego Double Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Johan Brahme
Doctor in the making, Dr. Brahme investigating his father’s stethoscope

I’d like to tell you a bit about myself so you can get to know me, my background, and my patient care philosophy. I have always felt that the more you know about someone, the better decisions you can make about who and what is right for you. And let’s face it, this is all about you and your decisions.

I was born into a family of physicians and spent all my young life around doctors and hospitals. I was born and raised in Malmo, Sweden. My father often took me to work with him when I was a small boy. I loved the way that good doctors were able to comfort and help the patients. When it came time for me to choose a career, there was no doubt in my mind that medicine was my path. I always loved science, art, and people… What better way to spend my life than practicing medicine. And plastic surgery in particular.

“My philosophy in patient care is essentially the application of the Golden Rule … to care for every single patient the way I would want my own family to be treated. My team and I make you the center of your plastic surgery experience. It is about your body, your life, your desires, and your decisions. You will find us honest, caring, highly experienced, and qualified; ask anyone who has been here.”Dr. Brahme

My family immigrated to the United States when I was in high school. We settled in San Diego, where my father was a professor at the UCSD medical school. Later, I went to UCSD myself both as a medical student and in plastic surgery. While I was training in plastic surgery, I became involved in a program called Interface, which focuses on providing cleft lip and palate surgery to poor children in Mexico. We travel to small clinics all over Mexico and perform life-changing operations. To this day, it has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. To light up a child’s face with a new smile is a gift I am glad that I am able to give.

Dr. Brahme in surgery
Dr. Johan Brahme in surgery

After completing my plastic surgery training at UCSD in 1992, I decided to stay in San Diego. I remained on the faculty at UCSD, advising and teaching residents, and I was in solo practice for several years. In 1999, I joined Dr. John Smoot, who is now my colleague once again at LJCSC. In 2004, I was invited to join La Jolla Cosmetic Surgery Centre and have been here ever since. I am happy to be part of the practice which was voted the best cosmetic surgery practice in San Diego by Union Tribune Readers 9 times from 2008 to 2017.

I am a Past-President of the San Diego Plastic Surgery Society and continue to be involved in the international outreach program Interface. In addition, I am a member of both the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS).

On the personal side, I have been married for 30 years to an exceptional woman, Sevil, who is also a physician, a radiologist at Scripps Clinic. We have two children, Lucas, 24, and Alexa, 23, both of whom live in New York. Our family is passionate about the arts. I play music with my kids and my father, and I served on the Board of Directors of the La Jolla Music Society from 2006-2016. I am now Vice President of the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego.

I welcome you to the La Jolla Cosmetic Surgery Centre and look forward to meeting you and discussing your desires and goals.