Dr. Elliot Hirsch
Board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Elliot Hirsch specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive breast surgery and performs a number of other cosmetic procedures, such as body contouring after massive weight loss, facial plastic surgery, and nonsurgical facial rejuvenation procedures such as Botox and other fillers, chemical peels and facial treatments, lasers and PRP.
Dr. Hirsch grew up in Westlake Village and graduated from Johns Hopkins University. He returned to Southern California and earned his medical degree at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, followed by a plastic and reconstructive surgery residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. He is the chair of plastic surgery for Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center.
What inspired you to work in the health care field?
“My mom insists I was sitting in a high chair at 2 years old saying I wanted to be a doctor. But as far back as I can remember, I knew I wanted to be a surgeon. When I was in high school in Agoura, California, I was lucky enough to have a cadaver lab and I was fascinated by the dissections. From that point on, I knew I was going to do whatever it took to become a surgeon.”
How would your patients describe you?
“My patients would say I am honest about outcomes and what can be corrected or enhanced surgically and what simply cannot be altered. Patients thank me for the realistic expectations I set before surgery and the care and thought that I put into every single case.”
Is there a common concern that you hear frequently?
“The various ‘cosmetic surgery’ credentials can be confusing, and patients have a hard time understanding the qualifications they should be looking for when they choose a surgeon. Look for certification by the American Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery—the most stringent and only legitimate board.”
How do you maintain your own health?
“It is very important to me that I have work-life balance. I am an avid surfer on weekends, and I play water polo on a team once a week. I love taking my kids and Maltese on walks and bike rides every evening, and my son and I play catch most nights. We love to cook together, and we are teaching our kids healthy eating habits.”