Meet Dr. Schooler

Dr. Wesley G. Schooler is the chief plastic surgeon at Santa Barbara Plastic Surgery Center—along with his associate, Dr. Leslie Irvine—who have provided plastic, cosmetic, reconstructive, and breast surgery in Santa Barbara with the utmost integrity and compassion for many years. Dr. Schooler brings expertise in all aspects of cosmetic surgery, breast reconstructive surgery, breast revision surgery, body contouring, facial rejuvenation, fat transfer, and hand surgery. His special interests include breast augmentation, breast lift, breast implant exchange, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck surgery), Mommy Makeovers, and body contouring after massive weight loss or bariatric surgery.

Dr. Schooler is a double board-certified Plastic and Hand Surgeon based in Santa Barbara, California. He practices in Santa Barbara, Goleta, Ventura, Oxnard, and Los Angeles. Dr. Schooler joined Santa Barbara Plastic Surgery Center in 2012 after serving five years as the Chief of Plastic Surgery at LAC-USC Medical Center and as an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Southern California. Prior to moving to California, Dr. Schooler served two years as an Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery at Oregon Health Sciences University. Dr. Schooler is also a founding provider at the new Los Angeles Center for Women’s Health, a cutting-edge multidisciplinary women’s health center that was featured in Pasadena Magazine.

“Dr. Schooler, you are an amazing surgeon and I am so happy our paths crossed!” ~ Breast Surgery Patient

What is a Plastic Surgeon?

A plastic surgeon specializes in the enhancement and repair of body structures. This expertise requires comprehensive training in not only the techniques required to restore proper function, but also the aesthetic artistry of yielding beautiful, natural-looking results. Whether performing cosmetic or reconstructive procedures, plastic surgeons are often tasked with complex tissue transfer in order to aesthetically refine or completely rebuild a framework of the body. Those who sub-specialize in aesthetic plastic surgery are well-versed in the principles of proportion, balance, and symmetry, applying their knowledge to achieve a range of goals related to anti-aging, body contouring, facial rejuvenation, breast enhancement, and more.

Why Should I Choose a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon?

While board-certification is not required to practice, more often than not, accreditation by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) can communicate a higher level of surgical training, ongoing education, and dedication to excellence in all aspects of plastic surgery. This distinction is earned after passing rigorous written and oral examinations covering the entire range of surgical procedures, including cosmetic, reconstructive, and hand surgery. Furthermore, board-certification must be maintained through re-examination every ten years, requiring all surgeons to stay abreast of the latest techniques and technologies in the field of plastic surgery.

When you select a board-certified plastic surgeon to perform your treatment, you can trust that he or she has completed training beyond the bare minimum required to practice plastic surgery. This distinguishment can give you the confidence of knowing you are under the care of an individual with extensive and vetted knowledge of the entire scope of plastic surgery procedures.  

What Sets Dr. Schooler Apart from other Santa Barbara Plastic Surgeons?

As a surgeon with dual board-certification in plastic surgery as well as hand surgery, Dr. Schooler has been voted one of the Top Plastic Surgeons in the region and the nation by consumer organizations and his peers. These honors include recognition in “Top Doctors in America,” Pasadena Magazine’s Top Physicians 2010 and 2011; and in “Southern California Super Doctors,” as published in the January 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 issues of Los Angeles Magazine. Dr. Schooler is routinely featured on ABC, FOX11, and KEYT Health Connections, and he has consulted for the television program Grey’s Anatomy. He also serves as an expert physician consultant to the two largest breast implant companies in the United States.

Dr. Schooler has spent almost ten years serving patients in the Santa Barbara community for all of their surgical and non-surgical enhancement needs and served as the Chief of Surgery at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Often praised for his exceptional aesthetic outcomes that appear remarkably natural, Dr. Schooler maintains an advanced level of experience and surgical proficiency that can make your cosmetic goals a reality.

Please feel free to peruse our plastic surgeon online reviews to learn more about the treatment experience under Dr. Wesley Schooler’s care. For more information about Dr. Schooler, or to schedule a consultation, please contact us today. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have.