Dr. Ahmad Saad, MD, FACS

Medical Director at IMAGN INSTITUTE
Dr. Ahmad Saad is a US board-certified plastic surgeon, specialized in aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. He completed his training at leading international universities – Yale University and University of California San Diego (UCSD). His extensive experience and expertise in a broad range of surgical techniques and procedures have helped him achieve recognition across the globe. Throughout the years, he pioneered various techniques in plastic surgery which have positively changed the lives of numerous patients.
Dr. Saad is in equal parts an innovator, a scientist and an artist. He understands that plastic surgery is a delicate balance of artistry and science, with a prevailing focus on caring for the patient. Dr. Saad recognizes and cherishes this relationship, which is why both his patients and his professional peers value him as a top surgeon in his field. His extensive experience in plastic and reconstructive surgery, together with a desire to incorporate a combination of science and art into any procedure, ensures natural results with an emphasis on harmony, symmetry and proportion.
Dr. Saad is a pioneer of the PAL®-HD , High Definition liposculpture technique for advanced body sculpting in which he precisely defines target areas for fat removal, skin tightening, cellulite reduction, contouring, and definition – a topic on which Dr. Saad has written and published numerous peer reviewed manuscripts and book chapters in the most prestigious journals and surgical textbooks. In addition to his contributions in this field of medicine, he trains surgeons from all over the world to safely use this technique and deliver superior results for their patients. Learn more about the PAL®-HD Masterclass.
As a co-founder of the California Migraine Surgery Center, Dr. Saad is among the very few surgeons in the world who are qualified and have the experience to conduct migraine surgeries and relief the suffering of numerous patients internationally.
An authority in facial surgery and rejuvenation treatments, Dr. Saad is renowned for his ability to deliver exceptional results, correct botched procedures and deformities to achieve patient-specific, long-term results.

Plastic surgery is never a “one-size-fits-all” endeavor. Many factors must be taken into consideration when determining the best approach for an individual patient – from background and ethnicity to the desired results communicated during consultations. Eleven years of post-doctoral training have given Dr. Ahmad Saad the expertise to mesh these factors into a single approach to surgery that provides his patients with the safest and most successful outcomes.

Most patients pursuing plastic surgery do not want to appear to have had obvious “work” done – instead, patients want to look like a younger, more rejuvenated version of themselves. This requires meticulous attention to detail and expertise in a variety of techniques, so that procedures can be customized to the unique facial/body structure, proportions and features of the patient. This is particularly true when working with patients of different ethnicity, where results need to stay true to the patient’s background and cultural heritage.


Yale Surgical Society

American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)

American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)

Member, Education & Teaching Course Committee – ASAPS

International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS)

Fellow, American College of Surgeons (FACS)

California Society of Plastic Surgeons

Col·legi Oficial de Metges de Barcelona

American Medical Association

American Board of Plastic Surgery Diplomate, Board ID# 112762

SAAD Plastic Surgery
Barcelona, Spain
Plastic Surgeon

FACES+
San Diego, CA
Plastic Surgeon
August 2015- July 2017

University of California – San Diego
Clinical Assistant
Professor of Surgery
Division of Plastic Surgery

California Migraine Surgery Center
Co-Founder

Clemenceau Medical Center
Beirut, Lebanon
Visiting Professor of Plastic Surgery

University of California – San Diego

Chief Resident
Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

Resident
Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery


Yale University – School of Medicine

Chief Resident
General Surgery

Resident
General Surgery

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Vascular Biology & Transplantation
Department of Surgery

  • Saad A, Nahas Combina L, Altamiran-Arcos C. “Abdominal Etching”. Clin Plast Surg, 2020 Jul;47(3):397-408. PMID: 32448476
  • Saad A, Gonzalez J. “Commentary on: Defining “Ideal Abs” Through a Crowdsourcing-Based Assessment”. Aesthet Surg J. 2020 Feb 5. PMID:32022831
  • Saad A, Arbelaez JP, De Benito J. “High Definition Liposculpture in Male Patients Using the Reciprocating PAL Technology: Techniques and Results in A Prospective Study” Aesthet Surg J. 2019 Jul 30. pii: sjz218. doi: 10.1093/asj/sjz218. PMID:31361804
  • Cohen SR, Hewett S, Ross L, Fischer M, Saad A, Teubel S, Delauney F. “Progressive Improvement in Midfacial Volume 18-24 Months After Simultaneous Fat Grafting and Facelift: An Insight to Fat Graft Remodeling.” Aesthetic Surg Journal. 2018 Oct 18. doi: 10.1093/asj/sjy279. PMID: 30335128
  • Saad A, Hewett S, Nolte M, Delaunay F, Saad M, Cohen SR. “Ethnic Rhinoplasty in Female Patients: The Neoclassical Canons Revisited.” Aesthetic Plast Surg. 2017 Dec 22. doi: 10.1007/s00266-017-1051-4. PMID: 29273934
  • Cohen SR, Hewett S, Ross L, Delaunay F, Goodacre A, Ramos C, Leong T, Saad AN. “Regenerative Cells For Facial Surgery: Biofilling and Biocontouring”. Aesthetic Surgery Journal. 2017, Vol 37 (S3) S16-S32
  • Cohen S., Saad AN. “Buccal Fat Pad Augmentation for Facial Rejuvenation”. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2017 Jun;139(6):1273e-1276e. PMID: 28538560
  • Cohen SR, Goodacre A, Lim S, Johnston J, Henssler C, Jeffers B, Saad A, Leong T. “Clinical Outcomes and Complications Associated with Fractional Lasers: A Review of 730 Patients.” Aesthetic Plast Surg. 2016 Dec 28. PMID: 28032173
  • Saad AN, Kanack M, McIntyre J, Levy M, Meltzer H, Cohen SR. “Reverse Distraction Cranioplasty for Treatment of Hydrocephalic Megalocephaly” J Craniofac Surg. 2015 Nov;26(8):e755-8. PMID: 26594998
  • Gosman A, Saad AN, Parina R, Chang D. “Discussion: Does Combining Abdominoplasty and Liposuction Really Increase the Risk of Venous Thromboembolism?” Plast Reconstr Surg. 2015 May 18. PMID: 26020705
  • Rankin TM, Mailey B, Saad A, Biswas A, Hurst C. “Early two-stage repair of clefts in holoprosencephaly.” J Craniomaxillofac Surg. 2015 Apr 15. PMID: 25976037
  • Parina R, Chang D, Saad AN, Coe T, Gosman AA, “Quality and safety outcomes of ambulatory plastic surgery facilities in California.” Plast Reconstr Surg. 2015 Mar;135(3):791-7. PMID: 25719698
  • Saad A., Parina R., Chang D.C., Gosman A., “Risk of Adverse Outcomes When Plastic Surgery Procedures Are Combined”. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2014 Dec;134(6):1415-22. PMID: 25415104
  • Saad A., Parina R., Chang D.C., Gosman A. “Incidence of oral clefts among different ethnicities in the State of California”. Ann Plast Surg. 2014 Mar 28. PMID: 24691321
  • Parina R., Saad A., Chang D.C., Gosman A. “Statewide multicenter analysis of the incidence of secondary surgeries after isolated cleft palate repair”. Ann Plast Surg. 2014 May. PMID: 24740028
  • Moshrefi S., Saad A., Monoo P., Wang HY, Tenenhaus M. “Primary Cutaneous Gamma-Delta T-cell Lymphoma and Hemophagocytic Syndrome”. Ann Plast Surg. 2014 Jul 4. PMID: 25003465
  • Boskovski M, Saad A., Israel G., Salem R., “Lymphangioma of the gallbladder in adults: Review of the literature and a case report”. J Gastrointest Surg. 2011 Nov 4. PMID: 22052109
  • Gallo A, Saad A, Ali R, Dardik A, Tellides G, Geirsson A., “Circulating interferon-γ-inducible Cys-X-Cys chemokine receptor 3 ligands are elevated in humans with aortic aneurysms and Cys-X-Cys chemokine receptor 3 is necessary for aneurysm formation in mice.” J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2011 Sep 28. PMID: 21962843
  • Saad A., Pollak J., Dardik A., “Images in vascular medicine: asymptomatic internal carotid artery stent fracture.” Vascular Medicine 2010 Feb;15(1):73. PMID: 19778952
  • Saad A., Kenney B., Touloukian R. “Gastric antrum hypertrophy causing outlet obstruction in an infant born with congenital diaphragmatic hernia”. Journal of Pediatric Surgery 2011 Jun; 46(6):e11-4. PMID: 21683184
  • Mcrae, M M., Gallo, A., Saad, A., et al. “The role of the MyD88 pathway in arterial remodeling.” JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF SURGEONS Volume: 203 Issue: 3 Supplement: S Pages: S104-S104 DOI: 10.1016/j.jamcollsurg.2006.05.273 Published: SEP 2006
  • Vegas Cosmetic Surgery — Masters Seminars section – Las Vegas, NV, June 2017 “Re-Defining Fat Grafting: Millifat, Microfat, Nanofat, And Cell Enriched”
  • Vegas Cosmetic Surgery — Rhinoplasty section – Las Vegas, NV, June 2017 “Pyriform And Peri-Nasal Augmentation During Rhinoplasty: Patient Selection And Results”
  • Vegas Cosmetic Surgery – Body Contouring – Las Vegas, NV, June 2017 “Closed System Automatic Fat Grafting For Large Volume Delivery”
  • American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) – The Aesthetic Meeting – May 2017 – San Diego, CA “Ethnic Rhinoplasty: The Neoclassical Canons Revisited”
  • The Rhinoplasty Society Meeting – May 2017 – San Diego, CA “Ethnic Rhinoplasty: The Neoclassical Canons Revisited”
  • University of California, San Diego – Division of Plastic Surgery Grand Rounds, January 2017 “Migraine Surgery”
  • International Federation for Adipose Therapeutics & Science (IFATS) – November 2016 – San Diego, CA “Patient Satisfaction Scores 3-24 Months Following Autologous Fat Transfer (AFT) or Cell Enriched Fat Transfer (CEFT) in Conjunction with Facial Rejuvenation Surgery: A Prospective, Comparative Study”
  • University of California, San Diego – Division of Pain Medicine Grand Rounds, October 2016 “Migraine Surgery”
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) – September 2016 “Minimal Invasive Techniques for Periorbital Rejuvenation”
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) – September 2016 “Pyriform and Paranasal Alterations During Rhinoplasty”
  • University of California, San Diego – Division of Head & Neck Surgery Grand Round, August 2016 “Facial Aging”
  • California Society of Plastic Surgeons – May 2016 meeting Santa Monica “Minimally Invasive Techniques for Peri-Orbital Rejuvenation”
  • American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery – The Aesthetic Meeting – May 2015 “Patient Satisfaction Scores 3-18 Months Following Autologous Fat Transfer (AFT) or Cell Enriched Fat Transfer (CEFT) in Conjunction with Facial Rejuvenation Surgery: A Prospective, Comparative Study”
  • American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery – The Aesthetic Meeting – May 2015 “Complications of Fractional Lasers: A Review of 716 Patients Treated by Nurse and Physician Assistant Laser Specialists under Medical Supervision”
  • UCSD Surgery Symposium – May 2014 “Transection of the Lower Lateral Crus: A Safe, Simple Technique for Concomitant Improvement of the External valve and LLC Convexity”
  • The Rhinoplasty Society – 19th Annual Meeting – April 24th 2014 “Transection of the Lower Lateral Crus: A Safe, Simple Technique for Concomitant Improvement of the External valve and LLC Convexity”
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons October 2013 meeting “Quality and safety review of plastic surgery procedures outcomes in the state of California.”
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons October 2013 meeting “Are risks of adverse outcomes following outpatient cosmetic procedures additive when procedures are combined?”
  • California Society of Plastic Surgeons May 2013 meeting “Incidence of oral clefts among different races in the State of California”
  • Oral presentation: UCSD Department of Surgery Symposium April 2013 “Incidence of oral clefts among different races in the State of California”
  • Yale University – School of Medicine Department of Surgery – Grand Rounds (June 2012) Title: “Face transplantation – How do we look so far?”
  • Poster presentation: Breast Cancer Coordinated Care Conference – February 2011 – Washington, DC “The Hybrid Breast Reconstruction – Use of Autologous Fat Transfer to Increase Autologous Tissue to Implant Ratio in Oncoplastic Breast Reconstruction”
  • American College of Surgeons – Connecticut Chapter – November 2006 meeting “Toll-Like Receptors in arterial aneurysms.”
  • Yale University – School of Medicine Department of Surgery – Grand Round (June 2007) Title: “Toll-Like Receptors in arterial aneurysms.”
  • Saad A., Leong T., Dobke M., Cohen S. “Minimal Invasive Techniques for Periorbital Rejuvenation”. American Society of Plastic Surgeons – Los Angeles, September 2016
  • Saad A., Hewett S., Cohen S. “Pyriform and Paranasal Alterations During Rhinoplasty”. American Society of Plastic Surgeons – Los Angeles, September 2016
  • Cohen S., Hewett S., Leong T., Saad A., Dobke M. “Buccal Fat Augmentation during Facelift Using Transoral Approach: Patient Selection and Surgical Technique”. American Society of Plastic Surgeons – Los Angeles, September 2016
  • Saad A., Leong T., Cohen S. “Minimally Invasive Techniques for Peri-Orbital Rejuvenation”. California Society of Plastic Surgeons – May 2016 meeting Santa Monica
  • Saad A., Hewett S., Lim S., Taylor K., Mailey B., Suliman A., Dobke M., Cohen S.R. “Patient Satisfaction Scores 3-18 Months Following Autologous Fat Transfer (AFT) or Cell Enriched Fat Transfer (CEFT) in Conjunction with Facial Rejuvenation Surgery: A Prospective, Comparative Study”. American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery – The Aesthetic Meeting – May 2015 – Montreal, Canada
  • Saad A., Lim S., Goodacre A., Taylor K., Johnson J., Hennsler C., Leong T., Cohen S.R. “Complications of Fractional Lasers: A Review of 716 Patients Treated by Nurse and Physician Assistant Laser Specialists under Medical Supervision”. American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery – The Aesthetic Meeting – May 2015 – Montreal, Canada
  • Saad A, Ghavami A. “Transection of the Lower Lateral Crus: A Safe, Simple Technique for Concomitant Improvement of the External valve and LLC Convexity”. The Rhinoplasty Society – 19th Annual Meeting – San Francisco, April 2014
  • Saad A., Parina R., Tokin C., Chang D.C., Gosman A. “Quality and safety review of plastic surgery procedures outcomes in the state of California.” American Society of Plastic Surgeons meeting, San Diego October 2013
  • Parina R., Saad A., Chang D.C., Gosman A. “Are risks of adverse outcomes following outpatient cosmetic procedures additive when procedures are combined?” American Society of Plastic Surgeons meeting, San Diego October 2013
  • Saad A., Parina R., Chang D.C., Gosman A. “Incidence of oral clefts among different races in the State of California”. California Society of Plastic Surgeons, San Francisco May 2013
  • Parina R., Saad A., Chang D.C., Gosman A. “Statewide analysis of the incidence of secondary surgeries after isolated cleft palate repair”. California Society of Plastic Surgeons, San Francisco May 2013
  • Moshrefi S., Saad A., Monoo P., Wang HY, Tenenhaus M. “Primary Cutaneous Gamma-Delta T-cell Lymphoma and Hemophagocytic Syndrome: An Academically Intriguing and Clinically Challenging Case”. California Society of Plastic Surgeons, San Francisco, May 2013.
  • Eshagh K., Mailey B., Saba S., Saad A., Dobke M., Rechnic M, Wallace A., Gosman A. “Improving Operating Room Efficiency Requires Re-Focusing on Essential Aspects of Surgery”. California Society of Plastic Surgeons, San Francisco May 2013
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  • Spanish
  • Arabic
Saad A, Miller S., “Endoscopic Browlift” – Editors: Bruce F. Connell, MD, and Michael J. Sundine, MD – “Aesthetic Rejuvenation of the Face and Neck”– Thieme Medical Publishers

 

 

Cohen SR, Saad A, Leong T, Ross EV, “Facial Skin Resurfacing” – Editor: Peter C. Neligan – “Plastic Surgery” – Elsevier

 

 

Saad A, Tenenhaus M. “Celulas Madre Mesenquimales (CMM) E Injerto De Grasa: Tratamiento Novedoso De La Cicatriz Por Quemadura””. Editors: Zapat- Sirvent R, Tenenhaus M. “Quemaduras, Tratamiento Critico Y Quirurgico”.– AMOLCA

  • The Aesthetic Surgery Journal – (Member of the editorial board)
  • The Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Journal
  • Advances in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery – (Member of the editorial board)
  • Chronic Wound Care Management and Research Journal
  • Open Access Surgery Journal
  • Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology Journal
  • Wounds UK
  • The American Surgeon
  • Quality Medical Publishing
  • “Teacher of the Year” 2016/17 University of California San Diego Division of Plastic Surgery
  • International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation Award for “outstanding contribution in the field of heart and lung transplantation” April 2005
  • International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation Research fellowship grant: Title: “Tertiary lymphoid organs in atherosclerotic diseases and their role in host vs. graft rejection in heart transplantation”. Amount: 40,000 U.S. Dollars Period: June 2005 – June 2006
  • Ohse research grant: Title: “Role of the Toll-Like Receptors in aneurismal diseases.” Amount: 6,000 U.S. Dollars Period: December 2005 – June 2006

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