Meet Dr. Malone San Diego Facial Plastic Surgeon

Welcome to the practice of Melanie Malone, MD, FACS, a Dual Board Certified San Diego Facial Plastic Surgeon and nationally renowned Reconstructive Surgeon with a thriving practice in La Jolla, CA. As one of California’s premier facelift experts, Dr. Malone offers her patients subtle, natural-looking results that rival those of her mentor and Fellowship Program Director, Dr. Andrew Jacono.

Dr. Melanie Malone is Board Certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery as well as Head and Neck Surgery with her subspecialized practice limited exclusively to the treatment of the face and neck. She is a diplomate of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a remarkable distinction bestowed upon an elite subset of surgeons based on their exceptional training, professional qualifications, surgical competence, and ethical conduct.

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Dr. Malone employs a wide range of treatments to address the unique changes to our skin texture, structure, firmness and contour.

Her expertise is founded in natural skincare remedies that are complemented by the most advanced scientific techniques in molecular medicine. Always focused on providing the most naturally refreshed appearance, Dr. Malone spends time to get to know each patient’s individual needs. Prescriptive treatments are tailored to each individual patient, aimed at harnessing their body’s own biologically active regenerative molecules, inducing collagen regeneration, and replacing hyaluronic acid moisture to restore firmness and smooth the skin from the inside out. She aims to provide potent and long lasting rejuvenation, always creating a natural effect.

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Dr. Malone graduated Magna Cum Laude from Columbia University with her undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree in Biological Sciences. She completed her Medical Doctorate (MD) degree at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Malone was awarded prestigious research grants from the National Institute of Health and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in acknowledgement of her original research.


  • College: Columbia University, B.A. Biology, Magna Cum Laude
  • Med School: Columbia University, MD
  • Residency: Head and Neck Surgery, Columbia and Cornell
  • Fellowship: American Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery

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At the Columbia University New York Presbyterian Hospital, she continued her post- graduate surgical training with an internship in General Surgery and a surgical residency specializing in Head and Neck Surgery. She was awarded the W. Shain Schley Award for Excellence in Resident Teaching and a Resident Research Day Award for her innovative research in Face Lifting techniques. Subsequently, Dr. Malone was chosen for a Fellowship in Aesthetic Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery sponsored by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the New York Center for Facial Plastic and Laser Surgery.

During her fellowship, Dr. Malone underwent rigorous training by in-demand New York facelift surgeon Dr. Andrew Jacono, hailed for his pioneering work in facial surgery. Dr. Malone soaked in everything she could learn from Dr. Jacono, immersing herself in his technique. She continues to perform his deep plane facelift method today, allowing her patients to look fresh and youthful without obvious signs of having work done.

Dr. Malone’s early career was spent as an Assistant Professor of Facial Plastic Surgery at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, NY. During that time, she performed complex reconstructive surgeries for patients disfigured from cancer or trauma and maintained a vibrant private practice for aesthetic surgery patients focusing on facial rejuvenation and rhinoplasty to make her patients look and feel their best.

Dr. Malone’s subspecialty training in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery grant her a unique expertise of the anatomy of the face and neck, the changes that occur in our skin muscles and deeper tissues with aging and the surgical techniques for the most natural rejuvenation treatments. She is a subspecialist limiting her practice only to surgery of the face.

She maintains admiration and a working relationship with Dr. Andrew Jacono, revered as one of the best facelift surgeons in New York City. Through their collaborative efforts, Drs. Malone and Jacono have co-authored multiple original research publications on deep plane facelifts together.

Dr. Malone is an accomplished author on facial rejuvenation with a comprehensive body of original research that has been published in the medical literature. Her research has garnered awards at national meetings.

Dr. Malone’s areas of interest in research are related to facelift, eyelid lifts or blepharoplasty, and rhinoplasty or nasal shaping surgeries. Her research has been published in many of the most prestigious and well-respected peer reviewed journals and textbooks, including the authoritative Aesthetic Surgery Journal, JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery, and Facial Plastic Surgery.

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Dr. Malone’s true passion has helped each of her patients looking and feeling their best with natural results. She believes in developing a good doctor-patient relationship based on trust and like-mindedness for facial aesthetic surgery or a non-invasive aesthetic treatment. It is of paramount importance to Dr. Malone that each relationship is deeply rewarding. She is a lifelong student immersed in the exciting world of aesthetic medicine and she is excited to share her knowledge of the ever-evolving scientific advancements in facial aesthetic surgery and rejuvenation with her patients.

Philanthropy is a cornerstone of Dr. Malone’s practice. Throughout her career, she has been a diligent servant to the FACE TO FACE national project in which she volunteers as a plastic surgeon providing pro bono consultation and reconstructive surgery to victims of domestic violence. She also volunteers as a plastic surgeon for "Healing the Children" and travels on international medical missions annually to provide pro bono reconstructive surgeries to children born with cleft lips, cleft palates, and congenital ear defects.

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