Philanthropy, Dr. Malone San Diego Facial Plastic Surgeon

Philanthropy is a cornerstone of Dr. Malone’s practice.

Early in her career performing complex reconstructive surgeries for facial disfigurement from trauma and cancer, Dr. Melanie Malone realized that there was a great unmet need for plastic surgery for patients without access to care. Touched by these patients’ stories, she developed and continues to maintain philanthropic plastic surgery as an ongoing vital part of her practice. Dr. Malone performs pro bono surgery for victims of domestic violence and war veterans who have facial injuries but do not have the means to have corrective facial plastic surgery.

Dr. Malone has been an active member of the national programs FACE to FACE and FACES of HONOR, which provide the needed care for victims of domestic violence and war veterans. For these patients, undergoing reconstructive facial plastic surgery is very important as a means to restore confidence and sense of self.

Malone travels internationally to perform pro bono plastic surgery on children who were born with congenital birth defects.

Since 2015, Dr. Malone has volunteered as a plastic surgeon on medical missions. She performs surgery on hundreds of children who were born with cleft lip, cleft palate and disfigurement of their ears (microtia) that creates problems growing, eating, learning to speak, hearing, and resulting social isolation.

These children from impoverished regions have no access to medical care. Children and their families travel up to 16 hours to repair their birth defects, which prevents being able to eat, speak, grow and develop normally. Giving back and using her training to help those in need is the foundation of Dr. Malone’s practice philosophy.

To make a donation to the benefit these impoverished patients, call our office at (858) 633-3350