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Dr. Rolando Morales – Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

Meet Dr. Rolando Morales

Houston, TX board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Rolando Morales specializes in cosmetic plastic surgery for the face, breast, and body. Dr. Morales is consistently listed as a "Top Doc" in this industry and local publications. He is invited to speak on the subject of plastic surgery at national meetings and conventions on a regular basis. As a plastic surgeon, Dr. Morales considers it a rewarding privilege to enhance each person’s unique beauty through a career that allows him to combine his love of art and medicine.

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Specialties and Expertise

Appreciating that plastic surgery is a personal journey for each patient, Dr. Morales strives to produce the best possible outcome for every individual by tailoring his techniques according to their specific needs. He is skilled to perform various procedures including breast augmentation, breast lift, liposuction, Brazilian butt lift, mommy makeover, and facial surgery. He also provides patients with numerous nonsurgical facial rejuvenation treatments that can create beautiful results without surgery. These include wrinkle relaxers, injectable fillers, chemical peels, and various laser treatments.

Love of Art and Science

Dr. Morales was inspired to become a plastic surgeon by his unique upbringing, growing up in a home with a mother who was a nurse and his father, who worked as a medical sculptor for 40 years at the esteemed Shriner's Burn Institute in Galveston, TX. As one of the nation’s few experts in this field, the elder Morales created customized silicone replacements for noses, ears, and other anatomical parts designed to blend naturally with the body. As a young man, Dr. Morales had the privilege to assist his father, fashioning silicone ears for young burn victims. This gave him the opportunity to work with plastic surgeons who encouraged him to consider pursuing a career in this field, which he did.

Education and Training

Dr. Morales received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Texas in Austin, TX, and he later graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX with his Doctor of Medicine. Because of his strong academic achievement, research experience, and volunteer activity, Dr. Morales was selected from among the nation’s top medical student applicants for a position in a highly competitive six-year plastic and reconstructive surgery residency program. This training taught him complex operative techniques and provided him with the skill and experience needed to minimize and manage any potential complications in order to achieve a successful outcome.

Compassion for all Patients

Dr. Morales credits his mother for instilling within him a compassion for helping others, an ambition to strive for excellence in every pursuit, and the determination to persevere. As one of six children and an immigrant to the United States, she overcame a challenging upbringing to eventually obtain a college PhD and become an accomplished and beloved nurse practitioner in her community. Dr. Morales treats his patients with the same respect, compassion and trust that was inspired within him at a very early age.

ACPS

Dr. Morales is a member of the prestigious practice of The Aesthetic Center for Plastic Surgery. ACPS was founded in 1996 and is currently ranked as the largest private plastic surgery center in Texas. The practice is distinguished by the highest quality of personal service, commitment to safety and patient confidentiality, and superior results that encompass the entire body. The surgical facility, the ACPS Surgicenter, is an AAAA certified surgical facility exceeding accepted standards for private surgical facilities and is licensed by the Texas Department of Health. The offices of The Aesthetic Center for Plastic Surgery are located in the Galleria area of Houston and in the Memorial/Town and Country area of Southwest Houston.

Professional Societies

  • Houston Society of Plastic Surgeons: 2019 Treasurer
  • Houston Society of Plastic Surgeons: 2018 Secretary
  • Houston Society of Plastic Surgeons: 2012- present: Member
  • Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons: 2012- present: Member
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons: 2012- present: MEMBER
  • American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery: 2012-present: MEMBER
  • Harris County Medical Society: 2012- present: Member
  • Texas Medical Association: Member

National Committees

  • American Society of Aesthetic Fellowship committee: 2018-present
  • Young Plastic Surgeons Steering Committee of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons: 2013-present
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons: Emerging Trends Committee: 2013-present
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons: Hot Topics Committee: 2013-present
  • American Surgery and Education Research (ASERF): Innovative Procedures Committee: 2013- present

Leadership in Education

  • Fellowship director. American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery endorsed aesthetic fellowship. The Aesthetic Center for Plastic Surgery, (2015 - Present).
  • Clinical associate professor. The University of Texas Medical Branch. Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, (2015 - Present).

Honors and Awards

  • 2020 MyFace MyBody Awards
  • 2020  Ultimate 100 Global Aesthetic Leaders
  • 2019 HOUSTON Modern Luxury "Power Players" Top Doctors
  • 2019Texas Super Doctors
  • 2019 Top Houston Doctors (Plastic Surgery)
  • 2019 Realself Top Doctor
  • 2018 Vitals Patient's Choice Award
  • 2018 Top Houston Doctors (Plastic Surgery)
  • 2016 Texas Super Doctors-Rising Stars
  • 2016 REALSELF Top Doctor
  • 2016 April: EDITOR’S CHOICE in BODY CONTOURING R. Morales, et al “Safety and Efficacy of Novel Oral Anticoagulants Versus Low Molecular Weight Heparin for Thromboprophylaxis in Large-Volume Liposuction and Body Contouring Procedures. ” Aesthetic Surgery Journal. April 2016
  • 2015 Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons YPS Award (Best paper by a Young Plastic Surgeon)
  • 2015 HOUSTONIA Magazine Top Doctor in Plastic Surgery 
  • 2015 Texas Super Doctors-Rising Stars 
  • 2015 Vitals Patients’ Choice Award 
  • 2015 REALSELF Top Doctor
  • 2014 HOUSTONIA Magazine Top Doctor in Plastic Surgery 
  • 2014 Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons YPS Award (Best paper by a Young Plastic Surgeon)
  • 2014 Singleton Surgical Society Sixty-First Annual Scientific Program. Blocker-Lewis Visiting Professor 
  • 2014 H-Texas Magazine Houston’s TOP DOCTORS in PLASTIC SURGERY 
  • 2013. EDITOR’s CHOICE in BODY CONTOURING. R. Morales, et al. “Use of Abdominal Field Block Injections of Liposomal Bupivicaine to Control Postoperative Pain After Abdominoplasty." Aesthetic Surgery Journal. November 2013
  • 2013 H-Texas Magazine Houston’s TOP DOCTORS in PLASTIC AND RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY
  • 2013 HOUSTONIA Magazine Top Doctor in Plastic Surgery
  • 2012 Health & Fitness Sports Magazine’s DOCTORS’ CHOICE in BREAST SURGERY 
  • 2012 Health & Fitness Sports Magazine’s DOCTORS’ CHOICE in COSMETIC AND RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY

Presentations

September 22, 2016: Los Angeles, California. 2016 Plastic Surgery the Meeting.  American  Society of Plastic Surgeons. Panelist on “Successfully Negotiating Your First Contract (private practice)”

September 22, 2016: Los Angeles, California. 2016 Plastic Surgery the Meeting.  American  Society of Plastic Surgeons. Panelist on “Job hunting: How to do it (private practice)”

April 3, 2016: Las Vegas, Nevada. 2016 American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Meeting. Co-presenter of body contouring course. “Keeping your liposuction patients safe: Twenty tips to better contouring strategies and safe surgeries”

October 16, 2015: Boston, Massachusetts. 2015 Plastic Surgery The Meeting. American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Panelist on “Job Hunting: How to do it (private practice)” 

September 27, 2015. San Antonio, Texas. The Texas Society of Plastic Surgery Meeting. R. Morales, et al. “Novel Oral Anticoagulants Versus Low Molecular Weight Heparin For Thromboprophylaxis In Body Contouring Procedures.” 

August 10, 2015. Bejing, China. PCS Global Pain Conference. R. Morales, et al. “The Use of Liposomal Bupivicaine for Postoperative Pain control in Plastic Surgery Procedures” 

May 16, 2015. Montreal, Canada. 2015 American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Meeting. “Scientific Exhibits” venue. R. Morales, et al. “Novel Oral Anticoagulants (Rivaroxaban and Apixaban) versus Low Molecular Weight Heparin for Thromboprophylaxis in Body Contouring Procedures”

October 13, 2014: Chicago, Illinois. American Society of Plastic Surgeons The Meeting.  Scientific Member Abstracts. R. Morales, et al. “Low Molecular Weight Heparin versus Rivaroxaban for Thromboprophylaxis in Body Contouring Procedures.”

October 10, 2014: Chicago, Illinois. American Society of Plastic Surgeons The Meeting. Premiere Global Hot Topics Course. R. Morales, et al.  “Novel Oral Anticoagulants for Thromboprophylaxis in Plastic Surgery.”

September 14, 2014: San Antonio, Texas. Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons Meeting. R. Morales, et al. “Low Molecular Weight Heparin versus Rivaroxaban for Thromboprophylaxis in Body Contouring Procedures.”

June 13, 2014: Galveston, Texas. Singleton Surgical Society Sixty-First Annual Scientific Program.  . “Latest Trends and Innovations in Plastic Surgery.”

April 28, 2014: San Francisco, California. 2014 American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Meeting. “ASERF Premiere Global BEST OF HOT TOPICS” venue. “Low Molecular Weight Heparin Versus Rivaroxaban for Thromboprophylaxis in Body Contouring Procedures”.

April 25, 2014: San Francisco, California. 2014 American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Meeting. “ASERF Premiere Global Hot Topics” venue. “Low Molecular Weight Heparin Versus Rivaroxaban for Thromboprophylaxis in Body Contouring Procedures”.

April 25, 2014: San Francisco, California. 2014 American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Meeting. “Scientific Exhibits” venue. “Use of Regional Block Injections with Liposomal Bupivicaine to Control Postoperative Pain after Breast Augmentation”.

April 25, 2014: San Francisco, California. 2014 American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Meeting. “Scientific Exhibits” venue. “Low Molecular Weight Heparin Versus Rivaroxaban for Thromboprophylaxis in Body Contouring Procedures”.

April 25, 2014: San Francisco, California. 2014 American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Meeting. “ASERF Premiere Global Hot Topics” venue. “Low Molecular Weight Heparin Versus Rivaroxaban for Thromboprophylaxis in Body Contouring Procedures”.

April 25, 2014: San Francisco, California. 2014 American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Meeting. “Scientific Exhibits” venue. “Use of Regional Block Injections with Liposomal Bupivicaine to Control Postoperative Pain after Breast Augmentation”.

April 25, 2014: San Francisco, California. 2014 American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Meeting. “Scientific Exhibits” venue. “Low Molecular Weight Heparin Versus Rivaroxaban for Thromboprophylaxis in Body Contouring Procedures”.

October 12, 2013: San Diego, California. 2013 The Meeting. American Society of Plastic Surgeons. “Use of Regional Field Block Injections of Liposomal Bupivicaine to Control Postoperative Pain After Breast Augmentation. “

October 11-12, 2013: Paris, France. 1st Anti-aging Medicine European Congress. “Use of Regional Abdominal Block Injections of Liposomal Bupivicaine to Control Postoperative Pain After Abdominoplasty. “

October 10, 2013: San Diego, California. 2013 The Meeting. American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Panelist on “Establishing your Practice: Questions and Answers”

October 10, 2013: San Diego, California. 2013 The Meeting. American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Panelist on “Nuts and Bolts of Private Practice: Questions and Answers”

October 10, 2013: San Diego, California. 2013 The Meeting. American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Panelist on “Getting the Ball Rolling on a New Plastic Surgery Practice: Academic vs Private”

September 29, 2013: Bastrop, Texas. 2013 Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons meeting. “Use of Regional Abdominal Block Injections of Liposomal Bupivicaine to Control Postoperative Pain After Abdominoplasty. “

April 15 2013: New York, New York. 2013 American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Meeting. “Practice Changers” Venue. “Use of Regional Abdominal Block Injections of Liposomal Bupivicaine to Control Postoperative Pain After Abdominoplasty. “

April 12 2013: New York, New York. 2013 American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Meeting. “Premiere Hot Topics” Venue. “Use of Regional Abdominal Block Injections of Liposomal Bupivicaine to Control Postoperative Pain After Abdominoplasty. “

March 8, 2013: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas. Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery:  “Use of Regional Abdominal Block Injections of Liposomal Bupivicaine to Control Postoperative Pain After Abdominoplasty. “

Publications and Research

R. Morales, et al. “Safety and Efficacy of Novel Oral Anticoagulants Versus Low Molecular Weight Heparin for Thromboprophylaxis in Large-Volume Liposuction and Body Contouring Procedures. ” Aesthetic Surgery Journal. April 2016. 

R. Morales, et al. “Low Molecular Weight Heparin versus Rivaroxaban for Thromboprophylaxis in Body Contouring Procedures.” Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. 134(4S-1):121, October 2014.

R. Morales, et al. “Use of Regional Abdominal Block Injections of Liposomal Bupivicaine to Control Postoperative Pain After Abdominoplasty. ” Aesthetic Surgery Journal.  November/December 2013, pg 1148-1153.

R. Morales, et al. “Use of Regional Abdominal Block Injections of Liposomal Bupivicaine to Control Postoperative Pain After Abdominoplasty. ” Abstract presented at the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, April 11-16th 2013.

R. Morales, et al. “Squamous Cell Carcinoma in Burn Patient Covered with cultured Epithelial Autograph.” Presented at the Texas Society of Plastic Surgery, October 15, 2011

R. Morales, M. Silva. “Traumatic Pseudoaneurysm of The Superficial Temporal Artery Treated by Endovascular Coil Embolization.” Presented February 15, 2008 at the North American Winter Vascular Symposium.

P. Chang, R. Morales, k. Cook, SJ Blackwell. “Use of Combined Two-flap Palatoplasty Technique and Furlow double-Opposing Z-Plasty for Soft Palate Clefts.” Singleton Surgical Society Fifty-Second Annual Resident/Fellow competition. June 2, 2005.

E. Pickus, R. Morales, A.Write, R.McCaulery. “Incidence of Glaucoma in Children with Port Wine Stains in the First and Second Distributions of the Trigeminal Nerve.” June 7, 2005.

Reviews

"I recently had a tummy tuck with Dr. Morales and he is an outstanding surgeon, you can tell he loves what he does. He really puts every ounce into each procedure to ensure that all of your wants in the outcome are what you are looking for. He was extremely informative as well as understanding, and reassuring from my consultation all the way up to my 8 week post op visit. Not to mention that his bedside manner is impeccable. Linda is also extremely informative, patient, and is amazing about getting answers to your questions in a very timely manner. All of his assistants are super sweet, and listen to your concerns. I could not have chosen a better surgeon and team!!"

M.M.

Google

"Two months ago I had a tummy tuck, lip and a breast augmentation with Dr. Morales. He is a phenomenal surgeon and his staff is amazing! I highly recommend him and there is no one else I would let do any future surgeries on me other than Dr. Morales!"

K.D.

Google

"I recently had a breast augmentation with Dr. Morales. I'm currently one month post op and I couldn't be happier with the results. Dr Morales is an amazing skilled surgeon! I personally appreciate that not only is his knowledge in the industry top notch to include his staff are most helpful the entire practice but that they really puts their patients first and go out of their way to make you comfortable. Dr. Morales takes his time with his patients, he is kind and soft spoken, and allows you the patient to be the ones to ask the questions you need answers too. I did a lot of research in the Houston, TX area for a plastic surgeon that I felt I could trust. I am very pleased to have him as a doctor. I would really recommend him to anyone seeking to have a procedure. Dr. Morales and his staff also conduct a you tube video blog on some of the procedures he does. Check them out. You'd be surprised at what you learn prior to having a procedure done. Thanks for the ultimate 43thd birthday gift! Dr. Morales and Staff! You all are amazing!"

B.C.

Google

"I had surgery with Dr Morales on 4/14/22 after losing 80lbs. My procedures include: extended tummy tuck with muscle repair, lipo to back, braline, flanks and my neck. I had a Bbl, and a breast augmentation; silicone implants. I knew right away during my consultation I didn’t want any other physician doing my procedure! He was thorough when examining me, and after I expressed concerns, he was very honest with me about procedures I did not need, and that’s what I love about him. Instead of just taking my money, he explained the why’s, and ultimately that’s something rare to find. His knowledge in all procedures, his bedside manner and great staff made me feel super comfortable from A-Z. Scheduling my procedure was a breeze. Linda, his patient coordinator, was very patient with me when scheduling my procedure, and was very prompt in responding to my emails. I went in for my pre-op appt about 2 weeks prior to my surgery. I saw his staff member Yaritza, who explained what I could expect post surgery, and was even given a bag of post surgery goodies! She was very patient with me when taking my pictures, as this was something that made me very shy. I was sized again for my breast implants to help me decide on my size. He came in with his assistant Claudia to reassure me about my size, discuss my procedure again in more detail and to let me know I was not alone. Going into the surgery center was a breeze! Instead of feeling anxious, I felt so comfortable. I was greeted by young lady named Christine who took my vitals and walked me Into one of the recovery rooms. She was very very sweet. I then saw the nurse Becky who started my iv. She was very knowledgeable and quick. I was seen by dr morales prior to my surgery to confirm all procedures, and have him mark me all up. :) I walked into the OR, and everyone greeted me in. The anesthesiologist was amazing, and heard my concerns about previous anesthesia. Post op days were not as bad as I thought! This was huge for me, as I am a mother of 4 and always on the go! Soreness here and there, but nothing I could not handle. Anytime I had questions, his assistant Claudia was quick to put me at ease!! She answered every message! Definitely exceeded my expectations. I went in for a one week post op, and was seen very quickly after checking in! I was greeted by an assistant named JJ who removed my drain. Very painless and she talked me through the entire thing. She stepped out, and during this time I was seen by His assistant Yaritza, same young lady who did my pre op consent appt. She wanted to say hello, ask how I was feeling, and instructed me on implant massages. Shortly after, the Dr came in with his assistant Avilene and Claudia. He explained what I was cleared to do and explained what he saw during the procedure. I was again, given a bag a post op supplies that I begin to use after week 1. Linda also stopped by to say hello! :) I return in 2 weeks and all I can say is HE IS AMAZING! Definitely, definitely recommend Dr Morales and his entire staff! They make you feel comfortable, at ease, and treat you like friends. I wouldn’t go anywhere else for my surgery needs! I hope they get a chance to read this, because they have all been superb."

L.P.

Google

"Works according to your body & needs, very natural tummy tuck results - Excellent service and results. Dr Morales works according to your body and needs, the results are very natural. He takes the time to explain you the process and listen to your needs. His staff is amazing! Claudia is very helpful with any questions that you have."

R.

RealSelf

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