Neal Handel, M.D., FACS

Board-Certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon

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Dr. Handel has been practicing plastic surgery for over 35 years. During his long, distinguished career he has received numerous academic accolades, carried out significant research in plastic surgery, authored over 60 articles for scholarly journals and written a dozen textbook chapters.

Dr. Handel recently co-edited a new textbook on revision breast surgery that was specifically designed to teach plastic surgeons how to deal with challenging secondary breast cases.

Dr. Handel is proud of his extensive clinical knowledge and believes that there is simply no substitute for experience and that the wider a variety of patients a surgeon encounters and the more challenges he faces during his career, the better prepared he is to help new patients achieve their surgical goals.

He is committed to applying his expertise and experience to every single patient with each one’s specific desires and goals being carefully analysed and accounted for with a custom-tailored treatment plan. Dr. Handel is all about listening to patients and encouraging them to be active participants in their care.


  • Aesthetic breast surgery
  • Revision Breast Surgery
  • Breast reconstruction after cancer surgery

Santa Barbara Cosmetic Surgeon, Dr. Neal Handel