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Dr. Daniel Mills

Thank you for taking the time to visit my practice web site. I hope that after visiting my web site, you have a better understanding of my approach to plastic surgery. My ultimate goal is to make you happy, giving you the beautiful results that you desire by using the latest in plastic surgery techniques and technology. I believe this goal fundamentally starts with a strong patient-doctor relationship. I aim to treat every person, whether patient or staff, like family, which impacts the effort and energy I invest into each surgery. I understand that each person who walks into my office has individual needs and expectations. My office staff and I strive to take the time to build trust and confidence by listening to each patient’s needs and educating them on all available surgical and non-surgical alternatives.

Since trust has to be earned, I believe in spending a significant amount of time consulting with each patient. I feel that consultations are a forum for both the patient and surgeon to gather and communicate information to each other. My staff and I aim to spend the majority of each consultation listening and understanding your needs as a patient.

Orange County Top Plastic Surgeon Dan MillsI want to ensure that you have all available information at your disposal to make a well-informed decision that is in your best interest. In addition to patient pictures, educational videos and materials, we would be happy to connect you with prior patients who have been through the surgical process. The bottom line is that I want each patient that enters my office to feel more comfortable and well informed when they leave than when they walked in.

I feel that my office staff and facility reflect my own values and standards for patient care. We understand that you, the patient, are making a significant decision in your life and we want to provide you the highest level of support and care possible. My staff is committed to serving your needs as a patient and supporting you through your decisions. We want to ensure optimal results so we encourage routine follow-up care. Additionally, most of our surgical procedures are performed on an out-patient basis at the private and discrete, state-of-the-art ambulatory surgical facility adjacent to our office suite, Oceanview Ambulatory Surgery Center, Inc. This facility is certified by Medicare, which means it meets the strictest of compliance standards.

I know that any decision you are considering will not be made lightly and I look forward to any opportunity to serve your needs relating to aesthetic plastic surgery.

Thanks again for visiting my site. Please do not hesitate to email or call my staff to ask any further questions. I hope to see you soon for your own consultation.

Very Truly Yours,

Daniel C. Mills, M.D., F.A.C.S.


“Hi Shari!
It was a pleasure meeting both you and Dr. Mills. I’ve had a few major surgeries and never has a surgeon spend the time that Dr. Mills spent with Jen and I, he’s awesome.”


Education & Professional Background

Dr. Mills continues a family legacy in the medical profession; he was born into a family that has grown to have sixteen medical doctors. He completed his medical education at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and the general surgery requirements for his plastic surgery residency at Wright State University. Following his general surgery training, he finished his plastic surgery residency at the Medical College of Ohio and elected for an additional fellowship year of specialty training in aesthetic surgery in Phoenix , Arizona .

Dr. Mills is an active member in good standing with the American Society For Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, California Society of Plastic Surgeons, American College of Surgeons, and served as the President of the California Society of Plastic Surgeons from June 2007 until June 2008.

In addition to 15 years of experience in private practice, 10 years of plastic surgery residency teaching at Loma Linda University , Dr. Mills has been recognized for his innovations and contributions to plastic surgery. Dr. Mills has published numerous books and papers and has presented in front of national and international audiences at plastic surgery meetings. (For a complete listing of training, affiliations, publications and presentations, see Dr. Mills’ curriculum vitae listed below.)

Beyond his practice, staff positions and society affiliations, Dr. Mills believes whole-heartedly in using his plastic surgery skills to benefit the lives of others. He partners with a charity in Baja , Mexico called “Amigos de los Ninos” and operation Good Samaritan to provide plastic and reconstructive surgery for impoverished children with congenital and acquired deformities, such as cleft lip and palate and burns. In addition to these missionary trips, Dr. Mills works hand-in-hand with Community Services Project. Specifically, Dr. Mills removes the visible tattoos that typically hinder reformed gang members from getting jobs.

Dr. Mills hopes that his education and experience will not only carry on his family’s legacy in the medical profession, but will leave a lasting impression on the lives of his patients and community at large.

Awards and Lectures

Curriculum Vitae

Education and Training

Postgraduate

  • 1986-1988, Residency in Plastic Surgery: Medical College of Ohio, Toledo, OH, Program Director: George Baibak, M.D.
  • 1985-1986, Fellowship in Plastic Surgery: Phoenix Plastic Surgery Residency, Phoenix, A, Program Director: Rex Peterson, M.D.
  • 1983-1985, Residency in General Surgery: Wright State University, Kettering, OH, Program Director: Dan. W. Elliot, M.D.
  • 1982-1983, Internship in General Surgery: Wright State University, Kettering, OH, Program Director: Dan. W. Elliot, M.D.

Graduate

  • 1978-1982, M.D. 1982: Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA, Medicine

Undergraduate

  • 1974-1978, B.A. 1978: Walla Walla College, College Place, WA, Chemistry

Certificate and Licensure

Specialty Certification

  • 1990, American Board of Plastic Surgeons

Medical Licensure

  • 2008, Idaho
  • 1985, California

Practice Experience

  • 2006-present: Medical Director, Monarch Bay Laser, Dana Point, CA
  • 1994-present: Medical Director, Oceanview Ambulatory Surgery Center, Laguna Beach, CA
  • 1988-present: Children’s Hospital of Orange County, Mission Viejo, CA
  • 1988: Mission Hospital, Mission Viejo, CA

Hospital, Appointments and Positions

  • 2005-2009: Member, Medical Executive Committee, South Coast Medical Center, Laguna Beach, CA
  • 2005-2007: Member, Board of Directors, South Coast Medical Center, Laguna Beach, CA
  • 1997-present: Plastic Surgery Representative for CHOC at Mission Hospital, Mission Viejo, CA
  • 1992-present: Assistant Clinical Professor of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Loma Linda University, School of Medicine, Loma Linda, CA
  • 1990-2009: Chief of Plastic Surgery, South Coast Medical Center, Laguna Beach, CA

Additional Training and Experience

  • 1985: Brooke Army Hospital (ISR) Burn Unit Rotation
  • 1979-1982: Student Representative, California Medical Association Advisory Panel to Plastic Surgery

Honors

  • 2007: Clinician of the Year, Division of Plastic Surgery, Loma Linda University, School of Medicine

Membership in Professional and Scientific Societies

  • 1990, Diplomate: American Board of Plastic Surgeons
  • 1983, Diplomate: National Board of Medical Examiners
  • 2012, Member: American Association of Plastic Surgeons
  • 1993, Fellow: American College of Surgeons
  • 1992, Member: American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
  • 1991, Member: California Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • 1990-2010 Member: American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • 1990-2014 Member: American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • 1988 Member: California Medical Association

Professional Appointments Held

American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)

  • 2014-present: Vice President, Executive Committee
  • 2013-2014: Treasurer, Executive Committee
  • 2013-2014: Marketing Task Force
  • 2012-2013: Secretary, Executive Committee
  • 2011-present: Technology Editor, Aesthetic Surgery Journal
  • 2010-present: Patient Safety Committee
  • 2010-present: Finance and Investment Committee
  • 2010-2014: Communications Commissioner
  • 2009-present: Member, Aesthetic Training Task Force
  • 2009-2013: Project Beauty Task Force Chairman, Strategic Planning Committee
  • 2009-2012: Member-At- Large, Board of Directors
  • 2009-2010: Representative, ASAPS/ASPS Joint Brochures Committee
  • 2009-2012: Member, Medical Skin Care Subcommittee
  • 2009-2012: Member, Non-Surgical Procedures Committee
  • 2008-2012: Member, Future Leaders Committee/Leadership Development
  • 2008-2010: Member, New Member Committee
  • 2008-2010: Chairman, Practice Relations Committee
  • 2008-2010: Member, Time and Place Committee (Southern California)
  • 2008-2009: Board Member, Parliamentarian
  • 2007-2009: Chairman, Electronic Communications Committee
  • 2003-2008: Vice Chairman, Practice Relations Committee
  • 2001-2004: Member, Membership Committee
  • 2000-2010: Member, Public Education Committee
  • 1999-2001, 2005-2008: Member, Ethics Committee
  • 1998-1999: Member, Practice Relations Committee
  • 1996-1999, 2003-2005: Member, Electronic Communications Committee
  • 1994-1996: Liaison to ASPS Young Plastic Surgeons Committee

Aesthetic Surgery Education and Research Foundation (ASERF)

  • 2008–present: Representative to the Plastic Surgery Endowment
  • 2011-2013: Database Review Task Force Chair
  • 2010-2013: Chairman, Fund Development Committee
  • 2009-2012: Member, Website Committee
  • 2009-2012: Member, Research Consortium/Alliance
  • 2008-2013: Member, Board of Directors
  • 2008-2009: Member, Membership Committee
  • 2008-2009: Member, Bylaws Committee

American Society of Plastic Surgeons

  • 2009-2011: ASERF Representative, Board of Directors
  • 2009-2010: Chairman, Judicial Council
  • 2007-2010: Member, Judicial Council
  • 2006-2007: Member, Pathways to Leadership
  • 2005-2010: Board Member, Board of Directors National Endowment for Plastic Surgery
  • 2003-2005: Member, Membership Committee
  • 1994-1996: Member, Young Plastic Surgeons Committee

California Society of Plastic Surgeons

  • 2009-present: Member, Legislative Committee
  • 2007-2008: President
  • 2005-2006: Vice President
  • 2003-2005: Secretary
  • 2001-present: Member, Strategic Planning Committee
  • 2001-present: Member, Finance and Investments Committee
  • 2001-2003: Counselor for the South
  • 2000,2003,2009,2014: Member, Nominating Committee
  • 2000: Chairman, Scientific Program Committee
  • 1999-2008: Member, Scientific Program Committee
  • 1997-2000: Member, Membership Committee Chairman

Bibliography

Referenced Articles

  1. Mills DC, Ereso AQ, Engle C, Cessna LE. The Shoelace Breast Cast. Aesthetic Surgery Journal. 34(5):776-781
  2. Schafer ME, Hickok KC, Mills DC, Chao JJ. Acute Adipocyte Viability after Third-Generation Ultrasound-Assisted Liposuction. Aesthetic Surgery Journal. 33(5):698-704, 2013
  3. Mills DC, Camp S. Mosser S, Sayeg A, Hurwitz D, Ronel D. Malar Augmentation with a polymethylmethacrylate-Enhanced Filler. Assessment Of A 12-Month Open Label Pilot Study. Aesthetic Surgery Journal. 33(3) 421-30, 2013
  4. Mills DC, Camp S. The Marriage Of Plastic Surgery And Social Media: A Relationship To Last A Lifetime. Aesthetic Surgery Journal. 32(3):349-351, 2012
  5. Huang GJ, Wichman J. Mills DC. Transaxillary Subpectoral Augmentation Mammaplasty: A Single Surgeon’s 20 Year Experience. Aesthetic Surgery Journal. 31(7):781-801, 2011
  6. Huang GJ, York CE, Mills DC. Stria Distensae as a Complication of Augmentation Mammaplasty. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 122(2) 90e-93e, 2008
  7. Nahai F, Fisher J, Maxwell PG, Mills DC. Augmentation Mastopexy: To Stage or Not. Aesthetic Surgery Journal. 27:219-346, 2007
  8. Huang GJ, Hardesty RA, Mills DC. Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy in the Augmented Breast: Role of the Transaxillary Subpectoral Approach. Aesthetic Surgery Journal. 23(3):184-187, 2003
  9. Mills DC. Finding Sutures. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 83(2) 392, 1989
  10. Mills DC, Roberts LW, Mason AD Jr, McManus WF, Pruitt BA Jr. Suppurative Chondritis: Its Incidence, Treatment and Prevention in Burn Patients. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 82:267, 1988

Book Chapters

  1. Hot Topics in Aesthetic Surgery (Panel Speaker) 2015 Thomas Zirkle Plastic Surgery Symposium. Riverside, CA March 8, 2015
  2. Innovations in Plastic Surgery with the Quill Knotless Tissue Closure Device. Plastic Surgeons in China. Wuhan and Beijing, China. October 2014
  3. The Mills Bracast. The American-Brazilian Aesthetic Meeting. Florianopolis, Brazil. February 2014. The American-Brazilian Aesthetic Meeting. Florianopolis, Brazil. February 2014
  4. Ultherapy. The American-Brazilian Aesthetic Meeting. Florianopolis, Brazil. February 2014
  5. Management of Difficult Case in Facial Rejuvenation (Face Panel Speaker). The Aesthetic Cruise. July 2013.
  6. Management of Wrinkling in Breast Augmentation (Breast Augmentation Panel Speaker). The Aesthetic Cruise. July 2013.
  7. Management of Complications in Augmentation Mastopexy (Breast Panel Speaker). The Aesthetic Cruise. July 2013.
  8. Marketing the Aesthetic Surgery Practice: Management of Complications in Non-Surgical Facial Rejuvenation (Panel Moderator). The Aesthetic Cruise. July 2013.
  9. Management of Complications in Non-Surgical Facial Rejuvenation (Panel Moderator) The Aesthetic Cruise. July 2013.
  10. Malar Augmentation With PMMA (Polymethylmethacrylate). The American-Brazilian Aesthetic Meeting. Park City, UT. February 2013.
  11. Viability of Adipocytes and Other Lipoaspirate Components after Third Generation Ultrasound-Assisted Liposuction. California Society of Plastic Surgeons. Coronado Island, CA. May 2012.
  12. The Use of Fibrin Tissue Sealants in Facelift Surgery to Eliminate Drains and Improve Patient Satisfaction and Outcomes. California Society of Plastic Surgeons. Coronado Island, CA. May 2012.
  13. Viability of Adipocytes and Other Lipoaspirate Components after Third Generation Ultrasound-Assisted Liposuction. American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Vancouver, Canada. May 2012.
  14. The Use of Fibrin Tissue Sealants in Facelift Surgery. The American-Brazilian Aesthetic Meeting. Florianopolis, Brazil. February 2012.
  15. Tips, Tools, and Epiphanies: 20 Year Experience in Transaxillary Subpectoral Augmentation Mammaplasty. The Aesthetic Cruise on the Adriatic. August 2011.
  16. Salvaging the Unsatisfactory Breast Following Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery (Panel with Drs J. Fisher, J. Grotting, D. Hammond, J. Serletti). The Aesthetic Cruise on the Adriatic. August 2011.
  17. Cheek Augmentation Volumizing and Effects of Long Lasting PMMA Filler. (Presented with Drs. D. Hurwitz, S. Mosser, d. Ronel, and A. Sayeg). California Society of Plastic Surgeons. Monterey, CA. May 2011.
  18. Cheek Augmentation Volumizing and Effects of Long Lasting PMMA Filler. (Presented with Drs. D. Hurwitz, S. Mosser, D. Ronel, and A. Sayeg). American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Boston, MA. May 2011.
  19. Using Technology: Cross Selling Surgical Patients to Skin Care and Skin Care Patients to Surgery. Society of Plastic Surgical Skin Care Specialists. Boston, MA. May 2011.
  20. Breast Asymmetry: Strategies to Improve Outcome and Patient Satisfaction (presented with Dr. Anne Taylor). American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Boston, MA. May 2011.
  21. The Role of a Facelift in the Minimally Invasive World. (Invited Panelist). California Society of Plastic Surgeons. Palos Verdes, CA. May 2010.
  22. Malar Augmentation with ArteFill. The 2nd American Brazilian Aesthetic Meeting. Sao Paulo, Brazil. March 2010.
  23. 410 Textured Implants. The 2nd American Brazilian Aesthetic Meeting. Sao Paulo, Brazil. March 2010.
  24. Industry Relations. The 2nd American Brazilian Aesthetic Meeting. Sao Paulo, Brazil. March 2010.
  25. Cheek Augmentation with ArteFill. 24th Annual Workshop in Plastic Surgery. St. John, British Virgin Islands. January 2010.
  26. My Experience: Saline to Silicone. Grand Rounds: Taipei Veterans General Hospital. Taipei, Taiwan. November 2009.
  27. Achieving Excellence in Breast Augmentation Surgery: Putting Core Principles to Practice. International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Istanbul, Turkey. June 2009.
  28. Transaxillary Subpectoral Augmentation Mammaplasty (TASPA): 20 Year Experience. California Society of Plastic Surgeons. Squaw Valley, CA. May 2009.
  29. Improving Outcomes by Checking Statistics in Breast Augmentation. American-Brazilian Aesthetic Meeting & 23rd Annual Workshop in Plastic Surgery. St. John, British Virgin Islands. February 2009.
  30. 30. Transaxillary Subpectoral Augmentation Mammaplasty: My Experience. California Society of Plastic Surgeons Visiting Professorship.
    • University of California, Irvine Medical Center. September 2008.
    • Stanford University Medical Center. April 2008.
    • Loma Linda University Medical Center. March 2008.
    • Vanderbilt University Medical Center. October 2007.
  31. Transaxillary Subpectoral Augmentation Mammaplasty and 410 Form Stable Cohesive Gel Implant. 9th International Symposium of Plastic Surgery. Sao Paulo, Brazil. March, 2008.
  32. Transaxillary Subpectoral Augmentation Mammaplasty: My Experience. 37th Argentine Congress of Plastic Surgery. Buenos Aires, Argentina, March 2007.
  33. The Flip-Flop Mastopexy. 37th Argentine Congress of Plastic Surgery. Buenos Aires, Argentina, March 2007.
  34. The Mid Face Suspension for Your Practice. 37th Argentine Congress of Plastic Surgery. Buenos Aires, Argentina, March 2007.
  35. Transaxillary Subpectoral Augmentation Mammaplasty: A 17 Year Experience (with Dr. B. Thimmappa). Workshop in Plastic Surgery, St. Johns, British Virgin Island; January 2006
  36. Safety of Continuous Infusion of Local Anesthetic for Pain Control Following Liposuction. California Society of Plastic Surgeons. Sonoma, CA. June 2005.
  37. Safety of Continuous Infusion of Local Anesthetic via Elastomeric Bolus Pump for Pain Management Following Abdominoplasty. American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Vancouver, Canada. April 2004.
  38. Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy in the Augmented Breast: The Role of the Transaxillary Subpectoral Approach. American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Boston, MA. May 2003.
  39. Striae Distensae: Complicating Augmentation Mammaplasty. California Plastic Surgery Society, Sacramento, CA, April 4, 2003
  40. Is the Transaxillary Augmentation a Contradiction for the Sentinel Node Biopsy? 17th Annual Workshop in Plastic Surgery. Tortola, British Virgin Islands. January 2003.
  41. Tissue Rearrangement Mastopexy Inferior Pedicle Technique. 16th Annual Workshop in Plastic Surgery. Tortola, British Virgin Islands. January 2002.
  42. Stretch Marks in Breast Augmentation Patients. 16th Annual Workshop in Plastic Surgery. Tortola, British Virgin Islands. January 2002.
  43. Controversies of Breast Augmentation (Panel Member). Loma Linda University 69th Annual Postgraduate Convention. Loma Linda, CA. February 2001.
  44. Facelift Mid-face Suspension: How Long Does it Last? 15th Annual Workshop in Plastic Surgery. Tortola, British Virgin Islands. January 2001.
  45. Endoscopic Mid-face Suspension with Emphasis on Nasolabial Improvement. 10th Annual Workshop in Plastic Surgery. Tortola, British Virgin Islands. January 1996.
  46. Wound Healing Capabilities of Cultures Allograft: Use with Chronic Skin Ulcers and Wounds. California Plastic Surgery Society. Coronado, CA. February 1994.
  47. Transaxillary Subpectoral Augmentation Mammaplasty: A 5-year Experience. American College of Surgeons. Newport Beach, CA. January 1994.
  48. Rigid Fixation of the Craniofacial Skeleton. Grand Rounds: Loma Linda University, School of Dentistry. Loma Linda, CA. March 1993.
  49. Long Term Results of Chondritis Patients Treated with Ionotophoresis. Northwest Ohio Plastic Surgery Symposium and Review Course. Toledo, OH. December 1987.
  50. Twenty Year Trends in Treatment of Otochondritis. Northwest Ohio Plastic Surgery Symposium and Review Course. Toledo, OH. December 1987.
  51. Suppurative Chondritis: Its Incidence, Treatment and Prevention in Burn Patients. American Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons. Los Angeles, CA. October 1986.

Invited Teaching Courses

  1. Dealing With Breast Asymmetries. American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. New York, NY. April 2013.
  2. Dealing With Breast Asymmetries. American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Vancouver, Canada. May 2012.
  3. Breast Augmentation. The American-Brazilian Aesthetic Meeting. Florianopolis, Brazil. February 2012.
  4. Dealing with Breast Asymmetries. American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Washington, DC. April 2010.
  5. Practice Strategies: Evidence, Data, Technology. American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Las Vegas, NV. May 2009.
  6. Achieving Excellence in Breast Augmentation Surgery: Putting Core Principles to Practice. Allergan Academy Course. Las Vegas, NV. May 2009.
  7. Achieving Excellence in Breast Augmentation Surgery: Putting Core Principles to Practice. Allergan Academy Course. San Diego, CA. May 2008.
  8. The Quill Device: Advances in Wound Closure for Plastic Surgeons. Quill SRS.
    • Sacramento, CA. June 2011.
    • Monterey, CA. May 2011.
    • Phoenix, AZ. January 2008.
    • Baltimore, MD. October, 2007.
  9. Live Surgical Demonstration: Transaxillary Subpectoral Augmentation Mammaplasty, Allergan Academy Professorship.
    • Seoul, Korea. June 2007.
    • Taipei, Taiwan. September 2007.
    • Sao Paulo, Brazil. March 2008.

Mission Trips and Outreach Programs

Operation Good Samaritan: Providing plastic and reconstructive to impoverished children with congenital and acquired deformities.

  • 1995: Montamorelos, Mexico (with Dr. Donald Sargeant)
  • 1997: Los Cabos, Mexico
  • 1999: Los Cabos, Mexico
  • 2000: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico (in conjunction with Amigos de los Ninos)
  • 2002: Los Cabos, Mexico

Community Services Project: Removing tattoos on reformed gang members to enabled them to integrate into the workplace

  • 1997-present: Laguna Beach, CA