12727 Kimberley Lane, Suite 300
Houston, TX 77024
4400 Post Oak Parkway, Suite 2260
Houston, TX 77027

Dr. Rolando Morales – Houston, Texas Plastic Surgeon

About Dr. Morales

Houston, Texas 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 industry and local publications and 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.

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 non-surgical facial rejuvenation treatments that can create beautiful results without surgery. These include BOTOX, 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 Shriners Burn Institute in Galveston. 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 Bachelors of Science Degree from the University of Texas in Austin and later graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston 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 6-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 a 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 at 4400 South Post Oak, Suite 2260 and in the Memorial/Town and Country area of Southwest Houston at 12727 Kimberley, Suite 300. In addition, Dr. Morales has recently expanded the group practice to the thriving community of Katy, TX.

Professional Societies

  • 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

  • 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

  • 2016 Texas Super Doctors-Rising Stars
  • 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.

Medical Privileges

Reviews

"I have now been going to Dr. Morales for over a year. I was referred to him by a friend of mine who always gives the best of the best when it comes to anything beauty. I was so pleased from my first appointment with Dr. Morales not only from my results but his bedside manner as well. He is personable and has actual conversations with his clients, as opposed to coming into the room with a needle in hand and going straight to the face. I have gone to several different places over the years for Botox that have done just that, and at times have been given so much that my eyebrows have come out uneven. I just recently got my first round of filler under my eyes! OH MY the best thing ever! I have been asking about this for months, and Dr. Morales never pushed or over sold me. He actually told me to that a really good skin regiment was the key. I can't disagree with that. With that being said I am now 33, feeling as if I was looking far beyond my 30's at times after having my child these little touches make a world of difference. I knew from the moment I walked in, surprised to be greeted by Dr. Morales Patient Coordinator Linda Marquez, I was in great hands! Knowing one another over the years she always goes above any beyond!"

J.T.

Yelp

"My Transformation - Houston, TX - I had received a full tummy tuck back in March. I never thought I would consider this, but after years of getting back in shape after my 4th child, stepping on stage and doing all that I could to flatten the tummy, there was just no correcting the damage that occurred after multiple pregnancies and some huge babies! After extreme weight loss and multiple pregnancies, my stomach muscles were damaged, fascia stretched out, and my diet and exercise alone could not help this distended appearance no matter what! My surgeon was completely blown away after he learned that I stepped on stage last year and was even able to get my tummy down to do so.... I quickly learned that the min I was NOT in prep, the stomach muscles relaxed and I was back to square one. My husband and I talked it over for months trying to decide if it was even worth the time, money, and the scar that is left afterwards.... But we both decided that I had given it my all and we went ahead and planned the surgery. During this process, I learned that I had two additional hernias that needed repaired (had already had one in my belly button fixed), so we were able to get these fixed during surgery as well.Recovery has been pretty easy for me. The doctor said I was able to recovery quicker because of the great shape I was already in. The first week was painful and so hard to get up to walk around and even sleep. I had to sleep in a recliner the first two weeks. By week 4, I was back in the gym doing light cardio and training. Again, something that only my surgeon was able to agree with since my body was recovering quickly. By week 6, I was back in full swing with few restrictions! There has been much swelling since then, but each week I am seeing it go down and I love that my scar is healing much more beautiful than I thought it would.A few weeks ago my surgeon asked if I would join him as a co-guest on a Houston Morning Talk show, The Debra Duncan show, (Medical Monday segment), which is televised throughout Houston and our surrounding area. He wanted to talk about "Plastic Surgery after weight loss" (and children/mommy makeover-ish), with an emphasis on health and fitness. He also wanted to discuss post-baby, post-weight loss changes (breast deflation/sagging, excess skin of abdomen and laxity) of the body that cannot be "worked off" despite all the exercises, lasers, creams, garments, etc. He sees so many patients now that are inspired like me and by people like myself.. to push them to be healthy with their bodies, and help create lifestyles changes for the better. He mentioned he sees people who are considering "beginning their journey" into these healthier lifestyle changes, but sometimes they come in to have him do it for them (liposuction, contouring surgery, etc). What I love about my doctor is that he always encourages people who are too overweight, or just want to lose more weight to their ideal weight, to exercise, eat healthier before proceeding with plastic surgery. He believes solely in changing your lifestyle first and then proceeding with what your body can't do after you have tried those certain things. His surgical procedures are much better and even last longer if the patient is already in a better physical condition.The show is scheduled for July 11th, 2016, which is the week my husband and I are in Cancun. He tried to get the segment moved, but it just wasn't able to work. I had to sadly decline but was very excited and happy that I was asked in the first place to participate in. If you are able to, please tune in to receive more information about this topic and learn more the services and support my surgeon provides. People who know me, know that I am truly honest about my journey and I believe this is one of the reasons Dr. Morales asked me to begin with. I like to keep everything real in all aspects of my life and if I can share my story, whether it's my past, my current or even my future.... I will do so to help one person understand that some situations are nothing to be embarrassed about. I am here to help promote health and fitness. Inspire the lifestyle....but reassure those who have thought about procedures when all else has failed, it's ok. It's your body, your life, and your decision!! If you are looking for a wonderful, knowledgeable, friendly and very professional Plastic Surgeon, look no further!! I highly recommend Dr. Morales Plastic Surgery He is one of the best in Texas!"

C.

RealSelf

"The transformation of a mother of 4 - Houston, TX - I had received a full tummy tuck back in March. I never thought I would consider this, but after years of getting back in shape after my 4th child, stepping on stage and doing all that I could to flatten the tummy, there was just no correcting the damage that occurred after multiple pregnancies and some huge babies! After extreme weight loss and multiple pregnancies, my stomach muscles were damaged, fascia stretched out, and my diet and exercise alone could not help this distended appearance no matter what! My surgeon was completely blown away after he learned that I stepped on stage last year and was even able to get my tummy down to do so.... I quickly learned that the min I was NOT in prep, the stomach muscles relaxed and I was back to square one. My husband and I talked it over for months trying to decide if it was even worth the time, money, and the scar that is left afterwards.... But we both decided that I had given it my all and we went ahead and planned the surgery. During this process, I learned that I had two additional hernias that needed repaired (had already had one in my belly button fixed), so we were able to get these fixed during surgery as well.Recovery has been pretty easy for me. The doctor said I was able to recovery quicker because of the great shape I was already in. The first week was painful and so hard to get up to walk around and even sleep. I had to sleep in a recliner the first two weeks. By week 4, I was back in the gym doing light cardio and training. Again, something that only my surgeon was able to agree with since my body was recovering quickly. By week 6, I was back in full swing with few restrictions! There has been much swelling since then, but each week I am seeing it go down and I love that my scar is healing much more beautiful than I thought it would.A few weeks ago my surgeon asked if I would join him as a co-guest on a Houston Morning Talk show, The Debra Duncan show, (Medical Monday segment), which is televised throughout Houston and our surrounding area. He wanted to talk about "Plastic Surgery after weight loss" (and children/mommy makeover-ish), with an emphasis on health and fitness. He also wanted to discuss post-baby, post-weight loss changes (breast deflation/sagging, excess skin of abdomen and laxity) of the body that cannot be "worked off" despite all the exercises, lasers, creams, garments, etc. He sees so many patients now that are inspired like me and by people like myself.. to push them to be healthy with their bodies, and help create lifestyles changes for the better. He mentioned he sees people who are considering "beginning their journey" into these healthier lifestyle changes, but sometimes they come in to have him do it for them (liposuction, contouring surgery, etc). What I love about my doctor is that he always encourages people who are too overweight, or just want to lose more weight to their ideal weight, to exercise, eat healthier before proceeding with plastic surgery. He believes solely in changing your lifestyle first and then proceeding with what your body can't do after you have tried those certain things. His surgical procedures are much better and even last longer if the patient is already in a better physical condition.The show is scheduled for July 11th, 2016, which is the week my husband and I are in Cancun. He tried to get the segment moved, but it just wasn't able to work. I had to sadly decline but was very excited and happy that I was asked in the first place to participate in. If you are able to, please tune in to receive more information about this topic and learn more the services and support my surgeon provides. People who know me, know that I am truly honest about my journey and I believe this is one of the reasons Dr. Morales asked me to begin with. I like to keep everything real in all aspects of my life and if I can share my story, whether it's my past, my current or even my future.... I will do so to help one person understand that some situations are nothing to be embarrassed about. I am here to help promote health and fitness. Inspire the lifestyle....but reassure those who have thought about procedures when all else has failed, it's ok. It's your body, your life, and your decision!! If you are looking for a wonderful, knowledgeable, friendly and very professional Plastic Surgeon, look no further!! I highly recommend Dr. Morales Plastic Surgery He is one of the best in Texas!"

C.

RealSelf

"55 Years Old, 2 Kids-Tummy Tuck Procedure - Houston, TX - Dr. Morales exceeded my expectations and is very honest about the final results. He gets an A+ in my book! - - Went in for surgery in May and here it is July 12th and I am moving around and healing wonderfully. The downtime is about a week and I had to stay in the hospital overnight since I had a tummy tuck. I am still a little puffy but in due time it will go down. It gets better everyday and I am loving the results."

B.

RealSelf

"I love Dr Morales! He is an artist and a complete professional!! ??"

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