Doctor performs tummy-tucks and self-esteem lifts

Gordon Portait smallLODI – Dr. Gordon Roget sees his specialty as self-esteem, helping patients with whatever they see as problem areas, whether it’s bags under the eyes or rolls around the middle.

The Lodi-based cosmetic surgeon – he recently moved his office to 845 S. Fairmont Ave., Ste. 2 – devotes much of his time to studying literature and attending conferences, learning new techniques to make cosmetic procedures safer and more effective.

He enjoys the challenge of continuous learning, he said, and is gratified when he sees his clients satisfied.

“Different people see different things when they look in the mirror,” he said. “So, that’s what I fix. It’s for the patient.”

Born in South Dakota, Roget moved with his family to San Joaquin County as a young child.

He attended medical school in Switzerland – where he learned Spanish, German and French – before returning to California to complete his residency at San Joaquin General Hospital.

Board certified as an obstetrician, Roget has been in practice for 30 years. Since 2000, though, his work has focused on cosmetic surgery.

It was new developments in the cosmetic field – particularly advances that allowed procedures such as liposuction to be performed under local anesthesia – that caught Roget’s interest.

“That revolutionized office cosmetic surgery,” he said. “It’s safer, recovery is faster, it’s cheaper, and we see excellent results.”

Roget performs all of his procedures – from tummy tucks, to face and breast lifts, to liposuction – with patients under local anesthesia. Often, they are back to work within days, he said.

And he continues to follow new developments. Increasingly, he said, he is doing fat-transfer procedures in which fat cells are harvested from one area of the body and transferred elsewhere – below the cheekbones, for example. The technique can even be used in breast augmentation, Roget said.

“You’re going to hear a lot about fat transfer in the coming years,” he predicts.

Having done his internship in family practice, Roget also remains committed to the overall health of his patients, and makes efforts to ensure they are as well on the inside as they look on the outside.

“The people who come to see me are healthy people,” he said. “But they might not be minding the store on the preventative side. I don’t treat diseases, but I’ve kept up on preventive care, for example the new genetic tests  for cholesterol management.”

He described one overweight patient who came in for liposuction.

“Liposuction is not a treatment for obesity,” Roget said. “It fixes your shape.”

Still, he said, because of her extra fat, the patient was too embarrassed to go to the gym. After the liposuction, she had the confidence she needed to begin working out and making lasting lifestyle changes.

“It turned into a life-changing experience,” Roget said.

Roget does not charge for initial consultations. For more information about his practice, go to, or call (209) 334-4975.


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