Meet Dr. Joseph K. Bivens

Desert Aesthetic & Vein Centre welcomes Joseph K. Bivens, MD, the Imperial Valley’s only American Board of Plastic Surgery certified plastic, cosmetic, and reconstructive surgeon, to assist our patients in receiving excellent aesthetic surgical services. His arrival reflects a continued effort on our part to provide patients with the safest care available for the communities of Imperial County and Mexicali. Dr Bivens has dedicated his career, over the last two and a half decades, to the aesthetic and functional enhancement of the human form. He specializes in techniques to transform the body via facelifts, eyelid lifts, breast augmentation, “mommy makeovers”, Brazilian butt lifts, liposculpting, and managing the aging body. His goal is the creation of an aesthetically balanced, and emotionally fulfilled patient. His past research and work has been instrumental in the perfection of his liposuction and breast implant surgery techniques. His areas of expertise include laser lipolysis, ultrasonic and power assisted liposuction, and traditional liposculpture, and wound healing and reconstruction. He likes to use lighthearted humor in his patient teaching, as a patient’s smile is everything.

His evaluation begins with his careful analysis of the patient’s inner self and its effect on their perception of beauty, then the body as a whole. “A beautiful body can only evolve from a mindful sense of beauty within.” Dr Bivens has strong convictions about the importance of the mind-body relationship. He will review with each patient the need for a lifestyle that focuses on sound nutrition, physical fitness, and a stress-free mind as lifelong critical elements to healing, and the maintenance of physical beauty.

Dr Bivens perfected his surgical techniques through his work with the world’s leading experts in liposuction and body contouring, as well as through his experience in academia, leading surgical teams and university surgery departments. He is recognized as a leader in liposuction, breast implant surgery, “tummy tucks”, microvascular and hand surgery, as well as wound healing and reconstruction.

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“It’s a pleasure to be in the field of medicine that can change lives and make dreams come true. The time that we will spend together discussing your wants, needs, and expectations is extremely important in the overall success of your results. I’ll spend all the time necessary to discover not only your requests, but your feelings and your reasons behind them in order to see to it that you receive an outstanding surgical result. I want you to feel great about your care.”


  • Plastic Surgery Fellowship, University of California San Diego
  • General Surgery Residency, New York Medical College;
  • General Surgery Internship, New York Medical College;
  • Medical School, University of Florida
  • Undergraduate, University of Florida

Board Certification:

  • American Board of Plastic Surgery

State Licenses:

  • State of California

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