Dr. Oren Tessler


Dr. Oren Tessler

Plastic Surgeon in Phoenix and Scottsdale, AZ

Oren Tessler, MD, is a board-certified plastic and reconstructive microsurgeon serving the Phoenix area. He is proficient in multiple plastic surgery techniques, including breast reconstruction surgery, aesthetic breast surgery, migraine relief surgery, cosmetic surgery, body contouring, hand surgery and maxillofacial surgery.

His uniquely broad experience lets him see the big picture and achieve optimal results for his patients. Dr. Tessler’s passion lies in restoring form and function – and ultimately, quality of life – in people who have been affected by cancer or trauma.

Balancing Form and Function through Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery

Taking a customized, “designer” approach to breast reconstruction that balances form with function, Dr. Tessler optimizes medical outcomes while producing natural, attractive results. His outcomes have been recognized by multiple national and international societies and peer-reviewed academic journals, including the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

A Respectful Approach to Patient Care

Beyond attentive, personalized care and an empathetic bedside presence, Dr. Tessler believes patients want to be treated like the intelligent, knowledgeable individuals they are. He also believes patients appreciate receiving all the information they need to make educated decisions about their care. Learn more about Dr. Tessler’s approach to patient consultation here.

At the Forefront of Plastic Surgery Research and Technology

Dr. Tessler’s surgical accomplishments and techniques have been presented at over 40 national and international conferences, and he has served as an invited lecturer and visiting professor around the world. He has authored over 30 papers in leading plastic surgery journals, earning national media acclaim. Dr. Tessler’s publications are among the most often-cited in the field of plastic surgery. When he’s not in the operating room, Dr. Tessler contributes to leading plastic surgery journals, and serves on the editorial and review boards of the Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He serves as an expert advisor to technology firms developing the next generation of surgical methods to enhance breast reconstruction outcomes.

Collaborating with leading experts, Dr. Tessler honed a revolutionary technique in migraine surgery that offers more aesthetically-pleasing results than the traditional method. The technique earned national acclaim and led Dr. Tessler to found the largest migraine surgery center in the southeast U.S., at Louisiana State University.


Training And Experience

Dr. Tessler was one of five students selected to participate in a joint MD/MBA program at McGill University in Montreal, Canada – one of the world’s top-ranked medical schools. After completing his medical and business degrees, Dr. Tessler completed his plastic surgery residency at McGill University while simultaneously co-developing the AirMouse, a device designed to reduce pain associated with repetitive wrist stress injuries. His success with AirMouse yielded him numerous business awards and write-ups in major publications across North America.

Dr. Tessler completed his plastic surgery fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University, specializing in reconstructive and aesthetic breast surgery. During his time at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Tessler was a member of the surgical team responsible for completing the center’s first full hand transplant – a significant advance in the field of plastic surgery. He also helped publish and publicize a new technique in migraine relief surgery that utilizes the release of facial nerves to reduce migraine symptoms.

Dr. Tessler was appointed Assistant Professor and later Associate Professor of Plastic Surgery at Louisiana State University (LSU) and Tulane University. He also served as Assistant Program Director for the LSU’s plastic surgery residency, and Director of Plastic Surgery at University Medical Center (formerly known as Charity Hospital). Dr. Tessler trained and mentored over 30 residents during his tenure at LSU, and is proud to have contributed to the growth of the field of plastic surgery.

Dr. Tessler relocated to Phoenix in 2018, performing multiple plastic surgery techniques, including breast reconstruction surgery, migraine relief surgery, cosmetic surgery, body contouring, hand surgery and maxillofacial surgery.



Professional Organizations & Memberships


Dr. Tessler practices microsurgery, an approach that focuses on attaching smaller and smaller blood vessels and nerves with the use of a microscope during surgery. Microsurgery makes it possible to transfer tissue from one part of the body to another, and has changed the way Dr. Tessler and other surgeons perform breast reconstruction after mastectomy.

With up to 10x magnification, microsurgery allows surgeons to employ sutures that the naked eye can’t see. “Every little movement counts,” Dr. Tessler says. “It has allowed us to really revolutionize trauma and oncology surgery.”


Dr. Tessler stresses that it is paramount to listen to patients’ wishes, instead of focusing solely on fixing a problem. He finds that his background in psychology helps him consider the bigger picture

“Plastics is unique in that it does not only deal with quantity of life; it deals with quality of life,” Dr. Tessler says. “Because quality of life has many subjective aspects, it is impoerative in our field to treat the patient as a whole person, and not just treat the disease.”

Honors and Accomplishments

  • Part of the surgical team that performed the first complete hand transplant at Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Nominated among 10 national experts to be a part of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ National Autologous Breast Reconstruction Performance Measures Workgroup – 2016



  • Bachelor of Science (Psychology) – McGill University, Montreal, QC

Medical Education

  • MD/MBA – McGill University, Montreal, QC

Postgraduate Training

  • Residency – Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, MCGILL UNIVERSITY, Montreal, QC
  • Fellowship – Reconstructive and Aesthetic Breast Surgery, HARVARD UNIVERSITY, Boston, MA

Professional Experience

  • Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, ELITE PLASTIC SURGERY, Phoenix, Arizona.
  • Assistant Clinical Professor at LSU and TULANE UNIVERSITY, Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Surgery, New Orleans LA
  • Director of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER, New Orleans, LA
  • Associate Program Director, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, LSU, New Orleans, LA
  • Attending Physician at Massachusetts General Hospital, HARVARD UNIVERSITY, Boston, MA
  • Clinical Instructor at University of Sherbrooke and Attending Physician at HOSPITAL CHARLES LEMOYNE, Montreal, QC
  • Clinical Instructor at University of British Columbia and Attending Physician at UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL NORTHERN BRITISH COLUMBIA, Prince George, BC

Dr. Tessler is double, board certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the American Board of Plastic Surgery. After completing his fellowship in aesthetic and reconstructive breast surgery at Harvard University, he worked as assistant professor at both LSU and Tulane University in New Orleans. During his time in New Orleans, Dr. Tessler served as associate program director and director of plastic surgery at University Medical Center. Dr. Tessler has collaborated and partnered with some of the leading global pioneers of microsurgical breast reconstruction, having lectured internationally. In 2016, Dr. Tessler was nominated as one of 10 national experts to participate in the American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ National Autologous Breast Reconstruction Performance Measures Workgroup. Dr. Tessler works closely with the leading innovators in migraine surgical treatment. His technique involves an upper eyelid lift incision that is aesthetically pleasing. The publication of this technique and its results have gained widespread national prominence and allowed him to create the largest regional center for migraine surgery at LSU.