Steven M. Hoefflin isn't shy about the limelight. The silver-haired
plastic surgeon often appears on TV shows, but as a policy he refuses
to comment about his celebrity patients. It has been widely reported that
Hoefflin is the original "Doc Hollywood," the cosmetic surgeon
to the stars.
to news reports, Dr. Hoefflin's famous patients have included Michael Jackson,
his sister Janet Jackson,
Elizabeth Taylor, Don Johnson,
Nancy Sinatra, Joan Rivers,
Phyllis Diller, Sly Stallone,
Donald Trump and
his former wife Ivana, Tony Curtis,
and in his early days, quite a few Playboy Playmates.
A few months later, though, his name was in newspapers again when there were public allegations made that Dr. Hoefflin had exposed, fondled and ridiculed some of his famous patients while they were on the operating table, charges which the doctor vehemently denied, and which he said was the work of a disgruntled, jealous former business partner. In July of 1998, he filed a lawsuit charging fraud and defamation against those four ex-employees accusing him. The accusations were not made by any of the doctor's celebrity patients, some of whom immediately rallied to his defense. A subsequent investigation by the California Medical Board cleared him of the charges.
Getting there: Dr. Hoefflin's offices are located on the south side of Arizona Avenue, about a mile inland from the Santa Monica beach.
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