Dr. Carl Powell

Exceptional experience and training.

Dr. Carl A. Powell is an industry leader in hair restoration and cosmetic surgery. Dr. Powell is a board certified surgeon who specializes in Hair Transplant surgery. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgery, the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, the American Society of Cosmetic Breast Surgery and the American Academy of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine. He is a member of the American Society of Liposuction Surgery and the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery. He is former President of the California Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (2014), serves on the Board of Directors and Legislative Committee for the San Diego Chapter of the California Medical Association, serves as an Examiner for the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery and as a Surveyor for the Institute for Quality medicine. Dr. Powell has performed thousands of surgical procedures over the course of a thirty year medical career.

Education and Awards

Dr. Powell grew up in California, attended college at the United States Naval Academy, did premedical training at San Diego State University, and completed medical school at the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (Western University of Health Sciences). He received the “Most Outstanding Student” award graduating in the top ten percent of his medical school class. He was recognized by his faculty in “Who’s Who in American Medical Schools” for his achievements during his four years of medical school.

Dr. Powell served in the Navy for thirty-one years prior to retiring in 2002. His surgical training was from the University of California—Davis where he trained under surgeons in San Francisco, Oakland, and Sacramento. During the last year of surgical training, Dr. Powell was chosen to accompany a distinguished cardiothoracic surgeon to Leningrad to train Russian heart surgeons.

Dr. Powell received his initial plastic and cosmetic surgery training from plastic surgeons in San Francisco and Oakland as part of his residency program. Dr. Powell spent the last seven years in the Navy taking care of military families and retirees at Camp Pendleton Naval Hospital. During this period, he trained hundreds of doctors, nurses, and corpsman in operational and wartime surgical care as well as medical students and residents in hospital care. He had the honor to serve as a surgical fellow and faculty member for Baylor University operating at Ben Taub County Hospital, in Houston, Texas. Many of Dr. Powell’s trainees were instrumental in saving lives in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Specializing in Hair Transplantation and Cosmetic Surgery

Dr. Powell has been dedicated to hair transplantation and cosmetic surgery for the last twelve years. He is currently a practicing San Diego Hair transplant doctor. He has been trained by prominent surgeons throughout the country, has attended workshops and seminars on the newest procedures and has personally performed more than a thousand cosmetic and hair transplant procedures. He served as the director of the San Diego Laser Medical Center for a year prior to opening The Cardiff Medical Spa and North San Diego Cosmetic Surgery Center in North San Diego County. Over the last twelve years he has expanded his Hair Transplant and Cosmetic Surgery practice to include offices in La Jolla, Oceanside, La Mesa and El Centro. Dr. Powell founded The Cardiff Medical Spa and North San Diego Cosmetic Surgery Center in order to bring the full spectrum of cosmetic care to the San Diego area. He is dedicated to providing state of the art hair transplant and cosmetic care, in a safe and non-threatening manner, and at a fair and reasonable price. His goal is to improve every individual’s self esteem and self image by bringing out and enhancing their existing qualities.


  • American Board of Hair Transplant Surgery
  • American Board of Surgery
  • American Board of Cosmetic Surgery
  • American Board of Anti-aging and Regenerative Medicine
  • American Board of Laser Surgery

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