Bakersfield's Dr. Darshan Shah, Launches Beautologie Helps, Providing Pro-Bono Procedures to Residents in Need

Known nearly as well for his charitable nature as for his skill as one of California’s leading cosmetic surgeons, Dr. Darshan Shah, of Beautologie Medical Group, launches Beautologie Helps. Beginning January 2009, Dr. Shah and his team will perform one free reconstructive procedure per month, helping a Bakersfield resident rediscover their life post injury or accident.

Bakersfield, CA, July 15, 2009—Dr. Darshan Shah and the physicians of Beautologie are once again helping Bakersfield residents. And this time, it’s on the house. Recently voted Best Plastic Surgeon in Bakersfield for the fourth year in a row, Dr. Darshan Shah, of Beautologie Medical Group, is living up to his reputation as one of the most compassionate guys in cosmetic surgery.

In January 2009, he founded the charity Beautologie Helps, which will provide one completely free reconstructive cosmetic surgery, each month, to a Bakersfield resident in need. With offices in Bakersfield and Malibu, California, Shah is already regarded nationwide as one of the best in the breast and body business. With the promise of pro-bono surgery for those who have suffered an injury, accident, or disfiguring birth defect, Bakersfield residents have one more reason to brand him their best.

The surgeries donated since January have included a scar revision on a young girl traumatized by a large keloid on her chest, the removal of gang tattoos, and a facial scar minimization on a domestic-abuse survivor starting her life anew. These surgeries have also included Louise Lopez, a local woman who had suffered a keloid scrring after a tummy tuck and breast augmentation by another surgeon; this procedure left her with a painful capsule in her left breast, numbing in her left arm, and unsightly scars that rendered her emotionally wounded as well.

While arguably the most generous, Beautologie Helps is not the only charitable contribution from Shah and his team…nor is it the most recent. In May, Beautologie celebrated the grand opening of its Malibu location, which will provide consultations, post-op visits, and minimally invasive procedures more convenient to their Los Angeles clientele. Shah used this opportunity to raise money— about $10K in one evening—for Operation Smile, a children’s charity that treats cleft lips, cleft palates, and other facial deformities by mobilizing medical volunteers worldwide.

“I had been trying to come up with a new way to give back to the community of Bakersfield,” explains Shah of the charity’s inception. “Unfortunately, it is not uncommon that I meet people who are really in need of reconstructive procedures, but who do not have the finances to pay for them…and it is really heartbreaking. While I can’t control the actions of other surgeons, if all of us were to donate even one surgery every couple months, imagine the difference we could make in the lives of so many children and adults.”

To apply for consideration in the Beautologie Helps program, email

To view KGET 17 news coverage of Dr. Shah and Louise Lopez, Click Here.

To speak to Dr. Shah or a member of his team, or to schedule a consultation, call 661.865.5009 or visit for a preliminary virtual consultation.

Dr. Darshan Shah, MD, is one of the industry’s most widely respected plastic and reconstructive surgeons. With offices in Bakersfield and Malibu, California, he specializes in breast and body procedures including tummy tucks, liposuction, breast augmentation, and breast lifts. Dr. Shah’s credentials include specialized training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the prestigious Mayo Clinic. His extensive training, combined with the experience of over 6000 surgical procedures, has earned him the “Best in Bakersfield” title for 11 years in a row! At the Kern Medical Center—University of California, San Diego, his work in breast cancer surgery earned him the Helfert award, given only to the most outstanding surgical chief resident. Additionally, he is currently ranked among the top 10 breast augmentation surgeons statewide and has been featured on television shows including the Dr. Phil Show, Cutting Edge MDs 3, Extreme Makeover, The Wellness Hour, and the Today Show, as well as in numerous magazines and newspapers including The New York Times.