About Dr. Velargo

Parker A. Velargo, MD – Biography

Dr. Parker Velargo is a double board certified, fellowship trained Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon. Dr. Velargo is a specialist in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the face, nose, eyelids, ears, and neck. In addition, Dr. Velargo has extensive experience in non-surgical treatments of the face and neck, including injectables and laser therapy.

Dr. Velargo graduated magna cum laude from Louisiana State University and attended Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans, where he graduated in the top quartile of his medical school class.

Dr. Velargo knew early on that he wanted to specialize in facial and nasal surgery. After medical school, he trained in Head & Neck Surgery at The University of Tennessee College of Medicine. During his five years of residency, Dr. Velargo had the unique opportunity to train with two prominent leaders in facial plastic surgery, Dr. Phillip R. Langsdon and Dr. John “Mac” Hodges. As a result, Dr. Velargo finished his residency (before fellowship) with nearly triple the number of facelift cases than the average plastic surgeon finishing training has. This privilege was complemented with extensive experience in advanced surgical management of complex facial injuries at the famous Elvis Presley Memorial Level I Trauma Center at The Regional Medical Center in Memphis, TN. Throughout residency, Dr. Velargo also gained tremendous experience in facial reconstruction following cancer resection at numerous hospitals in Memphis, TN including the world-renowned St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Meet Dr. Velargo

Following his Head & Neck Surgery residency, Dr. Velargo completed one of the most sought after American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery fellowship programs in the country with an international leader and expert in facial plastic and nasal surgery, Dr. E. Gaylon McCollough. His fellowship was rounded off with additional mentoring from another prominent

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leader in facial plastic surgery, Dr. Fred G. Fedok. During this year-long fellowship devoted exclusively to cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the face and neck, Dr. Velargo mastered a wide spectrum of surgical techniques and procedures. Dr. Velargo’s experience in non-surgical rejuvenation of the face is also quite vast as he was the sole injector of “relaxers” (e.g. Botox Cosmetic) and fillers at every medical spa in the cities of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, AL during his fellowship.

Dr. Velargo is an internationally published expert that has authored multiple peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. He also serves on several committees of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He has been a presenter at numerous national meetings on topics related to facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Velargo volunteers his works  with the humanitarian program Face to Face Unite. Face to Face surgeons volunteer their time by helping improve the visible evidence of patients that have suffered from domestic abuse.

Dr. Velargo and his wife, Leia, enjoy travel and learning about new cultures.  They both faithfully cheer on the LSU Tigers and New Orleans Saints and are parishioners at Immaculate Conception Church on Baronne St. Dr. Velargo is a self-proclaimed “foodie” with a passion for the cuisine and culture of New Orleans. Dr. Velargo is a past king (Endymion LI, 2017) and active member of the Krewe of Endymion.  He is also a former percussionist for the LSU Golden Band from Tigerland.

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