As told to Barbara Egenthal,
Hartej Uppal is a distinguished physician based in Rocklin, California, with nearly twenty years of medical experience. Recognized for his work by the National Consumer Advisory Board, Dr.Uppal is the founder of Orion Aesthetics, a cosmetic surgery practice set to officially open July 1, 2018, where he will be focusing on reversing of aging on human external form and modifying it to look youthful and attractive.
As he tells it, Dr. Uppal has been interested in science, particularly molecular biology ever since he was a child:
“ Science came naturally to me even at a young age. I love organic chemistry and am fascinated by interaction of millions of molecules in our bodies. If I had not gone into medicine, I would have gone into scientific research since all medicine is based on scientific research”
Dr. Uppal earned his medical degree from the Guru Nanak Dev University Medical College, Amritsar, in India. Although his interests were in cosmetic surgery, he decided to go into internal medicine as a way to help those suffering from fatal illnesses. He went on to continue his training in internal medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation as well as in psychiatry at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Uppal spent fifteen years saving lives, curing diseases, and alleviating pain in the intensive care unit. His success as an acute care physician earned him inclusion in the National Consumer Advisory Board’s list of America’s Best Physicians in both 2013 and 2017.
Although he loves using his knowledge and training to save lives, Dr. Uppal began to notice the effects of aging starting to take its course among his friends, family, and himself. This realization spurred him to pursue his original passion. He has been learning and practicing Cosmetic Medicine and Surgery since 2012. Most of his education and training for Cosmetic Medicine and Surgery has come through American Academy of Cosmetic Medicine and American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine. Presently his main focus is on high definition liposculpting, fat transfer for buttock and breast augmentation, reversing skin aging through scientific knowledge of biochemistry of skin aging, improving cosmetic appearance of the skin through the use of skin peptides, microneedling, treatment of cellulite, treatment of facial wrinkles etc.
What motivates Dr. Uppal today is his passion for bringing confidence back to those who feel they have lost the attractiveness of their youth. He is fascinated how medical science can be used to help slow down aging and, once his office opens, he will strive to help aging clients look younger, more athletic, vibrant & attractive by reversing aging externally. Dr Uppal was a top student in biochemistry in medical school and he has in-depth knowledge of how to reverse skin aging, including using stem cells to reverse skin aging, as well as the importance of growth hormones, matrikines, defensins, peptide signaling, stem cells, anti-oxidants, skin nutrients and biochemistry of aging skin. Under Dr.Uppal’s care, patients will receive a cosmetic surgeon who cares about their appearance just as much as they do—a doctor who will stay with them as the process of aging takes its toll.
Additionally, Dr. Uppal possesses the training and knowledge to assist those who may not be a victim of old age and wrinkles, but who are unhappy with their external appearance, nonetheless. To that end, he will also be providing treatments such as high definition liposuction, breast and buttock augmentation, fillers, botox, removal of unwanted skin pigementation, blepharoplasty and other cosmetic surgery procedures to suit each patient’s desires for any particular looks they want to achieve. For Dr. Uppal, there is no greater satisfaction than seeing a client who is happy with their new look and ready to take on the world with a new sense of self-assurance.
As a top physician training to be one of California’s leading cosmetic surgeons, it is imperative that Dr. Uppal keep his eye on prevailing trends within cosmetic surgery. In particular, he stays up-to- date on state-of- the-art treatments as they develop within cosmetic surgery. After nearly two decades dedicated to acute care medicine and with a new specialty on the horizon, Dr. Uppal envisions a bright future ahead. He noted:
“Skin will be the first organ in the body where we will be able to reverse aging; we already have the basic scientific knowledge to stop the aging of the skin today, and in the near future we will be able to actually reverse its aging. Facelifts will not be performed in the future, neither will be laser or heating procedures. I have sufficient knowledge of the molecular biology of the skin to stop its aging today.”
Dr. Uppal brings his relentless perseverance to another passion in his life: climbing the highest and most difficult mountains in the world. He is an expert mountaineer and an ice climber. On November 1st , 2018, Dr. Uppal starts his next expedition to stand on Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world. His mindset about facing the toughest climbs in the world mirrors his altitude towards the practice of medicine. In his own words:
“High altitude mountaineering is the toughest sport on this planet and it tests your will, it tests your spirit, it tests your determination and it is less about your physical ability but more about your mental ability to keep striving even when your spirit wants to give up, it’s a kind of meditation to make the mind stronger and resilient”
Detailed Career Information
Education, Training & Certification
Board Certified in Internal Medicine
Board Certified in Hospital Medicine
Board Certified in Aesthetic Medicine
Professional Memberships & Associations
American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery
American Society of Cosmetic Physicians
American College of Physicians
American Medical Association
International Society of Cosmetogynecology
International Academy of Cosmetic Dermatology
American Society of Cosmetic Physicians
California Society of Cosmetic Physicians
Awards & Honors
America’s Best Physicians – National Consumer Advisory Board (2013, 2017)