About Dr. Coleman, Breast Augmentation Beverly Hills California
James F. Coleman, Jr. is a native of St. Louis MO where he graduated from the public high school system. He attended Yale University in New Haven CT where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Science. He then matriculated to Harvard Medical School in Boston MA where he obtained the degree of Doctor of Medicine. He continued his surgical training at Harvard Medical School in the general surgery residency program at Boston’s Beth Israel-Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Coleman completed Plastic Surgery Residency at the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor.
Upon completing plastic surgery training, he was a clinical instructor at the University of Southern California while completing a fellowship in hand and microsurgery. He has since remained in southern California where he is in private practice in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills and Orange Counties. He is actively engaged in the plastic surgery community and manages an busy practice which includes both reconstructive and aesthetic surgery. His aesthetic practice includes breast augmentation with saline and silicone gel breast implants, breast lift and breast reduction
Dr. Coleman is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He also holds board certification in the subspecialty of surgery of the hand. Memberships includes the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. His practice includes the opportunity to mentor and teach premedical and medical students attending local universities.
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The term Plastic Surgery derives from Greek origins of the word “plastikos” which means to mold. The practice of molding tissues, to reconstruct congenital and acquired deformities of the face and body, dates back to ancient times. The present day plastic surgeon derives his origins from this history and the field has now developed to a highly specialized field of medicine. Despite the specialization of the filed, plastic surgeons treat a variety of problems from burns, scar revisions, congenital defects of the face, body and extremities, hand and microsurgery as well as aesthetics. The premise of a plastic surgeons endeavors remains to restore function and form.
The education of a plastic surgeon includes completion of medical school, a minimum of three years of general surgery residency and two years of plastic surgery residency. Board certification is by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
Breast Augmentation, Breast Implants, Breast Lift, Breast Reduction and other Breast Surgeries
Plastic surgeons perform a variety of operations to correct deformities or enhance the appearance of the breast. These include reduction mammamoplasty ( breast reduction ) , mastopexy ( breast lift - Breastlift ), and augmentation mammoplasty ( breast augmentation ). Plastic surgeons are also trained in breast reconstruction and are capable of creating an entire breast for correction of congenital defects, asymmetry, or acquired defects such as those suffered by cancer patients who have undergone mastectomy.
Choosing a Plastic Surgeon for your Breast Augmentation or Plastic Surgery.
Choosing a plastic surgeon is a decision that should not be performed spuriously and requires some homework on the part of the patient. Aesthetic surgery, commonly called cosmetic surgery, is one of the few aspects in medicine in which the patient is in the driver’s seat during the early stages of the selection process. In general, you should follow your intuition if you don’t feel right about your surgeon. Remember, although the product may be similar, personal interactions and service does matter.
Aesthetic Surgery is not governed by medical subspecialty boards. Therefore cosmetic surgery may be performed by any physician and in some cases, even dentist are engaged in the practice. Physicians who are not plastic surgeons will therefore emphasize “cosmetic” surgeon and advertise certification in cosmetic surgery and not plastic surgery. The obvious attraction by non-plastic surgeons to cosmetic surgery is financial gain. Therefore you should be knowledgeable of the specialty in which your physician in trained. Many cosmetic procedures are quite simple to perform and have few significant complications. However, just as you want airbags in your car in the event of a worse case scenario, you also want a well trained surgeon managing your care in the event of medical complications. A patient is ill advised to wait until he or she has a complication to find out that their cosmetic surgeon gained their skills at a weekend course and is not trained to handle a problem should one occur.
To find out if your surgeon is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, check out their web site at plasticsurgery.org. Patient’s have a right to know and should inquire about the training of their surgeon in Breast augmentation or any other kind of plastic surgery. Although not an absolute, educational background and training may provide some insight into the character, dedication and qualifications of their physician. The proper practice of aesthetic surgery including breast augmentation requires that your physician strictly adhere to ethical standards to maintain the barrier that separates the practice of medicine from the temptation to compromise judgment due to financial motives. All patients are not good candidates for cosmetic surgery. Proper patient selection, safety, integrity and judgment are as important as surgical skill.
As a plastic surgeon, Dr. Coleman feels that it is a privilege to be able to offer services, such as breast augmentation, which improve a patient’s appearance and self-esteem. These are very pleasant physician-patient interactions in which the patient is usually healthy and very pleased at the completion of care. This is a unique aspect of medicine, as most other patient interactions, even in plastic surgery, involve patients with significant illness or deformity and end with less favorable outcomes. However as a physician, he feels that decisions in regards to aesthetic surgery should not be made in haste. He often requires multiple visits to discuss options and review expectations with patients. It is the role of the plastic surgeon to be candid and sincere in regards to patient expectations and whether these can be realistically achieved. Patient safety is at the forefront of the decision process and is always Dr. Coleman’s primary concern. This may at times involve Dr. Coleman telling a patient that her expectation is unrealistic, unpredictable or unsafe. In this case, if an agreement can not be reached on an acceptable alternative, you may be turned away or referred elsewhere.
Dr. Coleman cautions patients to be weary of physicians who offer flashy “too good to be true” services or “the newest techniques”. Dr. Coleman remains actively engaged in the latest advances in plastic surgery however he has the training and insight to defer procedures for his patients which are not proven to have predictable outcomes.
The overwhelming majority of patient’s who undergo aesthetic surgery such as breast augmentation, do so without complications and are very satisfied with the results. Choose a surgeon with the proper education, training and judgment to select the proper technique for you. The patient should have the peace of mind to know that they are in the hands of a competent and compassionate physician.
Training/Credentials on Breast Augmentation and Plastic Surgery
• Board Certified Plastic Surgery, American Board of Plastic Surery
• Board Certified Surgery of the Hand, American Board of Plastic Surgery
Member, American Society of Plastic Surgeons
Member, American Society for Surgery of the Hand
• Undergraduate: Yale University- B.S. Biology 1990
• Medical School: Harvard Medical School- M.D. 1994
• Surgical Internship: Beth Israel Hospital/Harvard Medical 1994-1995
• General Surgery Residency: Beth Israel/Deaconess Hospital-Boston/Harvard
• Plastic Surgery Residency: University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 1998-2000
• Hand/Microsurgery Fellowship: University of Southern California/Southern
California Orthopedic Institute 2000-2001
Dr. Coleman is a member of the medical staff of Cedars-Sinai, Olympia, Encino-Tarzana, and St.Joseph's of Orange Medical Centers.
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