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About the Program

Located within a world-renowned academic medical center, the Massachusetts General Hospital Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery's Cosmetic Surgery Program offers the full spectrum of noninvasive and surgical cosmetic treatments in a private hospital setting.

From facial rejuvenation to body contouring, our surgeons can help you achieve the outcomes you want. The procedures we offer include:

  • Body contouring, including tummy tuck, body lift (after massive weight loss), and liposuction
  • Breast reduction surgery
  • Cosmetic breast surgery, including breast enlargement, breast lift and breast contouring
  • Cosmetic head and neck surgery, including face lift, nose surgery, brow lift and eyelid rejuvenation
  • Injectable therapies such as Botox®, dermal fillers and fat grafting
  • Laser skin resurfacing
  • Noninvasive cosmetic procedures to address facial wrinkles, asymmetries and discolorations

Our Harvard Medical School-affiliated physicians are among the most experienced and skilled plastic surgeons in the United States. Our surgeons explore and develop leading-edge surgical procedures and noninvasive techniques and incorporate these advances into their practice.

Procedure Options

Mass General's plastic surgeons can help you to achieve the appearance you desire. Whether you are looking for a temporary or permanent cosmetic treatment, we will work with you to assess your goals and tailor a treatment plan to meet your needs.

Our patients enjoy the peace of mind that comes from undergoing all procedures - nonsurgical and surgical - at a world-class academic medical center.

Body Contouring Surgery

The Body Contouring Program offers comprehensive, state-of-the-art surgical services designed to enhance the patient’s appearance. We offer treatments for patients interested in body contouring after massive weight loss, as well as patients interested in aesthetic and cosmetic enhancements.

Our surgeons perform a wide range of body-contouring procedures, including:

  • Arm lift (brachioplasty)
  • Breast lift/reshaping using the patient’s own tissue from the sides and back [intercostal artery perforator (ICAP) or spiral flap]
  • Breast reduction
  • Buttocks lift/reshaping and enlargement using the patient’s own tissue [superior gluteal artery perforator (SGAP) flap]
  • Circumferential body lift, a procedure in which an abdomen reduction and buttock reduction are performed at the same time
  • Fat transfer from one area of the body into the face and nasolabial folds, buttocks or breasts to improve appearance following breast reconstruction
  • Gynecomastia correction to minimize abnormally large breasts in males
  • Liposuction
  • Thigh lift
  • Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty/panniculectomy)
Cosmetic Breast Surgery

Our surgeons have conducted many of the primary research studies on silicone and saline breast implants. We offer a variety of surgical options to help patients improve the appearance of their breasts, such as:

  • Breast enlargement (augmentation mammaplasty): Increasing the volume or size of the breasts
  • Breast lift (mastopexy): Raising and reshaping sagging breasts
  • Breast surgery after massive weight loss to remove excess breast tissue
  • A combination of breast enlargement and lift
Breast Reduction Surgery

Elective surgery for breast reduction can produce important health benefits and may be covered by insurance. This procedure involves removing fat, glandular tissue and skin from the breasts, making them smaller, lighter, firmer and lifted.

Cosmetic Head and Neck Surgery

We offer a variety of surgical options to address the cosmetic concerns of male and female patients:

  • Brow or forehead lift
  • Custom cheek or facial implants
  • Ear pinning (otoplasty)
  • Eyelid rejuvenation (blepharoplasty)
  • Face lift, including "short-scar" face lift
  • Facial fillers such as Botox®, Restylane®, and Juvederm®
  • Facial fat removal or grafting
  • Facial scar revisions (to lessen prominence of scars)
  • Facial-skeletal contouring
  • Mid-face lift
  • Neck lift (platysmaplasty)
  • Nose surgery (rhinoplasty)
  • Removal of benign skin lesions
Noninvasive Cosmetic Procedures

Noninvasive procedures may be performed on their own or in tandem with surgical procedures to address:

  • Facial asymmetries
  • Facial discolorations
  • Facial wrinkles
  • Loosening of facial skin

Noninvasive aesthetic treatments to enhance facial appearance include injectable therapies and chemical peels.

Facial Fillers

Injected into the skin, facial fillers can augment creased and sunken areas of the face or fill out lips and cheeks.

  • Botox®: Among the most widely used treatments for facial wrinkles, Botox provides a simple approach for temporarily smoothing moderate to severe lines
  • Fat injections: After extracting fat from another part of the body (e.g. abdomen or thighs), we inject it into an area requiring augmentation; because the fat comes from your own body, there is no risk of an allergic reaction
  • Juvederm®: This "next-generation" injectable gel consists of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the skin that adds volume and hydrates, and is designed to smooth away wrinkles and folds
  • Restylane®: This injectable gel also consists of hyaluronic acid and acts in similar fashion to Juvederm

Chemical Peels

Applying a chemical solution to remove the outer layers of skin can uncover smoother, more evenly pigmented skin. We offer three types of chemical peels:

  • Light peels (alphahydroxy acids, or AHAs): The mildest of the chemical peels, light peels include glycolic, lactic, and fruit acid peels M
  • medium peels (trichloroacetic acids, or TCAs): For skin with moderate sun damage, surface wrinkles and/or uneven tone or pigment abnormalities, medium peels may offer a solution
  • Deep peels (phenol acid): We use deep peels to treat skin with coarse wrinkles, blotchiness or precancerous growths

Our Approach to Care

Our approach to patient care centers on the patient. Our physicians will work with you to determine a surgical or non-surgical treatment plan to help you achieve your treatment goals.

We have a dedicated team of nurse practitioners who provide continuous education, support and care. Our patient coordinators will help arrange your surgery, aftercare and accommodations (for our out-of-town patients and guests).

During your consultation, the surgeon will review your medical history and treatment goals. Treatment options, including risks and benefits, will be discussed in detail. Photos may also be necessary. We also ask that you bring a list of medications, vitamins and herbal supplements that you take, along with information on dosages.

Our goal is to give you a realistic picture of what to expect so that you can make an informed decision. We also review what's involved in any surgery, including:

  • Anesthesia
  • Anticipated results
  • Hospital care
  • Postoperative recuperation