Dr. Farzaneh is a graduate of The College of William and Mary, where he obtained dual degrees in Biology and Chemistry. In 2001, he obtained his Medical Degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Following graduation, Dr. Farzaneh served his residency in general and maxillofacial surgery at the University of Maryland Hospital and Shock Trauma Unit, where he was awarded the coveted designation of “intern of the year.” Subsequently, Dr. Farzaneh completed an additional two-year fellowship in facial and body cosmetic surgery under the directorship of Dr. Howard Tobin, past president of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (1994-1995). During the fellowship, Dr. Farzaneh trained intensively in aesthetic breast surgery, body contouring and facial rejuvenation.
Voted “TOP DOCTOR” Inland Empire 2011
Prior to establishing Farzaneh Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Farzaneh practiced throughout Southern California including the Inland Empire and Los Angeles Counties, where his primary specialty was Transumbilical (belly button) Breast Augmentation, Abdominoplasty, Full Body Liposuction, Minimally Invasive Facial and Eye Rejuvenation, and Skin Resurfacing. Using a telescopic camera through small hidden incisions, he routinely achieves natural results with minimal visible scarring or downtime. To date, Dr. Farzaneh has completed over 2500 cosmetic procedures.
Dr. Farzaneh is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and The American Medical Association. Valuing the importance of continuous medical education as an integral component of quality health care, Dr. Farzaneh routinely attends medical conferences and courses to stay abreast of the global advances in cosmetic surgery. Dr. Farzaneh has a deep desire to help disadvantaged children, continues to support the amnesty international, big brother- big sister foundation and foster care organizations.
Dr. Farzaneh is regularly touted by his patients as being one of the most caring and compassionate doctors they have encountered. His dedication to achieving utmost patient care is reflected in all that he does, from the detailed and thorough manner in which he conducts his consultations to his step-by-step involvement in the recovery process. In his interview on the PBS channel, he underscored the philosophy of “patient for life”, as the foundation for his practice, as he feels that his responsibility to his patients does not end with surgery. Dr. Farzaneh identifies as the cornerstones of his successful practice the following factors: patient privacy, medical safety, patient satisfaction and unsurpassed results.
What is a Cosmetic Surgery Fellowship?
A Cosmetic Surgery Fellowship is a full time concentrated training program solely dedicated to elective cosmetic (aesthetic) procedures.
Do all surgeons performing cosmetic surgery complete a Cosmetic Surgery Fellowship?
NO. Spending extra years in an approved certified fellowship after finishing a surgical residency and an internship, is optional.
Are all fellowship training the same?
No. There are many different types of fellowships available in the field of plastic, aesthetic, and reconstructive surgery. These include burn, craniofacial, hand and microvascular. It is also important for the fellowship to be accredited by an established governing body to ensure adequate training. The uniqueness of a Cosmetic Surgery Fellowship is that it exclusively focuses in the specialty of aesthetic and cosmetic surgery.
What was special about your Cosmetic Surgery Fellowship?
I spent two years full time under the mentorship of Dr. Howard Tobin; a pioneer and world-renowned cosmetic surgeon with over 30 years of experience. Dr. Tobin was the president of American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and the Society of Liposuction Surgery, who was also a faculty member of the University of Texas-Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.
I participated in thousands of invasive and non-invasive cosmetic procedures. The experience was priceless.
Furthermore, my fellowship training program is certified and accredited by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery and the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery. The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery is the only certifying board that exclusively tests surgeons’ knowledge and experience in cosmetic surgery.
Is residency alone sufficient training?
General residency training allows a surgeon to acquire the basic surgical skills in the respective discipline, but is not focused in cosmetic surgery.
Looking at some published data from the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal (Plast. Reconstr. Surg. 122: 1570, 2008):
A. Cosmetic surgery has become its own discipline. According to the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, there has been a 446 percent increase in the total number of cosmetic procedures from 1997 – 2006.
B. The minimum cosmetic surgery requirement established by the Residency Review Committee of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education includes only ten breast augmentations, seven face lifts, eight blepheroplasties, six rhinoplasties, five abdominoplasties, ten liposuctions, and nine other “cosmetic surgery procedures”.
C. In the survey of the senior residents only 54.1% of the 148 responders reported performing more than twenty cosmetic cases per year.
The authors of this study concluded that “changes in the cosmetic surgery training are suggested” and recommended “the development of postgraduate cosmetic fellowships”. I also believe that for surgeons pursuing a career in cosmetic surgery, a focused post residency fellowship program is helpfull to gain more experience prior to entering private practice.
How does your hyperbaric oxygen and wound care training help with your cosmetic practice?
Patient care does not end with surgery. My experience and training in hyperbaric medicine and wound care allows me to intelligently evaluate and manage my patients recovery. I pay special emphasis to the management of the surgical incisions and if there is a need for wound care, I address this effectively and expeditiously. I am currently on staff at The Casa Colina medical Center’s Hyperbaric and Wound care department.
How do you define a good surgeon?
I think it ultimately comes down to how much you care about your patients. When you truly think of the patient as family, then you never take a short cut and you never accept an average result as “good enough”. I keep one promise to my patients: I will always do my best. Their results and happiness are of the utmost importance to me.
Why is there such a large price range for cosmetic procedures? Can you really get a breast augmentation for $2,500?
Well, I really don’t think of myself as a business man. First and foremost, I am a doctor who cares about his patients. I think that most reputable surgeons’ fees are close to a similar range with variability based on geographic location. (Office rent is higher in Beverly Hills).
You can’t put a price tag on your health and I would be wary of bargain cosmetic surgery deals since as you may end up paying more for revisions if the work is done poorly.
I personally put my heart and soul in every case. I use the best material, utilize the most up to date techniques and spend significant time suturing the incisions. At the end of the day, no amount of financial gain will mean anything if the patient is not happy. My patients understand the level of care and attention that I put in their surgery and recovery.
Why do all your patients have your personal cell phone?
Well, I used to carry a pager. I feel that patients gain a significant reassurance knowing that they can reach you anytime they want. I tell my patients specifically that there are no inconvenient times to call me and no stupid questions. If they have a concern at 4 am, no matter how silly they might think that is; it is not silly to me. I want to put their mind at ease so they know that they are never alone in their surgical journey.
Brief C.V. Private Practice
Farzaneh Cosmetic Surgery, Founder and C.E.O
13768 Roswell Ave., Suite 222
Chino, CA 91710
Director of Cosmetic Surgery
Woodglen Aesthetics & Plastic Surgery
Cosmetic Surgery Fellowship ( Face/ Breast/ Body) 2004-2006
Facial Plastic & Cosmetic Surgical Center
Director: Howard A. Tobin MD, FACS
American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery President 1994-1995
Faculty University of Texas – Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas
Hyperbaric Medicine & Wound Care Training: 2004
Nix Medical Center
San Antonio, Texas
Dept. of Maxillofacial Surgery 1998 -2004
University of Maryland Medical Systems
R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center
Dept. of General Surgery 2001-2002
University of Maryland Medical Systems
Mercy Medical Center
University of Maryland School of Medicine 2001
Doctor of Medicine
Medical College of Virginia 1998-2001
College of William and Mary 1992
Bachelor of Science:
Double degree in Biology and Chemistry
Oculoplastic Cosmetic Surgery, Jules stein Eye Institute
Advanced Cosmetic Maxillofacial surgery course
Craniomaxillofacial Challenge course, ASIF
Elos Syneron Laser Certificate
Allergan Physician Certification Program
Mentor Gel Implant Devise Access Education Course
Contour thread Skills Transfer Course
Resident of the year 2002
Dept. of Surgery
Thoracic and Cardiovascular division
Adolph D. Williams Scholarship 1998
Outstanding Academic Achievement
Dean’s Merit Scholarship Award 1994-1997
Plastic Surgery privileges
Chino Valley Medical Center
Foothill Presbyterian Hospital
Hyperbaric Medicine and Wound Care
Casa Colina Medical Center
Accredidated Surgery Centers
Benefit Surgery Center
Glendora Surgery Center
Inland Valley surgery Center
Medical Board Of California Certification No. A97278
Diplomate, National Board of Medical Examiners
United States Medical License Exam Part 1
United States Medical License Exam Part 2
United States Medical License Exam Part 3
Advanced Cardiac Life Support
Basic Life support