Q&A With Dr. Farzaneh
Because you’re entrusting your face and body to your cosmetic surgeon, it’s important to really know them. As such, we invite you to read through some of the most frequently asked questions Dr. Farzaneh receives, so you can become more acquainted with his philosophy, background and what sets him apart.
What is a cosmetic surgery fellowship?
A cosmetic surgery fellowship is a full-time, concentrated training program solely dedicated to elective cosmetic procedures.
Do all cosmetic surgeons complete a cosmetic surgery fellowship?
No. Spending additional years in an approved certified fellowship after finishing a surgical residency and internship is optional, and not all cosmetic surgeons choose to do so. However, a fellowship provides the surgeon with priceless training and experience, so it’s a credential we recommend looking for when selecting your doctor.
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 the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and the Society of Liposuction Surgery, as well as a faculty member of the University of Texas-Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.
During that time, 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, which is the only certifying board that tests surgeons’ knowledge and experience in cosmetic surgery.
Does a residency alone offer sufficient training, or is a fellowship necessary?
General residency training allows a surgeon to acquire the basic surgical skills in their respective discipline, but it is not focused in cosmetic surgery.
For this reason, recent studies in our industry have concluded that postgraduate fellowships are recommended for all cosmetic surgeons. I personally believe that fellowship training is necessary prior to entering a private practice, to ensure the surgeon has the training and experience necessary to be successful.
Do you really give patients your personal cell phone number?
Yes, I do. I believe that patients feel better knowing they can reach their surgeon anytime they want. I tell all my patients that there are no inconvenient times to call me and there are no stupid questions. If you have a concern at 4 am, I take it seriously. I want to put your mind at ease and I want you to know that you are never alone on your surgical journey.
How do you define a good surgeon?
Ultimately, being a good surgeon comes down to how you take care of your patients. When you think of the patient as a member of your family as I do, then you never take a shortcut or accept an average outcome as “good enough.” You go above and beyond, and you make sure that patient gets the very best.
And that’s how I approach surgery. I put my heart and soul into every case. I use the best materials, utilize the most advanced techniques and spend a substantial amount of time suturing the incisions to ensure minimal scarring and a discreet outcome. I do my absolute best, every single time, because my patients’ results and happiness are of the utmost importance.
Why is there such a large price range for cosmetic procedures? Can you really get a breast augmentation for $2500?
Well, I don’t consider myself a business man. I am a doctor who cares about his patients and wants what’s best for them. With that said, most reputable surgeons’ fees are in alignment with ours, based on our geographic location.
Furthermore, you can’t put a price tag on your health and I would advise against looking for a cosmetic surgery bargain. If you do, you may end up paying more for a revision or corrective procedure if the work is done poorly.