Arlington, Virginia cosmetic surgeon Saeed Marefat, M.D., F.A.C.S., is a Virginia plastic surgery specialist who offers a number of cosmetic surgery procedures. Board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), Dr. Marefat provides rhinoplasty, BOTOX® Cosmetic injections, tummy tuck surgery, breast lift surgery, and breast augmentation in Virginia. He also offers eyelid surgery, tissue fillers, lip augmentation, facelift surgery, and treatment for gynecomastia, laser surgery, and liposuction. In Virginia, Dr. Marefat is considered to be a leading liposuction specialist.
Dr. Marefat has been practicing in the Washington metropolitan area since 1992. He obtained his medical degree with distinction (AOA) from Georgetown University in 1985. He then embarked on his residency training at Georgetown, first in general surgery (1985-1989), and later in plastic and reconstructive surgery (1989-1991). After his residency was completed, he underwent further post-graduate training at New York University, specializing in reconstructive microsurgery (1991-1992). Dr. Marefat has been affiliated with many of the finest medical facilities in the greater Washington metropolitan area since the completion of his training, including Inova Fairfax Hospital, Inova Alexandria Hospital, and Potomac Hospital. During his many years of practice, he has been dedicated to the art of plastic surgery in the truest sense by being both an accomplished "artist" and a conscientious “surgeon.”
Saeed Marefat has been painting from an early age, and over the past 20 years he has experimented with various other mediums such as sculpture, photography, and film. He is primarily a figurative painter and sculptor, although he continues to explore possibilities of abstract design for expressing conceptual subject matters in a visual format. Artistic creativity plays a major role in all aspects of his life, both personally and professionally. In fact, he views plastic surgery as another outlet for artistic expression. In this case, the human body itself becomes the medium through which a sculptor/surgeon creates perfect form and balance.
Today many people are taking advantage of plastic surgery to restore their physical appearance or to improve a trait that has always been a cause of low self–esteem. The goal of plastic surgery is not to restore youth or to strive for an "ideal" form regardless of the cost. The aim should be to restore your image so that it more closely resembles who you are inside.
Dr. Marefat’s objective is to restore your youthfulness and elegance without obvious signs of surgery. We want you to remain “yourself” yet look healthier, rested, and more youthful. Dr. Marefat will create that shape of nose, breast, or body that was meant for you and not the model in a fashion magazine. This can all be done without visible signs of surgery---without taking away your natural appearance.
Did you know that any licensed doctor could call himself or herself a plastic surgeon? There is a way for you to distinguish between a “true” plastic surgeon and one who falsely claims this title. Ask the surgeon for his or her board certification status. Make sure that your surgeon is fully certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. This board has established rigorous standards for its specialists. To obtain board certification in plastic surgery, the doctor has to complete at least six to seven years of postgraduate medical training, this usually includes training in general surgery followed by at least two years of specialized training in plastic surgery.
The residency program must be accredited by the Residency Review Committee in Plastic Surgery. These doctors must then pass written and oral examinations in plastic surgery before they are fully certified by the board.
The American Board of Plastic Surgery is the only board approved by the American Board of Medical Specialties to certify the qualifications of a doctor with respect to plastic surgery. The purpose of the board is to ensure that its members adhere to the highest standards of medical practice and ethics in their profession.
Ask your plastic surgeon to give you adequate evidence of his or her background and training. A qualified plastic surgeon is proud of his or her accomplishments.
Do not get confused by boards trying to mimic the name of the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Although other specialties may claim expertise in cosmetic surgery, their training is generally of a narrower scope and is never as thorough as the training of a plastic surgeon.
You should also ask your surgeon about his or her clinical privilege to practice in major hospitals in your community. Most hospitals will not allow physicians to enter their medical staff unless they are respected members of the medical community and have superior medical and ethical attributes.
Dr. Marefat is a Virginia plastic surgeon who specializes in cosmetic surgery of the face and body, including breast augmentation, tummy tuck surgery, and liposuction.