Nirav B. Patel, MD, Plastic Surgeon
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Nirav B. Patel, MD

Plastic Surgeon | Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

1519 Johnson Ferry Road Suite 250 Marietta GA, 30062


Dr. Nirav Patel is a Plastic Surgeon in solo private practice in Johns Creek, Georgia, engaged in aesthetic, reconstructive, and oculoplastic surgery, as well as non-surgical injectables and skin care.  Dr. Patel specializes in the enhancement of appearance. Improving aesthetic, symmetry and proportion are key goals in cosmetic surgery. Cosmetic medicine, by contrast, focuses on aesthetics and anti-aging.

Education and Training

Princeton University A.B. Economics 2000

Brooklyn Law School J.D. Health Law 2003

New York University M.S. Biology 2005

University of Rochester M.D. 2011

Board Certification

American Board of Plastic Surgery

Provider Details

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Nirav B. Patel, MD's Expert Contributions
  • Does liposuction work on upper arms?

    It does! However, your plastic surgeon needs to determine whether your tissue excess in the arms is predominantly fat or predominantly skin. If it is more of the latter, meaning sagging of the arms (or ptosis), then a skin excision procedure called a Brachioplasty or 'arm lift' is more appropriate than just liposuction alone. If you do not have significant skin excess, and your skin has good elasticity (ability to rebound like a rubber band), then careful liposuction to the arms can be a good option, so long as you are compliant with compression arm sleeve wear, adhering to a low salt, high protein diet to maximize healing, and follow postoperative restrictions with your arms as far as heavy lifting is concerned. Always discuss your body contouring goals with a duly trained, Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon who can offer any and all of the above options safely and ethically. READ MORE

  • Which is better liposuction or CoolSculpting?

    Either is appropriate for the right patient’s needs, based off individual anatomy. For isolated, small, stubborn areas of fat, cryolipolysis (freezing fat, with CoolSculpting) can be a good option. You do have to be aware of rare cases of ‘PAH’, or paradoxical adipose hyperplasia, where one ends up experiencing fat regrowth after CoolSculpting treatment. In addition, effective treatment requires multiple treatment sessions, which can get costly when you add it all up. However, there is minimal downtime and recovery as treatment does not require any incision or anesthesia. Liposuction, or suction lipectomy, remains very popular, and this entails literal removal of fat using a hollow metal straw called a cannula, which is attached to a suction pump machine. Fat is loosened with injection of wetting solution (also called tumescence), which is done both to numb the tissues as well as help greatly reduce blood loss. Liposuction is much more predictable than cryolipolysis. Awake liposuction in the office setting is possible, but for larger volumes of fat removal, or when combined with other procedures, liposuction typically entails an operating room setting. Talk to a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon to determine which option is best for you to meet your body contouring goals. Nirav B. Patel, MD, JD, FACS, FCLM Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Plastic, Reconstructive, Aesthetic, & Oculoplastic Surgery Patel Plastic Surgery, LLC 11459 Johns Creek Parkway Suite 240 Johns Creek, GA 30097 Office 470-395-6932 Fax 470-395-6951 Cell 203-710-9952 READ MORE

  • Can neck fat be removed?

    Yes, it sure can! Submental (under chin) fat can be removed non-surgically with a medication called Kybella (deoxycholic acid). Administering Kybella basically involves bile acids that you ordinarily have in your body to digest fat, and they are repurposed in a sterile, prepackaged syringe that your plastic surgeon injects more precisely to dissolve undesired submental fat. Surgically, one can remove fat in the neck region - carefully - with liposuction, using fine small hollow blunt straws called cannulas, often with ends that are spatulated (flattened) to minimize trauma. Otherwise, the most predictable fat removal can be done during the course of a surgical neck lift. Talk to a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon to determine the best method to help you contour your neck. Nirav B. Patel, MD, JD, FACS, FCLM READ MORE

  • How long does neck liposuction last?

    With the assumption that you do not experience significant weight gain or loss post-surgery, liposuction - whether done on the face, breast, body, or extremities - should last forever. Folks that do not realize this, however, end up unhappy with their liposuction investment when they do not "do their homework" to maintain their results. Liposuction is also called suction lipectomy, which is a fancy way of saying "removal of fat using suction." While liposuction involves permanent fat removal, the remaining​ fat could in theory hypertrophy (grow) if you are not careful with diet and exercise to maintain your postoperative result. Liposuction is no substitute for traditional ways of losing weight. Diet and exercise are the best ways to optimize or maintain your 'lipocontoured' outcome. Early recovery tips that help reduce swelling and puffiness quicker include: (1) adhering to a low salt diet (salt loves water, which is what inflammatory fluid called 'edema' is, causing postoperative swelling); (2) taking Arnica and/or Bromelain, homeopathic medications that are proven to hasten recovery of bruising and swelling - these are best taken anywhere from 2-4 days BEFORE surgery, and finishing the course through the early postop recovery; (3) use of a compression garment (which for the neck involves an elastic neck garment - a chin strap); and (4) staying on a lean protein, low or no carb diet (i.e., high protein for healing; minimizing excess that the remaining fat that's there does not compensate for the surgical loss of fat and start growing!!). There are limits to liposuction, and your plastic surgeon needs to leave a healthy layer of fat behind to keep the skin's blood flow intact. Overaggressive liposuction can lead to excessive bruising, swelling, or - worst-case scenario - death (called 'necrosis') of the skin. I have personally seen 'botched' results from other surgeons who were not careful and were overzealous with their liposuctioning, causing patches of dead skin that can lead to weeks (or months) of wound care to finally heal. Seek out and talk to a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon to have an in-person or virtual consultation to discuss your liposuction or neck contouring goals! Nirav B. Patel, MD, JD, FACS, FCLM READ MORE

  • What is the best age to get a facelift?

    There is no one best age for any particular patient, but there is a desirable range I like to counsel my patients about. I would not offer a facelift to someone younger than his or her late 40s, as there are so many other, less invasive options to exhaust first, such as good skin care, Botox, fillers, peels, and lasers, all of which can improve skin quality and texture. From the late 40s to early 70s is the timeframe in which a facelift is optimal, particularly for someone with no or very few baseline medical conditions. For one thing, you stand to benefit or enjoy longevity of your results, which can vary from person to person, but can last up to 10-15 years or longer for someone with reasonably good skin elasticity. In addition, beyond one's 70s, the chances are that you will end up with some chronic medical condition(s) that would make facelift surgery much more hazardous. Simply going under general anesthesia in one's 80s, by age alone, is riskier. So, in short, as a 59-year-old woman, you are in the "wheelhouse" age to consider and discuss what a facelift could do in terms of facial rejuvenation. Always seek a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon as your partner to help you fulfill your facial aesthetic goals. Nirav B. Patel, MD, JD, FACS, FCLM READ MORE

  • Why is my breathing worse after my septoplasty?

    Your question is difficult to answer without further context. It is possible the septoplasty was unsuccessful, but it is also possible that the source of your difficulty breathing, or nasal obstruction, was due to something separate from your nasal septal anatomy. Formal nasal endoscopy - usually done by an Otolaryngologist (ENT specialist) - might be a way to better isolate the true source of your nasal obstruction, despite already having had a septoplasty. Nirav B. Patel, MD, JD, FACS, FCLM READ MORE

  • Does skin tighten after liposuction?

    There can be a modest tightening or contraction of the overlying skin and soft tissues after liposuction, but the success of this effect depends on how elastic the skin is. The younger and less stretched the skin appears and feels, the more likely skin contraction will occur after liposuction. With damaged or aged skin or with significant stretch marks (also called ‘striae’), skin contraction after liposuction is much less realistic to expect, and in these cases, skin excision procedures would be a better approach with a more predictable postoperative cosmetic outcome (e.g., a tummy tuck, a.k.a. abdominoplasty, rather than abdominal liposuction alone). Nirav B. Patel, MD, JD, FACS, FCLM READ MORE

  • Can you do liposuction twice?

    Yes, you can! However, a wait of at least 3-6 months (probably even longer) is advisable to allow for swelling from the past surgery to resolve and for tissues to settle and equalize. Not all liposuctions are the same, however. If the first liposuction was performed with laser or some other energy-based tightening, it can lead to scarring around the remaining fat, which makes a second liposuction more difficult and even cause more bleeding (even though blood loss overall is minimal with safe liposuction technique). READ MORE

  • Is there a surgery to make feet smaller?

    Intriguing question! What I would say is that there are not any good plastic surgery techniques to reduce the size of feet currently. Most surgeries in that arena belong to podiatry and to foot and ankle (a branch of orthopedic surgery). Providers in those fields often perform surgeries to help correct deviated toes, such as bunion surgery for a deformed great toe. They often also perform partial or complete toe amputations in the case of diabetic foot disease or trauma. Ray amputations and TMAs (transmetatarsal amputations) are examples of these surgeries, which, while technically reducing the size of the feet, are definitely not done for elective, cosmetic reasons. Beyond these types of scenarios, though, I'm hard pressed to think of a technique or approach that reduces the entire size of the feet! Nirav B. Patel, MD, JD, FACS, FCLM READ MORE

  • Is breast reduction considered plastic surgery?

    Absolutely! And at least in the United States, you should only seek a Board-Certified (or Board-Eligible) Plastic Surgeon to perform your breast reduction, also called reduction mammaplasty. There are surgeons out there who are 'non-core' for plastic surgery who call themselves 'cosmetic surgeons' and claim to be equivalent to us true plastic surgeon, in terms of performing these operations. Be careful and do your homework when it comes to researching your plastic surgeon. Plastic surgeons are experts at reshaping soft tissues all over the body, and that especially includes the breast. The word 'plastic' comes from the Greek 'plastikos,' which means 'to shape' or 'to mold.' We perform everything from breast reductions, to breast lifts (called 'mastopexies'), to breast augmentation with implants, to breast reconstruction (whether done with implants or with one's own tissues, called 'autologous' breast reconstruction). A substantial portion, probably half or more, of our 6-8 years of general and plastic surgery residency training, entails operating on the breast. Nirav B. Patel, MD, JD, FACS, FCLM READ MORE

  • Which is better tummy tuck or liposuction?

    Wow - this is a tough question to answer without a physical examination! If you have good skin elasticity with stubborn fat deposits, then liposuction can be a good option without the need for big incisions. However, if you have significant excess abdominal skin with poor integrity (stretch marks), then liposuction alone will leave you dissatisfied, as it will not address the contour that skin excision, combined with internal muscle tightening (abdominoplasty, a.k.a. tummy tuck), can provide. Make sure to voice your cosmetic concerns with a duly trained, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, one who can help determine which surgery would best meet your body contouring needs! Nirav B. Patel, MD, JD, FACS, FCLM READ MORE

  • How long is the recovery for abdominal liposuction?

    Recovery can be individual-specific, as factors such as how extensive the liposuction is, body mass index (greater risk for complications when over 30.0 kg/m2), baseline physical activity and function, and other preoperative medical conditions (hypertension a.k.a. "high blood pressure) all play a role. Generally speaking, though, abdominal liposuction alone should be a same day surgery, if no other areas of the body are treated or liposuctioned. Small incisions are either sutured, glued, or left open to drain. Dressings are applied to each incision site (usually one around the belly button or umbilicus, and others along the lower abdomen and sometimes the upper abdomen), and you are placed in a compression garment or abdominal binder. Surgical drains are not typical unless the degree of liposuction and fat removed is truly extensive. You generally feel as if you were "gut punched" or had a hard ab workout at the gym.That soreness generally improves rapidly over the first 1-2 weeks, although some residual soreness may exist beyond that. Most likely you are prescribed a short course of an oral narcotic (such as Norco or Percocet), but many surgeons will instruct you to switch to over-the-counter Tylenol and NSAIDs (such as Aleve, Ibuprofen, Motrin, or Advil) as soon as possible. Swelling, called edema, is the main thing to expect and which takes three (3) months or longer to resolve. The edema is due to your body's inflammatory response to having undergone surgery, what with the incisions, injection of numbing fluid called "tumescence" or "wetting solution," and repeated motions of the liposuction cannula (which I tell my patients is a hollow metal straw attached to a mechanical pump machine). The trauma of the surgery causes your body to produce fluid in an attempt to heal. Keeping up with regular compression garment wear is critical, and you may find yourself needing to wear some degree of compression garment (whether your operative garment or something like Spanx) for three (3) to six (6) months or even longer. Again, this depends on how extensive your liposuction was and how much fat was removed. In terms of downtime from activity such as working out: For at least four (4) weeks post-op, I tell my patients not to engage in strenuous activity that would stress out your "core" abdominal area. So, no weight lifting, straining, squatting, unnecessarily flexing your abs at the waist repeatedly, etc. After about a month, I tell my patients they can gradually resume regular physical activity, but also that they should not go "zero to hero" and suddenly be doing squats and sit-ups at the gym. The return to activity needs to be gradual and you have to listen to your body for signs of overdoing it, such as new soreness or worsening swelling, which can just be more edema to the area, or else it can be a buildup of wound fluid inside called a "seroma." So, to summarize my answer to your question: Expect downtime of at least a month before you gradually return to regular physical activity. The more active you are, the more swelling you will notice, and it will take even more time for that swelling to resolve. In terms of waiting for your "before and after" results: do not even bother looking at yourself obsessively to view a visible change in your body contour until you are at least three (3) months, if not six (6) months out from your liposuction operation. Compression is your friend. The more consistently you are wearing compression (24/7, except when showering), the quicker your recovery and the better your overall result will be. Minimizing salt intake can also be helpful, as salt and water love to mix, so a salty diet will lead to increased water weight or edema. You also want to be on a low carb, high protein diet to heal properly. Unnecessary or processed carbs are what caused you to buildup fat in your abdomen in the first place, so it will be up to YOU to do your part to optimize and maintain your postoperative result. I hope this information helps, and good luck with your liposuction journey! It can be life-changing when done for the right individual with the right attitude and adherence to good postoperative care. Nirav B. Patel, MD, JD, FACS, FCLM READ MORE

  • How long is recovery from septoplasty?

    Recovery from rhinoplasty, which includes septoplasty, has early and late phases. In terms of any nasal swelling or edema after rhinoplasty, there may be some trace amount that persists through the first 9-12 months, but typically this is noticeable only to you and your surgeon. Early recovery usually entails use of nasal splints, both placed internally and externally, and these are removed from anywhere from 1 week to 2 weeks post-op. After that, you must take great care of yourself to avoid accidents or trauma to your nose, as a freshly corrected nasal septum is delicate and takes weeks to months to definitively heal. Nirav B. Patel, MD, JD, FACS, FCLM READ MORE

  • Do you need liposuction with a breast reduction?

    I offer liposuction with a breast reduction only if there is substantial enough fat excess (lipodystrophy) in the axillary (armpit) area that you would not achieve a desirable lateral contour to your reduced breasts. Generally, the addition of liposuction is considered cosmetic, so if it is added to say, an insurance-based breast reduction, the surgeon is either offering this as a complimentary service, or else he or she obtained prior authorization from the insurer to add liposuction to the surgery, if the axillary lipodystrophy is substantial enough to contribute to the weight causing functional issues or musculoskeletal pain along the back, neck, or shoulders. Documentation has to be well done, with supportive clinical photographs, in order for a breast reduction (with or without liposuction) to be covered by insurance. Nirav B. Patel, MD, JD, FACS, FCLM READ MORE

  • How painful is a breast lift?

    A good question, thank you for asking! Everyone's pain tolerance is different, and it is tough to know for certain how you would do with postoperative pain unless we had a detailed conversation about recovery from any other past procedures or surgeries. It is also important to know if you have or direct family members have had issues with postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV) with general anesthesia, as narcotic prescriptions can make that situation worse! However, with a good pain control plan, recovery from a breast lift (mastopexy) can be well-tolerated and in some fortunate individuals, with relatively low pain. In my own practice, I perform a nerve block of the breast tissues before I even make an incision, which helps with pain control during the first several hours after surgery. Additionally, and if more than just skin tightening is performed with the lift (i.e., I have to remove a small quantity of breast tissue as well to give you a good breast shape), then I will have access to the chest muscles underneath your breast tissues - in those cases, I perform a nerve block all around your chest muscles, which can provide really good pain relief for up to 1-2 days post-op, so that you do not have to take many narcotic pain pills to keep your soreness under control. Doing these nerve blocks has helped my patients immensely, so that they are typically taking only Extra Strength Tylenol supplemented by over-the-counter, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory pain medication (NSAIDs) such as Aleve, Ibuprofen, or Motrin (taken with food to avoid stomach upset). By two (2) weeks post-op, most of my patients who get a breast reduction (which is more involved than a breast lift, given the removal of breast tissue) are taking only Tylenol as needed, or not even taking any pain medication. In some cases, I also prescribe a strong anti-inflammatory called Toradol (Ketorolac) by mouth for a maximum of five (5) days post-op, which, combined with Tylenol, handles pain better than most of the typical narcotics surgeons prescribe. I also - working with your anesthesia provider - allow for an IV dose of Toradol in the Operating Room as we close up your skin, which, with the nerve blocks, does wonders for post-op pain in that critical 1st and 2nd post-op day period. You have to understand that your post-op pain will NOT be zero, but it can be managed quite well with what we call a multimodal (multi-pronged) approach. This keeps narcotic use down, as narcotics are addictive, constipating, and can trigger side effects such as rashes or nausea/vomiting. Some incisional soreness, as sutures resorb and normal scar healing takes place, should be expected, and after "getting over the hump" of the 1st postop week, it is usually very well tolerated without heavy duty drugs. Seek a Board-Certified plastic surgeon for your breast lift (mastopexy) who is well-qualified in managing your postoperative pain with minimal to no narcotic use, and one who has familiarity performing some of these nerve blocks that I mentioned. Narcotics are definitely not the answer these days! Nirav B. Patel, MD, JD, FACS, FCLM READ MORE

  • How long after septoplasty will I look normal?

    My advice to anyone undergoing a rhinoplasty, or "nose job," is that it can take 9-12 months for all the swelling (called edema) to resolve. While you are specifically asking about septoplasty, correcting the septum often entails inflammation and swelling to the soft tissues above it, especially if the septoplasty is done with an open approach (which is how I and many other plastic surgeons would perform it). If other maneuvers are done to improve your nose's appearance or function, such as tip work, then swelling can persist in that area for up to a year and beyond. Most noticeable swelling, however, should come down rapidly, and most of the swelling is gone by 3 months' postop. Everyone's healing is different, however, so you should treat this information as general guidance. Depending on the extent of your septoplasty and what approach your surgeon takes to perform it, your swelling may be more significant and take longer to resolve. If, by use of your word "normal," you are instead asking about the straightness of your septum, then I would say that this becomes evident right away. You may not notice it, however, until after your surgeon removes any internal or external nasal splints, which is usually done within 1-2 weeks postop. After that, and assuming a technical success with your surgery, you should notice a change, or at least, changes can be pointed out to you by your surgeon - e.g., improvements may be more obvious when looking up at your nose (a "worm's eye view"), which is not ordinarily how you view yourself in the mirror. However, the way overhead lighting shines on your nose (the light reflex) can point out improvements in your dorsal aesthetic lines (DALs) as well as the straightness (or correction in deviation) of your operated-on septum. Hope this information helps you! Ensure your septoplasty surgeon is Board-Certified in Plastic Surgery or Otolaryngology (ENT) with sufficient education, training, and experience with rhinoplasty and facial plastic surgery. Nirav B. Patel, MD, JD, FCLM READ MORE

  • Where do they cut for a breast lift?

    There are many surgical approaches to performing a breast lift, also known as a mastopexy. However, most approaches at least involve an incision, or cut, around the areola, called a periareolar incision. A popular mastopexy, called a vertical mastopexy, includes both a periareolar incision as well as a vertical incision extending down from that toward the inframammary fold. This combination of cuts is also called a lollipop mastopexy. Finally, for significant skin excess requiring maximum control of the breast skin envelope to achieve the lift, there may also be a horizontal cut along the breast fold, called the inframammary fold. So, this scar pattern is called an anchor scar pattern or inverted-T. For this most extensive scar pattern for a mastopexy, you achieve contour at the cost of more scars, but these are easily concealed in swimwear or in a bra. Nirav B. Patel, MD, JD, FCLM READ MORE

  • When can I sleep without a bra after a breast lift?

    Great question. The answer depends on the extent of the lift you’re getting as well as plastic surgeon preference. For a mild to moderate lift involving more skin tightening than removal of breast tissue (which is more accurately a breast reduction), I would say 4 weeks at a bare minimum but it may be as far out as 8-12 weeks. In my own practice, I have patients use silicone scar gel at approximately 3 weeks. I counsel my patients that if their incisions are ready for scar therapy, then they’re usually ready to transition away from a surgical bra to a regular underwire bra. If at 4 weeks one’s scars are completely sealed and there are no significant open areas, I allow patients to be out of a bra at night for comfort, but this is more exception than the rule. Scars reach 50% integrity by 6 weeks post-op and plateau at 80% over time, and will never be the strength the uninjured skin was preoperatively. Also, a support bra is meant to help preserve the uplifted bra shape as the tissues heal and scar into a stable position. The longer you can keep up with continuous bra wear, the better your result will hold up over the long term. Seek out a Board Certified plastic surgeon who handles a lot of patients with cosmetic breast needs to work with you in determining a safe point at which you can be a “free spirit,” bra free. Be prepared to remain in a bra (except when showering) for several weeks, possibly even a few months, before your surgeon allows you to ditch a bra or sleep on your belly. Nirav B. Patel, MD, JD, FCLM READ MORE

  • Is it worth getting a rhinoplasty?

    It depends on the severity of your functional issues with breathing as well as any cosmetic concerns, but assuming that this issues and concerns are valid and reasonable ones, then, generally, yes! Seek a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon to conduct a thorough evaluation and nasal analysis to determine what rhinoplasty plan is best for you. There are many approaches and techniques that we use to reshape the nose, particularly the underlying nasal skeleton, which is composed of both bone and cartilage. For a small subset of patients with more subtle irregularities to the nasal contour, injecting dermal filler can be an option rather than surgery, but one should exercise caution with this approach as injections to the nose do bear risks of skin necrosis (death of some of the skin) and rarely, even blindness. Again, whether pursuing a surgical or “liquid” (non-surgical) rhinoplasty, select a specialist with proper credentials, such as a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who understands facial anatomy extremely well. Nirav B. Patel, MD, JD, FCLM READ MORE

  • Which treatment is best for skin whitening?

    By your question, I am guessing you mean skin "lightening" versus "whitening." The go-to medical treatment to the skin to help correct uneven skin tone, which often lightens or brightens hyperpigmented (darker) skin, is use of topical hydroquinone or 'HDQ.' The common formulation is 4% hydroquinone and must be obtained by prescription or by a physician, such as a Dermatologist or Plastic Surgeon, who carries skin care products in his or her practice. Hydroquinone (HDQ) does essentially bleach the skin, but it does it in a controlled manner, as the medication targets the melanocytes in your skin that produce pigment, and it stimulates more even production of melanin throughout the skin of the treatment area. You have to be patient with results, as you may not notice a visible change or improvement in skin tone unevenness for at least four (4) weeks, sometimes longer. Hydroquinone can also be a useful "pretreatment" to the skin before individuals with darker skin type (such as some Hispanics, Indians, and Blacks) undergo laser resurfacing, as laser treatment can worsen dark pigmentation. Determining your skin type is a very important first step, and we Plastic Surgeons do this by figuring out your 'Fitzpatrick' score (1 corresponds to a redhead who burns easily in the sun and never tans, while a 6 is the dark Indian to Black skin type that never burns and always tans). Seek out a Plastic Surgeon or Cosmetic Dermatologist to evaluate your skin and discuss skin care options for you to help improve your skin tone and texture. Nirav B. Patel, MD, JD, FCLM READ MORE

Areas of expertise and specialization

Plastic SurgeryReconstructive SurgeryAesthetic SurgeryCosmetic SurgeryOculoplastic SurgeryBlepharoplastyBreast ReductionFacial Aesthetic SurgeryBotulinum Toxin InjectionBotoxDermal FillersHA FillersSkin CareChemical PeelsMohs ReconstructionWound CareBreast AugmentationBreast LiftMastopexyFaceliftBrowliftMole ExcisionSkin Lesion ExcisionEarlobe RepairScar RevisionLiposuctionAbdominoplastyTummy TuckMommy MakeoverBody ContouringAugmentation MastopexyBrachioplastyArm LiftFacial TraumaFacial FracturesLacerationsFacial LacerationsNasal ReconstructionLip ReconstructionEar ReconstructionOtoplastyRhinoplastyNose JobKeloidsSkin GraftsSternal ReconstructionSternal Wounds

Faculty Titles & Positions

  • Instructor/Fellow University of Alabama at Birmingham 2017 - 2018


  • Dean's Merit Scholar 2000 Brooklyn Law School 
  • Summer Clinical Research Award 2008 University of Rochester School of Medicine 
  • Stryker Fellowship - Resident Leadership Program 2015 Operation Smile 
  • Second Prize, Resident Research Competition 2016 University of California, Davis Division of Plastic Surgery 
  • House Staff Resident Professionalism Award 2016 University of California, Davis School of Medicine Alumni Association 
  • Resident/Fellow Inspirational Mentorship Award 2017 University of California, Davis School of Medicine, Office of the Vice Chancellor 
  • ASAPS Resident Travel Scholarship 2016 Aesthetic Surgery Education and Research Foundation (ASERF) 
  • Resident Scholarship, U.S. Capitol Advocacy Summit 2017 American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) 
  • ASAPS Resident Travel Scholarship 2018 Aesthetic Surgery Education and Research Foundation (ASERF) 
  • Resident Scholarship, U.S. Capitol Advocacy Summit 2018 American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) 

Professional Memberships

  • Southeastern Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons  
  • American Medical Association  
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons  
  • American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery  
  • American College of Surgeons  
  • Medical Association of Georgia  
  • UC Davis Surgical Alumni Association  
  • American College of Legal Medicine  
  • American Board of Plastic Surgery  

Charities and Philanthropic Endeavors

  • Operation Smile


  • University of California, Davis Medical Center - General Surgery


  • Grotting Plastic Surgery - Breast and Aesthetic SurgeryMark Codner, MD Plastic Surgery - Oculoplastic and Aesthetic Surgery

Professional Society Memberships

  • American Medical AssociationAmerican College of SurgeonsAmerican College of Legal MedicineAmerican Society of Plastic SurgeonsThe Aesthetic Society (American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery)Southeastern Society of Plastic and Reconstructive SurgeryMedical Association of GeorgiaUC Davis Surgical Alumni Association

What do you attribute your success to?

  • My parents, who successfully ran a solo private practice in general, colorectal, and trauma surgery while raising me and my brother.My wife, without whom I could never have gotten through training or start my own, new solo private plastic surgery practice.

Areas of research

  • Employment contracts for plastic surgeonsAesthetic surgery

Teaching and speaking

  • Key Legal Issues for Plastic Surgeons. American Society of Plastic Surgeons, October 29, 2023, Austin, TX.Plastic Surgeons as Employees: Best Practices and Lessons Learned. American Society of Plastic Surgeons, October 27, 2023, Austin, TX.What Can You Ask for in a Contract? University of California, Davis Plastic Surgery Grand Rounds, December 13, 2022, Sacramento, CA.Plastic Surgeons as Employees: Best Practices and Lessons Learned. American Society of Plastic Surgeons, October 30, 2022, Boston, MA. What Can You Ask for in a Contract? American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Senior Residents Conference, October 27, 2022, Boston, MA.What Can You Ask for in a Contract? University of Rochester Plastic Surgery Grand Rounds, July 14, 2022, Rochester, NY [Virtual].What Can You Ask for in a Contract? American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Senior Residents Conference, October 28, 2021, Atlanta, GA.

Favorite Place to Vacation

  • Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Hobbies / Sports

  • Cello, Tennis, Foosball, Billiards

Favorite professional publications

  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Aesthetic Surgery Journal, Plastic Surgery News

Areas of research

Expert witness

Employment contracts for plastic surgeons

Aesthetic plastic surgery

Nirav B. Patel, MD's Practice location

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