ERIC SWANSON, MD

FRCS( C ), FACS

PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

Dr. Swanson attended medical school at the University of Toronto, where he graduated with honors at the age of 22. In 1988, he completed a residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Toronto. Dr. Swanson started his practice in Kansas City in 1989.

I iconn 1998, Dr. Eric Swanson opened Kansas City’s first licensed ambulatory surgery center specializing in cosmetic surgery. In 2002, Dr. Swanson embarked on a rigorous clinical investigation of cosmetic surgery, including patient outcome studies, clinical studies, and measurements using computer-assisted imaging and MRIs. Dr. Swanson undertook an intensive investigation of liposuction and abdominoplasty, including sophisticated laboratory tests, to investigate the health effects and safety of these highly popular procedures. His work using laser fluorescence imaging challenges the limited lipoabdominoplasty technique in favor of a full tummy tuck dissection and superior cosmetic result. This study was selected as Editor’s Pick and the Cover Article for the July 2015 issue of the Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

 

Dr. Swanson pioneered the use of ultrasound as a screening tool for the detection of deep venous thrombosis, providing original information on the frequency of this complication in plastic surgery outpatients and “SAFE” methods to reduce risk. Concerned about its effectiveness and potential for harmful side effects, Dr. Swanson has spoken against the use of routine anticoagulation for plastic surgery outpatients.

 

Dr. Swanson is known among his colleagues for his attention to detail and insistence on scientific evaluation. Dr. Swanson has been critical of the influence of commercialization in plastic surgery, insisting that our treatment recommendations should be based on the evidence and not marketing hype-science before commerce. His pioneering work in liposuction has clarified what happens to the fat layer and circulating fat levels after liposuction, revealing some unexpected possible health benefits for the first time. His award-winning study of liposuction quantitated the reduction of the fat layer using MRI measurements. Dr. Swanson demonstrated that the fat removed by liposuction does not return or redistribute to other areas of the body, as was once believed. Another study demonstrated the efficacy of facial fat injection using MRIs.

 

Dr. Swanson’s measurements of changes in apparent age after facelifts–presented at the 2011 meeting of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery–showed for the first time that any rejuvenative technique, surgical or nonsurgical, could deliver on its promise to make people look younger, in some cases by over a decade. Convinced that “what we measure, we improve,” in 2012, Dr. Swanson published a new system for measuring the results of cosmetic breast surgery.

 

Dr. Swanson’s laser fluorescence perfusion study, published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal in 2015, supports the safety of the “all seasons” vertical augmentation/mastopexy, a method that Dr. Swanson has taught as an instructional course at ASPS meetings. Dr. Swanson’s outcome studies, based on interviews with > 1000 of his patients, provide vital new information from the patient’s perspective. Dr. Swanson’s work has culminated in over 100 publications in the top peer-reviewed plastic surgery journals (See Publications and Presentations). In 2015, Dr. Swanson received the Award for “Best North American Paper” for 2014 from the Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery–Global Open.

 

Dr. Swanson believes that knowledge is the remedy for patient apprehension about cosmetic surgery and that the marketplace is often too focused on selling commercial products to be a reliable source. To provide his patients with the information they need, he authored the Ideal Look™ series, subtitled The New Science of Cosmetic Surgery. Featuring hundreds of photographs and patient testimonials, these four hard-cover volumes answer the questions that any prospective patient might have about cosmetic surgery, without any marketing hype. Dr. Swanson has no affiliations with plastic surgery device manufacturers that might cause bias.

 

Dr. Swanson is certified in plastic surgery by the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada, a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, a member of the American Association of Plastic Surgeons, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada. He specializes exclusively in cosmetic surgery. He is also a member of the medical staff of Shawnee Mission Medical Center.

 

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THE IDEAL LOOK® SERIES

 

In 2009, Dr. Eric Swanson authored the Ideal Look® series, subtitled The New Science of Cosmetic Surgery, based on a large volume of research, providing the prospective patient with the facts he or she needs.

 

Receive a complimentary, full color, hard-cover copy of one of Dr. Swanson’s books with your consultation.

  • NATIONAL PRESENTATIONS

    1.  
    2. Endarteritis and Pseudoaneurysm Formation Complicating Radial Artery Cannulation.  Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons, Toronto, May 30, 1986.
    3.  
    4. Reconstructive Applications of the Radial Forearm Flap. Annual Plastic Surgery Senior Residents Conference, Memphis, March 29, 1988.
    5.  
    6. Patterns of Velopharyngeal Closure: Nasendoscopy Findings in 30 Patients Undergoing Pharyngeal Flap Surgery.  American Cleft Palate Association Meeting, Williamsburg, Virginia, April 17, 1988.
    7.  
    8. The Radial Forearm Flap: A Biomechanical Study of the Osteotomized Radius.  Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons, Pointe-au-Pic, Quebec, June 24, 1988.
    9.  
    10. The Effect of Pharyngeal Flap Surgery on Velopharyngeal Closure: Nasendoscopy Findings in 40 Patients. Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, Toronto, October 5, 1988.
    11.  
    12. The Radial Forearm Flap: Clinical Experience in 35 Consecutive Cases and Biomechanical Study of the Osteotomy Defect.  Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, San Francisco, November 3, 1989.
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    14. Ultrasonic-Assisted Liposuction: Blood Loss, Cholesterol and Triglyceride Levels in 100 Consecutive Patients.  Annual Meeting of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Los Angeles, May 3, 1998.
    15.  
    16. Changes in Breast Shape after Cosmetic Surgery: A Photometric Study of 147 Patients. Chicago. Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, November 3, 2008.
    17.  
    18. A Retrospective Photometric Study of 82 Published Reports of Mastopexy and Breast Reduction. American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Las Vegas, May 4, 2009.
    19.  
    20. Malar Augmentation Assessed by MRI after Facelift and Fat Injection. Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Toronto, October 3, 2010.
    21.  
    22. Objective Assessment of Change in Apparent Age after Facial Rejuvenation Surgery. Annual Meeting of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Boston, May 8, 2011.
    23.  
    24. Assessment of Reduction In Subcutaneous Fat Thickness After Liposuction Using Magnetic Resonance Imaging.  Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Denver, September 24, 2011.
    25.  
    26. Critical Appraisal of Nonvertical Mastopexy and Breast Reduction Techniques. Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Denver, September 25, 2011.
    27.  
    28. Prospective Clinical Study Reveals Significant Reduction In Triglyceride Level and White Cell Count After Liposuction and Abdominoplasty, No Change In Cholesterol Levels. Annual Meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Denver, September 25, 2011.
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    30. Prospective Study of Lidocaine, Bupivacaine and Epinephrine Levels and Blood Loss in Patients Undergoing Liposuction and Abdominoplasty. Annual Meeting of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Vancouver, May 7, 2012.
    31.  
    32. The Case against Chemoprophylaxis. Annual Meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, San Diego, October 12, 2013.
    33.  
    34. An Evidence-Based Approach to Reducing and Treating Complications in Abdominoplasty. Management of Complications in Plastic Surgery, Chicago, March 29, 2014.
    35.  
    36. SAFE Strategies to Reduce Risk of VTE, Optimize Safety, and Improve Recovery in Body Contouring. Management of Complications in Plastic Surgery, Chicago, March 29, 2014.
    37.  
    38. Doppler Ultrasound Imaging of Plastic Surgery Patients for Deep Venous Thrombosis Detection: A Prospective Controlled Study. Annual Meeting of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, San Francisco, April 28, 2014.
    39.  
    40. All Seasons Augmentation Mastopexy. ASPS Breast Surgery & Body Contouring Symposium, Santa Fe, NM, August 7–9, 2014.
    41.  
    42. The Evidence Does Not Support Routine Chemoprophylaxis. ASPS Breast Surgery & Body Contouring Symposium, Santa Fe, NM, August 7–9, 2014.
    43.  
    44. The Classic Abdominoplasty—What Am I Doing Today? ASPS Breast Surgery & Body Contouring Symposium, Santa Fe, NM, August 7–9, 2014.
    45.  
    46. Strategies to Optimize Safety and Improve Recovery in Body Contouring. ASPS Breast Surgery & Body Contouring Symposium, Santa Fe, NM, August 7–9, 2014.
    47.  
    48. Cardinal Rules of Success in Liposuction—What We All Need to Know in 2014. ASPS Breast Surgery & Body Contouring Symposium, Santa Fe, NM, August 7–9, 2014.
    49.  
    50. Abdominoplasty (video demonstration). Annual Meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Chicago, October 10–14, 2014.
    51.  
    52. Mini Symposium: Body Contouring Part 1. Alternative Strategies of VTE Prevention: Theory and Practice. Annual Meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Chicago, October 10–14, 2014.
    53.  
    54. Primary Augmentation Mastopexy. The Cutting Edge 2014. The Video Sessions. New York, December 4–6, 2014.
    55.  
    56. Breast Reduction Plus Implants. The Cutting Edge 2014. The Video Sessions. New York, December 4–6, 2014.
    57.  
    58. Open Forum with the Faculty. Breast. The Cutting Edge 2014. The Video Sessions. New York, December 4–6, 2014.
    59.  
    60. Surgical and Non-Surgical Correction of Body Contouring Complications Panel. ASPS Aesthetica Meeting. Las Vegas, April 30–May 2, 2015.
    61.  
    62. VTE Prophylaxis and Body Contouring: What is the Evidence? ASPS Aesthetica Meeting. Las Vegas, May 1, 2015.
    63.  
    64. Combining Multiple Abdominal Procedures and Related Complications. ASPS Aesthetica Meeting. Las Vegas, April 30–May 2, 2015.
    65.  
    66. Plastic Surgery Education Network University Presentation with Dr. Matarasso. Body Contouring: Highlights and Pearls. ASPS Aesthetica Meeting Las Vegas, April 30–May 2, 2015.
    67.  
    68. Breast Autoaugmentation: An Enduring Myth. ASPS Aesthetica Meeting Las Vegas, April 30–May 2, 2015.
    69.  
    70. Abdominoplasty A-Z: Evaluation to Postoperative Management. ASPS Aesthetica Meeting Las Vegas, April 30–May 2, 2015.
    71.  
    72. Ultrasound Screening in the Office for Venous Thromboembolism Detection: A Major Step Forward for Patient Safety and Practice Growth. ASPS Aesthetica Meeting Las Vegas, April 30–May 2, 2015.
    73.  
    74. Classic Abdominoplasty: Reducing Risk and Improving Outcomes. ASPS Aesthetica Meeting Las Vegas, April 30–May 2, 2015.
    75.  
    76. Classic Abdominoplasty. Instructional Course. Annual Meeting of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Montreal, May 14–19, 2015.
    77.  
    78. Thunderdome: VTE Prophylaxis and Body Contouring: What is the Evidence? Annual Meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Boston, October 16–20, 2015.
    79.  
    80. All Seasons Vertical Augmentation/Mastopexy. Instructional Course with Dr. Calobrace. Annual Meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Boston, October 16–20, 2015.
    81.  
    82. Thunderdome: How Long is Too Long—Minimizing Complications in Body Contouring. Annual Meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Boston, October 16–20, 2015.
    83.  
    84. All Seasons Vertical Augmentation/Mastopexy. Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons. Ottawa, June 14–18, 2016.
    85.  
    86. The Case against Chemoprophylaxis for VTE Prevention. Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons. Ottawa, June 14–18, 2016.
    87.  
    88. Breast Reduction Plus Implants: The “Minus Plus” Concept. ASPS Breast Surgery & Body Contouring Symposium, Santa Fe, NM, August 25–27, 2016.
    89.  
    90. Fat for Breasts: Yea or Nay. ASPS Breast Surgery & Body Contouring Symposium, Santa Fe, NM, August 25–27, 2016.
    91.  
    92. VTE Chemoprophylaxis in Cosmetic Breast and Body Surgery: Science or Myth? ASPS Breast Surgery & Body Contouring Symposium, Santa Fe, NM, August 25–27, 2016
    93.  
    94. Instructional Course. Optimizing Mammaplasty: Avoiding the Wise Pattern. ASPS Breast Surgery & Body Contouring Symposium, Santa Fe, NM, August 25–27, 2016.
    95.  
    96. Enhancing Recovery after Body Contouring Surgery: Things You Can Do in Your Practice Right Now. ASPS Breast Surgery & Body Contouring Symposium, Santa Fe, NM, August 25–27, 2016.
    97.  
    98. Abdominoplasty without General Anesthesia. ASPS Breast Surgery & Body Contouring Symposium, Santa Fe, NM, August 25–27, 2016.
    99.  
    100. Liposuction in 2016, What Am I Doing Differently? ASPS Breast Surgery & Body Contouring Symposium, Santa Fe, NM, August 25–27, 2016.
    101.  
    102. Body Contouring. Panel Discussion. ASPS Breast Surgery & Body Contouring Symposium, Santa Fe, NM, August 25–27, 2016.
    103.  
    104. Augmentation Mastopexy with Implants and without Routine Fat Grafting—A Workhorse Procedure. Annual Meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Los Angeles, CA, September 23–27, 2016.
    105.  
    106. Thunderdome: Mastopexy—Dueling Perspectives. Annual Meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Los Angeles, CA, September 23–27, 2016.
    107.  
    108. Blurred Lines—When the Aesthetic Breast Case Becomes Reconstructive? Annual Meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Los Angeles, CA, September 23–27, 2016.
    109.  
    110. Iron Surgeon. Annual Meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Los Angeles, CA, September 23–27, 2016.
    111.  
    112. Avoiding Fat Emboli. ASPS Aesthetica Symposium. New Orleans, March 2–4, 2017.
    113.  
    114. Autoaugmentation Following Explantation: The Argument Against. ASPS Aesthetica Symposium. New Orleans, March 2–4, 2017.
    115.  
    116. 3-Minute Drill. Tips and Tricks. ASPS Aesthetica Symposium. New Orleans, March 2–4, 2017.
    117.  
    118. Aesthetica Bowl. Team Surgical. ASPS Aesthetica Symposium. New Orleans, March 2–4, 2017.
    119.  
    120. Seromas with Abdominoplasty: Are Drains a Thing of the Past? Avoiding Electro-Dissection Video. ASPS Aesthetica Symposium. New Orleans, March 2–4, 2017.
    121.  
    122. Avoiding Postoperative Nausea and Improving Pain Management Using Total IV Anesthesia. ASPS Aesthetica Symposium. New Orleans, March 2–4, 2017.
    123.  
    124. 3-Minute Drill. What’s Your Favorite Umbilicoplasty Technique? ASPS Aesthetica Symposium. New Orleans, March 2–4, 2017.
    125.  
    126. All Seasons Vertical Augmentation/Mastopexy. Instructional Course. Annual Meeting of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, San Diego, Calif., April 27–May 2, 2017.
    127.  
    128. SAFE Anesthesia and VTE Prevention in Cosmetic Breast and Body Surgery. Instructional Course. ASPS Breast Surgery and Body Contouring Symposium, San Diego, Calif., August 10–12, 2017.
    129.  
    130. Breast Augmentation: Markings and Incision Choices. ASPS Breast Surgery and Body Contouring Symposium, San Diego, Calif., August 10–12, 2017.
    131.  
    132. Case-Based Panel: Management of Complex Aesthetic Breast Problems. Panelist. ASPS Breast Surgery and Body Contouring Symposium, San Diego, Calif., August 10–12, 2017.
    133.  
    134. How Do Mastopexies and Reductions Change Over Time? ASPS Breast Surgery and Body Contouring Symposium, San Diego, Calif., August 10–12, 2017.
    135.  
    136. Biofilm and Infection in Capsular Contracture and ALCL: Myth or Reality? ASPS Breast Surgery and Body Contouring Symposium, San Diego, Calif., August 10–12, 2017.
    137.  
    138. Dueling Perspectives. VTE and Chemoprophylaxis: Yea or Nay? ASPS Breast Surgery and Body Contouring Symposium, San Diego, Calif., August 10–12, 2017.
    139.  
    140.  How I Use Portable Ultrasound in My Practice. ASPS Breast Surgery and Body Contouring Symposium, San Diego, Calif., August 10–12, 2017.
    141.  
    142. Abdominoplasty Without General Endotracheal Anesthesia. ASPS Breast Surgery and Body Contouring Symposium, San Diego, Calif., August 10–12, 2017.
    143.  
    144. ‘SAFE’ Anesthesia and Ultrasound Monitoring for DVTs. Annual Meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Orlando, Fl. October 6–10, 2017.
    145.  
    146. Open Capsulotomy as an Alternative to Capsulectomy. Annual Meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Orlando, Fl. October 6–10, 2017.
    147.  
    148. Understanding and Treating Capsular Contracture. Annual Meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Orlando, Fl. October 6–10, 2017.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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