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Inspiring Conversations with Akshay Sanan MD

Today we’d like to introduce you to Akshay Sanan.

Hi Dr. Sanan, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I owe my story to my parents. They immigrated from Punjab, India in 1987 to the United States. My dad was a physician in India and after moving to the United States, he passed the step certification tests, completed residency and fellowship, and now works in private practice in Boston. My mom was in her Ph.D. program in chemistry and after moving to America, raised me and my two siblings. To say that my parents sacrificed a lot for us is an understatement.

Growing up, education, hard work, and family values were instilled in me and my siblings from a young age. I wanted to be a surgeon for as long as I can remember. My dad was my first influence, and my two older cousins, who are both surgeons, influenced me as well.

I grew up playing basketball, tennis, and karate, and being involved in sports instilled discipline, commitment, and a competitive spirit in me. It also helped establish an indomitable spirit. I loved and still love learning new things. I gravitated toward math and the sciences, but I enjoyed learning business management and accounting in college and healthcare management in medical school. I attended college and medical school at Boston University, and I still reminisce about those days. I moved to Philadephia for my head and neck surgery residency training at Jefferson. I then was selected to do my fellowship in facial plastic surgery at Stanford University. Here, I not only learned the art and technique of facial cosmetic surgery, but I also loved the intellect, rigor, and energy at Stanford University. Despite being an East Coaster, I quickly embraced the California lifestyle and weather and accepted a facial plastic surgery position in Los Angeles.

I initially worked at a large hospital system and I performed many facial plastic surgeries. I pride myself on building meaningful and personal long-term relationships with my patients, and I realized the hospital system was not the way to achieve those goals. I decided to pursue a private practice career in order to create the most unique, personalized experience for my patients, promote and build my own aesthetic, and have autonomy and control of my time. It is the greatest personal decision I ever made and I am thrilled to offer my facial plastic surgery services to patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, and all over the United States and the world. As I continue to build my practice, I am always thinking of ways to improve my patients’ outcomes and offer cutting-edge services to give my patients the best possible results and experience.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
The path to becoming a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon is long, challenging, and emotional, but worth it and very rewarding. The process requires patience, dedication, and a strong support system. I thank my parents and siblings for their unwavering support.

Having dedicated over 12 years of my life to studying the nose, face, and neck, I can honestly say I am an expert in my field. I was accepted to Boston University School of Medicine out of high school. In addition to earning my medical degree, I spent years doing research and published several articles in leading scientific journals. I was accepted to complete my head and neck surgery residency program at Thomas Jefferson University culminating with serving as the Chief Resident. I had terrific mentors during my residency who fostered my interest in facial plastic surgery. I then was accepted to complete my facial plastic surgery training at Stanford University with internationally renowned surgeon Dr. Sam Most which encompassed rhinoplasty, deep plane facelift, browlift, blepharoplasty, and revision rhinoplasty.

All of the challenges I have faced along the way have only made me stronger and a better person, physician, and surgeon, and I would not trade anything in the world for it.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I’m in practice in West Hollywood and Beverly Hills, exclusively performing plastic surgery on the nose, face, and neck and non-surgical aesthetic treatments. I am best known for my modern and advanced rhinoplasty techniques, including Piezo Ultrasonic Rhinoplasty, my deep plane facelift, and deep neck lift and neck contouring techniques. My patients and referrals often tell me that they love my natural results. Patients seek my training, skill, and expertise for their non-surgical treatment options including hyaluronic acid fillers, neurotoxin injections, and energy-based radiofrequency and micro-needling devices. I want the readers to know that Akshay Sanan MD Facial Plastic Surgery offers comprehensive, cutting-edge facial plastic surgery techniques and non-surgical treatment options for patients in a personalized and luxurious setting.

Before we let you go, we’ve got to ask if you have any advice for those who are just starting out?
I would tell someone to think about what inspires them and what they love to do. This should be your compass when determining what job/career to pursue. When I started out, I had just finished my residency and fellowship and was seeking opportunities that were very similar to my training experiences. I realized I had to do what makes me happy and keeps me motivated. I wish I knew that when I was starting out: it is OK to pursue your ideal practice and goals up front and not live out someone else’s dream. Of course, you have to be realistic given your financial and personal circumstances.


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