By Lisa Marie Hart
In an area renowned for some of the country's most esteemed medical professionals, board-certified plastic surgeon Scott M. Aaronson, M.D., F.A.C.S., shines as one of the top talents in his field. Throughout an esteemed career spanning three decades, he has diligently earned a reputation as one of the most skilled, educated, and gifted plastic surgeons in the region.
Now, for the 11th consecutive year, he is once again honored to have been named one of "America's Top Doctors" by Castle Connolly, the most respected medical survey company in the country. Hospitals commission this survey (which combines education, credentialing, doctor history, and peer reviews to select top doctors in dozens of specialty fields), and doctors may not pay to be included.
"It's always a privilege to be voted a Top Doctor," says Dr. Aaronson, who practices from Aaronson Plastic Surgery Center, across the street from Desert Regional Medical Center. The center specializes in cosmetic surgery and noninvasive procedures for all ages and provides the comfort and convenience of an on-site overnight recovery facility for post-surgery patients. "Yet the most rewarding aspect of my profession is seeing how cosmetic procedures enhance my patients' lives," he says.
Palm Springs Life has followed the highly regarded Dr. Aaronson and his work with much interest, and has published numerous interviews with his patients. Recently, one active young woman agreed to speak on one of the most sensitive procedures — breast augmentation — and share her personal experience. Carlie Swanson is thrilled to have found Dr. Aaronson and believes he is well worthy of this significant distinction.
I was born and raised in Palm Springs until my parents traded in the desert heat for three horses and a big garden in Cherry Valley. There, my love for the outdoors grew. To this day, I love being active and outside. My favorite time of year is summer; I love the heat, being tan, and the water. I love horseback riding, riding quads, hiking, camping, and taking our Sea-Doos out on the lake. Last year after I graduated from college, I volunteered as a sixth-grade teacher on a little island in the middle of the Pacific. Majuro in the Marshall Islands was my home for 10 months and it was a humbling experience. Whether vacationing or volunteering, there's so much to learn from other cultures. My career is in aviation. I am a scheduler and dispatcher for a jet charter company based at a common Southern California airport. I maintain a jet fleet of seven and build relationships with clients and brokers.
Thank you! Self-confidence has never been an issue for me, but as I started to mature and my breasts didn't, I felt like I was missing out on something. Due to my active lifestyle, I knew I didn't want anything too big that would get in the way.
My mom had worked with Dr. Aaronson's wife years ago. When I told her I was considering a breast augmentation, she suggested I seek a consultation with him. First, I wanted to do my own homework! As I researched Dr. Aaronson and his work, I learned that he is one of the best in the desert.
I met with Dr. Aaronson and his staff several times. Every time, I came to the office with a handful of questions and left with two handfuls of answers! They really took the time to make me feel comfortable and unique. The night before, the anesthesiologist called to introduce herself. This was my first surgery, and everyone did an excellent job of making me feel calm and comfortable. They are all very kind, professional, and helpful. They thoroughly communicated what to expect so there were never any surprises.
The morning after, Dr. Aaronson and his staff assured me everything went well and that the swelling and tightness would fade. They sent me home with a supportive bra, tape, gauzes, an adhesive to help prevent scarring, and a prescription for pain medication. I am also happy there was no post operative bruising.
I AM SO HAPPY! I looked at so many breast pictures before my surgery that I began to feel overwhelmed and didn't know what I wanted. But Dr. Aaronson did an excellent job at extracting my wants and following the pictures I gave him. I got exactly what I wanted.
Everyone tells me I look really good! And I am always proud to point them in Dr. Aaronson's direction. I assure them he will do as wonderful a job with them as he did with me.
Dr. Aaronson graduated magna cum laude from the University of Miami. He served his general surgery residency at the University of California, Irvine and plastic surgery residency at St. Joseph Hospital in Houston. He is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery.
To determine if plastic surgery is right for you, please contact the Aaronson Plastic Surgery Center to schedule a consultation.
Scott M. Aaronson, M.D., F.A.C.S.
1221 N. Indian Canyon Drive (across from Desert Regional Medical Center), Palm Springs, CA 92262
760-325-5255 • www.draaronson.com