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What makes a good Plastic Surgeon?

by Dr Taliah Schmitt

One might say it’s experience. That’s not enough. Most board certified plastic surgeons have a wide experience, worked on thousands of cases, and yet not all of them are what you would consider a good plastic surgeon.
Besides theoretical education and surgical skills, the one factor that makes all the difference is the listening skills. Your surgeon needs to understand perfectly your vision, take all the time needed to listen to you, work with you and accompany you along the way to make your vision a reality. That also means, he will have to tell you if your goal cannot be reached, and the reasons for it.
Plastic surgery is at the meeting point of science and art, there is no “one fit for all” procedure. Each patient is unique, and that’s how you should be considered by your surgeon.

Why am I the right Plastic Surgeon for you?

A relation based on mutual trust between the patient and the surgeon is the key to a successful outcome in plastic surgery. I pride myself in spending a lot of time listening to my patients, explaining every step of the way to them in order to achieve their goal.
I only want to get you the best results possible, and for that reason, I will put all my knowledge, surgical expertise, and a touch of art to bring your vision to reality.
If your demand is unrealistic, I will explain to you the reasons why I refuse to perform the surgery you’re asking for.
You took the step to come see me, I will make it worth your time and money, by spending as much time with you as needed, giving you all the details you ask for and plan together with you a unique procedure that will match all your expectations.

“Une relation de confiance entre un chirurgien et son patient est pour moi la clé du succès d’une intervention de chirurgie esthétique.”

Dr. Taliah Schmitt: Biography

Since my childhood, I have always been fascinated with Plastic and reconstructive surgery.

After entering Paris VI Med School at the age of 16, I spent 6 years studying medicine in both France and the US (Tulane University Medical School, New Orleans). I then successfully passed the French National Medical School examination with a high ranking allowing to pursue my career as a Plastic Surgery resident in Paris.
I then completed a 5 years residency program in various hospitals in Paris, allowing me to learn all aspects of the Plastic and Reconstructive specialty.

With my French background in the specialty, I then decided to widen my knowledge by getting accepted in one of the most prestigious university in the US: Stanford University for a one-year fellowship in the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery department whilst preparing a Master’s degree in Surgical Sciences. The extensive work I have done there on Tissue Engineering led to multiple awards such as the Joseph Boyes award from ASSH, and awards both the French Academy of Medicine and the French Academy of Surgery. I also published many papers in international journals such as Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (PRS) or Clinics in Plastic Surgery.

What follows was a two-years Clinical fellowship at Saint Joseph hospital in Paris, specializing in face and breast cosmetic surgery as well as post massive weight loss procedures.

I finally opened my private practice near Trocadéro in Paris, whilst still working weekly for the public system at Saint Joseph’s Hospital.

Dr. Taliah Schmitt: Credentials, Awards & Publications

Dr. Taliah Schmitt is a board-certified plastic surgeon, registered with the French Conseil de l’ordre des médecins (registration number 75/79616) and holds Full Registration as a Medical Practitioner with Specialist Registration in Plastic Surgery with the UK’s General Medical Council under the number 747876.

+ - CREDENTIALS
  • MD degree
  • Board certification in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Degree from the French College of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Degree in General Surgery
  • French National Academy of Medicine Award Winner
  • French National Academy of Surgery Award Winner
  • Degree in Microsurgery
  • Degree in Plastic Surgery Anatomy Diplomée du DIU d’Anatomie Appliquée à la Chirurgie Plastique
  • Degree in Head and Neck Anatomy
  • Master’s degree in Surgical Sciences
  • Former Fellow in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Stanford Univerity, California, USA
  • Receiver of a Grant from the Fondation pour la Recherche Médicale
+ - AWARDS
  • Joseph H. Boyes Award – American Associaton for Surgery of the Hand
  • Prix Dubreuil Laborie – Académie Nationale de Chirurgie
  • Prix de la société des Eaux Minérales d’Evian les Bains – Académie Nationale de Médecine
+ - PUBLICATIONS
  • Lower Body Lift in the Massive Weight Loss Patient: A New Classification and Algorithm for Gluteal Augmentation.
    Schmitt T, Jabbour S, Makhoul R, Noel W, Reguesse AS, Levan P.
    Plast Reconstr Surg. 2018 Mar;141(3):625-636. doi: 10.1097/PRS.0000000000004178.
  • Response to “The Association of Progressive Tension Sutures and Drains Seems to Decrease the Drainage Output and Seroma Formation in Abdominoplasty”.
    Jabbour S, Makhoul R, Awaida C, Levan P, Schmitt T, Nasr M.
    Aesthet Surg J. 2017 Sep 1;37(8):NP96-NP97. doi: 10.1093/asj/sjx101. No abstract available.
  • When love becomes eternal: Two embedded rings, a case report.
    Reguesse AS, Szwebel JD, Schmitt T, Levan P.
    Ann Chir Plast Esthet. 2017 Feb;62(1):109-112. doi: 10.1016/j.anplas.2016.03.008. Epub 2016 May 5. French.
  • Human flexor tendon tissue engineering: in vivo effects of stem cell reseeding.
    Schmitt T, Fox PM, Woon CY, Farnebo SJ, Bronstein JA, Behn A, Pham H, Chang J.
    Plast Reconstr Surg. 2013 Oct;132(4):567e-76e. doi: 10.1097/PRS.0b013e3182a033cf.
  • New concepts and technologies in reconstructive hand surgery.
    Schmitt T, Talley J, Chang J.
    Clin Plast Surg. 2012 Oct;39(4):445-51. doi: 10.1016/j.cps.2012.07.013. Epub 2012 Aug 30. Review.
  • Augmentation of human tendon healing using an injectable tendon hydrogel in a rat achilles tendon model.
    Kim MY, Farnebo SJ, Woon CY, Schmitt T, Pham H, Chang J.
    Plast Reconstr Surg. 2014 May;133(5):645e-53e. doi: 10.1097/PRS.0000000000000106.
  • Decellularized tendon-bone composite grafts for extremity reconstruction: an experimental study.
    Farnebo S, Woon CY, Bronstein JA, Schmitt T, Lindsey D, Pham H, Castillo AB, Chang J.
    Plast Reconstr Surg. 2014 Jan;133(1):79-89. doi: 10.1097/01.prs.0000436823.64827.a0
  • Design and characterization of an injectable tendon hydrogel: a scaffold for guided tissue regeneration in the musculoskeletal system.
    Farnebo S, Woon CY, Schmitt T, Joubert LM, Kim M, Pham H, Chang J.
    Tissue Eng Part A. 2013 Dec 17.
  • Decellularized human tendon-bone grafts for composite flexor tendon reconstruction: a cadaveric model of initial mechanical properties.
    Fox PM, Farnebo S, Lindsey D, Chang J, Schmitt T, Chang J.
    J Hand Surg Am. 2013 Sep 19. doi:pii: S0363-5023(13)01130-1. 10.1016/j.jhsa.2013.08.092.
  • Physicochemical decellularization of composite flexor tendon-bone interface grafts.
    Bronstein JA, Woon CY, Farnebo S, Behn AW, Schmitt T, Pham H, Castillo AB, Chang J.
    Plast Reconstr Surg. 2013 Jul;132(1):94-102. doi: 10.1097/PRS.0b013e318290f5fc.
  • Human flexor tendon tissue engineering: revitalization of biostatic allograft scaffolds.
    Woon CY, Farnebo S, Schmitt T, Kraus A, Megerle K, Pham H, Yan X, Gambhir SS, Chang J.
    Tissue Eng Part A. 2012 Dec;18(23-24):2406-17. doi: 10.1089/ten.TEA.2012.0152. Epub 2012 Jul 30
  • Breast repaired by silicone implant. Case report of necrobiosis lipoidica.
    Azoulay B, Bosque T, Burin des Roziers B, Daoud G, Cartier S. Ann Chir Plast Esthet.
    2012 Feb;57(1):79–82.
+ - PUBLICATIONS

+ - CREDENTIALS

  • MD degree
  • Board certification in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Degree from the French College of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Degree in General Surgery
  • French National Academy of Medicine Award Winner
  • French National Academy of Surgery Award Winner
  • Degree in Microsurgery
  • Degree in Plastic Surgery Anatomy Diplomée du DIU d’Anatomie Appliquée à la Chirurgie Plastique
  • Degree in Head and Neck Anatomy
  • Master’s degree in Surgical Sciences
  • Former Fellow in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Stanford Univerity, California, USA
  • Receiver of a Grant from the Fondation pour la Recherche Médicale

+ - AWARDS

  • Joseph H. Boyes Award – American Associaton for Surgery of the Hand
  • Prix Dubreuil Laborie – Académie Nationale de Chirurgie
  • Prix de la société des Eaux Minérales d’Evian les Bains – Académie Nationale de Médecine

+ - PUBLICATIONS

  • Lower Body Lift in the Massive Weight Loss Patient: A New Classification and Algorithm for Gluteal Augmentation.
    Schmitt T, Jabbour S, Makhoul R, Noel W, Reguesse AS, Levan P.
    Plast Reconstr Surg. 2018 Mar;141(3):625-636. doi: 10.1097/PRS.0000000000004178.
  • Response to “The Association of Progressive Tension Sutures and Drains Seems to Decrease the Drainage Output and Seroma Formation in Abdominoplasty”.
    Jabbour S, Makhoul R, Awaida C, Levan P, Schmitt T, Nasr M.
    Aesthet Surg J. 2017 Sep 1;37(8):NP96-NP97. doi: 10.1093/asj/sjx101. No abstract available.
  • When love becomes eternal: Two embedded rings, a case report.
    Reguesse AS, Szwebel JD, Schmitt T, Levan P.
    Ann Chir Plast Esthet. 2017 Feb;62(1):109-112. doi: 10.1016/j.anplas.2016.03.008. Epub 2016 May 5. French.
  • Human flexor tendon tissue engineering: in vivo effects of stem cell reseeding.
    Schmitt T, Fox PM, Woon CY, Farnebo SJ, Bronstein JA, Behn A, Pham H, Chang J.
    Plast Reconstr Surg. 2013 Oct;132(4):567e-76e. doi: 10.1097/PRS.0b013e3182a033cf.
  • New concepts and technologies in reconstructive hand surgery.
    Schmitt T, Talley J, Chang J.
    Clin Plast Surg. 2012 Oct;39(4):445-51. doi: 10.1016/j.cps.2012.07.013. Epub 2012 Aug 30. Review.
  • Augmentation of human tendon healing using an injectable tendon hydrogel in a rat achilles tendon model.
    Kim MY, Farnebo SJ, Woon CY, Schmitt T, Pham H, Chang J.
    Plast Reconstr Surg. 2014 May;133(5):645e-53e. doi: 10.1097/PRS.0000000000000106.
  • Decellularized tendon-bone composite grafts for extremity reconstruction: an experimental study.
    Farnebo S, Woon CY, Bronstein JA, Schmitt T, Lindsey D, Pham H, Castillo AB, Chang J.
    Plast Reconstr Surg. 2014 Jan;133(1):79-89. doi: 10.1097/01.prs.0000436823.64827.a0
  • Design and characterization of an injectable tendon hydrogel: a scaffold for guided tissue regeneration in the musculoskeletal system.
    Farnebo S, Woon CY, Schmitt T, Joubert LM, Kim M, Pham H, Chang J.
    Tissue Eng Part A. 2013 Dec 17.
  • Decellularized human tendon-bone grafts for composite flexor tendon reconstruction: a cadaveric model of initial mechanical properties.
    Fox PM, Farnebo S, Lindsey D, Chang J, Schmitt T, Chang J.
    J Hand Surg Am. 2013 Sep 19. doi:pii: S0363-5023(13)01130-1. 10.1016/j.jhsa.2013.08.092.
  • Physicochemical decellularization of composite flexor tendon-bone interface grafts.
    Bronstein JA, Woon CY, Farnebo S, Behn AW, Schmitt T, Pham H, Castillo AB, Chang J.
    Plast Reconstr Surg. 2013 Jul;132(1):94-102. doi: 10.1097/PRS.0b013e318290f5fc.
  • Human flexor tendon tissue engineering: revitalization of biostatic allograft scaffolds.
    Woon CY, Farnebo S, Schmitt T, Kraus A, Megerle K, Pham H, Yan X, Gambhir SS, Chang J.
    Tissue Eng Part A. 2012 Dec;18(23-24):2406-17. doi: 10.1089/ten.TEA.2012.0152. Epub 2012 Jul 30
  • Breast repaired by silicone implant. Case report of necrobiosis lipoidica.
    Azoulay B, Bosque T, Burin des Roziers B, Daoud G, Cartier S. Ann Chir Plast Esthet.
    2012 Feb;57(1):79–82.

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