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Michael Yaremchuk, M.D.
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Dr. Yaremchuk is currently Chief of Craniofacial Surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital and a Clinical Professor of Surgery at the Harvard Medical School. He is the director of the Harvard Plastic Surgery training program, and is known as an innovator and teacher and uses state-of-the-art techniques and knowledge to care for his patients.

Dr. Yaremchuk received his M.D. from the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons and his B.A. degree from Yale College.

After completing his plastic surgery training at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, he was invited to join the hospital's full-time staff as Associate Director of Plastic Surgery for the Maryland Shock Trauma Institute. While there, he helped redefine the institute's methods of treatment for severe injuries to the face and facial skeleton. Dr. Yaremchuk practices the full range of plasic surgery while focussing on cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the face and facial skeleton.

Dr. Yaremchuk completed a craniofacial surgery fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania where he received special training for surgery of the face and facial skeleton to treat congenital deformities and cosmetic concerns.

Dr. Yaremchuk has authored three textbooks, 40 book chapters, and over 100 scientific articles. He has lectured to his surgical colleagues around the world. His research laboratory focuses on the potential of bioengineered tissues and transplantation to enhance or reconstruct the face and facial skeleton. He has been certified by both the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

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Entries by Michael Yaremchuk, M.D.

Facial Aging Is More Than Skin Deep

(3) Comments | Posted April 19, 2016 | 3:22 PM

A hallmark of facial aging is a sagging skin envelope -- fallen cheeks, jowls, turkey gobbler necks, eyelid bags.... These changes are all attributed to gravity and loss of skin elasticity due to environmental related damage (excess sun exposure, smoking, diet, etc.). The long standing and still most effective therapy...

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Are medical schools teaching the basics?

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2016 | 3:03 PM

There is deserved concern among medical educators that after four years of medical school, some graduates of American medical schools are not prepared to begin their first year of residency (known to most lay people as internship).

A respected voice of this concern comes from residency program directors who are...

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Avoiding the Wrong Eyelid Surgery

(1) Comments | Posted January 12, 2015 | 12:56 PM

Looks are largely genetic and whether we like to admit it or not, many of our defining features are directly inherited from our family members, especially with regard to our faces. Similarly to the way we inherit these features, the process by which these features change as we get older...

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In Your Face: The Hidden History of Plastic Surgery and Why Looks Matter

(1) Comments | Posted May 19, 2014 | 10:19 PM


"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder." This well-worn phrase implies subjectivity in the assessment of facial features deemed aesthetically appealing. At the same time, we know that there are some specific attributes that most objectively "attractive" faces have in common.


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10 Questions About Facelifts

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2013 | 12:10 PM

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgery, minimally invasive facial rejuvenation procedures such as Botox and dermal fillers continue to be among the most requested procedures in the country -- greatly outnumbering the number of requested surgical procedures like facelifts.

However, this year's ASPS...

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Younger? Better? Or Not? What Plastic Surgeries Really Make a Difference

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2013 | 3:27 PM

A recent study published in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery made some headlines with "surprising" results of one surgeon's cosmetic rejuvenative surgical procedures and how they made almost no impact on the patients' attractiveness and minimal impact on how youthful they looked. While the results may have...

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Disappearing Bat Wings

(1) Comments | Posted July 18, 2013 | 10:07 AM

When many people think of "plastic surgery" they think of facial procedures, like rhinoplasty or facelifts, so it came as a surprise when brachioplasty -- arm lifts -- made recent headlines for its exponential growth in popularity.

Brachioplasty surgery reshapes the upper arm and minimizes so-called "bat wings" by removing...

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Following in the Footsteps of the Craniofacial Masters

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2013 | 5:09 PM

Recently we lost three great visionaries in the field of surgery, with the passing of the plastic surgeons Fernando Ortiz-Monasterio, Daniel Marchac and Joseph Murray. Craniofacial surgery is a sub-specialty in the field of plastic surgery which focuses on severe deformities of the face and skull vault. Fathered by the...

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Separating Fact From Fiction: Obesity and Plastic Surgery

(3) Comments | Posted April 12, 2013 | 3:25 PM

We might think that everyone knows the facts about obesity and weight loss, but a recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine exposes a number of myths and misunderstandings that many still believe. The results may surprise you, from the real link between eating more produce...

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Beyond Tattoo Regret: The Public Health Dangers of Ink

(7) Comments | Posted March 7, 2013 | 10:33 AM

Despite all the warnings and taboos in certain social circles, a 2012 Harris Poll found that 21 percent of Americans (one in five) has a tattoo, up from 14 percent in 2008. In the poll, 86 percent of people claimed to not regret the tattoo, but this varies....

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Plastic Surgeons: Pioneers in Transplantation

(1) Comments | Posted January 25, 2013 | 9:55 AM

The field of plastic surgery recently lost one of our best with the passing of Nobel Prize winner Dr. Joseph Murray. While exceptional in the plastic surgery profession, Dr. Murray's greatest legacy was performing the first living donor kidney transplant in 1954 -- a notable surgical milestone.

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Plastic Surgery: Making the Safest Decisions Possible

(2) Comments | Posted December 19, 2012 | 3:19 PM

As many consider rejuvenation procedures in 2013, non-surgical and surgical options will both be weighed -- as well as where to go for certain procedures. In recent years, the medi-spa has been gaining considerable popularity (according to the International SPA Association, more than 1,500 medical spas opened in...

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Why Men Wear Beards

(1) Comments | Posted November 15, 2012 | 5:21 PM

In 1860, Abraham Lincoln grew a beard following advice from an 11-year-old New York girl who wrote, "You would look a great deal better, for your face is so thin."

Alexander the Great (July 356 to June 323 BC) banned his soldiers from wearing beards,...

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The Vitruvian Man and Plastic Surgery

(1) Comments | Posted October 5, 2012 | 10:18 AM

Recently I was given the book Da Vinci's Ghost, on particularly the ideas behind his Vitruvian man -- his famous drawing of a man in a circle and a square. I thoroughly enjoyed Toby Lester's book, but as a plastic surgeon, it reminded me of the irony associated...

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Understanding Liposuction -- Four Ways to Make It Safe, Effective and Long-lasting

(0) Comments | Posted August 31, 2012 | 2:22 PM

Liposuction was introduced to plastic surgery by the French surgeon Dr. Yves-Gerard Illouz in 1982, providing a new option for individuals who wanted to get rid of unsightly fatty areas. Its elegance in simplicity and efficacy immediately brought it into the mainstream of plastic surgery. After three decades of use,...

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Plastic Surgery Is Like Most Things in Life -- Let Moderation Be Your Guide

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2012 | 6:20 PM

Though he wasn't referring to plastic surgery, if patients listened to the great Roman orator Marcus Tullius Cicero who more than 2,000 years ago said, "Never go to excess, but let moderation be your guide," they would likely be happier and healthier.

When it comes to plastic...

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Avoiding 'Trout Pout': 4 Options for Lip Enhancements

(0) Comments | Posted July 6, 2012 | 12:05 PM

Lips thin with age. People increase the size and fullness of their lips for a more youthful appearance. Like a good facelift, an expert lip procedure will enhance and rejuvenate facial contours. A recent American Society of Plastic Surgeons study showed that lip augmentation rose by 49 percent...

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Boning Up on Chin Implants

(0) Comments | Posted June 14, 2012 | 5:30 PM

As The Huffington Post itself reported recently, chin augmentation is the fastest-growing type of plastic surgery today. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that chin augmentation surgery grew 71 percent overall in 2011 from 2010 among both men and women, with more than 20,000 individuals...

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Speaking of Bespoke -- Customized Plastic Surgery

(1) Comments | Posted April 5, 2012 | 1:45 PM

It used to be that nearly every article of clothing was custom-made, from shirts to hats to shoes; people made them themselves, or visited the tailor, hatter or cobbler. Today, custom clothing is the exception rather than the rule, and for a truly custom suit, you would visit a bespoke...

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The PIP Affair and Trust in Health Care

(1) Comments | Posted January 27, 2012 | 4:59 PM

There has been a great deal written recently about the now-banned silicone breast implants made by Poly Implant Prothèse (PIP), a French company which has since closed down. In 2008, French plastic surgeons reported an unusually high rate of rupture -- over five...

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