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According to the American Academy of Facial, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), Asian Americans represented 7.5 percent of all patients undergoing facial cosmetic surgery in 1998.

Despite the popularity of the makeover reality shows and the glamorous personalities glaring under the eyes of the media, most Asian Americans who might consider cosmetic plastic surgery would not want to drastically change their appearance. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) claims that more women than men are dissatisfied with at least one facial or body feature.

Miindia has always brought useful information to the forefront of the Indian community and has been providing perspective on various eminent personalities who have established themselves and have come out as winners. One such personality who has transformed people’s lives physically and psychologically is the distinguished Cosmetic Surgeon Dr. Satish Vyas, MD  

Born a talented artist, Dr. Vyas has exceptional credentials and since 1978 has performed hundreds of procedures in the areas related to the face, body contouring, breast, birth and traumatic defects and skin cancer. Trained at Wayne State University School of Medicine, the American Board of Plastic Surgery has certified him according to the highest standards of his profession.

The eldest of nine children, Dr. Vyas came to the United States from Indore, Madhya Pradesh in 1971 as a trained surgeon. According to him, choosing plastic surgery was an easy decision. He mentioned that plastic surgery (improving and restoring form and function) might be one of the world's oldest healing arts. Dr. Vyas is a born artist and without any formal training has been a painter as long as he can remember. He signed his painting as Dr. Vyas when he was 8 years old.  He had no clue why he wanted to be a doctor. In a casual tone, he mentioned “in my small town - sighting an airplane once a year was a big event.”  

Dr.Vyas provided an informative perspective on the history of plastic surgery.Sushruta who was an ancient Indian surgeon (who was possibly born in 7th century BC) is regarded the “Father of Plastic Surgery” by world body of plastic surgeons.

In the Sushruta school, the first person to expound Ayurvedic knowledge was Dhanvantari who then taught it to Divodasa who, in turn, taught it to Sushruta, Aupadhenava, Aurabhra, Paushakalavata, Gopurarakshita, and Bhoja. Sushruta was credited with performing cosmetic surgery by using forehead skin to reconstruct women’s noses which were amputated as a punishment for adultery. He would use a popular leaf to make a pattern and put it on the forehead – then transfer to the nose – no stitching was possible those days. He used black carpenter ants’ claws to join the skin edges together.  The technique is still referred to as the “Indian method of nose reconstruction”. It is still a preferred method of nose reconstruction.

Dr. Vyas stated that the field of cosmetic surgery has come a long way.  “Acceptance by the public is the biggest”. One change that has occurred in the past few decades, Dr. Vyas explained, is that “it is no more a surgery for Hollywood stars and the wealthy.  Middle class across the globe has begun to accept it.”

Plastic Surgery is divided into two broad groups – reconstructive surgery – to correct birth defects and defects caused by accidents and removal of some body parts due to cancer.  Second category is cosmetic surgery, which is done to enhance normal features such as improving appearance of the nose, breast enlargement and liposuction.

Dr. Vyas visits India often to conduct live surgical demonstrations and workshops with the purpose of teaching the art and craft of plastic surgery to local surgeons.  His work in India also involves performing charitable surgeries for the poor and disadvantaged. Apart from reconstructing and making people look good, Dr. Vyas indulges in the art of painting and sculpting.Once can witness his passion for art in his office, which is like a art museum.  He is a photographer (of nature and wild life). He also plays the saxophone and harmonium, sings Indian classical and folk music, and entertains.He strives to excel in whatever activity he is fond of!.

Sheer determination to perform is what helped him achieve his dream. While his elementary school teacher father asked him to be a teacher, Dr. Vyas plainly disagreed and opted for medicine. He elaborately explained his story on how as a youngster he went to the village chief and negotiated and offered to cook for his son who was in college and traded the same for accommodation. He always worked odd jobs, designed posters, artwork for college, and was also a road construction supervisor in India. He worked his way through college and pursued medical school with the assistance of academic scholarships.“I used to send Rs.50 to my father every month as a college student”, the doctor said. Dr. Vyas served as a role model for his younger siblings.

Dr.Vyas believes in living life for today like there is no tomorrow. He prefers to do all his tasks now.He feels that in order to succeed one needs a stable base. According to him, his base is his marriage to his wife Mrs. Kusum Vyas. The cosmetic surgeon places “family” as his number one priority. He stated “less hours means less money but I have more fun in doing things that I love like art, music and spending time on family”.He regularly visits relatives in India. He often jokes with his staff that he plans on retiring in 2078. Being an energetic doctor who was always willing to experiment, Dr.Vyas has also started to tailor shirts.

He is a member of several local and national medical societies, including the American Board of Surgery and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. As further recognition of his skill, he is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery at Wayne State University. He is on staff at Oakwood Hospital in Dearborn and Straith Hospital in Southfield, Michigan.


Dr.Vyas is married to his childhood sweetheart Kusum, who in her own right, is a painter, sculptor, gourmet cook, a mother, and grandmother. For the past two years, Dr. Vyas is enjoying babysitting his grandson in Ann Arbor.He has two children Manish (business executive at Borders books) and Sapna (Professor of Educational Psychology at U of M Flint). For more information, visit
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