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.” 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!.
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.