Sameer Jejurikar, MD, is a big name in Dallas plastic surgery — and for good reason. He’s been practicing in Dallas, Texas for over 21 years and doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. He’s more involved than ever, both in his private practice and in his efforts to make plastic surgery safer and more effective.
In a recent interview with us, Dr. Jejurikar said there’s one thing that guidehers everything he does: “Passion for my job,” he said. “All plastic surgeons work incredibly hard from the time they start training to the time they complete their training. Not all of them love the art of plastic surgery.”
After more than two decades on the job, Dr. Jejurikar said that it is dedication to his patients that gets him going every day. “It truly is an honor to get to care for patients in such a personal manner, to help them achieve goals they cannot achieve without a little help. With each passing year, I get an even greater appreciation for how lucky I am and I don’t take my profession for granted,” he said.
Spreading Roots in Dallas, Texas
Dr. Sameer Jejurikar is based in Dallas and working to make safety the priority for plastic surgery in Texas and around the country. He quickly made a name for himself as one of the top surgeons in the Dallas area as a member of the highly esteemed Dallas Plastic Surgery Institute. He has worked throughout the Dallas area at Baylor Medical Center, Dallas Day Surgery Center, Forrest Park Medical Center and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas.
Living in Dallas for over 9 years, Jejurikar has earned his stripes as a Texan — and so has his business. It’s become a well know practice for those in the area and patients coming from outside. “Dallas is booming. There’s been a huge influx of industry into Dallas and the surrounding communities. With the influx of industry has come people and the Dallas metroplex seems to expanding in size on a daily basis,” he said.
For non-locals, that makes it an attractive place to come for specialty procedures like those Jejurikar does on a daily basis. “Dallas is quintessential Texas with great barbeque and Tex-Mex, friendly people and, of course, the Dallas Cowboys. Because of the great economic climate, it also attracts people from all over the world, bringing great food, culture and nightlife. It truly has something for everyone,” he said.
The same goes for his practice, which has grown considerably over the years as people recognize the quality of care that Dr. Jejurikar provides. Talk about your workplace – office, the work environment, coworkers, etc.
“I run a solo plastic surgery private practice which exists harmoniously with 12 other plastic surgeons that are doing the same thing,” he said.. I’m generally only in my office about a day and a half a week, seeing patients and performing small procedures. The rest of the time in the operating room performing surgery, some of it cosmetic in nature, the rest of it reconstructive in the nature.
Adapting to a World of Advanced Plastic Surgery
Dr. Sameer Jejurikar is professionally trained in cosmetic surgery on the face, body and breasts — and he’s always looking for the latest innovation in the field to address his patients’ needs. “No two patient’s anatomy or desired outcomes are the same, so the challenges posed by every case are different. Even more, I get to operate all over the body, so work always remains fresh. As a plastic surgeon, cases are stimulating,” he said. “I get to build and create something and I get to see the results in real time.”
As cosmetic surgery advances, Dr. Jejurikar is leading the charge to make the experience for patients the best it can be. He said part of the joy of his work is the innovation that technology makes possible. “This is an exciting time for plastic surgery. Technology has allowed us to expand the variety and numbers of services we can offer patients. In cosmetic surgery, this is particularly evident in the number of minimally invasive procedures we can offer patients,” he said.
“In the office, procedures like Botox, injectable fillers, micro needling, PRP injections and follicular unit extraction hair transplantation have never been more popular. We can make tangible differences for patients without them ever needing to have surgery. In the field of reconstructive surgery, the science of regenerative medicine has allowed us to create a number of off-the- shelf products that have simplified otherwise complex surgery. We can make tangible differences for patients without them ever needing to have surgery.”
If patients do choose surgery, Dr. Jejurikar is ready to help them with that, too. He specializes in gluteal augmentation surgeries, including the Brazilian Butt Lift, a procedure achieved through grafting. The procedure has grown in popularity in recent years as more people recognize the growing freedom to customize their appearance, whether that be through word of mouth or via the media. The procedure works by moving fat from one location on the body to another. Though very rare, this procedure can cause fat embolisms, which occur when fat tissue gets caught in a blood vessel and have adverse side effects.
Dr. Jejurikar is working to address those risks as part of the Multisociety Gluteal Fat Grafting Task Force, a group of board certified plastic surgeons collaborating with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons to make the Brazilian butt lift surgery safer. The group holds workshops for doctors around the world, and Dr. Jejurikar said it’s how he spends most of his weekends.
“Weekends also are a time for travel. Often, I travel for work; four to six times a year, I travel, either to lecture or attend, to national plastic surgery meetings. Not only is it wonderful to visit with plastic surgery friends and colleagues from across the country, but it’s the way to ensure that I am always up-to- date on the latest and greatest in plastic surgery,” he said.
He recently spoke at the 2018 Dallas Cosmetic Surgery and Medicine Meeting and the 97th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Plastic Surgery where he shared his ideas for improving Brazilian Butt Lift. The meetings included forums on the risks and benefits of the procedure taught by experts like Dr. Jejurikar and other honored guests. Presentations included a cadaver lab that allowed attendees to learn about new techniques and see how they are implemented. Attendees included plastic surgeons, otolaryngologists, oculoplastic surgeons, dermatologists, residents, nurses and nurse practitioners.
Dr. Jejurikar explained part of attending these kinds of meetings is helping prepare other doctors for the future of the profession. It’s so hard to know how plastic surgery will change in the next 2-5 years,” he said. “If I have to guess, I see fat grafting as a procedure what will continue to blow up in popularity. Whether it’s buttock augmentation, otherwise known as the Brazilian butt lift, breast augmentation with fat, or facial rejuvenation, fat is the next best thing we have to stem cell injections. Fat is rich in adult stem cells and has restorative and regenerative properties unlike implants.”
Dr. Jejurikar said this also means patients should be better informed about the surgeons they choose for their procedures, and have knowlege around the training required to accomplish them successfully. “Plastic surgery faces two major threats. In cosmetic surgery, a number of other specialties have begun to encroach upon procedures that traditionally were only performed by plastic surgeons. As a result, there is a rise in the number of “cosmetic surgeons” performing surgeries,” he said.
Dr. Jejurikar said it’s important for professionals and the public to realize the amount of training necessary to perform certain procedures and pick physicians carefully. This means being wary of cosmetic surgeons who are not properly trained as it could be dangerous. “Some of them undoubtedly do good work, the training required to become a cosmetic surgeon is not nearly as rigorous as to become a plastic surgeon. Unfortunately, most people in the public do not recognize the difference between the two specialties,” he said. “Reconstructive surgery, on the other hand is becoming a field that is being practiced by fewer and fewer surgeons. This is undoubtedly related to dwindling physician reimbursement. We already find ourselves with a shortage of quality reconstructive surgeons necessary to participate in necessary endeavors such as limb salvage, breast reconstruction after mastectomy, and abdominal wall reconstruction. Unfortunately, this is a trend that seems to only be worsening.”
By being informed about both surgeon and procedure, Dr. Jejurikar said he hopes patients can avoid complications from surgery. But he also hopes it can inform future doctors about the demands required for them to enter each field. Instead of focusing only on cosmetic practices, he hopes doctors will specialize in different kinds of crucial work. It also helps them recognize and encourage talent in the field, like his mentors did for him.
“Plastic Surgery is an incredibly competitive field to enter, so be prepared to work hard to get into a top notch medical school and then into a plastic surgery residency program. That being said, plastic surgery allows you to be creative, use technical skills, and help people with a variety of different ailments. To me, it’s the greatest career in the world”
Dr. Sameer Jejurikar’s Past — and his Future
Dr. Jejurikar received his degree from the University of Michigan, a top 25 medical school in the country. He went on to perform his residency at the Manhattan Ear, Nose and Throat Hospital, where he specialized in aesthetic surgery. Since then, he’s taken his stills internationally through workshops and volunteer work in the U.S. and internationally.
When he’s not attending workshops on safety in cosmetic surgery, Dr. Jejurikar finds time to make medical trips abroad. In March, Dr. Jejurikar went on a mission trip with Smile Bangladesh, a nonprofit based in New Jersey that provides treatment for cleft lip deformations in the developing world. The nonprofit started in 2010 and has made over 20 missions throughout Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Dr. Jejurikar traveled to Khulna, Bangladesh and said the trip brought his reasons for doing this work full circle.
“Bangladesh is one of the poorest countries in the world and a very difficult journey is required to get there. Every time I go, I am reminded of just how fortunate I am to have my life. In many ways, these trips keep me grounded for the rest of the year. I am intimately involved with the organization and close to its core members. I am definitely willing to traveling with other organizations, but I will never give this one up,” he said.
All this adds up to a busy schedule for Dr. Jejurikar. But he said that’s just the name of the game to be knowledgeable in this ever-changing profession. “I learned that there really is no substitute for hard work. To become an excellent plastic surgeon, you have to study incredibly hard. You need intimate knowledge of anatomy, you need to practice and hone your surgical skills constantly (i.e. Malcolm Gladwell’s rule of 10,000 hours),” he said
Dr. Jejurikar said those 10,000 hours helped him get where he is today, but also made him see the importance of life outside work, too. “Work is all consuming but it comes with a price. The initial years of surgical training were grueling, as I would spend in excess of a hundred hours per week in the hospital. As a result, I missed out on some special moments in the early lives of my eldest children. Truthfully, I wouldn’t be very good at my career now if I hadn’t put in the work then, but I’m determined, now that I have a mature practice, to always have balance between my career and personal life,” he said.
That’s why when he’s not working, Dr. Sameer Jejurikar cherishes time with his family the most. And they keep him just as busy as work. “I have three children, two of them teenagers and the third a toddler. As you may imagine, the end of the workday means the start of another busy time of the day. Whether it’s driving kids to and from scheduled activities, helping with homework, or playing with the little one, there’s always something to do,” he said.
“Recently, I took my two oldest children to New York City for the weekend,” he said. “Spare time may be a scarce commodity in my life, but I try to make the most of the time I’ve got!”
That busy schedule is all part of the balancing act, Dr. Jejurikar said. He’s always working to be a better doctor and use his time to contribute in a meaningful way. This also means taking care in his personal life to perform his job well. “ Become a morning person and go to bed early. The importance of getting enough rest cannot be overstated. My mood and disposition are so much better when I’m well rested, not to mention my mental clarity. The morning will always be my time of highest productivity. I’m not tired, so I can get so much more done in the same amount of time,” he said.
Dr. Sameer Jejurikar’s Academic Reputation
Dr. Sameer Jejurikar’s research has been published by numerous medical journals including Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, the Aesthetic Surgery Journal, Annals of Plastic Surgery, the Journal of Surgical Research, and Microsurgery. He is a member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Dallas Society of Plastic Surgeons, American Board of Plastic Surgery, American Medical Association and Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society.
He’s received recognition for his work in plastic surgery, including the Patients’ Choice Compassionate Doctor Certificate. His work and interviews are frequently featured in plastic surgery publications online as a voice of authority in his field.
But the effort he’s most proud of is being a supportive father. “Even though I’m proud of all the awards and achievements I have received along the way, without a doubt the biggest accomplishment of my life is raising three healthy, happy and inquisitive children. As everyone knows, raising kids is never easy and at times physically and emotionally taxing. I’ve struggled at times to find the appropriate balance in my life but have (mostly) never lost sight of my number one priority; being present and influential in the lives of my children,” he said,
The privilege of doing meaningful work is something Dr. Jejurikar takes seriously. It’s lead him to a fruitful career and allowed him to become one of the most recognizable names in the cosmetic surgery. He continues to be a game-changer and voice of authority on improving the industry. “Getting to be a plastic surgeon is a privilege, one that I never take for granted. Every day, I get to make a difference in someone’s life, whether it’s reconstructing a complex wound or improving their appearance. I am incredibly lucky to have this opportunity and hope to be able to continue for years to come,” he said.