Michael Moses, MD, FACS
Moses Plastic Surgery
1603 Second St, New Orleans
In recent years, plastic surgery has taken on a glitzy, Hollywood-like public perception as flashy advertisements flood social media and magazines. According to Dr. Michael Moses of Moses Plastic Surgery, plastic surgeons need to remain focused on the principles of an important, caring field. With 35 years of experience as a surgeon, Dr. Moses understands and is passionate about his role in his patients’ lives.
“Plastic surgery is not just about making someone prettier, younger, skinnier or sexier,” says Dr. Moses. “It’s about making a patient happy with how they look. If we can safely and reliably operate and achieve that happiness, then that plastic surgery is a success,” he says. Dr. Moses emphasizes that the best plastic surgery doesn’t look like surgery at all. A facelift should not look like a facelift, he says. Rather, the best results look so natural that no one suspects surgery ever occurred.
After attending Yale, Dr. Moses returned to his native New Orleans to attend Tulane University School of Medicine. He went back to Yale for his general surgery residency before completing a plastic surgery residency at Harvard and a fellowship in craniofacial surgery at The Children’s Hospital and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
Dr. Moses feels fortunate to have worked with wonderfully bright, motivated, and talented surgeons and stays mindful of his need to be an example and mentor to younger colleagues today. He is most proud of his work with the Cleft Lip & Palate and Craniofacial Team at Children’s Hospital in New Orleans, a team he started in 1985.
“Fixing congenital facial defects in children has always been my passion,” he says. “None of us could have imagined how large and successful the Cleft Team has become. We’re now one of the largest and most comprehensive craniofacial teams in the country, and we’re still growing.”
Dr. Moses believes that cosmetic procedures are just as important for his patients as reconstructive ones. At Moses Plastic Surgery, Dr. Moses is known for being personable and compassionate. The artwork-filled St. Charles Avenue practice was designed with patient comfort in mind and offers a living room-like setting in a restored historic home.
“I’m a single doctor in a small one-person practice, and I like it that way. I like to spend time with my patients. I want to know them, and I want them to know me,” he says.