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Dr. Anil Shah

Facial Plastic Surgery
Chicago, IL
22 years experience male

Locations

Anil R Shah MD

Chicago, IL

Address

845 N Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL
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My office hours

Wednesday: 12pm - 5:00pm
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Insurances accepted

Aetna Life Insurance Company

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois

Cigna

UnitedHealthcare

About

Bio

I am a facial plastic surgeon with particular emphasis on enhancing both form and function. I work with patients of all ethnic backgrounds and strive to make results as natural as possible.

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Facial Plastic Surgery

Surgery - Head & Neck

Doctor Q&A

61 Answers
15 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anil Shah
Facial Plastic Surgery 22 years experience
Maybe: Early on your nose is healing and you should avoid trauma to your nose-- ideally for at least 6 months. Any trauma to the nose can create a visible a... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anil Shah
Facial Plastic Surgery 22 years experience
Combination therapy: A variety of approaches are necessary to improve not remove acne scars. Specific therapy is dependent on the type of scars and skin type. Potential ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anil Shah
Facial Plastic Surgery 22 years experience
Probably not: Acne scars are not likely to be treated with tazorac (tazarotene). Tazorac (tazarotene) can improve skin texture however and skin discolorations.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anil Shah
Facial Plastic Surgery 22 years experience
Hyaluronidase: Hyaluronidase can melt away some types of fillers including juvederm.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anil Shah
Facial Plastic Surgery 22 years experience
Combination therapy: There is not a method to remove acne scars. Acne scars can only be improved. Acne scars can be improved with a variety of approaches (not sure what... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anil Shah
Facial Plastic Surgery 22 years experience
Depends: Every case is different. In general, lasers and chemical peels are better for superficial acne scars. Deeper scars typically involve other therapies... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anil Shah
Facial Plastic Surgery 22 years experience
Normal: Dried blood is normal after rhinoplasty. Packing can be used in specific circumstances but is general out of favor for most rhinoplasty surgeons curr... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anil Shah
Facial Plastic Surgery 22 years experience
Facial scarring: The best way to prevent facial scarring is to avoid scars in general. This includes treating acne in a timely manner. When scars are present, t ther... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anil Shah
Facial Plastic Surgery 22 years experience
Combination therapy: Acne scarring is a complex and difficult issue to treat. Most acne scarring requires repeated treatments to improve acne scars. Beware that acne mus... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anil Shah
Facial Plastic Surgery 22 years experience
Combination therapy: Pockmarks can be treated by a variety of techniques depending on the size and depth of the scar. Smaller scars may respond to cross tca. Subcision a... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anil Shah
Facial Plastic Surgery 22 years experience
Yes: Rhinoplasty can be used to reshape the bridge of the nose. Photomorphing software can help preview how those changes will look on your nose to help d... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anil Shah
Facial Plastic Surgery 22 years experience
Combination therapy: Acne scarring is a complex and difficult issue to treat. Most acne scarring requires repeated treatments to improve acne scars. Beware that acne mus... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anil Shah
Facial Plastic Surgery 22 years experience
No: Vitamin e is not an effective therapy for acne scars. Consider other interventions.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anil Shah
Facial Plastic Surgery 22 years experience
No: Microdermabrasion is not effective for acne scars. Consider combination therapy for acne scars including subcision, cross tca, medical roll cit, der... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anil Shah
Facial Plastic Surgery 22 years experience
Ear reshaping: Otoplasty is any technique that reshapes the ears. It can be used with a variety of sutures, excision cartilage, etc. It is typically performed on a... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anil Shah
Facial Plastic Surgery 22 years experience
Yes: Ideally, patient and surgeon agree on an aesthetic to help determine the best possible otucome for the nose.
A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anil Shah
Facial Plastic Surgery 22 years experience
Limiting bruising: A variety of techniques can help limit bruising, most important being gentle technique by your surgeon. Steps to limiting bruising: ice limit act... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anil Shah
Facial Plastic Surgery 22 years experience
None: No astrigent will remove acne scars. Astrigents can help with acne.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anil Shah
Facial Plastic Surgery 22 years experience
None: Astrigents help with acne, not acne scars.
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Anil Shah
Facial Plastic Surgery 22 years experience
Acne breakouts: Acne breakouts are a complex source of patient frustration. There are many potential inciting factors some of which are controversial. In winter, ... Read More
A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anil Shah
Facial Plastic Surgery 22 years experience
Depends: Costs can be difficult to determine. In general, general anesthesia costs more than an in office procedure since their is the cost for an anesthesiol... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anil Shah
Facial Plastic Surgery 22 years experience
Usually not too long: Eyelid surgery can be performed on the upper or lower eyelid. Sometimes the eyelid surgery can performed inside the eye without a scar. Most patient... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anil Shah
Facial Plastic Surgery 22 years experience
Combination therapy: A variety of approaches are necessary to improve not remove acne scars. Specific therapy is dependent on the type of scars and skin type. Potential ... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anil Shah
Facial Plastic Surgery 22 years experience
Nasal Obstruction: Nasal obstruction is one of the most common symptoms. There can be many causes including medical (allergic, hormonal, etc) as well as structural (sep... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anil Shah
Facial Plastic Surgery 22 years experience
Not likely: The adenoid pad is located directly behind the nose, making its removal tricky. Adenoid removal typically involves going through the mouth and look... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anil Shah
Facial Plastic Surgery 22 years experience
Depends: Chose the surgeon whose aesthetic you like and has the most experience in the field you are seeking. Rhinoplasty is the most difficult surgery to pe... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anil Shah
Facial Plastic Surgery 22 years experience
Most likely not: If the nose is not packed (usually not but depends on surgeon and patient), recovery from a rhinoplasty can still have stuffiness. However, this is u... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anil Shah
Facial Plastic Surgery 22 years experience
No : Tazorac (tazarotene) can improve skin texture and skin discoloration but it will not likely improve acne scars.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anil Shah
Facial Plastic Surgery 22 years experience
Ear reshaping: Otoplasty is any technique that reshapes the ears. It can be used with a variety of sutures, excision cartilage, etc. It is typically performed on a... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anil Shah
Facial Plastic Surgery 22 years experience
Nose reshaping: Rhinoplasty is nose reshaping. This can involve adding or removing cartilage to the nose to reshape it, placing sutures, etc.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anil Shah
Facial Plastic Surgery 22 years experience
Not likely: Tazorac (tazarotene) is a synthetic form of vitamin a. It will likely not improve acne scars but can improve overall texture and skin coloration.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anil Shah
Facial Plastic Surgery 22 years experience
Sometimes: In some cases, rhinoplasty and sinus surgery are ok to have at the same time. In cases where frank pus and infected sinuses is expected, consider sta... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anil Shah
Facial Plastic Surgery 22 years experience
Sometimes: Acne scars need a variety of treatments. Some types of scars can respond to lasers, however many do not. In particular, deeper scars are less likely... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anil Shah
Facial Plastic Surgery 22 years experience
Not for scars: Retin-a is good for texture of skin changes and skin discoloration however it does not treat acne scars.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anil Shah
Facial Plastic Surgery 22 years experience
Head elevated: Ideally sleep with your head above your heart to reduce swelling of the face and neck.
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anil Shah
Facial Plastic Surgery 22 years experience
Combination therapy: A variety of approaches are necessary to improve not remove acne scars. Specific therapy is dependent on the type of scars and skin type. Potential ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anil Shah
Facial Plastic Surgery 22 years experience
Depends: Filler can last up to a year or longer in the cheek as this area is not mobile. It does not last long in the nasolabial folds.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anil Shah
Facial Plastic Surgery 22 years experience
Depends: All acne scars are different. Seek the advice of an experienced acne scar physician to help treat acne scars with the therapy which is best for you.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anil Shah
Facial Plastic Surgery 22 years experience
Improve not remove: There is no way to definitively remove facial scars. In some cases, larger scars can be directly excised and improved. In other cases, a variety of ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anil Shah
Facial Plastic Surgery 22 years experience
Facial Scar Treatmen: Facial scars, once in place can never be removed. They can be made less noticeable. In general, most facial scars take approximately one year to mat... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anil Shah
Facial Plastic Surgery 22 years experience
Depends: Lasers can treat some superficial types of scars. Usually deeper scars need a varied approach. Possible therapies can include: subcision, cross tca... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anil Shah
Facial Plastic Surgery 22 years experience
No b/c your asleep: Most of the time in rhinoplasty, the patient is sedated or asleep-- therefore the patient will not experience pain during the injections.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anil Shah
Facial Plastic Surgery 22 years experience
Can be: Black women can have facelifts performed safely. However, make sure you don't really need another procedure including: facial fillers fat transfer ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anil Shah
Facial Plastic Surgery 22 years experience
Depends: Some types of headaches can be responsive to botox. Be aware that headaches have a variety of sources and should be investigated by a physician.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anil Shah
Facial Plastic Surgery 22 years experience
Several effects: A forehead lift has several potential side effects including scarring, numbness, hair loss, and brow asymmetry. Consult with your surgeon regarding ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anil Shah
Facial Plastic Surgery 22 years experience
Masks good for skin: Tomato masks can help infuse vitamins and minerals into the skin. However, there is little to no improvement seen in acne scars. Use a combination o... Read More
A 51-year-old male asked:
Dr. Anil Shah
Facial Plastic Surgery 22 years experience
Yes TMJ is Possible: Chronic headaches need to be investigated by a neurologist. Tmj can be a cause of headaches. Not all oral appliances are 100% effective in eliminati... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anil Shah
Facial Plastic Surgery 22 years experience
A year: Although a majority of changes are seen along the bridge of the nose early on, final changes to the bridge can take a year or longer.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anil Shah
Facial Plastic Surgery 22 years experience
Depends: Some acne scars fade , some stay forever. Redness will typically fade. Deeper scars will linger and may require intervention to help fade.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anil Shah
Facial Plastic Surgery 22 years experience
Combination therapy: A variety of approaches are necessary to improve not remove acne scars. Specific therapy is dependent on the type of scars and skin type. Potential ... Read More

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Jul 20, 2014
Excellent Rhinoplasty Surgeon! Excellent teacher, Recommend him highly!
Dr. Dave Burns
Dec 29, 2013
Dr. Shah does exceptional work and enjoys his job.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Shah is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thanks so much doctor for your reply.it was really helpful for me
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Excleent! The gentle surgeon! Unique. Makes sense.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, IL
Graduated 2000MD

Residency

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS HOSPITAL
Completed 2005

Awards

Marquis Who's Who
Patient's Choice Award
Most Compassionate Doctor Award

Affiliations

AAFPRS
AAOHNS
American College of Surgeons - FACS
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