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Dr. Bharat Shah

Plastic Surgery
Springfield, MO
31 years experience male

Locations

Shah Plastic Surgery

Springfield, MO

Address

1530 E. Bradford Pkwy, Springfield, MO, US
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My office hours

Wednesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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About

Bio

Bharat Shah, M.D., F.A.C.S. joined Mercy Clinic in 1996. His plastic surgery practice encompasses a wide variety of cosmetic and reconstructive procedures, including pediatric craniofacial surgery, facial reconstruction, microsurgery, burn reconstruction, and hair restoration. He is the chairman of Mercy Clinic Plastic Surgery, the Medical Director of the Mercy Clinic Medical Spa, and serves on the Mercy Clinic Board of Directors. Dr. Shah is a Chicago native, with undergraduate training at Loyola University of Chicago with a B.S. Honors Degree in Psychology. He received his medical degree at Loyola University – Stritch School of Medicine. He is residency/ fellowship trained in multiple disciplines. Dr. Shah completed his ENT residency at the Cleveland Clinic, a facial plastic surgery fellowship at the University of Missouri – Columbia, and a plastic surgery residency at the University of Tennessee – Memphis. He is currently pursuing a Master’s of Health Administration degree at Missouri State University College of Business. Dr. Shah is board certified in Plastic Surgery, Facial Plastic Surgery, and Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery, and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He has received numerous community awards, including the Mercy Clinic Physician Community Service Award, 417 Magazine’s Best Plastic Surgeon, Springfield Business Journal’s “Men of the Year” and “12 People You Need to Know”, and the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce’s “Salute to Healthcare”. Dr. Shah is the Clinical Advisor to Mercy/ROi’s Strategic Operating Committee, providing direction in improving healthcare efficiency and reducing supply costs. His research interests are primarily focused on medical innovations, including pediatric craniofacial surgery devices and facial reconstructive technology. Dr. Shah is currently involved in six research projects with the Mercy Medical Research Institute, and is an Adjunct Faculty member of Missouri State University Roy Blunt Jordan Valley Innovation Center, Center for Applied Sciences and Engineering, and the Center for Biomedical and Life Sciences. He was previously a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Missouri – Columbia.

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Plastic Surgery

Doctor Q&A

41 Answers
8 Agrees
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bharat Shah
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
1-2 weeks: Most patients are able to return to work about 3 days after surgery. However, if you have a strenuous job, the knee will be on a 20 pound weight lifti... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bharat Shah
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
4-6 weeks: After 4-6 weeks the early results should be apparrent. It may take several months for all of the residual tissue swelling to disappear.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bharat Shah
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Early on: It may be normal to have some numbness in the early weeks after a chin implant. This should gradually subside over time as it may be due to stretching... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bharat Shah
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Safety first: Tumescent liposuction involves injecting a sterile solution into the tissues before extracting fat. This fluid is a local anesthetic that also reduce... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bharat Shah
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Yes: I would recommend seeing a cosmetic dentist who specializes in the variety of new procedures available.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bharat Shah
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Ultherapy : If surgery is not an option, then consider ultherapy as a noninvasive facial skin tightening procedure.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bharat Shah
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Yes: Yes, as men experience development of male pattern baldness (alopecia) , the affected hairs may become minaturized before they fall out. This combina... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bharat Shah
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
May be risky: Patients with bleeding disorders may be at higher risk of surgical complications. I would recommend that you discussed this with your plastic surgeon,... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bharat Shah
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Skin tightening: Ultherapy uses ultrasound energy to lift and tighten sagging facial skin without surgery.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bharat Shah
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Yes: The use of the laser and fine lipo instruments can minimize bleeding. With most of the modern techniques, bleeding should be minimal.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bharat Shah
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
No: Cosmetic surgery is considered not medically necessary, according to insurance companies. Therefore, cosmetic surgery is usually not covered by those ... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bharat Shah
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Face time: As more and more people use their smart phones, ipads, and computers for online video chat, they now see themselves from the unflattering viewpoint of... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bharat Shah
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Cosmetic surgery: Plastic surgery refers to surgical techniques that reshape and rebuild normal structures. This includes reconstructive surgery to rebuild damage or mi... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bharat Shah
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Yes: Yes, but be sure that your doctor is a well-trained, experienced, board certified plastic surgeon. All procedures carry some risks.
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bharat Shah
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Overdoing it: Overdone liposuction can cause contour abnormalities. The use of smaller, finer liposuction intstruments can reduce the chance of contour defects.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bharat Shah
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Yes: A mini tummy tuck is better if you also have excess skin in the area.
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bharat Shah
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
No: Breast implants that are spaced widely apart may become that way due to patient's anatomy and/or the size of the pocket that was created during surger... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bharat Shah
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Neck lift or ulthera: You ma be a candidate for ultherapy for nonsurgical improvement, or a surgical neck lift with or without chin implant . Consultation with a board cer... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bharat Shah
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Safe, but at 34?: Plastic surgery, or facelift, can be performed safely by properly trained, plastic surgeon in an accredited surgical facility. However, at age 34, ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Bharat Shah
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Outpatient: Fat grafting is nearly always done as an outpatient procedure, be combined with other cosmetic procedures.B e sure your doctor is a well-trained, expe... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Bharat Shah
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Gravity wins: If you already have some drooping of the breasts prior to breast augmentation surgery, then your new larger breasts will also droop. Combining a breas... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bharat Shah
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Different: Ultherapy is not a direct substitute for liposuction. All therapy is used to lift and tighten the tissues of the cheeks, neck, and eyebrows. I have h... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Bharat Shah
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
It depends on you: It really depends on your skin elasticity and the amount of fat that will be removed. If the skin is very elastic, it will shrink to fit after lipo... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bharat Shah
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Some: Is normal to have some bruising after any surgery. Bruising after breast augmentation is usually minimal and should resolve within about 2 weeks. If y... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Bharat Shah
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Consider exchange: I agree with my colleagues that removal of the implants is not the only option. Is very common to remove old her style implants and exchange with new ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bharat Shah
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Yes: There are several proven treatments for wrinkles. To treat wrinkles caused by muscle contraction, Botox and similar medications are very helpful. Wrin... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bharat Shah
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Yes: Plastic surgery can be perfomed safely on women of color. You surgeon will need to pay special attention to your history of prior healing or scarring... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bharat Shah
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
May need help: If you have chronic pain after your chin implant, he may have a problem that needs to be seen by your dr.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bharat Shah
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
3 common: I agree with my colleagues that the most common incisions are located #1 in the breast crease, #2 around the areola, and #3 in the axilla.
A member asked:
Dr. Bharat Shah
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
It may help: Ultherapy may be helpful in her situation, but it will depend on the amount of sagging you are seeing at this time. Ultherapy works best on mild to mo... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bharat Shah
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Retinols: Retinols, and retin- a containing products can help slow down development of wrinkles.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bharat Shah
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Talk to your Dr.: If you're unhappy with the results, i definitely recommend discussing this with your surgeon. He or she will have the best knowledge of the procedure ... Read More
A 76-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bharat Shah
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Mild to moderate: As we get older, the body's ability to produce new collagen diminishes. Ultherapy is designed to stimulate new collagen production, and your results w... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bharat Shah
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Botox: Botox is a great nonsurgical treatment for wrinkles.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bharat Shah
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Yes, Laser Hair : Laser hair removal is safe and effective for treatment of unwanted underarm hair. Safety depends on the patient's skin type, with lighter skinned, dar... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bharat Shah
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Quite possibly, : Minor revisions to breast surgery can often be done in the office surgical suite under local anesthesia with or without intravenous sedation. However,... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bharat Shah
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Yes: Silicone breast implants are proven to be safe and effective, according to the fda.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bharat Shah
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Better to quit: Smoking can cause problems during or after anesthesia due to reactivity of the airway. Excessive coughing after surgery can also cause increased pain... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bharat Shah
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
See below: Chin implant surgery is generally very safe. Some potential complications include bleeding, infection, nerve injury, and implant malposition. If the i... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bharat Shah
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Safe procedure: Breast surgery a relatively safe procedure. Your dr. Will evaluate your individual risks especially with regard to your health status before surgery.B... Read More

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May 9, 2014
I am so happy with my results! Dr. Shah was extremely kind and took his time to explain in detail all of the procedures I was considering having done. I feel confident in all of his advice and his sta...Read More
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May 18, 2013
I have nothing but praise for Dr. Shah and his staff!! He was extremely thorough and left no questions unanswered. My results were wonderful and very natural looking. I am planning on getting other ...Read More
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Shah is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, IL
Graduated 1991MD

Residency

University of Tennessee-Memphis
Completed 2005

Awards

2013 Missourian Award
Top Doctor, 417 Magazine
2012 Mercy Clinic Physician Community Service Award
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