S. Larry Schlesinger, MD, FACS, is a board-certified plastic surgeon with more than 30 years of plastic surgery experience in Hawaii. He has performed more than 20,000 plastic surgery procedures. In 2000, S. Larry Schlesinger, MD, FACS received the Hawaii Medical Association’s Physician of the Year for Community Service for the State of Hawaii.
Attention to our appearance can be regarded as shallow, but I believe it is reality.
I love aesthetic plastic surgery because it is all about helping people reach their greatest potential. When someone is happy about the way they look, their outlook about everything is improved. When we are unhappy about an aspect of our bodies, rather than suffer daily, we compartmentalize those feelings and waste psychological energy suppressing this negativity.
I have worked on a burn unit, I have repaired cleft lips, I have done trauma surgery in the OR and ER, and I have done aesthetic plastic surgery. My personality and my aesthetic sense is best utilized, however, when I work with people who want to stop wasting energy feeling inadequate about their appearance, and instead spend that energy on friends and family.
Unlike general surgery, where the success of a procedure is more easily measured, aesthetic results are subjective and measured by the patient. It was Yogi Berra who said, “If you don’t know where you are going, chances are you won’t get there.” Nowhere in medicine is this statement truer than in aesthetic plastic surgery. To ensure the desired result, good aesthetic surgeons establish a relationship with their patients, inquire about goals and fears, and collaborate.
RealSelf is an amazing website which allows patients to evaluate surgeons on their pre and post operative photographs, their expertise in certain areas, and their humanness. It also allows surgeons to better understand patient objectives, and at times learn from other surgeons.
I am grateful to be practicing aesthetic plastic surgery in America, in Hawaii, in a period where aesthetic plastic surgery has transitioned from a secretive privilege for the wealthy to being available to all of us.
A native of Detroit, S. Larry Schlesinger, MD, FACS took his premedical studies at the University of Michigan and medical studies at the Medical College of Virginia, where he was the highest honor graduate. He served his surgical residency at Stanford University Medical Center and his plastic surgery residence at Oklahoma Health Science Center, where he is a visiting professor of surgery.
Dr. Schlesinger is a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, a group of the most dedicated board-certified surgeons specializing in cosmetic surgery, and is also a Diplomat of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and an Active Member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). To be an active member of ASPS, S. Larry Schlesinger, MD, FACS had to have completed four years of medical school, three years of clinical training in general surgery, a residency of at least two years in an accredited plastic surgery hospital program, taken and passed intensive board exams, and have passed the scrutiny of his peers.
Plastic Surgery Residency (1st & 2nd years) Oklahoma Health Science Center Chief Resident, Plastic Surgery 1978-1980
Stanford University Medical Center Department of General Surgery (2nd & 3rd years of General Surgery) 1975-1977
General Surgical 1st year General Surgery Residency, Tripler General Hospital, Honolulu, Hawaii 1971-1972
Medical College of Virginia • Research-Medical Student participation in medical education 1970-1971
• Voting Member of Admission Committee Medical College of Virginia 1969-1971
• Position at graduation: Highest Honor Graduate
University of Michigan, B.A. (Psychology) 1959-1963
Research Assistant, Metabolic Research Laboratory (J. Conn, M.D.) University of Michigan Medical Center: (Biochemical extraction of Aldosterone) 1962-1963
Research Assistant at Mental Heal Research Institute (Study of psychomotor drugs) 1961-1962
Everything went well and I am very pleased with my results. Process from beginning to end was great. Staff showed compassion and skill. Surgeon showed great follow-up care with more than just one visit.
At seven weeks post op……I can say I’m pretty happy with my revision! They have settled well and look so natural. I’m so glad it finally happened. Now on to my 50 year high school reunion!! I wonder if anyone will notice?
I love the staff, the office, the nurses and everything about Dr. Schlesinger!!! He is very knowledgeable about the procedures and makes sure you are as well. Hands down the best experience I’ve had with minimal down time after my procedure.
By far the best plastic surgeon, I mean his work is Hollywood perfection. Day 1 post-op I looked in the mirror and couldn’t believe my eyes, Dr. Schlesinger completely transformed my body. I was already 100% satisfied with my body even with all the swelling. He’s very dedicated to his work and enjoys changing people’s lives. His staff is very sweet and professional. Thank you for all that you do!
Dr. Schlesinger is awesome. Had some work done and he exceeded my expectations, more than happy. Staff were very friendly and approachable. Larry was always available via phone call to address any concerns or questions. Dr. Schlesinger and his team are the best!
Being a man and having gynecomastia can be very embarrassing but his office and staff always made me feel very comfortable about the procedure that I needed to have done. It’s been a few months since my surgery and I’m very happy with the results, I can no longer feel embarrassed about taking off my shirt or going to the beach. The psychological relief has made all the difference in the world. Thank you Dr Schlesinger.