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Choosing a Certified Physician

What does it mean to be a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon?

As the popularity of plastic surgery has increased over the past several years, more and more providers are trying to get involved in the specialty of plastic surgery. The topic of board certification can be challenging to sort through as a patient. A patient who finds that their doctor is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery can be assured that he or she has undergone the proper training in plastic surgery, passed the demanding plastic surgical examination process and continues to practice in a high level of ethical standards.

Dr. David Robbins and Des Moines Plastic Surgery™ are an elite group stowing certification through all four Cosmetic Boards. In fact, very few surgeons in the United States are certified by all four Boards. Dr. Robbins is the only quadruple board certified plastic surgeon in the state of Iowa.

Dr. Robbins maintains certification in the following Boards:

The American Board of Plastic Surgery

The American Board of Plastic Surgery is considered the gold standard for practicing plastic surgeons. Dr. Robbins obtained his certification from the American Board of Plastic Surgery in 2003 and became recertified in 2014 as a requirement for Maintenance of Certification every ten years. Dr. Robbins is also a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the largest organization of Board Certified Plastic Surgeons in the United States.

The American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Established in 1986, the ABFPRS is dedicated to improving the quality of facial plastic surgery available to the public by measuring the qualifications of candidate surgeons against certain rigorous standards.

Although Des Moines Plastic Surgery™ is not limited to facial plastics, Dr. Robbins elected to take this additional specialty board certification in reflection of his interest and volume of surgical cases involving facial plastic surgery. Dr. Robbins has been board certified by the ABFPRS since 2006. In 2015 Dr. Robbins completed recertification by successfully completing a rigorous written and oral examination as part of the Maintenance of Certification by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery

Dr. Robbins serves as a Diplomat of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery. Today, the ABCS has become the premier board for examining an elite few of surgeons across the United States in strictly cosmetic surgery, which is unlike any other board. Dr. Robbins chose to become Board Certified by the ABCS in order to show his commitment to education, training, and to exemplify and differentiate his practice of cosmetic surgery from any other in Iowa. Dr. Robbins and Des Moines Plastic Surgery™ have and continue to set the standard for Board Certification and cosmetic surgery in Iowa.

The American Board of Cosmetic Laser Surgery

Dr. Robbins also serves as a Diplomat of the American Board of Cosmetic Laser Surgery. The ABLS is the only medical specialty board worldwide devoted to the use of lasers in surgery and medicine. Dr. Robbins saw the need to become Board certified by the ABLS, and has been at the forefront of Cosmetic Laser Surgery at Des Moines Plastic Surgery™ and Coachlight Clinic & Spa here in Iowa.

The American Board of Laser Surgery was founded in 1984 by physicians and other medical practitioners from various fields experienced in the basic science and clinical applications of lasers. They share a concern for the safety and efficacious use of lasers in medicine and surgery. They believe the increasing complexity and utilization of lasers in treating patients has created a need for the establishment of minimum standards of knowledge, competence, and experience for those who use lasers in the health sciences. Dr. Robbins recognized that lasers are sophisticated instruments requiring special knowledge and experience for safe, effective use in surgery and therapy.

No other organization other than the ABLS offers board credentialing in laser science, laser safety and cosmetic procedures in medicine and surgery. Dr. Robbins is currently the only Board Certified Diplomat of the ABLS in the state of Iowa.

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Easy online booking for both in-person and virtual consultations are complimentary and available with Dr. Robbins and the Des Moines Plastic Surgery team.

To schedule your free consultation visit our website or call 📱 515.221.9999 during business hours.




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Meeting Dr. David Robbins

This is the customer’s opportunity to ask any and all questions. It is also Dr. Robbins’ opportunity to ask you questions as well. Every conversation should be open and honest because surgery is a big deal and both parties involved want the best outcome with the best experience possible. You should be expected to talk about the following:

What you want to change about your body, and why you want to change it?
How you feel about your body now, and how you would like to feel after plastic surgery?
Your goals: what do you want to look like after surgery, what specific changes would you like to see?
Which procedure(s), if any, can help you achieve your goals?
What results you can expect from each procedure?
What’s involved in the surgery (anesthesia type, incisions, recovery timeframe)?
The risks and possible complications from surgery?
Review your medical history (be open and honest for your safety).




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When you are called back to begin your consultation appointment, you will first meet with a patient coordinator, who will review your medical history with you and help you get settled. Your patient coordinator is your liaison between you and the practice. They make sure your questions are addressed quickly as you consider your options before surgery as well as throughout your surgery and recovery process. They also help you with scheduling pre-op appointments, your surgery date, and post-op appointments.

Our front desk receptionist is also able to schedule pre-op appointments, your surgery date, and post-op appointments. The patient coordinator will credential the office and the staff, including Dr. Robbins, so that you have a good understanding of what sets Des Moines Plastic Surgery apart from other local plastic surgery practices.




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Once the customer feels comfortable with the information they have gathered, a consultation is scheduled by email or phone. Customers will always meet with Dr. Robbins and his Patient Care Coordinator for the initial consult.

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Before Scheduling A Consultation

We encourage customers to do research online, talk with family and friends and verify the plastic surgeon is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Please visit our website for more information about the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

This often prepares the customer for the consult and makes them feel more comfortable with Dr. Robbins.




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A consultation is equal parts interview, learning experience, and time to see the possibilities of what cosmetic surgery can achieve for you. It’s a two-way conversation that should help you answer important questions:

Is cosmetic surgery the right option for me?
If so, which procedure or procedures are appropriate?
Who do I want to perform my procedure(s)?
Are the benefits worth the risks?
You get these answers by meeting with Dr. Robbins, a board certified plastic surgeon and his staff and asking more detailed questions. Expect each consultation to last from 30 minutes to 1 hour. It is important to remember you are consulting for elective cosmetic surgery, not covered by insurance.




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How Is The PRP Hair Restoration Procedure Performed?

A small amount of blood (10mL- about a tablespoon) is drawn in our office just like a routine blood test. The blood is then spun in a centrifuge which will separate the platelet-rich plasma (PRP) from the other blood components which are not utilized. The highly concentrated platelet rich plasma (PRP) is then injected into the scalp. An additional technique uses Microneedling or a Profractional laser to make microscopic entry points in the skin of the scalp. PRP is then injected into the scalp. The procedure takes approximately 30 minutes and the patient may drive themselves home. Early studies suggest that the procedure be repeated every three to six months for best results.





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PRP in the field of hair restoration is in its early stages and although no long term studies have been performed as it relates to its effectiveness, there is substantial evidence that PRP is a promising treatment option for hair growth. Extensive clinical trials are not complete and medical data is not yet published to establish the absolute effectiveness of PRP therapy in hair restoration. PRP should not be considered a “cure” for hair loss and no guarantee can be made about its individual effectiveness. The kits used to make the PRP are FDA approved. The kits are sterile and isolate the PRP in a very effective way.





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How Does PRP Hair Restoration Work?

Platelet rich plasma (PRP) in human blood contains many growth factors that stimulate stem cells which have the ability to stimulate new cell and tissue growth and regeneration as well as tissue healing in the environment or location that the PRP is placed. Multiple medical publications over the past two decades confirm the safety and use of PRP therapy. PRP has been used with great success over the past 20 years in the fields of plastic surgery, reconstructive and wound healing treatments, oral surgery, neurosurgery, and orthopedics.





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PRP as it relates to hair growth is an exciting new non-surgical option for patients who may benefit from stimulation of hair growth and preventing further loss. PRP hair restoration does not re-grow hair but uses your own blood products to increase hair thickness and stimulates existing hair follicles to grow and is best applied to small areas of thinning hair, receding hairlines, and loss of hair volume. PRP is not meant to replace FDA approved medications to prevent hair loss but may be used in addition to these medications or may be an option for those who wish to not take medications or have side effects from these medications. PRP will complement the effects of minoxidil and DHT blockers. PRP hair restoration is also a great option for those who are not candidates for surgery or who want to delay formal hair transplant surgery. PRP can also be used after Neograft hair transplant to improve graft survival and speed of growth as well as to help prevent ongoing hair loss.





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Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is the body’s natural healing elixir and acts as a natural fertilizer that stimulates stem cells to grow and repair aged and damaged tissue. Platelet-rich plasma(PRP) therapy can be a proactive treatment for patients experiencing thinning hair or as an adjunct to hair transplant procedures. PRP has been utilized for years as a way to stimulate growth of new cells in a variety of applications. PRP has recently received a great deal of press as it relates to treatments to restore youthful appearance to your skin. For example, Des Moines Plastic Surgery uses PRP with lasers and microneedling to expedite healing and for anti-aging and improvement in skin texture and tone.




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A tummy tuck can address both the upper and lower abdomen. It’s important to note that tummy tuck surgery is not a substitute for conventional weight loss. The best candidates will already be in good health and physical shape before electing surgery.




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The goal of tummy tuck surgery is to redefine and reshape the abdomen through the removal of excess skin and fat and tightening of abdomen muscles.

You may be a good candidate for abdominoplasty if you have:

Localized fat deposits around your midsection
Excess or hanging skin around your abdomen
Stretched or separated abdominal muscles (diastasis recti)




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A flat and well-toned abdomen is something many of us strive for through exercise and weight control. Sometimes these methods cannot achieve our goals.

Even individuals of otherwise normal body weight and proportion can develop an abdomen that protrudes or is loose and sagging. The most common causes of this include:

Aging
Heredity
Pregnancy
Prior surgery
Significant fluctuations in weight





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A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, removes excess fat and skin and restores weakened muscles to create a smoother, firmer abdominal profile.



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In 2019, the Tummy Tuck (abdominoplasty) procedure was the 5th most performed cosmetic surgical procedure performed on females in the US.
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Dr. Robbins is Iowa’s only quadruple board certified plastic surgeon and each year performs 5x more breast augmentation procedures than the national average.

We offer complimentary consultations where you can meet with Dr. Robbins and the Des Moines Plastic Surgery team. Consults involve learning more about the procedure you’re interested in, determining if you’re a candidate, and going over results and expectations.

Learn more about our award-winning practice by visiting our website and schedule consults conveniently online.




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Consultation: the first step.

Many women start their surgical journey by talking to a friend or a relative who has already had a breast augmentation. While these are all good places to start, your most valuable resource is a personal consultation with a plastic surgeon.

A consultation doesn’t take long, and with an expert’s opinion, you’ll be better able to understand the benefits, risks, and discover which implant options are best for you and your body.




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