Jacob G. Unger, MD
Plastic and Reconstructive SurgeryAVAILABLE VIRTUALLY
Board Certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery at Vanderbilt UniversityNashville, TN
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Dr. Jacob G. Unger is a board-certified plastic surgeon, as well as a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, specializing in aesthetic surgery of the face, nose, eyes, breast and body and reconstructive surgery following trauma and cancer. Dr. Unger completed his pre-medical studies at Tulane University, where he graduated as the top ranked “Senior Scholar” in the philosophy department, was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, and was appointed as a valedictorian. He completed his graduate studies in Medicine at New York University on an academic scholarship. While there, he received multiple research awards and grants and presented around the country on breast surgery and cutting-edge 3D imaging. Following his graduate studies, Dr. Unger completed his residency in integrated plastic surgery at the prestigious University of Texas Southwestern. Here, he was elected as the administrative chief resident of the Department of Plastic Surgery, as well as the first ever Resident Ambassador to the journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and was a member on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Plastic Surgery.
Furthering his study of cutting edge techniques in facial cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, as well as breast surgery, Dr. Unger completed a fellowship in Ear Reconstruction and Aesthetic Surgery in France. As well as his full clinical commitments, Dr. Unger is an Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery at Vanderbilt University and Co-Founder of a Biotech company that focuses on innovations in plastic surgery and has a patent pending on a new device to improve the process for breast cancer patients.
Professional & Academic Titles
- Board Certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery at Vanderbilt University
- Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon
- Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Years of Experience
- 10 years of experience
- American Board of Plastic Surgery
Experience and Expertise
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Questions and Answers
As the designer of Allergan’s Natrelle™ Collection of breast implants, and especially as a developer of the 410 Matrix of “Form Stable,’ ‘Gummy Bear,” or “Teardrop” implants, Dr. Maxwell has special knowledge and experience with the design and appropriate use of breast implants. Remember, however, that each patient is unique, so Dr. Maxwell will personally help you custom-select the size and shape of silicone gel or saline implant that offers the best results for you.
The placement of the implant in relation to the chest muscle is an important aspect of the procedure. Implants can be placed in a subglandular, subfascial, subpectoral, or submuscular implant pockets. The implant pocket affects the appearance of the implant and the tissue coverage around the implant. This is determined based on a number of factors, including the amount of supportive tissue the patient may have in that area of the body.
Three-Stage Lipo involves three distinct steps. First is separating the fat cells from their surrounding tissue and each other, loosening them without damaging blood vessels and other delicate systems in the area. Because the separation stage creates easily removed material, the next step—aspiration, or removal of the fat cells via suction—can be accomplished by thinner cannulas than usual. This results in less trauma, which in turn reduces post-surgical swelling and bruising. Finally, the fat cells remaining in the body are equalized for a thin, uniform look. Since the necessary blood vessels are still intact thanks to the unique separation stage, these cells are nourished and healthy, offering long-lasting, toned results.
Surgery takes two to four hours. Surgery is performed under general anesthesia at a fully accredited surgical facility. The incisions are closed in multiple layers with absorbable sutures that dissolve over time. Surgical tape is placed over the outermost incision, and you will be placed in a garment. Generally, recovery for a tummy tuck is two weeks. You will be advised to stay away from work for that time period. If your work involves heavy lifting with no light duty option, you may be required to be off of work longer. You are restricted from heavy lifting (greater than 5 lbs) for six weeks. You will initially be slightly bent at the waist after your tummy tuck surgery. Gradually, each day, you will straighten up until you are completely straight. This process takes about one to two weeks.
As part of your complete consultation and evaluation, any breathing problems or history of nasal airway obstruction will be duly noted and examined. In the majority of cases where there is a component of nasal airway obstruction, even if your goals are mainly focused on cosmetic changes, your breathing will be much improved afterwards. This is because by reshaping and strengthening the nasal framework to create a harmonious and beautiful result, Dr. Unger and Dr. Amaka will also recreate the appropriate architecture of your internal nasal airway.
I specialize in aesthetic surgery of the face, nose, eyes, breast and body as well as reconstructive surgery following trauma and cancer
Jacob G. Unger, MD
Practice and Location
- Aesthetic Medicine
- Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, UT Southwestern Medical Center, May 2015
- NYU School of Medicine (2009)
- Tulane University of Louisiana (2005)
- Centennial Medical Center
- Skyline Hospital
- St. Thomas Midtown
- American Society of Plastic Surgery
- International Scholar Committee Member - American Society of Plastic Surgery
- Plastic Surgery Foundation
- Public Education Committee Member – American Society of Plastic Surgery
- Resident Ambassador to Editorial Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
- Young Plastic Surgeons Steering Committee
- Allergan PLLC – Plastics Advisory Board Member
- American Society of Plastic Surgeons Annual Resident Quiz Bowl National Champion
- Apex Publication Award Recipient for “Social Media - Best Blog Content” for “PRS Resident Chronicles”
- Associate Editor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Global Open
- Awarded “Senior Scholar of Philosophy
- Cronin Award: Lee ML, MD, Unger JG, MD Adams WP, MD
- Deans List
- Plastic Surgery Education Foundation (PSEF) Clinical Research Essay Contest - Junior Category. - (First Place Prize)
- Resident “Excellent in Research” Award
- Summa Cum Laude with Honors
- William Wallace Peery Society Medal Winner (Top GPAs of Class)