Plastic Surgeons in Savannah GA – Dr. Shanklin

Joel L. Shanklin, MD, FACS, is Board Certified in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is an active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and serves on several committees within the Society. He is the founder of Coastal Empire Plastic Surgery and was involved in the design and construction of the office and surgery center complex which opened in August 2003. Our surgery center has Medicare certification, Georgia Department of Community Health certification, and is the ONLY plastic surgery center in the region to achieve JCAHO certification.

Dr. Shanklin specializes in cosmetic surgery including:

Breast Augmentation

  • Saline and Cohesive Gel Implants

Breast Lifts (mastopexy)

Breast Reduction

  • Insurance May Cover

Breast Reconstruction

Body Contouring Procedures

  • Liposuction (Tumescent or Ultrasonic)
  • Tummy Tucks
  • Thigh Lifts
  • Buttock Lifts

Cosmetic Surgery of the Face

  • Face Lift
  • Neck Lift
  • Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Tuck or Lift)
  • Brow Lift (Endoscopic and Open)
  • Lip Augmentation
  • Fat Augmentation
  • Restylane Augmentation
  • Sculptra Augmentation
  • Botox
  • Chemical Peels

Massive Weight Loss Patients

  • Circumferential Body Lifts
  • Lower Body Lifts

Nasal Surgery

  • Rhinoplasty
  • Septoplasty

Reconstructive Surgery

  • Skin Cancer Removal and Reconstruction
  • Hand Surgery (Carpal Tunnel, Ganglions, Arthroscopy)

Dr. Shanklin is a California trained plastic surgeon and studied plastic surgery to refine his techniques with plastic surgeons in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Sacramento. He was fellowship trained in plastic surgery at the University of California and also performed a fellowship in hand surgery and microsurgery at the Kleinert Institute following his general surgery training at the University of Arizona. He attended medical school at the University of Louisville and graduated in the top of his class winning several research awards and community outreach awards. He received his undergraduate degree cum laude from the University of Louisville.

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Dr. Shanklin’s professional medical association memberships include:

  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • Southeastern Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons
  • Georgia Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • American Medical Association
  • Medical Association of Georgia
  • Georgia Medical Society

Dr. Shanklin spoke with Magic 103.9 in December 2011 about a seminar at Coastal Empire Plastic Surgery regarding body contouring and buttock augmentation. In the type of buttock augmentation Dr. Shanklin offers, excess fat is used from a donor site on the body, like the love handles, and carefully reinjected into the buttocks. This process not only adds beautiful shape and projection to the buttocks, but it has the added benefit of slenderizing the donor site with liposuction.

To learn more about buttock augmentation in Savannah, listen to Dr. Shanklin’s interview below and email us to set up a consultation with Dr. Shanklin.

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