Dr. Sarmela Sunder is a board certified and fellowship trained surgeon specializing in facial plastic surgery.
Dr. Sarmela Sunder is a double board certified and fellowship trained surgeon specializing in facial plastic surgery. Dr. Sunder believes that you should put your best face forward. She dedicated years of training to the face and neck, knowing that a surgeon should properly focus on one field in order to be truly exceptional.
Her extensive training combined with her innate sense for aesthetics gives her a distinctive approach for patient counseling and management. Additionally, Dr. Sunder represents a woman’s perspective, allowing her to offer her patients a unique and exclusive experience.
Dr. Sunder continued her medical education at the world-renowned Cornell Medical College. In addition to earning her medical degree, she spent years doing research, and published several articles in leading scientific journals. Her academic excellence took her to an elite residency program at Stanford University culminating with her serving as Chief Resident.
During her residency, she trained under the mentorship of a pioneer in Rhinoplasty and a mentor who is a former president of both the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery and the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
Dr. Sunder, whose artistic talents were recognized from a young age, was able to merge her artistic ability with her passion for medicine when she was accepted to a prestigious fellowship accredited by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
She trained under an internationally renowned facial plastic surgeon, and another past president of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
I think what really sets me apart from my colleagues is the fact that I’m a female plastic surgeon. I find that that really helps identify with my patients. For example, a lot of male plastic surgeons think that patients want to look 10 or 20 years younger than they do and I know that that’s not the case. From personal experience and from the experience of my patients, I know that a woman just wants to look really good for her age. She wants to look rejuvenated. She wants to look refreshed and she just wants to look on the outside how she feels on the inside and not necessarily look 10 years younger than she does now. I think that’s really important to be able to have that partnership with the patient where you really understand where they want to be at the end of the surgery, at the end of the recovery process.
I also only focus on the head and neck region. I did my residency in head and neck surgery. And then I did my fellowship in facial plastic surgery both reconstructive and cosmetic. I think it’s really important on one field in order to be the best in what you’re doing. You won’t find me doing a breast surgery one day and a tummy tuck the next day and then a nose job the third day. I really focus on facial plastic surgery so that I can really deliver expert results and the best results for my patients.
I think the other thing that’s unique to me is the special relationship that I have with my patients. I really think of our relationship as a partnership as it should be when you’re embarking on any procedure or any surgery. My patients know that I’m always available to them and they feel really comfortable with that idea.
My patients are always welcome to email me or call me with any questions or concerns that they may have and I always respond to them promptly. So, I think it’s really important to feel comfortable that you have this partnership with your surgeon. It’s your result but it’s my result as well. But the most important thing to me is that you’re happy with your result and the best way to achieve this is to have open communication with your surgeon and also to know they’re available to answer any questions or concerns that you may have.