Credentials and Experience

Medical Education

Dr. Edstrom received his M.D. from Case-Western Reserve Medical School. He developed an interest in Plastic Surgery and completed his Residency in General and Plastic Surgery from Yale University and started his career on the faculty of the University of Chicago, followed by the University of Wisconsion before joining the faculty of Brown University where he is now professor of surgery. Dr. Edstrom is Board Certified in Plastic Surgery.

Selected Educational and Professional Positions

Dr. Edstrom is highly respected locally and nationally. He holds a full professorship and is Chief of Plastic Surgery at the Brown University School of Medicine. He is Surgeon-in-Chief and Director of the Plastic Surgery Training Program at Lifespan and Rhode Island Hospital, and Director of Hand and Microvascular Services at Rhode Island Hospital.

Dr. Edstrom's reputation extends internationally. He has served as President of the New England Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, President of the American Association for Hand Surgery, and has been on the Board of Directors of the National Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation. Dr. Edstrom has trained plastic surgeons throughout his career. He is an active member of the Association of Academic Chiefs in Plastic Surgery and is a Senior Examiner for the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Edstrom is a member of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons and has presented his work before that organization. He has lectured throughout the world, and recently pioneered the use of digital photography in Plastic Surgery, which he incorporates into his practice.

Dr. Edstrom is on the "America's Top Doc" List and also the Rhode Island "Top Doc" List. Dr. Edstrom has been distinguished with America's Top Surgeon and Best Doctor in America awards. He is also a member of the faculty of the National Cosmetic Network. Dr. Edstrom is a respected leader in the community through his highly successful medical career, and his warm, confident, and earnest personality.

Pioneering Techniques and Specializations

The MACS-lift

Dr. Edstrom is particularly interested in facial rejuvenation, and has pioneered a new facelift technique, called the MACS-lift. This technique was developed in Europe and is gaining popularity in the US, offering a facelift that is "kinder and gentler" than the traditional. Specifically, it uses a shorter scar (no scar behind the ear), and a simplified management of the deep tissues (SMAS). There is a shorter recovery time, and less risk of complications. See more details in the Procedures section.

The MACS-Lift is a relatively new type of face lift, which concentrates on the lower part of the face. This procedure corrects signs of aging from the lower eyelids down to and including the neck.

Advantages of the MACS-Lift are:

• It uses a short scar only in front of the ear and suspends the face strongly to the firm tissue under the sideburn. This scar is easier to hide than that of a traditional facelift (which is behind the ear).

• The operation is safer because less skin is raised. This leads to less risk of bleeding and nerve injury.

• The operation time for the MACS-Lift is 2.5 hours instead of 3.5 for the traditional facelift.

• Recovery time is 2-3 weeks instead of 3-4 weeks.

The results of the MACS-Lift are very natural because the facial tissue is brought back to where it previously was. In a traditional facelift, the tissue is pulled back, often creating an unnatural "windswept" look.

Dr. Edstrom has been selected from prominent plastic surgeons throughout the country to participate in the National Cosmetic Network, with whom he has produced a DVD program instructing other plastic surgeons on the technique of the MACS-Lift.

The production team for the DVD entered Dr. Edstrom's operating room and filmed the procedure with his commentary, including the preoperative photographs, and postoperative photographs from several months later. This patient gave her permission for her pictures to be used in publications regarding the MACS-Lift.

Breast Surgery, Body Contouring and Rhinoplasty

Dr. Edstrom also specializes in breast augmentation and lifting, reduction and gynecomastia (male breast reduction); as well as body contouring: tummy tucks (abdominoplasty), liposuction (suction assisted lipectomy), truncal lifts (belt lipectomy); and rhinoplasty. See procedure section for more information.

Digital Imaging – State of the Art Computer Technology – Preview the Possibilities

Dr. Edstrom has been a pioneer in the use of digital photography to communicate the possibilities of surgery for his patients. The images are placed on the computer and surgical plans are previewed and discussed with the patient.