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Robert Paresi, MD - Chicago Plastic Surgeon

Chicago area board-certified plastic surgeon, Robert Paresi MD, combines years of experience, an artistic eye for perfection, and an unrelenting compassion to create an outstanding patient experience, and exceptional results. Known for his friendly demeanor and professional rapport with patients, Dr. Paresi is truly passionate about plastic surgery. He works closely with his patients in the greater Chicago area to evaluate their specific needs and desires, and develops the most appropriate course of treatment. Whether he is performing missionary work overseas, presenting in front of other surgeons, or publishing invaluable articles relating to plastic surgery, he exemplifies the best of what plastic surgery has to offer.


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Skills and Specialties

While Dr. Paresi is an all-around, accomplished plastic surgeon, he offers his patients his own set of unique skills. Dr. Paresi’s s specializes in facelifts, neck lifts, rhinoplasties, laser liposuction, tummy tucks, breast augmentations and lifts, and body contouring procedures for patients with significant weight loss.  He has over 10 years of experience in cosmetic surgery and 10,000 procedures to his credit.  Through the various procedures, Dr. Paresi is able to transform the body or face, providing the patient with their ideal look. No matter which type of surgery Dr. Paresi is performing, he strives to meet a patient’s needs in a manner in which safety and personal preference is of the utmost importance.

Education and Training

Dr. Paresi attended State University of New York at Geneseo where he earned his B.S. in Biology. At the University of Rochester, he earned his Master’s in Public Health. Dr. Paresi then attended medical school at St. George’s University School of Medicine, earning his M.D. in 2000. Following medical school, Dr. Paresi completed a 5-year general surgery residency at Monmouth Medical Center in New Jersey.  He then completed a plastic surgery fellowship at Rush University Medical Center.  Dr. Paresi finished his training at Lenox Hill Hospital/Manhattan Eye, Ear, Throat Hospital (MEETH) in New York City where he specialized in cosmetic surgery and trained with many world-renowned surgeons in the field of cosmetic surgery.

7/2010 – 6/2011 -- Lenox Hill Hospital/Manhattan Eye, Ear, Throat Hospital, New York, NY - Aesthetic Surgery Fellowship

7/2005 – 6/2007 -- Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois - Plastic Surgery Fellowship

7/2000 – 6/2005 -- Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch, NJ - General Surgery Residency

8/1996 – 6/2000 -- St. George’s University School of Medicine - Medical Degree 

9/1993 – 10/1997 -- University of Rochester - Master’s in Public Health 

8/1989 – 5/1993 -- State University of New York at Geneseo - B.S., Biology

Affiliations and Contributions

Dr. Paresi is proud to be a contributor and member of the following societies and associations:

  • Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Journal, Reviewer
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Active Member
  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • American Cleft Palate – Craniofacial Association

Special Achievements

Dr. Paresi has the special distinction of being double board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery. Since 2011, Dr. Paresi has been a reviewer for the esteemed Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Journal. He has 13 peer-reviewed articles to his credit, and has presented at numerous medical conferences.  With his commitment to service, Dr. Paresi has served as a medical missionary to Guatemala twice to work on children with deformities, burns, and birth defects.

2/2008 - Medical Mission to Teculutan, Guatemala for work on children with congenital deformities; cleft lip/palate, hand deformities and burns.

2/2004 - Medical Mission to Nuevo Progresso, Guatemala for work on children with congenital deformities; cleft lip/palate, hand deformities and burns.

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Publications and Presentations

  • Robert J. Paresi Jr., M.D., M.P.H., Robert S. Myers, M.D., Alan Matarasso, M.D.  Contraceptive Vaginal Rings: Do They Pose an Increased Risk of Venous Thromboembolism in Aesthetic Surgery? Aesthetic Surgery Journal, doi: 10.1093, 2015.
  • Robert J. Paresi Jr. M.D., M.P.H., Spero Theodorou, M.D., Christopher Chia, M.D.  Radiofrequency-Assisted Liposuction Device for Body Contouring: 97 Patients under Local Anesthesia. Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Vol. 36, No. 4, pp 767-779. 2012.
  • Robert J. Paresi Jr. M.D., M.P.H., James Shoukas, M.D., Alvaro Figueroa, D.D.S., M.S., John Polley, M.D.  Chapter 15. Midface Distraction Osteogenesis. In Troulis, M (ed): Minimally Invasive Maxillofacial Surgery 2011
  • Robert J. Paresi Jr. M.D., M.P.H., Alvaro Figueroa, D.D.S., M.S., John Polley, M.D.  Maxillary Distraction Osteogenesis. In Losee, J, Kirschner R (ed): Comprehensive Cleft Care, The McGraw-Hill Companies, 2009 pp. 955-968.
  • Robert J. Paresi Jr., M.D., M.P.H., Eric Stelnicki, M.D., Ian Hegar, M.D., Christopher J. Brooks, M.D., Marcelo Ghersi, M.D., Bindu Bahuleyan, M.D., Casi Stubbs, D.D.S.  Endoscopic Release of Unicoronal Craniosynostosis. Journal of Craniofacial Surgery, Vol. 20, No. 1, pp 93-7.  2009.
  • Robert J. Paresi Jr. M.D., M.P.H., Jason Martin, M.D., Alvaro Figueroa, D.D.S., M.S., John Polley, M.D.  The Pubic Bone Graft: Rationale and Technique in Cleft Patients. Journal of Craniofacial Surgery, Vol. 17, No. 6, 2006.
  • Robert J. Paresi Jr. M.D., M.P.H., Jason Martin, M.D., Alvaro Figueroa, D.D.S., M.S., John Polley, M.D.  Fractures of the Mandible.  In Weinzweig J (ed): Plastic Surgery Secrets, 2nd edition, Mosby, Inc., 2010  pp. 320-325.
  • Robert J. Paresi Jr. M.D., M.P.H., Jason Martin, M.D., Niki Christopoulos, M.D., Alvaro Figueroa, D.D.S., M.S., John Polley, M.D. Distraction Osteogenesis of the MidfaceIn Weinzweig J (ed): Plastic Surgery Secrets, 2nd edition, Mosby, Inc., 2010  pp. 226-228.
  • RJ Paresi, MD, MPH, Darsit Shah, MD. “Thyroid incidentalomas on positron emission tomography; Is further workup necessary?” Surgical Rounds, January, 2008.
  • RJ Paresi, MD, MPH, Darsit Shah, MD. “Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis Presenting as an Enlarging Submandibular Mass in a Patient with a Lingual Thyroid” Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery, Vol. 132, No. 5, 2005.
  • T. Herbert, P. Szilagyi, K. Hom, D. Barhorst, RJ Paresi.  Barriers to After-Hours Care for Pediatric Patients. Abstract - Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, April, 1997.
  • A. Persechini, K. Gansz, RJ Paresi.  Activation of Myosin Light Chain Kinase and Nitric Oxide Synthase Activities by Engineered Calmodulins with Duplicated or Exchanged EF Hand Pairs. Biochemistry,  Vol. 35, No. 1, 1996.
  • A. Persechini, K. Gansz, RJ Paresi.  A Role for Enzyme Activation for the N-terminal Leader Sequence in Calmodulin. The Journal of Biological Chemistry, Vol. 271, No. 32, 1996.

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I recently had a breast reduction surgery with Dr. Paresi and I couldn't be happier with the results! Dr. Paresi was attentive, taking the time to listen to my questions and provide thorough answers. The recovery process was smooth, with minimal scarring and no drains. I highly recommend Dr. Paresi for anyone considering breast reduction surgery. Thank you, Dr. Paresi, for your expertise and excellent care!

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If you’re looking for the best esthetician look no further!!!! Tanya is absolutely amazing, she is the skin Doctor! I’ve been coming to Tanya for years. I’ve followed her as she’s made transitions in her career. What I like the most about Tanya is she’s a wealth of knowledge. She will walk you through her treatment plan and educate you in the process. Tanya is personable, professional and she cares about your skin. My skin is so much better because of Tanya she is truly a treat!

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Dr. Paresi is the best plastic surgeon in Chicago Illinois. He truly cares about his patients and their wellbeing; specially with Crisalex 3D system . You can see exactly what you will look like after surgery. It’s AMAZING! Don’t hesitate to come with him; I’m at a loss of words to express the skills of Dr. Paresi. He is the absolute BEST! As do his assistants since the moment you walk into his office. I wish I could give him 10 Stars. Maria Tenorio

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Tanya is the master aesthetician in the field! I’ve been seeing Tanya for 6+ years. She is incredibly knowledgeable and educates me in the right direction for my skincare. I always look forward to seeing her and my skin is always glowing afterwards.

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I had two procedures done with Dr. Paresi earlier this year and I truly could not be happier. I had done extensive research and even went to another consultation with a different doctor before going to Dr.Paresi. The first place I went to for a consult had terrible customer service, acted as if they were doing me a favor, and were completely dismissive of all my questions and concerns. Dr. Paresi and his staff were a complete 180. From start to finish they took such amazing care of me. From answering every single question I had before and after surgery to taking so much accountability in ensuring I was set up for success for surgery and post surgery, they truly care about their patient's well-being. Their process is amazing and you really feel like you don't have anything to worry about because they are always a call or email away. Susanna, Carrie, and Nerina are all fantastic and will really do everything they can to make you feel so welcomed and reassured. My results are fantastic so far and I'm healing every day. I would recommend Dr.Paresi to everyone because you truly will have the best experience.

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