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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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Gynecomastia surgery - My gynecomastia was causing problems with my long distance biking so I shopped around and settled on Dr. Paresi mostly because he had the nicest staff. Everything went smooth and I appreciated him being patient with my questions. Would highly recommend him.

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I have nothing but the best things to say about Dr. Paresi. He's got a great bedside manner and takes meet as often as your case demands is necessary. He assesses your prospective case with nuance and precision, and he happened to save me the expense in recovery time and money of an unnecessary procedure I was quoted elsewhere. Now two months post-procedure, I'm very happy with the results and quality of care I received!

C.T. Google

Dr paresi was great. He was very Thorough with the explanation of my procedure and I am very happy with the outcome.

J. Google

Amazing Results with Dr. Paresi - After loosing a lot of weight I decided to research Doctors who specialized in body lifts. From day one I felt the warmth and confidence of Dr. Paresi and his staff. Kim was awesome always so warm and welcoming answering all my initial questions. During my consultation Dr. Paresi understood my expectations and accurately informed me of what I could expect.My results were beyond my expectations! I feel like my body was completely transformed and gave me back the confidence I needed. his incisions were meticulously placed and the scars are flat, thin, and barely noticeable to the naked eye. If I have any more needs for cosmetic procedures I would definitely use Dr. Paresi. I am so pleased that I found a good quality Dr. that has exceptional skills.

T. RealSelf

Fantastic experience from my initial consultation to my post op follow up. The entire staff was wonderful. Kim was a pleasure to work with during scheduling and Carrie was wonderful leading up to my procedure. And I can't say enough about Dr. Paresi. Bedside manner is extremely important when contemplating a medical procedure and he made me feel very relaxed and sure of my decision. And his work is second to none. He's a very skilled doctor and a leader in his field. Overall I could not be happier with the whole experience. I did a lot of research prior to making my decision and I'm so glad I chose De. Paresi. I highly recommend him.

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