Roberta L. Gartside MD
About the Practice
Dr. Gartside provides plastic surgery of the highest quality to Washington, D.C. and Virginia patients. Offering body contouring options such as liposuction, breast enhancement such as breast augmentation, and facial cosmetic surgery including facelift procedures, Dr. Roberta Gartside makes every effort to ensure that her patients are satisfied with their decision to undergo plastic surgery. She develops a relationship with every Washington, D.C. and Virginia region patient in which she values honest communication and understanding. Patients are encouraged to ask questions and to express exactly what they want from their plastic surgery in consultation at her Virginia offices. In turn she honestly answers questions, making sure patients understand every aspect of their plastic surgery and what results to expect . With her years of experience as a female plastic surgeon, Dr. Gartside uses her knowledge to help patients determine which procedures will best meet their plastic surgery goals.
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An arm lift (Brachioplasty) can remove excess skin and tissue to provide you with slimmer, more toned upper arms.
Body Contouring After Weight Loss
After weight loss ( natural or surgical), body contouring surgery ( example – mommy make over ) can reduce the excess fat and skin developed in multiple body areas.
Receiving a body lift can move or remove loose skin and tissue that has formed after major weight loss, giving you a more tighter and tone figure.
If you have overly large or even painful breasts, a breast reduction procedure can recude your breast size to improve your comfort and quality of life.
A breast lift (Mastopexy) can elevate your breasts to a more youthful position, creating a more pleasing shape.
Dr. Gartside can reduce or augment your chin to bring your facial features into balance.
Ear Pinning Surgery
If your ears are misshaped or protrude, they can be normalized in appearance through ear pinning surgery.
Eyelid surgery can correct the drooping of your upper lids as well as the puffy bags below your eyes/ These conditions that make you look older or tired and with this surgery, you can restore your youthful appearance.
If you don’t like the loose skin and jowls on your lower face, a face lift can lift and toned those areas, providing a more youthful appearance.
Facial implant procedures can augment areas of your face, to improve the overall harmony of your facial features.
By using your own fatty tissue you can erase deep lines, wrinkles and depressions by facial fat grafting.
Fuller, luscious , more beautiful lips, by using cosmetic injectable fillers to create the appearance of fuller lips.
Lose the loose skin and visible bands on the neck, by diminishing that appearance with a youth-restoring neck lift .
Persistent fat and loose skin on the thighs can be removed with a thigh lift to create a more toned, slender silhouette.
Excess skin and tissue hanging on to your midsection can be removed in a body-slimming tummy tuck .
Background & Certification
American Board of Plastic Surgery
Undergraduate: Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania. BS, Cum Laude. 1972-1976
Medical School: Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1977-1981
Post Graduate: General Surgery Residency, Medical Center Hospital of Vermont 1981-1986
Plastic Surgery Residency: The George Washington University Medical Center 1986-1988
Publications and Presentations
Barr, Gartside, Goldman: The Biology of Human Malignant Melanoma. Arch Surg 114:211-224, 1979
Gartside, Gamelli: Splenic Arteriovenous Fistula. J Trauma 27(6):671-673, 1987
Davis: Clinical Surgery. C.V. Mosby Company, 1987
Gartside, Hebert: Chylothorax following fracture of the thoracolumbar spine. Injury: Br J Accid Surg
Quoted in Scientific American April 1996, "Augmenting Discord" The real science of silicone breast implants is hard to see.
Hess, Gartside, Ganz: TRAM Flap Breast Reconstruction after Abdominal Liposuction. Annals of
'Plastic Surgery 52(5): May 2004
Presentations: "Agricultural Injuries in Vermont", Vermont-New Hampshire-Maine Tristate Meeting ACS, Dartmouth, NH, 1985 "Traumatic Chylothorax", Vermont-New Hampshire-Maine Tristate Meeting ACS, Dartmouth, NH,
1985"Splenic Arteriovenous Fistula", Vermont Chapter ACS, Spring Meeting 1986, Manchester, Vermont"Dermoid Cyst: Unusual Presentation., 6th Annual Joint Scientific Meeting of the John Staige Davis Society and the National Capital Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, Annapolis, MD, September 1986."Management of a Cryptococcal Lower Extremity Ulcer", 7th Annual Joint Scientific Meeting of the John Stage Davis Society ami the National Capital Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, Annapolis, MD, September 1987."Median Sternotomy Infection Following Internal Artery Ligation", 33rd Annual Meeting of the Plastic
Surgery Research Council, San Francisco, CA, May 1988
Breast Cancer Awareness October 1993, Reston Hospital
Breast Implants, American Medical Women's Association, Chicago, Illinois, 1997.
Breast Reconstruction, Life with Cancer, INOVA, Falls Church, Virginia, October 1999, 2000,
2001,2002, and 2003
Panelist, Achieving the Ideal Practice, ASPRS Annual Meeting, New Orleans, October 1999
Awards & Honors
Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, Elizabethtown College
Sigma Lambda Sigma Honor Society, Elizabethtown College
Dean's Scholarship, Elizabethtown College
Affiliations & Memberships
Dr. Gartside is a fellow in the American College of Surgeons. Also a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and is the past Vice President for Membership and Communications. She was the ASPS representative to the National Accreditation Program for Breast Center (NAPBC). Locally Dr. Gartside is a member of the National Capital Society of Plastic Surgeons. She also serves as a trustee for Elizabeth Town College.
Past Chairman, Division of Plastic Surgery Reston Hospital
Past Chairman, Department of Surgery Reston Hospital
Past Advisor and Liaison for the Association of Plastic Surgery Assistants
Past -Chair, Medical Health Advisory Board of the Society for the Advancement of Women's Health
Research (Current Liaison to SAWHR)
Past Chair, Council of Related Organizations, American Society of Plastic Surgeons
Past Chair, Patient Outreach Task Force on Breast Implants, American Society of Plastic Surgeons
Past Chair, Patient Care Parameters Work Group, American Society of Plastic Surgeons
President, National Capital Society of Plastic Surgeons, 1998
Vice President, National Capital Society of Plastic Surgeons, 1997
Secretary/Treasurer, National Capital Society of Plastic Surgeons, 1995-1996
Vice President of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons for Membersbip and Communication,
Board Representative to the:National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers of the American
College of Surgeons.
Co-Chair lNOV A Breast Center Institute Fairfax Hospital
If you would like to discuss your aesthetic goals with an experienced female plastic surgeon in Virginia, please contact Dr. Robert Gartside today for a complimentaty consultation. Call (888) 730-4113 to learn more!
Staff & Facilities
Skin Care Products
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Plastic surgery is an excellent investment in yourself and your well-being. Because of this, New Image Plastic Surgery believes financial considerations should not be an obstacle to improving your self-image and restoring your natural, youthful appearance. Recognizing and being sensitive to the fact that different patients have different needs, we accept payments in the form of cash, check, and credit card.
Also, we have partnered with CareCredit to provide our patients with an affordable plastic surgery financing option. You can apply online or by phone. Our staff will be happy to assist you with financial arrangements during your consultation.
Our goal is to make your experience with us a positive one, including paying for it! We strive to make financing as smooth as possible for you. We accept all major credit cards: Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover. We also offer Care Credit financing as an option. Please feel free to ask us questions about anything that concerns you.
"Ask a Question" Responses
I have neck pain, lower back pain and also get rashes underneath my breasts in the summer. I am a 40 DDD. Do I qualify for a breast reduction?
Thank you for the question. Many women with large heavy breasts have the same symptoms you do. A consultation with a plastic surgeon will provide...
My wife had implants 9 years ago because the NHS agreed that 1 breast was slightly larger than the other. I didn't notice but an ex boy friend use to...
Scars are always present following surgery. The placement of the scars is what we as plastic surgeons consider so as to camouflage or conceal their...
If membership to ASAPS ensures adherence to ethical standards, why isn't membership to ASAPS mandatory for all cosmetic surgeons?
That is a very good question. Seeing a member of ASAPS, tells you that your surgeon in Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery...
I am currently overweight but slowly losing. Can I get implants now so I don't lose my size and no one notices or should I wait?
I would also agree with the recommendation to wait. Once your weight stabilizes for a period of time you may more easily be able to determine what...
I have lost 126 pounds over 2 years, I did not have weight loss surgery and I want to lose 34 more pounds. My general physician suggested that I...
Congratulations on your success. Both of the procedures are not for weight control. With about 34 pounds to lose, there may or may not be much...