Stephen Chen MD

Richmond, VA, US
Stephen Chen MD

About the Practice

Practice Philosophy

At Richmond Plastic Surgeons, our goal is to provide the highest quality care with a personalized, comforting experience.

Practice Specialization

Procedures done by practice:
Brazilian butt lift
Breast Augmentation / enhancement
Fat grafting of the face and breast
Mommy makeover
Facial Surgery - facelift, neck lift, eyelid surgery
Gynecomastia & other men’s plastic surgery
Non surgical facial rejuvenation
Advanced body contouring after massive weight loss
Body lifts
Laser spider vein removal
Advanced eyelid procedures
Plastic Surgery revisions

Reconstructive Procedures done by practice:
Breast Reconstruction- DIEP & Tram flaps
Cleft Lip and Palate
Skin Cancer
Tissue Expansion
Scar Revision

Breast Enhancement
Breast Augmentation: to enlarge breast size in small breasted women who desire a size increase.
Breast Reduction: to reduce the weight and sagging of breasts that are very large.
Breast Lift: to elevate the nipple and breast if it has descended below a certain point on the chest wall.
Breast Implant Revision: to correct complications or unsatisfactory aesthetic qualities that can occur after breast augmentation.

Body Contouring
Tummy tuck: to flatten the abdomen, tighten underlying muscles and remove loose skin
Liposuction: to eradicate persistent fat deposits from many areas of the body
Body Lift: finalize major weight loss and deal resolve problems of excess skin
Arm Lift: remove loose upper arm skin and tissue that hangs down, producing slimmer arms.
Thigh Lift: remove excess skin around the inner and outer thighs and lower body.
Male breast reduction: provide a flatter, firmer chest for men experiencing gynecomastia.

Facial Rejuvenation
Eyelid surgery: to remove excess fatty tissue around the eyes that causes eye bags and a tired appearance.
Rhinoplasty: to reshape the tissues of the nose to make it more proportional and balanced with other facial features.
Endoscopic Brow Lift: a minimally invasive procedure to restore the natural arch of the eyebrows and correct signs of aging in the forehead.
Facelift: to tighten the tissues of the lower face, midface and neck area for a more youthful appearance.
Neck Lift: to reduce signs of aging in the neck and lower face. Similar to a facelift, but more focused on problems below the chin.
Neck Liposuction: to remove fat in the neck area and restore a more youthful angle in the lower face.
Otoplasty: to bring the ears into proportion with other facial features. Often performed on children as soon as the ears are fully developed.
Chin Shaping: to enhance the shape and projection of the chin and balance it with other facial features. Performed on patients who exhibit a weak chin.
Cheek Augmentation: uses a facial implant or dermal filler to increase cheek projection, correcting inadequate bone structure or loss of tissue volume.

Background & Certification

Board Certification

American Board of Plastic Surgery

Professional Background

Fellowship ◦Grotting Plastic Surgery, Asthetic Surgery
Chairman: James C. Grotting, M.D.

Residency ◦Medical College of Virginia, General Surgery
Chairman: Jeannie Savas, M.D.

Medical School M.D. Medical College of Virginia

Undergraduate Duke University, B.S. in Biology

Scholastic Woodberry Forest School, Woodberry Forest, VA

Publications and Presentations

Yager, DR, Chen SM, Ward SI, Oluyinka O, Olytoye MD, Diegelmann RF, Cohen IK. Ability of chronic wound fluids to degrade peptide growth factors is associated with increased levels of elastase activity and diminished levels of proteinase inhibitors. Wound Repair and Regeneration. 1997;5:23-32

Grotting JC, Chen SM. Mastopexy. The Art of Aesthetic Surgery: Principles and Techniques. Nahai F. ed., QMP Publishing, 2005

Grotting JC, Marx AP, Chen SM. Mastopexy. In Plastic Surgery, 2nd Edition. Mathes SJ ed., Elsevier Publishing, 2006

Grotting JC, Beckenstein MS, Chen SM. Immediate Postmastectomy Reconstruction: Free TRAM Techniques Plastic Surgery, 2nd Edition. Mathes SJ ed., Elsevier Publishing, 2006

Zhao X, Chen S, Deanda A, Kiev J. . A rare presentation of tuberculosis.Am Surg. 2006 Jan;72(1):96-7.
Carbonell AM, Cobb WS, Chen SM Posterior components separation duringretromuscular hernia repair. Hernia. 2008 Feb 22. [Epub ahead of print]

Management of Shotgun Blast Injuries to the Face Trauma Surgery Grand Rounds, Medical College of Virginia, June 2000

Open vs. Laparoscopic Repair of Ventral Hernias General Surgery Divisional Conference, Medical College of Virginia, October 2000

Ogilve's Syndrome Revisited: Endoscopic vs. Pharmacologic Management General Surgery Divisional Conference, Medical College of Virginia, November 2000

Autologous Tissue is the Gold Standard for Breast Reconstruction MCV Department of Surgery Grand Rounds, Medical College of Virginia, February 2001

Grotting JC and Chen SM. An algorithm for the correction of breast asymmetry. Atlanta Breast Symposium, January 2004

Grotting JC and Chen SM. Secondary revisions for augmentation mammaplasty. Atlanta Breast Symposium, January 2004

Body Contouring Following Weight Loss Surgery. American College of Surgeons, 90th Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, October 2004

Body Contouring Following Weight Loss Surgery. MCV Gastric Bypass Club, Richmond, VA, October 2004

Body Contouring Following Massive Weight Loss. Virginia Council of Perioperative Registered Nurses. Bariatric Surgery: Care of the Patient Preoperatively, Intraoperatively, and Postoperatively. Richmond, VA, February 2005

Anatomic Reconstruction of the Head and Neck with Free Flaps. The Alton D. Brashear Postgraduate Course in Head and Neck Anatomy. Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, March 15,2006

Refinements in Reconstruction of the Head and Neck. The Alton D. Brashear Postgraduate Course in Head and Neck Anatomy. Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, March 12, 2008

Mommy Makeover V. 2009. Richmond Association of Mothers of Multiples. Richmond, VA October 20, 2009

Awards & Honors

Top Doc, Richmond Magazine June 2008, 2010, 2011
Top Doc for Women, Richmond Magazine June 2009

Affiliations & Memberships

Hospital Affiliations

Dr. Chen has privileges throughout the Richmond and surrounding area hospitals.

Society Memberships

Richmond Academy of Medicine
American Society of Plastic Surgery
Virginia Society of Plastic Surgery
American Society of Asthetic Plastic Surgery

Offices Held

Vice President, Student Delivery Systems (1991-1993)
Board of Directors, Yellow Jacket Subs Inc, Atlanta, GA (1994-1999)
Instructor, Foundations of Clinical Medicine: Instructor (1996-1997)
Co Owner, Area 51 Enterprise (1996-1999)
Assistant, Plastic Surgery Residency Recruitment (1999-2000)
Chief, Plastic Surgery Residency Recruitment (2001-2002)
Board of Trustees Virginia Society of Plastic Surgery (2008)

Staff & Facilities

Surgical Facility

This fully-accredited outpatient surgical center is conveniently located adjacent to our Bremo Road office on the campus of St. Mary’s Hospital in Richmond’s West End. This center was designed exclusively for plastic surgery, and our outstanding staff has vast experience with caring for patients just like you. The center meets all of the rigorous accreditation standards of the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. (AAAASF), and your safety is our top concern. Anesthesia is provided by board certified anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists.

We strive to make your experience at the Virginia Center for Plastic Surgery one of comfort and ease. From the time you walk in the door until you leave the recovery room, your visit is calm and discreet. Our team of dedicated doctors, nurses, and assistants will treat you with personalized attention and allow you to avoid the hassles of a large hospital operating facility. Rest assured you are not just another number to us.

Skin Care Products

Cosmedics at Richmond Plastic Surgeons is our MedSpa and Skin Care center located on the first floor of our Bremo Road office building, in Richmond’s West End. Our licensed master aestheticians, Sandra Spain and Gray Schofield, have extensive experience with facials, medical grade peels and non-invasive skin treatments. Our massage therapist can help you to relax sore and tight muscles and ease your stress away. Make your appointment to experience what a difference quality skin care can make to your appearance and well-being.

We offer an array of medical grade peels including Skinceuticals micropeel, Vi peel, Jet peel, South Beach peel and customized PCA peels. For your at-home skin care regimen, we carry both medical and pharmaceutical-grade products to meet the specific needs of each individual. These lines include Obagi, Pro Therapy MD, Skinceuticals, PCA (Physician’s Choice of Arizona), Vivite and Jane Iredale (mineral based makeup).

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Stephen Chen MD

5899 Bremo Road, #205 ,
Richmond, VA, 23226, US

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