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Plastic Surgeon Steven Yarinsky, MD, FACS

What Is a Plastic Surgeon?

A plastic surgeon is a doctor who has undergone years of additional specialty training in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery following their general surgery residency. This additional focus on plastic surgery provides physicians with a comprehensive understanding of the relationship between muscle, bone, skin, underlying organs and anatomy throughout the body. With this advanced knowledge, plastic surgeons are particularly skilled at correcting congenital defects, repairing physical trauma, and addressing your cosmetic and aesthetic concerns.

Meet Dr. Yarinsky

Education & Training

After completing four years of undergraduate education at Dartmouth College, Dr. Yarinsky attended four years of medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse. During the next five years, he completed his general surgery residency at Ohio State University Hospital, Columbus and at Marshall University Medical School. Following general surgery residency, Dr. Yarinsky spent two years in intensive Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery residency training at the Medical College of Ohio. Fifteen years after high school, Dr. Yarinsky was trained and able to start his practice in Saratoga Springs. Plastic surgeons have one of the most lengthy and detailed residency training of any physician. You may not be aware of the fact that the best doctors continue their medical education long after medical school. Dr. Yarinsky dedicates over 150 hours every three years to continuing medical education and focuses his updates and ongoing training on Cosmetic Medicine. By doing so, he is able to perfect his techniques and learn about the latest cosmetic procedures to offer his patients the best possible results.

Dr. Yarinsky’s extensive plastic surgery training and over 30 years of practical experience helping thousands of cosmetic surgery and cosmetic medicine patients gives you the added assurance that he is dedicated to helping you achieve the result that you desire.

Dr. Yarinsky is a great doctor and I’m happy that I came to his office! Great staff and environment. During my surgery consultation with Dr. Y, I could tell he was listening to everything I was saying and I left feeling happy with how it went. He was always available to answer any questions I had along the way. I am beyond happy with my results and how everything turned out!

Asja Afzali

November 21, 2023


Honors & Awards

He was selected each year as one of the “Top Plastic Surgeons” by Consumers’ Research Council of America in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014; by Plastic Surgery Practice Magazine as one of the “Best Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeons” in the United States in 2013 and 2014; and by Saratoga Today readers for being one of the “Best of the Saratoga Region” as well as a “Best Plastic Surgeon” every year for eleven years straight from 2013 through 2023. Dr. Yarinsky was also named a “Top Doctor” by Castle Connolly every year since 2004 – a designation earned by less than 6% of all board certified plastic surgeons in the geographic region. Fewer still earn this honor for so many years!


Professional Associations

Dr. Yarinsky is the only plastic surgeon located between Albany and Montreal to be elected and hold membership in The Aesthetic Society (formally the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery – ASAPS). The Aesthetic Society is recognized as the world’s leading organization devoted entirely to aesthetic plastic surgery and cosmetic medicine of the face and body. Aesthetic Society members are board-certified plastic surgeons specializing in cosmetic medicine. The mission of the Aesthetic Society is to advance the science, art, and safe practice of aesthetic plastic surgery and cosmetic medicine through education, research, and innovation while maintaining the highest standards of ethical conduct. For all of Dr. Yarinsky’s professional affiliations, see below:

Why Choose a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon and Member of The Aesthetic Society?

Cosmetic surgery and cosmetic medical care are offered by a variety of different professionals, many of whom are not necessarily adequately trained and qualified to perform the specific surgeries and procedures . To help ensure your physician is highly trained, abides by strict safety standards, and is experienced in cosmetic plastic surgery and cosmetic medicine procedures, choose a doctor who is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) and is a member of The Aesthetic Society.

The ABPS is the only board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) that certifies plastic surgeons. To obtain certification from the ABPS, physicians must complete at least six years of accredited specialty training, with no fewer than three years dedicated to plastic surgery, and pass a rigorous exam process provided by the ABPS. Once the physician has achieved certification, they must maintain the routine certification standards, including the completion of continuing education and upholding high standards of care and safety.

In addition to looking for a plastic surgeon who is certified by the ABPS, you should seek a Member Surgeon of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). This status demonstrates the physician has maintained their ABPS certification, passed comprehensive examinations, and operates in accredited surgical facilities. If you want a plastic surgeon who specializes in Cosmetic Medicine, choose a member of The Aesthetic Society (formally the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery – ASAPS).

How to Select the Best Plastic Surgeon for You?

With so many plastic surgeons in practice, it can be difficult to know if you are selecting the right one. When conducting your research and deciding on a physician for your cosmetic medicine and cosmetic surgery needs, make sure they have the following credentials:

If for any reason you did not feel comfortable with your plastic surgeon, don’t hesitate to meet with others. The most important factor is that you feel safe and confident under their care. By choosing a plastic surgeon that applies to the above guidelines, you can rest assured you are being treated by a highly trained and qualified physician.

Questions to Ask Your Plastic Surgeon

To help you get to know a plastic surgeon and their qualifications, you will want to arrive at your consultation with some general questions to ask. During this visit, you may think of more questions you have, but having a basic list to start with will help ensure you cover the most important topics. By inquiring about the surgeon’s expertise, their standards of safety, and what you can expect in your care, you can determine whether they are the type of surgeon with which you feel comfortable and confident. Below are examples of questions that you may want to ask at your consultation:

As your questions are being answered, pay attention to how the plastic surgeon is responding. Are they promising you the outcome you want and failing to mention any risks? No results can be guaranteed, and all surgical procedures come with some degree of risk. This is why finding a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon is important, as they can customize your procedure according to your unique needs while ensuring the utmost safety and after-procedure care. As you consult with your plastic surgeon, make sure there is open communication at every step and that they are honest about the pros and cons involved.

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