Richard V. Dowden, M.D., C.M., F.A.C.S.
Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery
Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery, Inc.
6770 Mayfield Road, Suite 410
Cleveland, Ohio 44124
These days of low cellphone rates, Skype, and other inexpensive
VOIP services, contacting Dr. Dowden's office is extremely simple
to do, as easy as picking up a phone. For inquiries, information,
appointments, directions, and general fee ranges, please call:
440-449-7470 between the hours of
9:00 AM EST and 4:00 PM EST.
Please note that Dr. Dowden's office does not
use email, facebook, linkedin, twitter etc, so searching for these
methods of contact would be a waste of time.
Plastic surgery of the Face:
- - Facelift (including endoscopic and laser)
- - Browlift (including endoscopic)
- - Eyelid lift (blepharoplasty) (including laser)
- - Nose reshaping (rhinoplasty)
- - Ear reshaping (otoplasty)
- - Skin resurfacing (laser, peels)
- - Liposuction of face / neck (lipoplasty)
- - Cleft Lip / Palate (cheiloplasty)
Plastic surgery of the Breasts:
Plastic surgery for Body Contouring:
If you are interested in any of the procedures described on these pages and
want to find a board-certified Plastic Surgeon in your area who is qualified to
do them, call the referral service of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons
at (800)-635-0635, or check
As further discussed below, if you already have the name of a doctor, you can
verify Board Certification at http://www.abms.org,
where every board-certified doctor in the US is listed.
If a doctor claims to be a Plastic Surgeon, but is not listed on http://www.abms.org
then you will want to do a great deal more research about how that doctor can
call him/herself a plastic surgeon. To repeat, every board-certified
doctor in the US is listed, along with the board by which they are certified,
Dr. Dowden does not do the following plastic surgery procedures:
- - Not hand surgery - (stopped in 1982)
- - Not hair transplants - (was never trained for this)
- - Not burn reconstruction - (requires a multi-speciality rehabilitation unit)
- - Not calf implants - (was never trained for these)
- - Not abdomen implants - (was never trained for these)
- - Not pectoral implants - (was never trained for these)
- - Not trans-gender procedures - (requires a multi-speciality team)
- - Not sex-change procedures - (requires a multi-speciality team)
- - Not male breast implants - (was never trained for this)
- - Not penile enlargement - (was never trained for this)
- - Not foreskin restoration - (was never trained for this)
- - Not hypospadias or urologic procedures - (stopped in 1983)
Plastic surgeons who do these procedures can be found through the referral
service of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons at (800)-635-0635, or check with:
The best way to determine whether a doctor you have in mind is actually
a Plastic Surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, is to
log onto the Board Certification Verification website
http://www.abms.org, type in the first and
last name of the surgeon you are checking, and then click the Submit button.
If the name is returned with the statement:
"Certified By: The American Board of Plastic Surgery" then he/she is
certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. If that exact wording
does not appear, then he/she is NOT board-certified in Plastic Surgery.
If instead there are no entries which match your search criteria,
and you are certain that you have input all the information correctly,
then that person is not certified by any legitimate board whatsoever.
Hospital and Surgery Center Affiliations:
Cleveland Clinic Hillcrest Hospital
The Surgery Center
Specialty / Board Certifications:
American Board of General Surgery
American Board of Plastic Surgery
Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
American Society of Plastic Surgeons
American Association of Plastic Surgeons
Association of American Physicians and Surgeons
Academy of Medicine of Cleveland
Northern Ohio Medical Association
Bachelor of Science, McGill University, 1964
Doctor of Medicine, McGill Medical School, 1968
General Surgery Part 1, 1972-1974 - Tufts University, Boston (Chair: Dr Harry Soroff)
General Surgery Part 2, 1974-1976 - S.U.N.Y. Stonybrook, New York (Chair: Dr Harry Soroff)
Plastic Surgery, 1976 - 1979 - East Virginia Medical School, Virginia (Chair: Dr Charles Horton)
Other Titles Held:
- Medical Advisor for the State of Ohio,
- Breast Reconstruction Unit
- of the American Cancer Society
- Former Head of the Section of Breast Surgery,
- Plastic Surgery Department
- of the Cleveland Clinic
Dr. Dowden treats patients with all types of insurance, from all commercial
insurance companies. However, Dr. Dowden is not in any way connected with
any insurance company, and not involved with any HMO, PPO, PMO etc which
means that any insurance company will consider care by Dr Dowden as being
"out of network." It is the patient's responsibility to contact their
insurance carrier to clarify the out-of-network benefits and to determine
if a referral is needed. No claims for cosmetic surgery can ever be
submitted to insurance carriers.
Dr. Dowden is also not connected in any way with any government health-financing
networks, including Medicare, Medicaid and the military. Dr. Dowden has many
patients who are on Medicare, but they are solely responsible for their own
expenses. It is important that patients understand that such government
health-financing networks cannot be billed for any procedure, visit or
service performed by Dr. Dowden, regardless of whether it is cosmetic
surgery or not.
Areas of Interest:
Cosmetic Surgery of the face, particularly endoscopic and laser procedures
Cosmetic and Reconstructive Breast Surgery, including endoscopic "scarless" procedures
Body Sculpting, body contouring, Abdominoplasty, and Liposuction, including Tumescent and Ultrasonic
Leader of yearly charity surgery expedition for deformed children in South America
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- Dr. Dowden graduated from McGill University in 1964 and from McGill Medical
School in 1968. Dr. Dowden completed his General Surgery Residency in 1976 at
S.U.N.Y. Stonybrook, New York and his Plastic Surgery Residency in 1979 at
East Virginia Medical School, Virginia. He was at the Cleveland Clinic
from 1979-1992 where he held the position of the Head of the Breast Surgery
Section in the Plastic Surgery Department, and he then opened his own private
practice in Cleveland.
Dr. Dowden has taken great interest in teaching others.
From 1975 to present he has been guest lecturer at 146 meetings in sixteen
states and eight countries, has written six book chapters, has published over
70 medical articles for medical journals and various womens' magazines, and
has been interviewed on several radio and TV programs in the United States,
Brazil, Ecuador, Egypt, and several European countries.
He and his colleague Dr. Shirley Anain (now in Buffalo, NY) developed the
technique to quickly and accurately determine whether a silicone gel breast
implant has been ruptured or is leaking, called
Dr. Dowden is one of many Plastic Surgeons in the United States trained to perform
breast augmentation through the navel,
also called the Transumbilical Breast Augmentation, ("TUBA") which he has been
doing since 1992. Dr. Dowden published the definitive medical article
detailing the technique of replacing breast implants through the navel.
Dr. Dowden was Assistant Clinical Professor (emeritus) at Case Western
Reserve University, and the Medical Advisor for the American Cancer Society
Breast Reconstruction Unit for the State of Ohio. In addition to cosmetic
surgery, he is very active in reconstructive surgery, particularly correcting
deformities that result from cancer removal or birth defects.
He has been active in medical missionary work for many years, leading a surgical
team to perform charity surgery for children with birth defects in developing
nations. His scientific society memberships include the American Society of
Plastic Surgeons, American Association of Plastic Surgeons, and the Association
of American Physicians and Surgeons. Doctor Dowden is fully certified by
the only legitimate plastic surgery board:
the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Plastic Surgery Board
Certification can be verified at:
The American Board of Medical Specialties.
Plastic Surgery is the branch of surgery concerned with the improvement, repair,
or restoration of parts of the body that have been changed by aging, surgery,
deficient growth, or injury. There are two broad classifications used for
categorizing plastic surgery: cosmetic surgery and reconstructive surgery.
Medically speaking the distinction between these is somewhat blurry, because
a plastic surgeon uses many of the principles of cosmetic surgery to try to
get a good appearance when doing reconstructive surgery, and also uses the
principles of reconstructive techniques when doing cosmetic surgery.
Nevertheless, because health insurance companies needed a way to determine
whether they should be paying for an operation or not, the Plastic Surgery
Society and the American Medical Association have come up with the following
-Cosmetic Surgery is that done to alter appearance of surface
features which are within the range of normal for a person's age and ethnic
background. Examples would include facelift, breast augmentation, breast lift,
-Reconstructive surgery is that done to correct a deformity or
abnormality from a birth defect, trauma, tumor treatment, etc, even though
there may be improvement in the appearance as well. Examples would include
breast reduction, breast reconstruction, otoplasty, and facial or nose
reconstruction after injury.
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Office hours and appointments
- Our offices (in Cleveland, Ohio) are open for telephone calls
between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM EST Monday through Friday.
If you are forwarded to the answering service, please leave your name
and number for a return phone call from our nurse.
Consultations are by appointment only.
The consultation should be well in advance of the date you would
like to have the operation performed.
Office and Mailing Address
- 6770 Mayfield Road, Suite 410
(Mayfield Heights) Cleveland, Ohio 44124
Tel: (440) 449-7470
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(Mayfield Heights) Cleveland, Ohio 44124
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