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
(Mayfield Heights),
Cleveland, Ohio 44124
(440) 449-7470


Contacting Dr. Dowden's office

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.

The Plastic Surgery procedures currently being performed by Dr. Dowden include the following:

Plastic surgery of the Face:

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, where every board-certified doctor in the US is listed.

If a doctor claims to be a Plastic Surgeon, but is not listed on 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, at

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Dr. Dowden does not do the following plastic surgery procedures:

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, 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.

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General information about Dr. Dowden:

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

Organization Memberships:

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

Insurance considerations:

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

Other Activities:

Leader of yearly charity surgery expedition for deformed children in South America
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Details about Dr. Dowden:

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 implant endoscopy.

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.

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About Plastic Surgery:

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 definitions:

-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, liposuction, tummytuck.

-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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To this end, every attempt has been made to keep the informative textual pages of this site free of frames, flashing text, advertisements, animation, banners, cute icons, moving GIFs, large maps, cookies, javascript, unrequested pop-ups, pop-unders, consoles, Flash, sound, movies, trailing cursors, ActiveX, MP3, Java applets, banners, counters, and sticky pages. From these pages you should find no intrusions to your computer such as cookie requests, spy-ware, ad-ware, mal-ware, trojans, spy-bots, loggers etc. You should not need any unusual plug-ins or players to get all the information. If at any point you are asked to input any personal information, such request did not originate from Dr. Dowden, his office, or his internet service provider, and such requests should be ignored and reported to Dr. Dowden's office.

Every attempt has been made to verify that all the links are working; if you find a broken link and care to bring it to our attention, please call, or write to the address below.
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Office information:

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

Map and directions to Dr. Dowden's offices

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Information and images on this and related pages may not be reproduced or distributed electronically or in print without permission from Dr. Dowden.

Note that while the information given personally by Dr. Dowden during a consultation is completely current and up-to-date, the information on this website is only as current as the date of its last update.

6770 Mayfield Road, Suite 410
(Mayfield Heights) Cleveland, Ohio 44124
(440) 449-7470

Note: To ensure maximum privacy for our patients, all of our out-going phone lines have caller ID blocking; if your phone does not accept ID-blocked calls you will not be able to receive any calls back from our office.

Last Update: 10:39 PM on 08/15/2013

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