Dr. Michael Somenek, MD, is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon in Washington, D.C. whose practice offers specialized cosmetic and reconstructive services. In addition to his high levels of experience and talent, Dr. Somenek is also a compassionate and warm surgeon who finds personal fulfillment in helping patients rejuvenate their appearances and their confidence.
Dr. Somenek got an undergraduate degree in microbiology at the University of Miami and a medical degree at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. He stayed on at this prestigious institution for 5 more years of postgraduate training in otolaryngology, or the study of the head and neck. He then completed an intensive fellowship in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery under the tutelage of world-renowned facial plastic surgeons Dr. J. Regan Thomas (past president of the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery) and Dr. Dean Toriumi at the University of Illinois in Chicago. Dr. Somenek is double board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology and is also a member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. As an author of multiple peer-reviewed journal articles, textbook chapters, and presentations at national meetings, he has contributed extensively in his field.
As a facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Somenek specializes in a variety of procedures, including popular aesthetic facial surgery procedures such as facelifts and eyelid surgery. He also has a special professional interest in the intricacies and challenges of rhinoplasty. Rhinoplasty patients come from around the nation as well as internationally with complex revisionary issues with their noses. Rhinoplasty is one of the most difficult facial plastic surgeries and Dr. Somenek understands the intricacies and how to make a nose aesthetically pleasing as well as preserving the function of the nose so you can breathe postoperatively. Dr. Somenek also performs a variety of minimally invasive procedures, both surgical and non-surgical. Surgical options include facial liposuction, the endoscopic brow lift, and the S Lift. These techniques require only very small incisions but can have a dramatic effect on a person’s appearance in the hands of a qualified surgeon with a trained aesthetic eye such as Dr. Somenek. Dr. Somenek’s intensive training in the complex structures of the face, head and neck make him stand out among plastic surgeons in Washington, DC. He is a trainer and teacher to other physicians across the country on all injectables and frequently sees patients that need an expert opinion. Even for less invasive procedures such as BOTOX® Cosmetic injections, he can use his broad knowledge to administer precise treatments that exceed each patient’s expectations.
As an experienced rhinoplasty specialist, Dr. Somenek has earned the distinction of Top Doctor by RealSelf, a respected online forum that provides patients and people considering aesthetic procedures access to specialists in a variety of disciplines. Fewer than 10% of the doctors in the RealSelf community earn this award. The RealSelf Top Doctor award demonstrates Dr. Somenek’s high patient satisfaction ratings, his ongoing commitment to the online community, and the consistently positive feedback he receives for the answers he provides. In October 2016, Dr. Somenek was named the top facial plastic surgeon in the eastern United States by Aesthetic Everything. Each year this exclusive organization for aesthetic professionals honors outstanding individuals in a range of specialties. As part of Dr. Somenek’s recognition for expertise in facial plastic surgery, he is featured on the organization’s website.
Facial proportions and balance are the top priority for Dr. Somenek when analyzing and treating a face. All too commonly, people create changes to their face that do not look natural or fit the individual’s features. This leads to the “fake” or “plastic” look that most people want to avoid. By adhering to the basics of proportions and facial harmony, Dr. Somenek’s goal with each patient is to achieve a natural and refreshed look. Achieving your aesthetic goals involves a comprehensive approach. Dr. Somenek uses computer imaging and photography to analyze the face and understands that lighting and shadows can play a role in how we perceive ourselves. Everyone’s face and individual anatomy is different and Dr. Somenek understands that not everyone should be held to the same standard as to what looks good. So many factors contribute to an ideal outcome and all unique attributes should be considered including the individual’s anatomy, ethnicity, and facial shape. All of this is put into perspective and considered when you visit him for any type of treatment. Listening to each patient’s needs and desires helps to tailor the best treatment plan for you. Dr. Somenek prides himself in his ability to communicate and relate to each of his patients. When at the office, he takes his time to sit and understand your motivations for any type of procedure or enhancement that you are interested in.