Dr. Kass is a not your typical cosmetic surgeon. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude from Boston University School of Medicine, one of the top medical schools in the U.S. Knowing that he wanted to relocate to a warmer climate, Dr. Kass chose to train in Ophthalmology at the University of South Florida (he is Board Certified in this specialty), before completing the highly competitive Fellowship in Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at the prestigious Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. This specialty hospital was exclusively devoted to Ophthalmology, Ear, Nose & Throat Surgery, and, of course, Plastic Surgery. Following this, Dr. Kass relocated to St. Petersburg (where he has stayed) and where he became the first such trained physician in Pinellas County. Since this time, Dr. Kass went on to become a Fellow of the American Society of Oculo-Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Kass is a triple Board Certified Surgeon. Besides his Board Certification in Ophthalmology, Dr. Kass is a diplomate of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery and the American Board of Facial Cosmetic Surgery, making him one of only a handful of surgeons in the country with triple Board Certifications.
Dr. Kass firmly believes that his initial training in Ophthalmology puts him in a great position to do the cosmetic procedures he loves. As he explains, “success or failure in cataract surgery is determined by perhaps tenths of a millimeter, while success in eyelid surgery by perhaps one millimeter.” This requirement for exquisite and utmost precision has served him well because everything else he has done has been easy by comparison.
Dr. Kass has performed thousands and thousands of eyelid and forehead lift procedures and hundreds upon hundreds of small incision Face and Neck Lift procedures (“Weekend Lift”). He has done hundreds of deep chemical peels and has made true advances in the Hetter Peel, leading him to be recognized as one of the preeminent peelers of his generation. He speaks on this subject to specialty medical organizations around the country and around the world.
Dr. Kass learned the art of Facial Fat Transfer to appreciate the necessity of evaluating the aging face in three dimensions to achieve true facial rejuvenation, apart from what could be achieved with just surgical tightening. From there, a normal and natural extension of harvesting fat for Facial Fat Transfer involved extending the fat removal to include generalized body contouring procedures through liposculpturing techniques. These procedures included transferring fat (also known as “Liquid Gold”) not just to the face, but also to other areas such as the hands, breasts, buttocks and even to the genitalia.
Through this natural progression, constant traveling to learn the newest and best techniques for his patients, and evolution of his practice, Dr. Kass has maintained his lofty standards to attempt to achieve the absolute best results for each and every patient he treats. Being trained to appreciate differences made by just a millimeter, or even by tenths of a millimeter as opposed to all the general plastic surgeons who did not have the benefit of such training, has made such a tremendous difference for the thousands of lucky patients he has treated. Dr. Kass believes that his initial training has been a true boon to his superb results as he continually strives for perfection for each and every patient whose care is entrusted to him.
Dr. Kass is fully aware that there are plenty of doctors who do cosmetic procedures. He does not take any of his patients for granted and remains honored for each patient he sees who has entrusted their care to him. While Dr. Kass does have interests outside the office and, like everyone, he does like to have a good time, he never compromises the Hippocratic Oath he recited upon first becoming a physician and is completely serious about his duty and his responsibility to every single patient he sees.
If you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kass to take the next step toward your cosmetic goals, contact us today.