Dr. Myles Goldflies was born in Chicago Illinois and went to undergraduate at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, getting a BS in Biology. He received his MD degree from U. of Health Sciences/The Chicago Medical School (now Rosalind Franklin U. of Medicine & Science) in a 3-yr program in 1978. His first year of general surgery was in Syracuse at SUNY/Upstate, but then returned to Chicago for 2 more years of general surgery at Cook County Hospital. He was accepted into the Loyola U. plastic surgery residency after those 3 years and completed Loyola’s program. Board certification was accomplished in 1985 by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He went into plastic surgery because it was just like the music he had always heard in his house when growing up….jazz, since jazz is improvisation. Plastic surgery has always been the surgical embodiment of improvisation.
He went into private practice in 1984 in Chicago as the associate of another plastic surgeon. The first several years of practice were “general,” with a mix of aesthetic, reconstructive, and hand surgery. This hand surgery experience included working at a clinic that specialized in industrial injuries. By the early 1990’s his focus became entirely aesthetic.
After being essentially a solo practitioner in Chicago for 21 years, he came to western Washington to join the Avalon Clinic so he could be in a group. He moved to Myrtle Beach SC from 2011-13, doing all aesthetic surgery, but then returned to WA.
His first use of a medical laser was in 1985, one of the very few in plastic surgery that used one in those days. Within a few years, he tried this modality for several procedures since at that time medicine was trying to see if there was a place for lasers in medicine. He was involved with a clinical research program with lasers called PDT, which went on into the middle 1990’s. This was a non-surgical treatment for recurrent non-melanoma skin cancer. He taught numerous courses around the country in lasers, including laser physics.
The early practice years in Chicago in the 80’s was weighted towards breast surgery, including reconstructions. He used nearly every type of implant on the market at the time including the polyurethane covered gels. His first transaxillary procedure was in 1987 and is still his preference in the right patient especially after having done more than 3,000 of these. He has done over 4,000 augmentations when taking into account other approaches and combinations with lifts. He never “got away” from silicone implants and was a clinical investigator during the FDA clinical trials from 1995 until they were re-approved. He has used a technique for breast lifts and reductions with a limited scar, no longer performing the “anchor.” He further refined these “lollipop” lifts/reductions with a shape improvement not usually seen with the “anchor,” and without all those scars! “Perky” can be obtained.
He has been a member of ASPS since the 1980’s. He has been in various state, county, and national medical societies, even being trauma certified (ATLS). He became a Fellow of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS) in 1988. He was a board member of the Midwest Bio-laser Institute in Chicago, which included various medical specialties, physicists from some of the local universities, and other non-medical professionals.
His reputation for facial rejuvenation is for long-lasting results and a natural look. He developed a technique for lower eyelid surgery that gives a “younger-looking eye,” and not just “less tired looking.” This procedure even gives some added fullness of the cheekbone area without any implants.
His philosophy regarding facial surgery is that one should look refreshed and different, but natural. Friends and family should notice a change but have trouble being able to pinpoint what changed, instead of “Oh! You must have had _______done!” He has many “favorite” procedures and not just 1. He has been suggesting natural products to his patients for over 30 years. His consults are lengthy, but make sure you bring your questions. They WILL be answered.