Dr. Manish Shah – South Denver Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Manish Shah is a board-certified South Denver plastic surgeon who specializes in head and neck surgeries including face and neck lifting, rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery, lip lifting, facial implants, and more. At his practice, Dr. Shah is committed to the informed patient. By educating patients, he provides them with all the pertinent information to make an informed decision for the best possible outcome. Dr. Shah’s top priority is safe and effective surgery so unlike other doctors, he isn’t afraid to be completely honest with patients. As one of the best plastic surgeons in Colorado, Dr. Shah is focused on natural surgery so he doesn’t perform extreme surgeries.



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Specialties and Skills

Approximately 90% of Dr. Shah’s practice consists of elective facial plastic surgery, rhinoplasty surgery, and gynecomastia surgery. Since 2005, Dr. Shah has performed more than 13,000 surgical procedures, including more than 3000 facelifts. He averages around 75 eyelid surgeries and 150 rhinoplasties per year. As the only fully active Rhinoplasty Society member in Colorado, Dr. Shah is one of 150 members worldwide. Known for his Revision Rhinoplasty skills, about 30 – 40% of Dr. Shah’s rhinoplasty patients have come to him after previously botched surgeries. Besides rhinoplasty, Dr. Shah’s other specialties include high SMAS and deep place facelift surgery, eyelid surgery, and facial implant surgery. However, Dr. Shah is extensively trained in all areas of plastic surgery.



  • Shah Aesthetic Surgery, Owner, South Denver

    • July 2005 to Present
  • Center for Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery, Partner, South Denver

    • February 2008 to September 2015
  • Lifestyle Lift Center, Surgical Consultant, Denver, CO

    • February 2007 to March 2015
  • Triumph Healthcare Hospital – Wound Care Program, Director, Aurora, CO

    • January 2007 to February 2008
  • Denver Health Medical Center (Chief of Plastic Surgery) – Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver, CO

    • September 2005 to June 2009
    • October 2017 to current – Volunteer Clinical Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery – teaching cosmetic surgery to the plastic surgery Chief Residents

Board Certification

  • American Board of Plastic Surgery, Certified 2006, Recertified 2017

Other Certifications

  • Microsurgical Techniques Course – IRPS, Ling Zhang, M.D., September 1995
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) – Past


  • Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital/Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery, NYU School of Medicine, New York, NY

    • Aesthetic Surgery Fellow, July 2004-June 2005
    • Chair: Sherrell J. Aston, M.D.
  • University of Tennessee, College of Medicine, Department of Plastic Surgery, Chattanooga, TN

    • Chief Resident, July 2003-June 2004
    • Resident, July 2002-June 2003
    • Chair: Larry A. Sargent, M.D.
  • Medical College of Georgia, Department of Surgery, Augusta, GA

    • Chief Resident, July 2001-June 2002
    • Surgical Resident (C), July 2000-June 2001
    • Chair: Thomas Gadacz, M.D.
  • Emory University Hospital, Department of Surgery, Atlanta, GA

    • Surgical Resident (P), July 1998-June 2000
    • Surgical Intern (P), July 1997-June 1998
    • Chair: William Wood, M.D.
  • University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, VA

    • M.D. conferred, May 1997
  • University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

    • B.S.E. Bioengineering, Cum Laude, May 1992
    • Honors: Dean’s List, Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society

Society Affiliations

  • The Rhinoplasty Society, Active Member
  • American College of Surgeons (FACS), Fellow
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Active Member
  • American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, Active Member
  • International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, Active Member
  • European Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery, Active Member
  • Colorado Society of Plastic Surgeons, Member
  • Colorado Medical Society, Member
  • Denver Medical Society, Member


  • Aesthetic Surgery Journal, Reviewer
  • The Rhinoplasty Society, Corporate Support/Grant/Industry Panel Committee

    • Chair 2016-2017
  • The Rhinoplasty Society, Website Committee

    • 2016-2018

  • The Rhinoplasty Society, Scientific Program Committee

    • 2013-14

  • American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, Information Technology Task Force

    • Chair 2010-2011

  • American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, Information Technology Task Force

    • Chair 2010-2011

  • American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, Product Development and Market Research Committee

    • 2010-2011

  • American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, Electronic Communications Committee (ECC)

    • 2009-2013

  • American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, ECC, Blog subcommittee

    • 2009-2013

  • American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, ECC, Social Media subcommittee

    • 2009-2013

  • American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, Candidate Committee

    • 2008-2011

  • American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, Resident & Fellows Committee

    • 2005-2011

  • Representative for the State of Colorado, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Government Affairs Council Federal Advocacy Event

    • Washington, D.C. – 2006 to 2007

  • Gerson Lehrman Group Healthcare Council, Member

    • Consultant to industry on issues in plastic surgery

  • Johnson and Johnson PDS Flexible Plate Innovation Summit, Mentor

    • New York, NY – June 2010

  • Skinmedica Young Physicians Summit

    • Carlsbad, CA – September 2010

Honors & Awards

  • Marquis Who’s Who in America, 2009-2011
  • Voted One of the Ten Most Dependable Plastic Surgeons of the Western United States by Goldline Research, Forbes Magazine, October 27, 2008
  • Plastic Surgery In-service Exam – 90th Percentile
  • Dean’s List, 2001, University of Pennsylvania
  • Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society, University of Pennsylvania


  • Gurunluoglu R, Shah MH, Kim F. Microsurgical Penile Replantation after Self-inflicted Amputation in a Schizophrenic Patient: 5-year Followup. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2015 Mar; 3(3): e319
  • Buford GA, Lucas AR, Fardo D, Shah MH. Rhinoplasty, Supratip deformity. Emedicine.medscape.com. Aug 2010.
  • Shah MH ASPS Federal Advocacy Fly-in Program – A Rookie’s Perspective. Plastic Surgery News. 40, September 2006.
  • Shah MH, Kasabian AK, Karp NS, Kolker AR, Dublin BA, Zhang L, Sakuma J. Axonal. Regeneration through an Autologous Nerve Bypass: An Experimental Study in the Rat. Annals of Plastic Surgery. 38(4): 408-414, April 1997.
  • Dublin BA, Karp NS; Kasabian AK, Kolker AR, Shah MH. Selective Use of Preoperative Arteriography in Free Flap Reconstruction. Annals of Plastic Surgery. 38(4): 404-407, April 1997.