Meet Doctor Anu Bajaj

Dr. Anu Bajaj, M.D.

Dr. Anureet Bajaj is a highly respected plastic surgeon who is widely recognized for breast surgery and reconstruction skills. Her cosmetic surgery expertise also includes facial surgery, body sculpting, and minimally invasive procedures.

In 2007, she returned home to Oklahoma City to join her father in the practice of plastic surgery. Prior to returning home to Oklahoma City, Dr. Bajaj previously served as an Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery at the University of Cincinnati, as well as the Chief of Plastic Surgery at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Cincinnati.

Dr. Bajaj, with her father at her side, developed a microvascular breast reconstruction program at SSM St. Anthony Hospital in 2007 and for over 10 years were one of the few plastic surgeons who performed breast reconstruction using the deep inferior epigastric perforators (DIEP) flap in Oklahoma.

“For over 10 years, we were the only surgeons in the state who routinely performed DIEP flap breast reconstruction. When I moved to OKC, most surgeons told me I wouldn’t be able to perform DIEP flaps in private practice because they were too time-intensive and complicated. However, we were able to establish a program and perform them at St. Anthony Hospital, becoming a high-volume center.”

“I love microvascular surgery, and that’s the reason I became a plastic surgeon,” she adds.

In 2014, she relocated Bajaj Plastic Surgery to a new custom-built office building with an accredited operating room.

 

Words That Describe Dr. Bajaj

Focused. Driven. Persistent. Remarkable. Passionate. These adjectives best summarize who Dr. Bajaj is and what she represents.

“I am passionate about listening to my patients and hearing their stories. Their stories help guide me so that we can develop a unique treatment plan.”

 

Whether it’s a cancer survivor who is seeking reconstructive surgery, or a woman who is desires restoration and rejuvenation, Dr. Bajaj says that every patient’s story is personal. She takes the time to learn each patient’s story because that story helps to guide her in the treatment options for each individual patient.

“Life is about the relationships we build – and what I enjoy about my patients is those relationships.”

According to Dr. Bajaj, patients want to be educated about the risks and the rewards of surgeries, but unfortunately, the internet can often provide misinformation.

Dr.Bajaj also believes that her role is to be a life-long resource for her patients. She is passionate about educating her patients about the ways in which they can maintain their surgical results.

“I believe the first step in being able to take care of others is to take care of ourselves, both mentally and physically,” Dr. Bajaj says.

“The reality is women traditionally are caregivers. And as caregivers, we sometimes neglect our health and appearance. But I believe if we take the time to feel good about who we are — by maintaining a healthy diet, devoting time to exercise, and devoting time for our personal growth — we are better equipped to care of our families and those around us.”

Setting Goals and Expectations with Patients

Some women feel more comfortable with female plastic surgeons, and Dr. Bajaj shares her experience with procedures performed on herself.

“As a woman, I do have the advantage that I have had procedures performed on myself so that I understand the process on a personal level,” she says. “For example, I have had liposuction, breast augmentation, Botox, fillers, and laser hair removal.”

Using Her Knowledge of Anatomy

As a plastic surgeon, you must be observant to correct even the smallest imperfections. Understanding anatomy is part of the fundamentals of being a successful surgeon.
“To be a great aesthetic or cosmetic surgeon, you have to be a good reconstructive surgeon as well,” Dr. Bajaj says. “If you can rebuild a face after cancer or trauma using reconstructive practices, you understand the anatomy and what is necessary to improve the appearance of the face with either surgery or non-surgical options.”

Her training in both reconstructive and aesthetic surgery allows her to do a wide variety of procedures. Her specialties include micro-vascular breast reconstruction, including DIEP flaps (she is one of the very few who performs this surgery in Oklahoma); breast reduction; implant removal; implant revision; tummy tucks; facial and eye rejuvenation; and body lifts after weight loss. Her foundation and extensive training in reconstructive surgery has given her the ability to analyze and correct even the most challenging aesthetic problems.

“Thoughtful Plastic Surgery”

Dr. Bajaj believes in ‘thoughtful plastic surgery.’ She takes great care to continually educate herself about ways in which to improve the experience for her patients.

Dr. Bajaj’s consultations are comprehensive. They include conversation, clarification of facts, education, expectations, a physical examination, and always an authentic connection. She wants to know each patient’s goals and lifestyle. Only then can she build a plan to meet that person’s expectations. Once a patient chooses to have surgery, she strives to ensure that the experience is smooth so that you, the patient, can focus on the process of recovery and living your life.

For these reasons, she has incorporated ERAS (enhanced recovery after surgery) protocols into her practice, and tries to think of the little things – providing her patients with their post-operative garments and scar cream, for example.

Dr. Bajaj’s patients look refreshed, more youthful and, as she says, “like a better version of themselves.”

A Surgeon Inspired by Art

Dr. Bajaj adorns her office walls with some art pieces of her own. Her art gives her a chance to be creative in a different way from her practice, although she says there’s a link between the two, given that she must be observant to create beauty.

“I enjoy oil painting. Many of my works are figure paintings,” Dr. Bajaj says. “I also enjoy writing and believe there is great beauty in the human body and spirit.”

Dr. Bajaj is also an avid runner and has completed over 30 marathons. As a marathon runner, she finds a certain peace that clears her head and gives her a sense of peace — each morning run helps her to prepare for the day ahead. Running has also give her the discipline to be focused on her patients and during surgery.

Dr. Bajaj is a recognized leader in the field of plastic surgery and was selected as a Visiting Professor for the Plastic Surgery Foundation in 2016.

Dr. Bajaj is a highly active member of the plastic surgery community. She has published numerous articles in the Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and other medical periodicals; presented at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons Annual Meeting and the Plastic Surgery Research Council, and has been an invited speaker for the Ohio Valley Society of Plastic Surgery, Chesapeake Energy Corporation, and other groups.

She has completed the Leadership Academy sponsored by the Oklahoma County Medical Society as well as the Pathways to Leadership program sponsored by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Bajaj values her relationships with other plastic surgeons across the country, which helps to keep her abreast of the latest developments in the field. Currently, she is also on the Editorial Board of Plastic Surgery – Global Open and is an active reviewer for the Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Recently, she completed her MBA at Oklahoma City University.
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Appointments:

  • Chair, Women Aesthetic Surgeons Committee, ASAPS (American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery)
  • Member-at-Large on ASPS Board of Directors (American Society of Plastic Surgeons) 2016-1018
  • Chief Medical Editor of Plastic Surgery News (2015-2017)
  • Chair of Ethics Committee of ASPS (American Society of Plastic Surgeons) 2015-2016
  •  Chair of Leadership Development Committee (American Society of Plastic Surgeons) 2016-2019
  • PSF Visiting Professor and National Speaker (Plastic Surgery Foundation) 2016-2017
  • Associate Editor (Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery) 2018-present
  • Editorial Board Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Global Open 2016-present
  • Chair, Women Plastic Surgeon’s Committee (ASPS) 2011-2014

 

Education:

  • Rice University, Houston, Texas B.A. in English/History
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • Residency in plastic surgery at Loma Linda University Medical Center in California
  • Fellowship in reconstructive microsurgery at UT MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas
  • Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Practice Management, Oklahoma City University, 2018

 

Certifications & Memberships:

Dr. Bajaj has been certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery since 2005 and holds membership in the following organizations:

Dr. Paramjit Bajaj

Dr. P.S. Bajaj is a board-certified plastic surgeon who has been in private practice in Oklahoma City since 1974. At the close of 2020, he announced his official retirement from plastic surgery. Since 2007, he and Dr. Anu Bajaj (his daughter) have worked side-by-side at Bajaj Plastic Surgery. While he is no longer in practice, he is still a fixture at Bajaj Plastic Surgery and provides advice and support.

Dr. P.S. Bajaj has trained at long list of highly regarded programs in the United States and abroad. He completed medical school and training in general surgery in India, before beginning training in the specialty of plastic surgery in England, where he was admitted to the Royal College of Surgeons of England and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. Dr. Bajaj moved to the United States in 1972 and underwent further training at New York University Medical Center and University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.