Nashville Plastic Surgeon
Meet Dr. Jacob G. Unger
Discover More About This Distinguished Nashville, TN, Plastic Surgeon
Dr. Jacob G. Unger is a board-certified plastic surgeon and the president and owner of Nashville Plastic Surgery Institute at Maxwell Aesthetics in Nashville, TN, as well as a member of the prestigious American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. He specializes in aesthetic surgery of the face, nose, eyes, breast, and body, as well as reconstructive surgery following cancer.
Dr. Unger attended Tulane University for his undergraduate work, where he rowed on the Tulane Crew Team and majored in philosophy and pre-medical studies. After successfully defending an honors thesis on Aristotle and Socrates, he graduated summa cum laude as the top-ranked “Senior Scholar” in the philosophy department and an inductee into the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. He was appointed as one of nine valedictorian candidates at Tulane.
Dr. Unger then attended New York University School of Medicine with an academic scholarship. He began his passion for plastic surgery and research in earnest there. He received multiple research awards and grants and published and presented around the country on breast surgery and cutting-edge 3D imaging. While a medical student, his contributions to his research team helped form the scientific basis for the 3D modeling commonly used today to show patients the shape changes that can occur in breast augmentation.
Upon graduating from NYU, Dr. Unger matched into the most prestigious University of Texas Southwestern integrated plastic surgery residency. The UT Southwestern plastic surgery training program happens to be one of the most competitive and rigorous training centers in the world and is currently the No. 1-ranked training program in the nation by US News and World Report. While at UTSW, Dr. Unger lectured at multiple national meetings and published well over 20 peer-reviewed scientific papers and book chapters, with more than a dozen focused on his passion of rhinoplasty. He helped to describe many of the modern concepts in facial rejuvenation and was a part of the research teams who described and helped to popularize facial fat grafting.
In his last year there, he was chosen by the faculty to be the administrative chief resident of the Department of Plastic Surgery. He also became the first resident ambassador to the No. 1-ranked plastic surgery research journal in the world: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Further, Dr. Unger served in national leadership as the sole resident member of the exclusive Board of Directors of the American Society of Plastic Surgery. He also competed in the National Plastic Surgery Quizbowl competition twice, and his team was named national champions both years, in 2012 and 2013. At the culmination of his training, he was awarded the “Excellence in Research” award for his exemplary achievements and contributions to the plastic surgery literature.
After completing his residency, Dr. Unger traveled to Europe for a fellowship in Paris, France. He worked with some of the European visionaries in plastic surgery in internationally recognized centers of excellence in France, Turkey, and Belgium, furthering his study of cutting-edge techniques in facial cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, as well as breast surgery.
Dr. Unger continues to publish cutting-edge research with a focus on rhinoplasty, facial aesthetics, and breast surgery. He has also been invited to write publications, as well as chair sessions and give presentations internationally on plastic surgery education and facial and breast aesthetic surgery. He has lectured on four continents!
He is an associate editor of the prestigious journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery—Global Open, as well a section editor for Breast Surgery in the cutting edge Aesthetic Surgery Journal —Open Forum. He is also a reviewer of peer-reviewed articles in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Aesthetic Surgery Journal.
Dr. Unger holds a voluntary faculty appointment as Assistant Professor of Clinical Plastic Surgery at Vanderbilt University, where he trains and educates the residents in aesthetic plastic surgery every week. In addition to his full clinical workload, Dr. Unger is co-founder of a biotech company that focuses on innovations in plastic surgery and is the sole inventor of the U.S.-patented device, the Natrelle Fourté expander fill system, to improve the breast reconstruction process for breast cancer patients, currently used in the majority of reconstruction surgeries in the nation.
Above all, Dr. Unger values the patient-physician relationships he has with all of his patients. He is humbled by the great opportunity he has to have a positive and oftentimes life-changing effect on peoples’ lives. Dr. Unger is dedicated to providing his patients with the most up-to-date surgical procedures, with a great focus on safety and beautiful, natural-looking results.