Meet Dr. Cara Downey
Aesthetic Medical Director
Dr. Downey is a native Houstonian. She received her undergraduate degree with Honors at the University of Texas at Austin. She then went on to complete her medical degree at Baylor College of Medicine. She matched in one of the top plastic surgery residency programs at Baylor College of Medicine.
During her six years of rigorous training, she specialized in minimally invasive facial cosmetic surgery, breast aesthetic surgery and breast reconstruction. She is particularly focused on restoring the female figure after childbearing. She currently serves as clinical faculty at Baylor College of Medicine in the division of Plastic Surgery. She and her husband, also a renowned Houston plastic surgeon, are the proud parents of twin girls and a baby boy, and enjoy outdoor family activities and the arts.
Dr. Downey is committed to helping her patients realize their aesthetic goals and potentials. As someone who has always had a passion and ease for art, she applies the tools of plastic surgery to create naturally beautiful results. She has been trained in rejuvenating the face, skin, and body with the newest and most up to date technologies and techniques in a medical spa environment.
Certifications in advanced techniques with:
- Botox Cosmetic, Dysport and Xeomin
- Cosmetic Fillers -Restylane/Perlane, Juvederm/Voluma, Radiesse
- Skin Pen Microneedling
- Chemical Peels
- Skin care
- Laser therapies
- Sclerotherapy for spider veins
In Dr Downey’s own words:
“I love what I do! Surgery for me is like an artistic outlet that allows me to create and enhance beauty with my own hands. And seeing patients in consultation and/or throughout their pre and post treatment journey is like small social visits from a wide variety of interesting people. My first goal in meeting a new client is to make them feel comfortable. I never want a patient to feel pressured into any decision for treatment. I view my job as the opportunity to give patients all the information they seek to make a personal decision to enhance their appearance. There is information overload when it comes to products and treatments to combat aging. My job is to simplify the information and options into something that makes sense and provides results for my patients. Typically, if I am behind a product, it is because I have tried it myself or seen results firsthand. I encourage second opinions because I want my patients to feel well informed and I believe that a physician-patient relationship should be centered around trust. Many patients express their appreciation of the thorough and informative consultations provided. In the end my goal is to have a happy patient. I especially enjoy treating and talking with other moms. Childbearing takes a toll on the woman’s body and understanding it firsthand enables me to really understand where my patients are coming from. Unlike many plastic surgeons, I do not hire a nurse injector for filler and neurotoxin. I guess I just really enjoy doing the work myself –like many aspects in plastic surgery, it is an art form.”
Meet Dr. Jay Shenaq
Aesthetic Practice Partner
Jay M. Shenaq, M.D. is an internationally recognized, board-certified plastic surgeon. His extensive experience and philosophy of comprehensive care has won him the acclaim of thousands of happy patients. He specializes in breast surgeries, such as enhancement and reconstruction, body contouring procedures like tummy tucks, and facial cosmetic surgery.
Dr. Shenaq has a wealth of experience and extensive training in advanced surgical techniques. After medical school, he completed nine additional years of advanced training and research. In over 17 years of private practice, Dr. Shenaq’s expertise has been recognized by his peers. He is a member of many professional societies including the two most prestigious in plastic surgery: the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. He has also assumed many leadership roles during his career and serves on the board of the Harris County Medical Society.
An accomplished and internationally recognized researcher, Dr. Shenaq’s work has been published in multiple medical journals, and he has been invited to speak and share his techniques at international surgical conferences. Additionally, he is affiliated with the Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City as a clinical assistant professor. He is an active member of the staff at Houston Methodist and has additional hospital privileges at Memorial Hermann, Westside Surgical Hospital and St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital.