Double Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon, Expert in Facial Sculpting, buccal fat pad contouring and jawline definition.
Dr. Caughlin trained first in Chicago with pillars in the field of facial plastic surgery. After Chicago he moved to Orange County California because there is no better place to refine plastic surgery skills than sunny California. There he completed a fellowship with the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Caughlin’s journey has been diverse, working with other facial plastic surgeons, reconstructive surgeons, cosmetic surgeons, plastic surgeons, oclulopastic surgeons, dermatologists, and cosmetic surgeons to refine his skills. He has become known for buccal fat pad contouring, facial sculpting and defining the jawline.As Dr. Caughlin describes it, “At this point in my career I have seen the good and bad aspects of plastic surgery. For me it is all about having happy patients. I focused solely on facial plastic surgery because I feel strongly about subspecialization in medicine to maximize patient results, safety, and enjoyment in the process. My aesthetic end points have evolved so that I appreciate a slow transition of patients to a smooth and contoured face and neck with a focus on a natural appearance. In my view the overdone look can be less attractive than a naturally aged or even imperfect look. Finding this balance is key. I have become particularly confident and interested in making sure patients are comfortable before, during and after treatments. The entire process should be enjoyable and the best part of this profession is the relationships we are able to create with patients and colleagues.”
Dr. Caughlin’s professional responsibilities are diverse.
He is the director of facial plastic surgery, facial trauma and scar management at Stroger Cook County for the head and neck surgery department. At Cook he is intensely involved in the training of the head and neck surgery residents for both Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the University of Illinois Medical Center. He has recently started a scar management program with the department of dermatology at Cook County to help treat post traumatic scars and scars from reconstructive cancer surgeries.
As clinical instructor at the University of Illinois Department of Head and Neck Surgery, he continues to research, learn, and present new techniques at national and international plastic surgery meetings (link to CV.)
Additionally, Dr. Caughlin is one of the directors for transgender care at the Jessie Brown VA, where he performs the facial portions of the gender confirming surgery for our veterans.
Dr. Caughlin’s philosophy is to embrace and enhance the individual inherent beauty that each person has by using specifically learned and proven techniques to camouflage or correct any imperfections.
His approach is to build a plan for facial rejuvenation through detailed discussion and facial analysis, tailoring to each patient. All this is done with the goal of achieving a non-operated, youthful and refreshed look, accomplished with the least invasive procedure possible.