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Joel Shanklin, MD

Joel Shanklin, MD



Joel L. Shanklin, MD, is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.


He is an active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and serves on several committees within the Society.

Our surgery center has Medicare certification, Georgia Department of Community Health certification, and is the only plastic surgery center in the region to achieve JCAHO certification.

Dr. Shanklin is a California trained plastic surgeon and studied plastic surgery to refine his techniques with plastic surgeons in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Sacramento.

He was fellowship trained in plastic surgery at the University of California and also performed a fellowship in hand surgery and microsurgery at the Kleinert Institute following his general surgery training at the University of Arizona. He attended medical school at the University of Louisville and graduated in the top of his class winning several research awards and community outreach awards. He received his undergraduate degree cum laude from the University of Louisville.

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Dr. Shanklin is a member of the:

  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • Southeastern Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons
  • Georgia Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • American Medical Association
  • Medical Association of Georgia
  • Georgia Medical Society

Dr. Shanklin spoke with Magic 103.9 in December 2011 about a seminar at Coastal Empire Plastic Surgery regarding body contouring and buttock augmentation. In the type of buttock augmentation Dr. Shanklin offers, excess fat is used from a donor site on the body, like the love handles, and carefully reinjected into the buttocks.

This process not only adds beautiful shape and projection to the buttocks, but it has the added benefit of slenderizing the donor site with liposuction.

To learn more about buttock augmentation in Savannah, listen to Dr. Shanklin's interview below and email us to set up a consultation with Dr. Shanklin. He serves patients from Hilton Head Island, St. Simons Island, and the surrounding area.