Meet Dr. Bekanich

Dr. Amy Bekanich is a board-certified plastic surgeon living in Austin, Texas, with her husband and three children. She has extensive training in cosmetic surgery and has a particular interest in women’s health and well-being. She donates a portion of her profits to local organizations that support women and young girls in living healthy and productive lives.

Impressive Training & Qualifications

Dr. Bekanich has had the opportunity to live in many places and be exposed to a variety of cultures. This has given her a broader perspective concerning the various needs of plastic surgery patients.

After graduating magna cum laude from Westminster College, Dr. Bekanich moved to St. Louis, where she participated in leading-edge research at Washington University. Her studies then took her to Portland, Oregon, where she attended medical school at the renowned Oregon Health and Sciences University.

During medical school, Dr. Bekanich developed strong interests in women’s health and leadership and decided to apply those interests to the practice of plastic surgery. She was awarded a position at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, where she studied all aspects of plastic surgery. Notably, she had the opportunity to be part of the Huntsman Cancer Institute, one of the few National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Centers with a reputation for excellence in breast cancer treatment and research.

After completing her residency, Dr. Bekanich traveled to Miami, where her focus on cosmetic surgery was established. She completed a fellowship in Miami Beach with renowned cosmetic plastic surgeon Michael Salzhauer. During her training, Dr. Bekanich recognized that fat grafting can be a transformative process for breast enhancement patients. This interest took her to the Miami Breast Center to study as a fellow and associate physician under Dr. Roger Khouri, an internationally recognized pioneer in fat grafting and natural breast augmentation.

For Dr. Bekanich’s complete credentials, view her CV.

A Road Less Traveled

Years of training at the University of Utah Health Sciences Center and Huntsman Cancer Institute, as well as subsequent fellowships in cosmetic surgery and fat grafting, have given Dr. Bekanich the expertise to help her patients reach their cosmetic goals, especially in the areas of face and body rejuvenation.

Dr. Bekanich has been in private practice since 2010, specializing in facial rejuvenation surgery and non-invasive treatments, cosmetic breast enhancement, and body contouring procedures such as liposuction and buttock enhancement. Wanting to do the best possible work for her patients, she opted to focus exclusively on cosmetic surgery. Creating a positive patient experience is her top priority, providing personalized patient care by developing real, authentic relationships with each individual to create results tailored to her or his needs.

“Sometimes the best results require a woman’s touch.”

A passion for women’s health and empowerment guides Dr. Bekanich’s professional development. As a 40+ year-old mom of 3, she understands what it’s like to see and feel your body change with pregnancy, childbirth, and aging. That’s why it’s extremely rewarding for her to help other women “beat the system” and reclaim their bodies, helping them feel like themselves again. Providing results that match a patient’s personality, achieve her personal aesthetic goals, and most importantly, enhance her self-confidence is the focus of Dr. Bekanich’s approach. Come in for a consultation and see what it really means to have an individual, personalized experience.

Commitment to Quality

No one technique is right for everyone. Dr. Bekanich’s approach to each patient is individualized and tailored to meet that person’s particular needs. She will work with you to determine the best path for reaching your cosmetic goals.

An Interview With Dr. Bekanich

How did your youth influence your decision to become a doctor?

First, I wanted to ensure a secure career. My father died shortly after I was born leaving my mother destitute. It was difficult for her to get reasonable paying jobs with a high school level of education and we moved around a lot. Seeing her struggle certainly pushed me towards getting a higher education as well as looking for a career that might afford me some security and stability. Watching my mom showed me that you need to work hard to achieve your goals. She worked long hours and went back to school. It took her in all about 23 years, but she finally realized her goal of getting an undergraduate degree and master’s in social work. That work ethic was ingrained in me from day one of life.

When did you decide to attend medical school and then to specialize in plastic surgery?

I studied cognitive neuroscience as an undergrad and wasn’t sure whether to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical psychology or go to medical school. Ultimately, my passion for wanting to work in a more patient-centered environment convinced me to go to Oregon Health Sciences University. I was exposed to surgery from the beginning and immediately fell in love with everything about it. Other than my decision to marry my husband and to have children, the choice to become a surgeon was the only other thing I felt absolutely sure of. Plastic surgery gave me the opportunity to help people feel better about themselves. Being in the operating room with the best teams ever is a lot of fun, however, my clinic time is precious. I love to learn about my patients and their lives.

Tell us more about your time at the Huntsman Cancer Institute.

During my training, I was fortunate to work with some of the best surgeons in the field at a state-of-the-art facility, the Huntsman Cancer Institute. It was there that I got to see how important it is for patients at a time like that in their lives to feel cared for and respected. This was one of the top goals of the Institute. I think more and more hospitals are trying to work towards this model of care and for good reason.

What key lessons did you learn while having your own plastic surgery practice?

Just like it takes a village to raise a child, so does it take a village to create and run a successful plastic surgery practice. But I missed working with other physicians. It is such an advantage for the patients to have a group of fantastic surgeons working together, both with the ability to discuss patient cases together or to work together on cases so that anesthesia time is reduced and we can attend to all the goals they want addressed.

How did you ultimately arrive in Austin and join Synergy Plastic Surgery?

My husband and I had always kept an eye on Austin as a potential landing place. But it was not until Dr. Kerr, my longtime friend and colleague, started his practice that I really took a longer look at Austin. Having the opportunity to work with him and his wife, Ashley, was really a dream come true. In addition to that, as my kids were getting older it became more meaningful to me to have them grow up in a community that was focused on making the world a better place. My husband and I felt that Austin had that sense of community and world commitment and thus we made this our home to raise our 3 children in.

What is your favorite part about living in Austin?

Without a doubt, the people. I love our diversity and how we all, for the most part, embrace that. People from all walks of life know what Austin is about and are here because they love the dynamic nature of it. We are more heterogeneous than homogenous in nature. I like the complexity of our community.

Is there a specific procedure that you enjoy performing the most? If so, what is it?

Of all the great procedures we perform I particularly enjoy revision breast augmentation and facial rejuvenation procedures. These 2 procedures have a strong commonality. They’re very complex technically and require a lot of attention to detail. Attention to detail has always been a strong point of mine. I get into a flow state of focus and nothing else in the world exists. The challenge is exhilarating.

Do you see fat grafting for breast augmentation becoming more popular?

Not at this point. Most patients I see tend to want upper pole fullness (cleavage). I do not think that straight fat grafting alone achieves that goal. In fact, I have had patients come to me after having had fat injected at other facilities and are now looking for implants as they did not reach their goals. It can help patients who have rippling or need some other adjustments of their breasts through the years. The day we can take another person’s fat and then use it in someone else will be a game changer for us all. I look forward to that day.

What is it like to be featured on a TV show?

In a word, surreal. Millions of people all over the world watched it, but it never really felt like that. Partially, I believe that is because of how integrated social media and technology is in our lives now. While being featured wasn’t a strong push for me the act of creating the show was. I enjoyed working with the crew and creating a message with them. That felt very empowering. The idea that a message can be created and then delivered to the world to elicit positive results in other people’s lives was truly uplifting.

Do you think having the perspective of a woman and a mom helps when you consult with female patients?

Being a woman and mom—and at this point being older—helps me when consulting with female patients. I have been there, am there, have the potential to be there, or will soon be there. Age and gravity happen to all of us as do social life changes. No matter what roles are changing in society there are numerous differences physically, psychologically and socially between men and women. As a woman, I can almost always identify with the struggles and joys they share with me during the consultation, whether physical or related to their families.

What message would you share with anyone considering plastic surgery?

We all have things about ourselves that bother us, and we wish we could change. It is okay to feel that way. Do your research, make sure you are in good health and have a good support system at home for recovery then go ahead and make those changes that weigh heavily on your mind. The way we feel about ourselves is incredibly important. As a plastic surgeon, I am here to help you in whatever way I can and will give you 110% and always be honest.

If you’ve been researching plastic surgeons in Austin, TX, discuss your needs with Dr. Beckanich today. Request a complimentary consultation online with her or call our office in Austin or Round Rock at  (512) 244-1439. Dr. Bekanich serves patients from San Antonio and neighboring Texas communities, including Cedar Park, Killeen, Leander, and Pflugerville.