As a mother of two daughters, it’s clear to see why Dr. Alexis Parcells would be passionate about women’s health. As she’s chosen to dedicate her life to the empowerment of women, her goal is to battle the stigma towards cosmetic surgery, and to provide her community with life changing procedures, changing lives along the way.
“I became interested in plastic surgery through my volunteer work with Operation Smile. I went on my first medical mission at the age of 16 to Morocco. I saw the lives of children, and their families changed with a simple 1-hour operation. I became passionate about enacting that type of change in the lives of my future patients, and focused my studies on a career in medicine,” recalls Dr. Parcells.
Despite her passion in medicine from a young age, Dr. Alexis Parcells struggled to maintain good grades throughout high school, severely affecting her decision to enter medical school or not. “I’ve always struggled to perform well on standardized tests and this impacted my ability to study medicine in the US. After being rejected from all of the US medical schools I applied to, I had to strongly reconsider if I would go into medicine,” says Alexis. After heavy consideration, and being accepted into the medical program at St. George’s University in Grenada, she went on to pursue her education in medicine.
After meeting her current husband in the first month of medical school, Alexis Parcells knew she had made the right decision, as she also began to see the positive impact on lives she could give. She went on to complete a plastic surgery residency at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. Shortly after graduating, Dr. Alexis Parcells decided to focus her private practice on breast reconstruction and aesthetics, and launched her own wrinkle reducing studio and skin care line, SUNNIEskin.
“I want women to feel empowered, and not guilty or ashamed of their choice to have a Botox treatment or breast lift. There is also a lot of judgment from other women, and it’s important for all of us to create a culture of positivity and self-love,” says Dr.Parcells.
Now, with her strong academic involvement in the plastic surgery community. Dr. Alexis Parcells has authored several textbooks and professional journal articles, and has presented her original research at numerous national and international meetings, including Brussels, Paris, Madrid, San Francisco, Chicago, and New York City. Dr. Alexis Parcells’s goal is to change the stigma around plastic surgery for women, and is devoted to making a positive impact on the lives of the women she treats.