Why Choose 8 West Clinic

Why Choose 8 West Clinic


8 West Cosmetic Surgery Clinic & Medical Spa is comprised of a team of skin, face and body specialists with extensive experience helping patients achieve their goals. We are experts in plastic surgery & medical spa treatments, offering the complete spectrum of both surgical and non surgical solutions. We love what we do and we enjoy nothing more than helping our patients love their skin INSIDE & OUT. With 20 years in practice, thousands of clients and treatments performed and a large and highly appreciated clientele, 8 West Clinic is dramatically different than the average aesthetic clinic, and here is why:

A long History of Success With Vast Experience

Dr. Buonassisi, our founder, is a Facial Plastic Surgeon and has been in practice for 20 years. We didn’t just pop up and are aren’t going anywhere. We create long relationships with our patients and support them through their journey.

A Plastic Surgeon Directed Medical Practice: We Have an Active and Present Medical Director

We are a team of aesthetic medical experts working alongside Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Buonassisi. We are not an investor owned medical spa with a “cosmetic physician” who makes a monthly appearance, or acts as the medical director “on paper”. Look down the hall. If you don’t see him now, that’s because he is in surgery.Keep in mind he does a high volume of cosmetic surgery every single week (minus the occasional well deserved holiday).  Facial Plastic Surgery procedures offered by Dr. Buonassisi include rhinoplasty, facelift, blepharoplasty, double eyelid surgery, otoplasty and labiaplasty

We are dramatically different to the many medical spas who are owned by investors and hire a medical director “on paper”.

The Most Powerful Medical-Grade Treatments Available

Our devices are extremely tuneable and powerful. Every treatment is customized for each patient. Medical-grade treatments create results, however, in the wrong hands, these treatments can cause harm. We are highly trained and experienced professionals, operating in a medical environment, with extensive advanced training to ensure we are the best at what we do.

Comprehensive Set of Services & Unbiased Advice

We specialize in the complete spectrum of surgical and non-surgical treatments. We perform a high volume of surgical and non surgical treatments each week. Comprehensive gives us the freedom to recommend what will work, not just what we have to offer. We can do this because we have a Facial Plastic Surgeon and Plastic Surgeon actively in our practice. Plastic surgeons do an extra 5 years of surgical training following completion of their MD, then an additional year of fellowship training to specialize further. We are not limited in terms of what we can offer which means you aren’t going to be sold what we have, you are going to be consulted properly and recommended treatments that will work. We are very realistic with our patients. If you desire a neck lift surgery result from a non surgical treatment, we are going to tell you that this isn’t possible and that you need to adjust your expectations.

An Experienced Team with Specialized Skills: Specialize and Be Experts and What We Do

Our team consists of Plastic Surgeons, Registered Nurses, Medical Aestheticians, Certified Nutritionists, Makeup Artists and patient care managers.We have performed thousands of surgical and non- surgical procedures. We are experienced experts with a great passion for excellent results. We are specialists and we learn and grow constantly through advanced education and development. Dr. Buonassisi is a board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon who has been in practice for 20 years and focuses his work exclusively on cosmetic surgery of the face, eyes, nose neck & ears including rhinoplasty, blepharoplasty (eyelid lift), facelift and double eyelid surgery . He doesn’t dabble in facial surgery, he lives and breathes it, performing high volumes of facial surgery on a regular basis every single week (with the occasional well deserved holiday). The cosmetic surgery industry is not regulated, putting the onus on the consumer to evaluate the mass of marketing available on the Internet and make the best decision possible with the information that is available to them. We believe that we can provide the highest level of responsible care by offering specialized services. We attend seminars and conferences, keep our training up and learn and grow each year. In this industry, where there is a new “beauty invention” nearly every week, it is important that we remain on the forefront, so that we can assess which new treatments are fads that will come and go and which actually work and should be adopted by our practice.

Informed Consent and Realistic Expectations

We aren’t selling beauty hocus pocus. We offer medical grade treatments that work. Because our treatments are medical grade, they have the potential to create both results and complications. As such, patients are informed about both the benefits and risks of our treatments. Our consulting process is thorough and well refined and we view it as the most important part of the cosmetic treatment experience. This is our chance to learn about your objectives and medical history, make recommendations and inform you about benefits and risks. We recommend you begin your research process with a complementary Visa Skin Analysis Consultation.

Continuing Care

We are a well-established clinic and we’ve been open for 20 years with thousands of satisfied customers. We aren’t going anywhere and we aren’t going to go out of business on a groupon. In fact you won’t see us offering groupons or mass discounts: we just don’t need to. Bottom line, the medical grade treatments that we offer need follow up, and we have a team of people here to help you through your recovery process and answer all of your questions along the way.

When we embark on a skin improvement journey together, that comes with a lot of responsibility. Over the last 20 years in practice, we’ve developed some guiding principles to help us be our best in the eyes of our patients:

Our Mission is To:

  • Provide patients with an abundance of information so that they can make an informed decision about cosmetic surgery and medical spa treatments
  • Set realistic expectations for the potential benefits of surgery – be clear about what can and what can not be achieved
  • Set realistic expectations for what the patient will experience during the recovery period so they can plan accordingly
  • Clearly present the potential risks and complications of surgery
  • Remain a long-term ally for our patients and cultivate a long lasting relationship

We have a framework for guiding all the activities at our practice, to ensure the highest level of standards and care.  Our unique process includes:


There is a typical series of steps that people considering cosmetic surgery engage in. They begin by doing research to evaluate some of the options that may be available. We believe that we can best support patients as they research by providing a comprehensive source of reliable and credible information about cosmetic surgery, on our website. All the information on our site is developed with our surgeon to ensure the highest level of credibility and accuracy. We work hard to create reliable and helpful content.

Privacy & Safety

We believe that patients have the right to experience cosmetic surgery in a private and safe setting. We are committed to:

Ethics & Care

It seems that every day, new cosmetic technologies are released to the beauty industry. We recommend proven surgical procedures and will not endorse or promote techniques or technologies that have not been shown through research to be safe, effective and associated with a high degree of patient satisfaction.


We take our patients and their desire for privacy very seriously.

  • Patient medical information is kept secure in our electronic medical records system
  • Our ground floor location is located on a quiet tree lined street, providing easy entry and exit in a confidential manner
  • The patients who are featured in our in office educational materials have provided their consent for being featured in this way

We chose our location carefully to provide convenient access, in a modern first class medical facility. We are located one block from Broadway, with parking available directly in front of our ground floor location.


Our surgeon performs surgery at the top surgery centres in Vancouver. These facilities are accredited by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia and meet the highest standards of care.

Comprehensive Consultation Process

We are committed to creating an environment that facilitates a highly communicative dialogue between the surgeon and the patient. The surgical consult is a critical part of a cosmetic surgery candidate’s decision-making process. If done well, the consult shapes the patient’s experience of cosmetic surgery, and ensures that the surgeon has the opportunity to properly manage the patient’s expectations of the results. Our consulting process is designed with these objectives in mind:

  • Patients should feel informed and relaxed
  • Patients should have realistic expectations of both the surgery and the recovery period
  • Patients should have sufficient time to ask questions
  • Patients should have the opportunity for a complementary second consultation should they require more information before making a decision
  • Patient selection: Dr. Buonassisi chooses which patients he will accept to do surgery on based on their ability to accept the risks, complications and limitations of the procedure – this is determined in the pre surgical consultation – not everyone is a good candidate for surgery and some will be turned away

Find out more about the consultation types we offer.

Computer imaging plays an invaluable role in helping patients understand what can be achieved with cosmetic surgery, and gives them the option to see what they will look like before committing. Computer imaging is a valuable communication tool, as you and your surgeon will have the opportunity to review several degrees of change and discuss the pros and cons of different options.


Cosmetic surgery patients have a right to understanding both the risks and benefits of surgery. The informed consent process involves ensuring the patient has the opportunity to thoroughly review the potential risks and complications of surgery, before they make a decision. While health complications from cosmetic surgery are rare and not expected, we believe that informed patients can make better decisions. We choose our clients carefully. Not everyone is a candidate for cosmetic surgery. Ideal candidates for cosmetic surgery demonstrate the following characteristics:

  1. Internally motivated to have cosmetic surgery or aesthetic treatments – this is their idea, not someone else’s
  2. Have realistic expectations
  3. Comprehend the potential risks and complications
  4. Motivated to follow pre and post operative instructions
  5. Can comfortably afford the cost of cosmetic surgery


Patients who have the best experience of cosmetic surgery are those who are properly prepared for the recovery period, and clearly understand what things they should and should not do following surgery to encourage the best outcome. Your patient care co-ordinator will provide detailed instructions on both how to prepare and how to recover from surgery. A comprehensive daily care home routine will be provided. It is important that you follow these instructions carefully to encourage a safe recovery.

Continuing Care

Your relationship with 8 West Cosmetic Surgery doesn’t end after surgery. We want our patients to feel like they are a part of our family. A series of after care appointments will be scheduled for you. The objective of these appointments is to monitor your progress as you heal, and ensure you have the opportunity to have all your questions answered along the way.