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Archive for April, 2017

Do Not Have Plastic Surgery

Monday, April 24th, 2017

I am a board certified plastic surgeon with 20 years of experience in private practice.  I do exclusively cosmetic plastic surgery, and derive all of my income from this.  I love performing the procedures, and think that I am quite good at it, achieving excellent results.  Why would I want you to NOT have plastic surgery?

Plastic surgery is not for everyone.  Some people are not healthy enough for elective surgery, even if the need for cosmetic improvement is there. Primun non nocere- first do no harm.  Beauty is not worth your life.

Others do not really need the surgeries.  If the degree of concern far outweighs the level of the deformity, it might not be a plastic surgeon you need to see.  Body Dysmorphic Disorder, anorexia, and even low self esteem can lead to seeking procedures you do not need.

Your motivation may be wrong.  The only reason to do elective plastic surgery is for you.  It should enhance who you are, not make you somebody else.  Do not change for any other person.  If they do not see how beautiful and special you are right now, you are better off without them.

So, to those who fit into the categories above, please do not have plastic surgery.  I would rather earn less than take money for the wrong reasons.


How Being a Drummer has made me a Better Plastic Surgeon

Monday, April 17th, 2017

As some of you may know, I am the drummer in an alt rock band, Used Karmas.  If you are interested, you can take a listen on Spotify, and hear our first album.  What does this have to do with plastic surgery? Absolutely nothing.
As I have practiced and played the drums more, I have improved.  It is no longer just keeping time and fearing a miss hit, it is a sense of rhythm, time, and what is called “the pocket.”  Being in the pocket means that you are in rhythm, but you feel the whole song revolve around the time signature you set.  This is a musical way of saying you are comfortable with the beat and can dance around it without losing it.  It is sort of what happens with a great dancer who is really feeling it.
As I operate, I am in a zone where time, hunger, and the outside world do not exist.  I am so focused on the case at hand that I literally do not look at anything but the field I am operating in. I reach my hand out for whatever I need, and it is placed in my palm.
As my drumming has gotten better, I have thought of operating in “the pocket” as a different way to experience surgery.  I am still dead focused on what I am doing, but enjoy and feel the rhythm of the operation as if it were a piece of music.  Having this time signature in my head has made my favorite thing even more enjoyable.
I guess I dance to the beat of my own drummer.  Fortunately for my patients, I have never lost my groove.


Zapatos Baratos Salen Muy Caros

Monday, April 10th, 2017

It is said in Spanish that cheap shoes can be costly.  This is a phrase that is applied to buying something inexpensively that ends up costing you much more in the long run.  Unfortunately, it applies to cosmetic plastic surgery as well.
Being in Washington Heights since 1988, and in my private practice, Yager Esthetics, since 1997, I have seen my share of poorly performed plastic surgery, as well as procedures done by unlicensed people resulting in often irreparable damage.
The procedure that irks me the most is silicone injections.  Sometimes, as in the lips or cheeks, it simply results in a disfigured shape. Surgery can sometimes debulk and assist in correction.
Injections in the buttocks are more common.  Some patients develop abscesses or infections, others get hard balls, others create a rock hard contour that can be painful and change color.  There are cases that I prescribe steroids for comfort, others I inject, and others where I can simply use a liposuction technique to reduce the silicone load.  Some, I can offer no help, as the cure is virtually an amputation of the skin and tissue which I do not feel comfortable doing.
I recently had a woman who had silicone injected into her breasts.  She had red damaged skin, hard masses, and a disfigured appearance.  She was devastated, and it ruined her self esteem and relationships.  I was able to perform a partial mastectomy with implant reconstruction and a lift which miraculously even preserved nipple sensation.  She was lucky, but it cost her 10 times what the injection did.
Be smart with your health and body.  There are places to save money, but plastic surgery is not where I would suggest.