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Laser Tattoo Removal is here

After years of requests from my patients, I finally have the technology needed for safe tattoo removal in darker skin types. It is so important that I offer only treatments that work for my patients, and do not simply market whatever is new and in the news. The trust that I have built in the Hispanic community over the last 20 years is vitally important, and no amount of money can make up for it.

The technology started 3 years ago, and has improved to the point that I feel it is the gold standard for tattoo removal of all colors on all skin types. It is faster than the old lasers, and requires fewer treatments to clear. It is also less painful.

Not everyone is a good candidate, and older tattoos are easier to remove. If you make a mistake in judgment, you have to wait 3 months to laser it off. Our system has 3 different wavelengths, so even the trickier colors can be treated.

All who perform this treatment have passed a comprehensive laser safety and science program, and received training hands on with a certified company trainer. They have all practiced on actual patients and staff, and only those with the top skills are allowed to perform this service.

I love adding a new tool to our shed, especially one as amazing as this. Call or email us for questions, and to make an appointment. Introductory special pricing will not be available forever, so get rid of that exes name or that poorly drawn picture. No regrets!


Happy 2017

As we begin a new year, it is a helpful starting point to think about what we can do better in 2017. After 20 years at Yager Esthetics, I am constantly listening to my patients in an attempt to deliver what they need. That has lead me to create an expert team of nurses and estheticians to find solutions specific for Hispanic skin, dark spots, laser hair removal and skin tightening with radiofrequency. We continue to treat cellulite and stretch marks with the latest technology, and have found the best scar prevention and treatment procedures and products.

My surgeries continue to become more refined, even after over 2000 abdominoplasties and 5000 plus liposculptures, and thousands and thousands of breast procedures. I always want to think there is more that I can do, and it drives me to be inspired by each case as if it was my first. My BRA procedure, Breast Reduction with Augmentation, has been a revelation. Lift and reduce the breast, and add an implant for fullness.

Our office is well on the way to a paperless operation, utilizing tablets and computers to streamline your experience, and our website redesign will provide a refreshed and more interactive experience. Look for more video and enhanced social media to come.

We have purchased very exciting new technology that will debut this month. You have been asking for these services for a long time, and finally I am excited that the technology exists to do it for our Latin patients. I will not spoil the surprise yet, but I am sure the majority of you will want it.

My pledge for this year is to stop and appreciate each patient and procedure. I am honored to be able to do what I do, and to have made a difference in the care of my community. I am humbled by your support and love. May you all have a healthy and blessed 2017.


Last Blog of 2016

Another year of blogging is now complete. I hope to those who read it, it has provided some valuable information, some amusement, and a little insight into what makes me who I am. Intentionally, and often unintentionally, my personality will leak out in my writing.

Even if no one ever read these pages, it was still worth it to me writing. It is an excellent exercise in thought. Each blog takes me about 10 minutes to complete. I sit down with no topic or notes and then just flow with an idea of the moment. I do no drafts or revisions. I have no editor or assistant. It is often fascinating where my mind decides to go.

2017 will be a year of major changes at Yager Esthetics. Our nonsurgical services are booming, and more technology is on the way. Stay tuned here for what is next. At least 2 will launch in January. Both are long overdue and will be much in demand.

We are going full electronic records and eliminating paper. Get ready for iPads and laptops, as well as a video revamp of the website. Technology cannot be stopped. We will continue to set the bar for plastic surgery in the Hispanic community.

I wish you all a very happy and Healthy 2017. Thank you to all who have supported me over these 20 years, and know I will continue to support you for as long as you will have me.


The Blog Before Christmas

Hard to believe, but this will be my last blog before Christmas. I hope all of you have done your shopping, and are ready to have a wonderful family holiday. I had a great time with my Yager Esthetics family last week at out annual holiday party. We rented a local restaurant, Mamajuanas, and had a fantastic time with great food and drinks.

I am still busy in the operating room, as holidays mean time off from work and school, which translates into time to recover from plastic surgery with family around to help out. A nice way to end the year, but a busier time for me.

I usually will steal long weekends in January, before it gets super crazy, so that I have a little family time and relaxation time. Unfortunately, I am not the kind of person who likes to sit on a beach doing nothing. Vacation for me is all about seeing, doing, and learning. It is often more tiring than work! Have to think about that as a New Year’s resolution.

I have received so many lovely gifts from patients this year. I tell them that my gift is their happiness, but sometimes they give more. Not necessary, but greatly appreciated. My hope is that each patient feels that I did my best and exceeded their expectations.

This week will be a lot of yspa and injectables like Botox, Xeomin, Radiesse, Voluma and Juvederm, as the office parties and family gatherings bring out the competitive nature of people. I like to theink the Yager Esthetics advantage always gets the edge!

Happy holidays, and thank you for supporting me supporting the Hispanic community.


A December to Remember

It is already the last month of 2016- where did the year go? The older I get, the faster time seems to speed by. Yager Esthetics is charging ahead in our 20th year as the Latina beauty experts. With all of the imitators popping up, we are certainly flattered, but be sure to be safe and do your homework.

December is a funny month, in that we tend to hold a few extra surgery days aside for the “last minute shoppers” of our practice. All of a sudden, people start realizing the holidays are coming, and there is time off from school and work. Gift money comes in, and all of a sudden they want to finally have that cosmetic plastic surgery procedure they have been thinking of.

If that is you, realize that surgery should not be rushed. Testing needs to be done beforehand to insure you are healthy and safe. Implants, girdles, and special order items need to be secured ahead of time, and all of the preop and postop visits need to be coordinated. You need to think about child care, who will pick you up from surgery and care for you, and who will cover you at work.

Of course we offer nonsurgical treatments and injections, such as Botox, fillers, skin tightening, laser hair removal, Silk Peel and skin care, for those who can’t quite get a surgery together. The results are amazing and can get you ready for a holiday party, family gathering, or New Year’s Eve celebration.

If you want this to be your December to remember, be efficient, make an appointment with your general medical doctor for right after your visit with me so testing will not be delayed. Patients aren’t the only ones who take off time around the holidays, doctors do as well. Except for me- I am here to serve you.


Thanksgiving 2016

I can’t believe Thanksgiving has passed already! It is my most favorite holiday, as all Americans can celebrate together. It is a wonderful reminder to all of us as to how lucky we are to live in this great country.

One tradition I have in my life is to have a Thanksgiving dinner for all of my staff, where we can enjoy food from everyone’s traditions and share a moment without working. It is important to realize that we are all people, and have personalities and lives outside of work. Getting to know each other in a more personal context is fantastic.

At my home, I make it a point to insure that everyone we know has a place to go for dinner. Even if it is a new neighbor, classmate of a child, friend of a friend, we try to open our house to at least one new person a year to make it a welcoming holiday. It is about sharing and caring.

I would also like to thank my Hispanic community for welcoming my practice for 20 years. It has been my pleasure serving, and I hope for at least 20 years more.


May You Live in Interesting Times

There is an ancient Chinese curse, “May you live in interesting times.” I think with the results of the United States Presidential election last week, these times would surely qualify. Donald Trump, a billionaire with zero political experience and a decidedly not political way of expressing himself, went from an outsider with a 1% chance of winning last year to the office of Washington and Lincoln.

I am not here to express a political view, but rather to step back and consider what this means in general terms. I try to take inspiration and find the good in everything, and there is a lot of both in this result.

To those of you who think that no one can make a difference in politics, it has just been shown that even if no other politician likes or supports you, it is the American people who get to choose. Put your message out there, and if it resonates with the public, you can win. Trump was outspent and did not have the full support of his supposed party behind him, yet he won.

Many people voted for the first time, or the first time in a while. While I feel the campaigns and the process in 2016 were ugly and a poor example to the world of a civil democratic process, this has certainly sparked an interest in the millenials in voting.

I am hopeful that all politicians take notice and realize that they serve at the will of the people. Maybe they can pull together and actually get things done so that service to their constituents and to this great nation I love will come before party and politics. G-d bless America.


Loyalty and Plastic Surgery

I always look for the good in people, and believe that deep down, all people want to do the right thing.  Until proven wrong, I place my faith in other people every day.  My employees are so critical in maintaining a safe and pleasant experience for each patient, and we train each one for a tremendous amount of time.  I want each person who works at Yager Esthetics to be a great ambassador for the practice, and to comport themselves as an honest advocate not only for the practice but for the patient as well.

Being in private practice here for 20 years now, I have had many employees.  While I am dedicated to the practice, many of my employees go on to get married, have children, move out of state, or get degrees or return to school.  As their lives change, sometimes they have to move on.  I am happy when I see them grow as people and go on to do great things and achieve happiness.

I tell each employee from the beginning that if they reach a point where they are not enjoying their work at Yager Esthetics, to let us know immediately.  We try to see if there is a modification that can be made, and if not, are happy to help them transition to another field or adventure in life.  We only ask for the professionalism and courtesy of being honest and upfront with us, and giving the time needed to seek a replacement.

Over the years, we have been very successful by treating patients and staff in this respectful manner. Of course, my trust has been betrayed on a few occasions by less than honorable staff.  I would rather live my life believing in the good in people than being mistrustful of everyone.  I will not change for the few bad apples.  They have to look in the mirror and live with who they are.


Rocktober at Yager Esthetics

As we are now rolling along in October, I get to enjoy some of my favorite music in the OR.  Classic rock is the music of my youth, and everything from Heavy Metal, to Hair Metal, to Alternative and Grunge will make the playlist.

Operating to music makes everything better.  It activates my creative brain, puts the patient more at ease upon entering the room, and keeps the energy level of all of my employees up throughout the session.

As a recording artist with an album under my belt, (Used Karmas- check it out on itunes, Spotify, or at usedkarmas.com) it keeps me humble to know how much better everything we listen to is than my own music.  If it weren’t for all the cosmetic plastic surgery, I might have the time I need to get better.

The mood extends into patient days as well, although we do not pump metal into our waiting room.  Sometimes Spanish Rock sneaks in, with Jarabe de Palo and Mana.  It is all rock and roll to me.  It is my tribute to the music that fed my soul growing up.

Please join me and appreciate the Rock inside of all of you.  Be it at work if possible, in the car, at home, or during exercise.  Rock on, my brothers!


The Most Valuable Gift from a Patient

I am a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, and I do not complain about my income.  I could certainly charge more here in my 20th year of private practice, but I try to keep plastic surgery accessible to working people in my Hispanic community.  I do not expect anything more than what I charge for each surgery, and feel it is a bargain for what is provided.

Some of my colleagues on Park Avenue charge considerably more, and are often given expensive gifts as a routine by their patients.  I have heard of expensive watches, jewelry, use of vacation homes, and even a car or two, far exceeding the value of the surgical fee.

I recently received a wonderful present that I feel is worth more.  A young woman, very quiet and respectful, came back one year after her surgery to tell me how much her surgery meant to her.  She felt that it helped her self esteem, her job, and her relationship, and wanted to thank me so much. I was touched and grateful for the appreciation, and then she handed me an envelope.  Inside was a Starbucks Gift Card.  She wrote “Thank You For Everything.”

It may not have the street value of a Rolex, but the thought was far more precious to me.