As I sit here awaiting the opening of the Y Gallery event for famed Puerto Rican artist Celestino, I am thinking of how I got to this point. Opening Yager Plastic Surgery in 1997, my goal was to serve the Hispanic community with safe and affordable cosmetic surgery. Sixteen years and two expansions and renovations later, I have created Yager Esthetics/Estetica.
Here in Washington Heights in upper manhattan, I now have a state-of-the-art 6000 sf facility, complete with an accredited Surgery Center, Laser center, the Yspa, and Y Gallery. Y Gallery is a free art space within my office for the benefit of Hispanic artists looking for a venue in NYC to have their art seen. There is no fee to the artist, they can sell art and we do not take one penny. We also print a mailing postcard, provide music, food, and drink as well as an exhibition night and up to 2 months of time to show the work.
The yGallery events have become more popular over the 3 years we have been doing it, and virtually every artist sells something. The stature of the artists has also grown, leaving us to vet the best for inclusion. The Pequenos Picassos program to introduce children of single mothers of low income Hispanic families to art and help provide funding for art programs and scholarships to the community has also been an incredible success.
Why art in a Plastic Surgery center? Plastic Surgery is the perfect blend of art and medicine, and being able to enhance the experience of my patients means the world to me. In The Community, For The Community is not just a slogan for me, it is a way of life.
With the start of the new year come new year’s resolutions. What promises to make for 2013, both personal and professional? How can we make things better? What is realistic? So many questions already!
As I have stated before, I always take time off in the beginning of January to review my before and after photos from the prior year to check for quality and trends. I will do so again this weekend to search for ways to improve my results, even though my patients have been quite happy. It can be something as simple as using a different type of suture, or a better girdle, or a new scar regimen.
So, what are my resolutions? As always, to make improvements in Yager Esthetics so as to keep our position as the premier practice in cosmetic plastic surgery for the Hispanic community. We will continue to add services to meet our patients’ needs, and stay at the forefront of safety.
I will also continue to expand our community service and charitable endeavors, as we did this past year. Raising awareness of cancer in the Latin population remains a priority, as well as our educational seminars. The Y Gallery will continue to provide free art space to emerging Hispanic artists with an even higher profile.
Our Pequenos Picassos charity will work with more sponsors to provide scholarship money to the children of single mothers with low incomes, and fund art programs in the public schools that do not have them. Over $10000 was committed last year alone, and we feel we can do much more.
What will you do? Look in the mirror and do what feels right. Let’s make the world better and more beautiful inside and out.