Thanksgiving 2018

Another Thanksgiving at Yager Esthetics- this is our 22nd! Each year, we have a gathering for staff and family to show our thanks and appreciation for being together as a workplace family. We cook, eat, and relax in the space we normally work to make it feel more like home.

Being thankful is a powerful theme, and I am so thankful on many levels. I would like to use this blog to give a little recognition to those who mean so much to my practice.

Thank you, Anesthesia! Your attention to detail and patient safety and comfort makes what I do a great experience for each patient. I spend a lot of time making sure that surgery goes well, and no matter how perfectly I perform, if the anesthesia is not good the experience is ruined.

Thank you, clinical staff! You make sure I have what I need, and that each patient is well taken care of. You are my eyes and ears and I rely on your good judgment to help care for our patients.

Thank you, office staff! If you do not answer the phones professionally and have the knowledge to make sure that the proper appointments are made, I have no patients to see. Your warm greetings and interactions make each patient feel at home.

Lastly, my patients! You are the reason I work so hard. My mission since 1997 has been to provide a safe and excellent choice for cosmetic plastic surgery for the Hispanic community in Washington Heights and I have never deviated from that goal. It is you who sends me most of my new patients and extends my care through so many generations of so many families. I appreciate each of you.

Happy Thanksgiving.

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.

Labor Day 2016

It is Labor Day! Enjoy your day of rest and relaxation. This means that tomorrow, all the kids go back to school, and my teachers have to return to work after a summer of vacation.  The rush of plastic surgeries for the teachers is over, and now they start coming to book for Thanksgiving and Winter Break.

The first weeks of September are usually quieter for most people in my field, and an excellent time for vacation for me. I usually work hardest when most people are on vacation.  Although I am a professional and highly educated, I am a servant to the needs of the public, and therefore must make myself available at their convenience.

The side benefit of this strategy is that when I take vacation, most people are working.  This means the vacation spots are less crowded, and sometimes even less expensive.  You have to look on the bright side of things, as every seeming negative usually has a positive hiding somewhere.

The year has been quite rewarding for the first 2/3. I have a solid and stable staff, we just refreshed the entire Surgery Center OR and Recovery areas, and are getting ready to launch our new website design.  Our transition to electronic medical records continues, and we hope to be paperless by the end of the year.

Please keep reading weekly, as some exciting news will be revealed over the next months.  I will share details as they become finalized.  Enjoy the last day of Summer (unofficial), and get ready for an end of year to remember.

Jim McMahon Golf Outing

I lost a very dear friend 3 years ago named Jim McMahon.  He was a golf pro and a tremendous person.  Every day, he comes into my mind in some way, be it a happy memory, funny story, or the desire to call him up to chat.  He can never be replaced.

In his honor, I helped start a golf outing in 2013, and this will be the 4th event.  His friends and family gather at New York Country Club in Rockland County, NY where he was head pro and play a charity golf event.  It has virtually sold out every year so far.

The event features breakfast, lunch, dinner, open bar, cocktail hour and full banquet dinner with prizes and free gifts.  The contestants from the Ms Dominican Republic US pageant are on hand to make everyone feel welcome as well.

Each year, all the money raised goes to charity.  We have given about $20,000 each year to help others and carry on Jim’s good name.  I always attend and play, and it is a bargain at $200.  This is tax deductable.

If you are interested in a fun filled day with me, go to and search for Jim McMahon. This year, it is Monday, August 15th .    Hope to see you there.

Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial start to summer.  The weather is usually warm, and bbq’s are the order of the day.  It is a great time to get together with family and friends and to take a pause from the usual grind.

For me, it is the beginning of the mad rush of teachers and school employees wanting to book surgery for the end of June and the summer to take advantage of the time off.  I end up working every Saturday on the weekend so that I can be here for the community.  I never feel sorry for myself, as I am passionate about what I do.

I do not work Sunday and Monday, but that is the case every week.  The difference is that everyone else is available for a change.  To me, it is inconvenient, as my Monday is intruded upon by almost everyone.

If you are planning on summer surgery at Yager Esthetics, I advise you to try to get an appointment soon, as the dates disappear more quickly than you might think. I hate it when someone has their heart set on a day and I cannot accommodate them.

Enjoy your day, relax and reconnect with family and friends.  Remember, life is not forever, and good health should never be taken for granted.

It’s Leap Day!

It is only every 4 years that we have an extra day in February.  Also, only one out of seven of those fall on a Monday.  That means a Leap Day blog from Yager Esthetics only comes once in over 20 years!  Being that I am finishing year 19 in private practice, I might not have the opportunity to do this again.  Even if I did, there will probably be more advanced technology, and logging into a website will seem so outdated.

I suggest that we all do something to celebrate this one Monday every 24 years.  I move that we call it “Leap Monday Madness.” Take a leap of faith and try something you have always been meaning to do, or let someone know how you feel about them.  How many Leap Mondays do we really have in life?

As I get older, I notice how time seems to pass more quickly.  I treasure each healthy day I have, and try not to waste too much time.  I am efficient in as many aspects of my life as possible, both personally and professionally.  Each day is a blessing.

I sometimes wish that every February would have 29 days, so I could have an extra day to achieve my goals each year.  I know it doesn’t really make sense mathematically, but it sounds good.

Let’s all take that leap today. Who knows what you might find out about yourself?

Valentine’s Day and Plastic Surgery

Yesterday was Valentine’s Day, a holiday in which you are supposed to proclaim your affections for that special someone.  Flowers, chocolates, jewelry, and romantic meals are on the agenda.  So where does plastic surgery fit in?

Even though I am a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, it would be hard for me to recommend the gift of cosmetic surgery to your loved one, especially if they never expressed an interest.  “Here you are, honey, I am paying for breast implants for your Valentine’s Day gift!”  She thinks, “Don’t you love me the way I am?  Maybe this is a gift for you!”

“To my husband on Valentine’s Day, the gift of liposuction of your fat belly and love handles!”  Romantic, or insulting?  You really have to be careful

My advice is to make that person feel special and loved every day, so that Valentine’s Day is essentially every day.

2016- The Year of Yager Esthetics

I am starting of the year with the assumption that 2016 will be my best year ever.  Why not? It could definitely happen, not just for me but for you as well.  Attitude matters, and mine will be focused and fantastic.

How to you plan to have a great year?  Start off by making sure you take care of your health.  I will continue my workout regimen, and try to add one more activity to put it on another level.  I will reduce my sugar intake, and weigh myself daily to insure I stay on track.  Doctor visits, dental visits will be done early.

Family is important.  I will make sure to appreciate my family, enjoy each day with them, even when they drive me insane.  No one comes with a guarantee, so remember to tell them how you feel.

Professionally, I have to continue my plan to educate and keep the Hispanic community safe with a high quality option for plastic surgery.  I continue to vet new options for my patients, and promise to love them all and be grateful for the opportunity to care for them.

On the humanitarian front, I will continue to donate to children’s charities, and give my time and support to the community as I have always done.  It’s about the good, not the glory.

Lastly, I refuse to waste a moment on negativity.  The power of happiness that is inside can overcome the darkest of clouds.  I am proud of who I am and what I do, and no one can take that from me. In July, I will be starting my 20th year at Yager Esthetics, and it will be amazing.