David Shafer- NYC Number One Plastic Surgeon

I was jipped an upper lip, then I met Dr. David Shafer.

Hey hey hey Readers! When it comes to plastic surgery, I am hot and cold! In and out of Plastic Surgeons offices. I have been know as a confused client.  I can't help it! I get nervous about changing a facial feature that I could never get back. Out of the blue I met one of NYC finest Plastic Surgeon. The very knowledgeable Dr. David Shafer, who performs a full range of cosmetic procedures. He is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and a diplomat of the Board. His Office is located at the Harper Collins Building 10 East 53rd Street, New York New York 10022 Voice 212.888.7770    www.ShaferPlasticSurgery.com
While every plastic surgeon is trained in all aspects of plastic surgery, his concentration is on cosmetic surgery - Liposuction, Smartlipo, Tummy Tuck, Breast Implants, Breast Lift, Face-lift, Rhinoplasty as well as all the non-invasive procedures such as Botox, Collagen and Chemical Peels. His practice is about 75% female and 25% male and I am 100% comfortable in the presence of Dr. David Shafer. He is in it because it's his true passion. He has no desire to trick you for your penny and will absolutely not perform any procedure that he knows is not ethical and moral and most visually appropriate. Here is the man that turns beast to beauty Dr. David Shafer.

Dr. David Shafer looking sexy!

David
Hello Mr. nip and tuck, what procedures are you performing today?
 
Dr. David

In our office, I perform a full range of cosmetic procedures.  I am board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and I am a diplomat of the Board.  While every plastic surgeon is trained in all aspects of plastic surgery, my concentration is on cosmetic surgery - Liposuction, Smartlipo, Tummy Tuck, Breast Implants, Breast Lift, Facelift, Rhinoplasty as well as all the non-invasive procedures such as Botox, Collagen and Chemical Peels.  My practice is about 75% female and 25% male.  Most men come in for Botox and Dermal Fillers as well as liposuction to areas such as their chests and necks.  Women usually have Mommy Makeovers (tummy tuck and breast lift) or liposuction.   

 


David

What influence you to become a plastic surgeon?
 
Dr. David

I have always loved surgery.  I remember sewing with my grandmother as a child and listening to her stories about being a surgical nurse in World War II.  I also was fascinated by the TV show M.A.S.H. and imagined myself as one of the surgeons.  I original training was in trauma surgery and burn reconstruction.  However, I felt like something was missing as I was not using my creative side.  By studying plastic surgery I really was able to focus on the art and science of surgery.  The human body is a beautiful work of art that sometimes just needs some fine touches to reach its full potential.  Studying at the Mayo Clinic gave me a great foundation for plastic surgery.  My fellowship in New York City at Manhattan Ear, Ear & Throat Hospital exposed to the energy and innovation of Manhattan. 

 


 
David
What makes someone a suitable candidate for plastic surgery?
 
Dr. David

Plastic surgery is an elective procedure which is only performed in healthy patients.  Once that is established, we then discuss what procedures the patient would like.  We then determine if the patients expectations are realistic with what can be done surgically.  In most cases patients are practical.  However, in some cases, such as body dysmorphic disorder, the patient does not see their body the as way was week do.  They could be stick thin but still think they are fat.  In cases like this, it is best if the patient sees a psychologist or psychiatrist prior to surgery or not have surgery at all. 


David
Have you ever had to turn away a client? If so what would be some of the reasons someone is not a candidate?
 
Dr. David

Yes, expanding on the previous question, there are patients who have expectations that are not possibly with surgery.  In these cases, we talk with the patient and hopefully find a solution.  However, in some cases, we have to suggest that surgery is not appropriate and not perform the procedure.  We may also be able to find alternative procedures or treatments that can help the patient feel better about themselves.

Dr. David Shafer explaining the process.


 
David
"what don't you like about yourself"?
 
Dr. David
That is a great question.  Being in the plastic surgery world can be very tempting to have surgery yourself.  I actually had liposuction a few years back. It really has changed my life.  There are areas of the body that just do not respond to diet and exercise.  These area are very successfully treated with liposuction.  I had my thighs, abdomen and chest suctioned.  It was a great experience to live through what the patient experiences so that I can help guide their process through the surgery and the recovery period.  One think to keep in mind is to keep in touch with reality.  There are so many options with plastic surgery, but people risk starting to look plastic.  I often have to remind patients that if a little is good, more is not necessarily better.


David
Is it true that for some individuals, no matter how much they exercise and diet, the only way for them to improve their appearance is through surgery?
 
Dr. David

Yes, many patient do everything right - balanced diet and regular exercise, but still have trouble areas such as the thighs or flanks.  These are the types of patients that are excellent candidates for liposuction.  There are also other patients that are also born with slight asymmetries which can easily and effectively treated with plastic surgery.


 
David
How do you handle clients that are not realistic with their expectations with the outcome of plastic surgery?

Dr. David

Hopefully we can identify patients ahead of time that have unrealistic expectations.  However, sometimes the warning signs are not there and only reveal themselves after surgery.  I spend a lot of time before surgery trying to make sure the patient understands the procedure that they are having, any risks involved, the expected results and possible complications.  I always meet with the patient twice before surgery to review any lingering questions so that they will feel comfortable with their procedure. 

Dr. David Shafer # 1 Plastic Surgeon!

 

 

David
Media and advertising do play a large role in influencing many people's lives, researchers believe that plastic surgery obsession is linked to psychological disorders, would you agree with that statement?
 
Dr. David
There is some truth to that statement.  People are easily influenced by what they see on TV, read in magazines or find on the internet.  The job of the plastic surgeon is to clarify any misunderstandings and make sure that patients are well-informed.  Educating the patient is very important prior to surgery.  Some people, however, do have unrealistic expectations.  Others are just misinformed.  In the rare cases where a psychological disorder is present, surgery is not performed and the patients are referred for therapy. 


David
The Hills star Heidi Montag underwent a staggering 10 plastic surgery procedures in one day. How much of a risk do you think she took and would you perform 10 procedures on a person all in no day?
 
Dr. David

Combining plastic surgery procedures is common and is safe if done with the patients best interest in mind.  In the case of Heidi Montag, she did have 10 different procedures.  However, many of these procedures are very minor and usually do not even count as a surgical procedure.  The major procedures that Heidi had are Rhinoplasty (nose job), Breast Augmentation (implants), Liposuction, Butt Augmentation and Otoplasty (ear pinning).  The minor procedures that Heidi had are Botox, Mini Brow Lift and Chin Reduction.  This is a long list of procedures and most patients would separate these into a few different settings.  If the procedures are being done by a board certified surgeon, in an accredited facility and the length of the procedure is not excessive then the patient should be safe.  The problem occurs when patients push their surgeons to do too many procedures or go to unqualified surgeons who do not know better.

 


David
What would you tell someone that has always wanted to have a plastic surgery but is fearful of going under the knife?
 
Dr. David
The idea of having a surgery can be scary for some people.  The benefit of plastic surgery is that it is being done in healthy and happy patients.  Unlike other surgeries that are done when people are sick, such as appendicitis or gall bladder, plastic surgery is elective and performed under controlled situations.  Every aspect of the patients care if finely tuned  and advances in anesthesia and surgical instrumentation has made plastic surgery very safe and effective.


David

Have you had any traumatic experiences with any patience, like them waking up in the middle of the procedure, or a abnormal beating heart?
 
Dr. David

That really is the stuff for TV shows and movies.  Where there are very rare complications that can happen with surgery, they are very unusual.  I often tell patients that the chance of having something bad happen under anesthesia is about the same risk of getting hit by lightening or getting hit by a bus on their way to the hospital.  These are very unusual occurrences and really should not prohibit a patient from having surgery.  With that said, patients need to remember that they are having a real procedures and should expect to go through a recovery process.  Sometimes advertising makes it seem as if having a surgical procedure is as easy as getting your nails done, which is far from the truth.


David
What  are some of the pressures you have before performing a procedure?
 
Dr. David

Every surgery is carefully planned and customized for the patient.  The night prior to the surgery, I study the patients pre-operative photographs and map out the sequence of procedures.  The day of surgery, I meet with the patient and make surgical markings on their body with a sterile marker.  These markings are then used during surgery to help guide the process.  When first entering the operating room, we have a "surgical pause" where everyone stops what they are doing and reviews the planned procedures which are going to be performed on the patient.  With everyone in agreement, the operation begins.

 


David
Do you have a favorite procedure you enjoy performing?
 
Dr. David

There is so much that I love about plastic surgery and it is hard to pick a "favorite."  I love to restore the body's natural curves - whether on the neck, breast, hips or thighs.  Performing surgery is like playing a symphony.  Everything has to be coordinated - the surgeon, the anesthesiologist and the nurses.  And, everything has to be perfect every time.  I never leave the operating room until I feel that I have done that best that can for the patient.


David

What advice can you give anyone that is wandering the idea of becoming a plastic surgeon?
 
Dr. David

The road to becoming surgeon is not easy.  Plastic surgeons are often portrayed in a glamorous lifestyle on TV shows and in movies.  While there is some truth to that, plastic surgeons are some of the highest trained people out of any profession.  Training begins with 4 years of medical school followed by 5 years of general surgery residency then 2 to 3 years of concentrated plastic surgery training and in many cases, like myself, an additional year of fellowship training.  That ads up to  12 years - after collage - of training in which you are often paid less than minimum wage and work 80 to 100+ hours per week.  This intensive training can take a toll on you personally and to your family and loved ones.  So, my advice to someone considering becoming a plastic surgeon is to think hard about the dedication involved.


David

Any last words to all the readers?
 
Dr. David                                                                                                     

Plastic surgery is a wonderful profession.  My practice in Manhattan has introduced me to fashion designers, models, socialites, royalty, TV personalities, CEOs, and everyday New Yorkers.  New York City is not an easy place to live or open a practice.  However, I am constantly impressed how everyone I meet is at the top of their game - because with any less, they would not be able to survive in this city.

David
I hope Dr. David Shafer cleared any confusion any of you readers may have on plastic surgery. I know my experience with him has been delightful, helpful and I am glad that I did it... We as humans always strive to be better - whether it be technology, status, wealth, intelligence, ect. So for everyone out there, ignore the stigmas and judgments that are passed on cosmetic surgery and better just another aspect of your life- YOUR BODY: )
And make sure it's done right and done with thoughtful consideration, which will likely lead you to Dr. David Shafer.

 

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