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Botulinum to the masseter | What you need to know

-by board-certified plastic surgeon Ashley N. Amalfi, MD Your facial contour is your first impression.  A sharp jawline can give a face the structure it needs and help you look strong and healthy.  And in the world of selfies and social media, we are spending more time analyzing our facial structure and improving our appearance. Some of this is genetic.  Even in youth and at an ideal body weight, some faces never have the well-defined jaw they desire.  Others have a strong facial contour, but with age or weight changes, they begin to lose that chiseled look.  So what does … Continue reading

An unexpected side effect of COVID-19: A surge in cosmetic procedures

-by Lauren Andreacchi, Patient Consultant for Dr. William J. Koenig, double board-certified plastic surgeon This blog is not intended to ignore or diminish the ongoing health and financial difficulties that many are facing due to COVID-19.  Rather, it’s sole focus is on the trends that we are seeing in our practice in regards to continued and increased interest in cosmetic procedures during this new, unchartered season. Where we were As we sat in an all-staff virtual meeting in May, just months into the pandemic and while our physical office was closed, the question at the forefront of all of our … Continue reading

Breast Reconstruction Awareness (BRA) Day

-by board-certified plastic surgeon Ashley N. Amalfi, MD IT’S BRA DAY! What is BRA Day? Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day, or “BRA Day” was started in Toronto, Canada in 2011 to raise awareness about reconstructive options.  The United States quickly adapted this celebratory day and since 2012 the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and The Plastic Surgery Foundation have worked to raise awareness about breast reconstruction on this celebratory day. Did you know women have a right to breast reconstruction after their mastectomy?  Many times women just don’t know their options.  When having a mastectomy, a woman is entitled to breast … Continue reading

Answers to the Most Common Questions about Vaginal Rejuvenation

-by board-certified plastic surgeon Ashley N. Amalfi, MD So just what is Vaginal Rejuvenation? Many women just aren’t happy with the way they look…even down there.  We hear so many women talk about breast reduction, or breast augmentation surgery, but less so about what can be done to address genital concerns.  For many who are unhappy with the appearance of their labia majora (outer labial tissue) or their labia minora (inner labial tissue), labiaplasty surgery can offer correction.  Others have redundant or extra skin that hangs atop the clitoris and are more interested in clitoral hood reduction.  Regardless of the … Continue reading

How Long Do Fillers Last?

-by board-certified plastic surgeon Ashley N. Amalfi, MD Let’s talk about fillers In 2018, almost 16 million non-invasive procedures were performed in the United States, with Botox and filler injections topping the list.  Dermal fillers involve the injection of a product, typically hyaluronic acid, into the face to restore or enhance the facial features. As children, our faces have a more cherub-like appearance, and this facial volume is associated with youth.  However as we age, we lose volume of both the bony structure as well as the fatty compartments of the face.  Dermal fillers allow your doctor to directly address … Continue reading

What Are Stretch Marks, and What Can I Do to Get Rid of Them?

-by board-certified plastic surgeon Ashley N. Amalfi, MD What are stretch marks anyway? Stretch marks are a type of scar to the skin, sometimes referred to as striae by your doctor.   They are caused by a tear in the dermis, or the deeper layer of our skin, often from abrupt stretching of the tissue.  This rupture of the collagen and elastin leaves a permanent scar when it heals, and from the surface this develops into a visible stretch mark as we know it. When they first appear, stretch marks are very dark in color, often purple or red.  They can … Continue reading

Together Again

This spring has been a trying time for all of us, and we hope you and your families are all healthy and safe. We are excited to announce that we have been given the clearance from Governor Cuomo and the Department of Health to reopen our doors. Even though we have been apart the past few months, we have been thinking of you. Our beautiful office, in the historic Lindsay House, has gone through an extensive deep cleaning with updates inside and out. Our priority with these changes has been safety for both patients and staff. We have devised specific protocols and … Continue reading

Finding Emotional and Physical Balance

-by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. William J. Koenig, MD As many of you know, I am a licensed acupuncturist as well as a plastic surgeon.  I don’t practice acupuncture often, but it gives me an interesting perspective on illness and health, and allows me to look at problems from both an Eastern and Western medical perspective.  Eastern medicine always reminds me to stay balanced, and I encourage my patients to stay balanced as well.  My daughter is a full-time acupuncturist at her practice Hidden Root Acupuncture in New Orleans, and we had an interesting conversation recently about the quarantine and … Continue reading

Get Out of Your Rut

-by facial plastic surgeon Heather Lee, MD As many of us have practiced social distancing measures for the last couple of months, the uncertainty and apprehension of the coronavirus pandemic has mixed with the stressors of new life at home.  We have cooked and baked our way through endless recipes and as we start nearing the end of our project lists, many find themselves restless or waning in motivation. For those of you who are at home during this time, here are some strategies to help get you out of the rut: Have a schedule: It is easy for time … Continue reading

Maintaining Connections During Social Distancing

-by facial plastic surgeon Heather Lee, MD The coronavirus pandemic has brought on dramatic shifts to our way of life.  As we comply with stay at home measures, we have significantly decreased our interactions with others, which can have a profound impact on mental health and wellness.  We are social creatures, and many of us find we need and crave interactions with others.  Studies have demonstrated that loneliness can adversely affect our physical health, particularly cardiac health and our immunity, which we want bolstered now more than ever.  Loneliness can also lead to depression and cognitive decline. The hardest part … Continue reading

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