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UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH DR. ASHLEY AMALFI

Dr. Ashley Amalfi, a plastic surgeon specializing in aesthetic and reconstructive breast and body procedures, joined the Quatela Center in 2019. With a reputation as a passionate and gifted surgeon, we decided to delve a little deeper and see what inspires this female powerhouse. What’s a typical day for you? My day usually starts early. Having two little ones (ages 3 and 5), sometimes the early hours are the only alone time I get. I wake up around 5am to enjoy a cup of coffee and an early workout at Midtown or in my home on my Peleton. The kiddos … Continue reading

MOHS SURGERY EXPLAINED

– BY FACIAL PLASTIC SURGEON DR. HEATHER LEE Skin cancer is one of the most common malignancies, affecting 1 in 5 Americans in their lifetime. Unfortunately, the number of new cases has only continued to increase over the past decades. Ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun is the main cause of skin cancers. Cumulative sun damage to the skin causes cosmetic changes that prematurely age skin but also more worrisome DNA changes that can lead to these skin cancers. When confronted with a new skin cancer diagnosis, patients are often fraught with numerous concerns. These concerns can heighten when the lesion is … Continue reading

Q & A WITH DR. QUATELA

Dr. Vito C. Quatela is known the world over for his surgical expertise in facial plastic surgery and for his life-changing HUGS Foundation charity. Here are a few everyday things you may not know about this extraordinary man: What’s a typical day for you?  5 am workout 6 am shower 7:30 am surgery (3-4 cases; my favorites are rhinoplasty, facelift and otoplasty procedures) When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? Always a surgeon, for as long as I can remember. What are your favorite hobbies? Fly fishing, music, astronomy, gardening. What is … Continue reading

IS BREAST IMPLANT ILLNESS REAL? HERE ARE THE FACTS YOU NEED TO KNOW

Breast augmentation is the most popular cosmetic surgical procedure in the U.S. Breast implants have been used since the 1960s and are one of the most heavily scrutinized and investigated medical devices in history. The types of implants available today, combined with continual refinement of breast augmentation surgery, make the procedure more reliable than ever before. All surgery, however, carries some risk and both regulatory agencies and practitioners continue to ensure the safety of the patient remains paramount. There has recently been renewed discussion surrounding the safety of silicone implants, in large part stemming from the global recall of Allergan’s … Continue reading

YOUR BMI AND COSMETIC SURGERY

– By double-board certified plastic surgeon Dr. William Koenig Maintaining a healthy weight is essential to your health, but did you know that it also has an effect on the risks of surgery, results, and healing?  Cosmetic surgery procedures are mostly elective but they are still major medical procedures which carry some risk, especially when using anesthesia.  Therefore, it is critical that patients meet certain criteria before undergoing a procedure. One of the most important criteria is a patient’s body mass index, or BMI. A BMI is the relationship between a person’s height and weight. Studies show that BMI is … Continue reading

IS THAT TAN TRULY A HEALTHY GLOW?

– BY FACIAL PLASTIC SURGEON DR. HEATHER LEE Sun exposure is one of the dominant factors responsible for many of the visible signs of aging. According to the World Health Authority, up to 90% of the visible changes commonly attributed to aging may be caused by sun exposure. In other words, how young or old you look for your age has a lot to do with how much sun exposure you’ve sustained over the years. Cumulative sun exposure can cause adverse cosmetic changes but more importantly also increase the risk of developing skin cancers. Cosmetic concerns include changes to skin … Continue reading

3 IN 5 WOMEN DON’T KNOW THERE’S A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A PLASTIC SURGEON AND A COSMETIC SURGEON

A new survey by RealSelf, the world’s largest online community dedicated to educating and sharing information about plastic surgery, has found that more than one in four (26%) women in the U.S. are currently considering a cosmetic procedure, yet nearly three in five (59%) women do not know there is a difference between a cosmetic surgeon and plastic surgeon. In addition, more than 8 in 10 women (84%) in the U.S. are unaware that medical professionals do not have to be board-certified in plastic surgery to perform surgical cosmetic procedures, such as a facelift, rhinoplasty or breast augmentation. The report also … Continue reading

CHOOSING YOUR PLASTIC SURGEON: THE TOP 5 QUESTIONS TO ASK

Whether it’s a tummy tuck, breast augmentation, rhinoplasty or facelift, plastic surgery has never been more accessible to improve your appearance and self-image. For many of our patients, their cosmetic procedure goes far beyond the physical changes and is truly a life-transforming experience. While plastic surgery is more popular than ever, it’s important to remember that all surgery carries some degree of risk and one of the most crucial elements of a successful outcome is your choice of surgeon. Expertise is everything Your surgeon’s experience, training and judgement will all impact the outcomes of your surgery, as will their openness … Continue reading

BIA-ALCL: BREAST IMPLANT SAFETY UPDATE

Yesterday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a voluntary global recall of Allergan’s BIOCELL® textured breast implants due to its risk of breast-implant associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL), a rare form of immune system cell cancer. It’s important to note that at this time the FDA does not recommend removal of these or other types of breast implants in patients who have no symptoms due to the low risk of developing BIA-ALCL. This recall does not affect Allergan’s NATRELLE® smooth or MICROCELL® breast implants. What is BIA-ALCL? BIA-ALCL is a rare and highly treatable type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma that can … Continue reading

SPRING INTO YOUR SUMMER BODY

The temperature is finally starting to rise and the weather is getting more beautiful as each day passes. Before you know it, summer will be here and there is no better time to prepare for it than now. The majority of our patients consider breast enhancement for years before eventually taking the plunge.  Those same patients commonly report that the only regret they have following surgery is that they didn’t do it sooner. If you’ve been thinking about breast augmentation, read on to see why now is a great time to take the next step. What is the healing process … Continue reading

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