Quatela Center for Plastic Surgery's Blog

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

Go Green with your Morning Routine

-by board-certified plastic surgeon Ashley N. Amalfi, MD As a physician, health is an all-encompassing word that defines all aspects of my physical and emotional well-being.  During this time, it is critical that we do all we can to care for ourselves and boost our immune systems to stay healthy and thrive.  Given the current climate, we have so little control over what is happening around us.  It is the perfect time to focus on ourselves, our diets, our habits, our mental health, and to create healthy new habits that will carry us beyond this pandemic to the brighter days … Continue reading

The Future is Virtual: Delivering Your Uplifting Experiences Via Telemedicine

-by board-certified plastic surgeon Ashley N. Amalfi, MD We are up and running with telemedicine here at the Quatela Center for Plastic Surgery.  And we have to say, the transition has been so smooth and surprisingly a lot of fun. ZOOM has become quite the household name at this point.  My five year old has a ZOOM Meeting with his Kindergarten class every morning.  And my preschooler got to share her amazing Unicorn Birthday Cake and a special moment with over 50 friends and family via our first ZOOM Birthday party.  If my little ones can do it, you can … Continue reading

A Message to our Quatela Family

When everything around us is changing, we want to let you know that the Quatela Center for Plastic Surgery is still here for you.  But just like the world around us, we are evolving and modifying to accommodate the current climate. Things are changing day by day, hour by hour.  The Quatela Center has been monitoring the COVID-19 crisis closely, and changing practices to keep our staff and our patients safe such as deep office cleaning and limited handshakes.  Currently, we are offering limited phone coverage and have put on hold elective and non-essential surgery and procedures at the advice … Continue reading

10 minutes with facial plastic surgeon Dr. Heather Lee

Dr. Heather Lee, facial plastic surgeon and hair restoration specialist, is well known for her beautiful results, devoted care to her patients, and her positive energy which lights up any room. We caught up with Dr. Lee to share some of these quick facts about this extaordinary surgeon with you. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? Doctor. What are your favorite hobbies? Gardening, hiking, baking, biking, traveling. What is your favorite thing about Rochester, NY? The great people and wonderful summers. What is your biggest pet peeve? Bad attitudes and negativity. … Continue reading

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