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Natural Breast Augmentation with Fat Grafting

-by board-certified plastic surgeon Ashley N. Amalfi, MD Are there natural options for breast augmentation without an implant? While most of our patients choose an implant for their breast augmentation, newer techniques and natural options are now available.  Fat grafting, or fat transfer, is growing as an exciting and natural option for small breast augmentation. Just what is involved in this surgery? Fat grafting to the breast involves the harvest and transfer of fat cells to a more desirable location, in this case, the breasts.  Fat is harvested via a standard liposuction technique.  Most patients choose to remove fat from … Continue reading

A Holistic Approach to Beauty

-by board-certified facial plastic surgeon Heather Lee, MD In a blink, the holiday season has ended and a new year has begun! These transitions are a time of reflection on all the events of the past 12 months and gratitude for all the blessings and loved ones that enrich our lives.  While 2020 was a difficult year, we can still come away realizing how fortunate we are, and now more than ever, we should take the time to appreciate those around us more often throughout the year.   Medical literature suggests this simple ability to reflect on the good may … Continue reading

12 Questions with Dr. William Koenig

Dr. William Koenig, double-board certified plastic surgeon, is well known for his consistent, natural breast surgery and body contouring results and impeccable safety standards. We took a few minutes to learn more about the man behind the surgical mask. What is a dream you have that you’ve yet to achieve? A full year trip around the world with my wife with an unlimited budget If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time? Extra two hours cooking a great meal and the rest of the time reading What’s your guilty pleasure? Fine wine At what job would … Continue reading

Liquid Rhinoplasty: A Nonsurgical Alternative

– by facial plastic surgeon Heather Lee, MD Nonsurgical rhinoplasty has increased in popularity over the last few years, allowing patients to make small adjustments to the nose without surgery.  Dr. Heather Lee, a facial plastic surgeon who specializes solely in cosmetic and functional procedures for the face, offers an in-depth look at what the liquid rhinoplasty procedure can do. The nose is one of the key features of the face, and one of the most common reasons people visit our office.  Because it occupies the central part of our face, it can have profound changes to the perception of … Continue reading

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

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