Summer in the City 2018

Summertime is upon us again in NYC. That means hot weather, air conditioning, and many teachers and school employees looking for plastic surgery. Having the summer off is one of the amazing perks of being an educator.

The summer is also a less clothed time, and people become more conscious of their bodies and flaws. Fixing them is where I get busy. Liposuction, breast implants, and BBL’s are all way up at this time of year. I always do abdominoplasties and facial rejuvenation, but these procedures tend to be steady all year long.

Summer is also a time to be careful with your skin. Sun block, hats, and careful monitoring of your sun exposed areas is crucial. My brother died of melanoma, so I know this is a very real danger. Check those moles, my friends.

For those of you travelling, remember to make sure it has been at least 3 weeks from your surgery before getting on a plane to reduce the risks of DVT’s. Be safe and beautiful!

Father’s Day 2018

Yesterday was Father’s Day, 24 hours to express gratitude to the men who have children. It is not as popular as Mother’s Day, and for good reason: women give birth to children after growing them inside their bodies for 40 weeks; men start their work only after birth.

Being a father means different things to people. Some are the primary caretakers, responsible for all aspects of a child’s life, and others are the only parent. These fathers deserve the highest of regard for being entrusted with raising good people. There is no job more important.

Other fathers are not present, either by choice, death, or other circumstances. This absence is hard to replace and burdens the Mother and other people in the child’s life. This can be a major factor in the type of parent the child will become.

Most fathers are somewhere in the middle, co-parenting in either the same house or different accommodations. They share in the child-raising and care. Whether married, separated or divorced, the presence of a father in a child’s life is almost always a good thing.

I am a plastic surgeon, so why am I talking about being a father? Because despite all of my education, training and abilities, being a great father is the most important and challenging role that I have. I can do thousands of cosmetic plastic surgeries, make so many people look and feel better, but I will be judged by the quality of human being my children become. If everybody felt this way, imagine what tomorrow’s world would look like.