Happy 2017

As we begin a new year, it is a helpful starting point to think about what we can do better in 2017. After 20 years at Yager Esthetics, I am constantly listening to my patients in an attempt to deliver what they need. That has lead me to create an expert team of nurses and estheticians to find solutions specific for Hispanic skin, dark spots, laser hair removal and skin tightening with radiofrequency. We continue to treat cellulite and stretch marks with the latest technology, and have found the best scar prevention and treatment procedures and products.

My surgeries continue to become more refined, even after over 2000 abdominoplasties and 5000 plus liposculptures, and thousands and thousands of breast procedures. I always want to think there is more that I can do, and it drives me to be inspired by each case as if it was my first. My BRA procedure, Breast Reduction with Augmentation, has been a revelation. Lift and reduce the breast, and add an implant for fullness.

Our office is well on the way to a paperless operation, utilizing tablets and computers to streamline your experience, and our website redesign will provide a refreshed and more interactive experience. Look for more video and enhanced social media to come.

We have purchased very exciting new technology that will debut this month. You have been asking for these services for a long time, and finally I am excited that the technology exists to do it for our Latin patients. I will not spoil the surprise yet, but I am sure the majority of you will want it.

My pledge for this year is to stop and appreciate each patient and procedure. I am honored to be able to do what I do, and to have made a difference in the care of my community. I am humbled by your support and love. May you all have a healthy and blessed 2017.

Last Blog of 2016

Another year of blogging is now complete. I hope to those who read it, it has provided some valuable information, some amusement, and a little insight into what makes me who I am. Intentionally, and often unintentionally, my personality will leak out in my writing.

Even if no one ever read these pages, it was still worth it to me writing. It is an excellent exercise in thought. Each blog takes me about 10 minutes to complete. I sit down with no topic or notes and then just flow with an idea of the moment. I do no drafts or revisions. I have no editor or assistant. It is often fascinating where my mind decides to go.

2017 will be a year of major changes at Yager Esthetics. Our nonsurgical services are booming, and more technology is on the way. Stay tuned here for what is next. At least 2 will launch in January. Both are long overdue and will be much in demand.

We are going full electronic records and eliminating paper. Get ready for iPads and laptops, as well as a video revamp of the website. Technology cannot be stopped. We will continue to set the bar for plastic surgery in the Hispanic community.

I wish you all a very happy and Healthy 2017. Thank you to all who have supported me over these 20 years, and know I will continue to support you for as long as you will have me.

Jim McMahon Golf Outing

I lost a very dear friend 3 years ago named Jim McMahon.  He was a golf pro and a tremendous person.  Every day, he comes into my mind in some way, be it a happy memory, funny story, or the desire to call him up to chat.  He can never be replaced.

In his honor, I helped start a golf outing in 2013, and this will be the 4th event.  His friends and family gather at New York Country Club in Rockland County, NY where he was head pro and play a charity golf event.  It has virtually sold out every year so far.

The event features breakfast, lunch, dinner, open bar, cocktail hour and full banquet dinner with prizes and free gifts.  The contestants from the Ms Dominican Republic US pageant are on hand to make everyone feel welcome as well.

Each year, all the money raised goes to charity.  We have given about $20,000 each year to help others and carry on Jim’s good name.  I always attend and play, and it is a bargain at $200.  This is tax deductable.

If you are interested in a fun filled day with me, go to eventbrite.com and search for Jim McMahon. This year, it is Monday, August 15th .    Hope to see you there.

Yager Sponsors Miss RD US 2015

We are so proud to be the official skin care and aesthetic solution sponsor of this year’s Miss Dominican Republic US or Miss RD US. Miss RD US is a famous beauty competition in the Dominican community that brings together contestants from all parts of Dominican Republic.  The winner of Miss Domican Republic will be the Beauty Ambassador of Dominican woman in the US and will be given the chance to compete for Miss Dominican Republic Universe in 2016.

Voting officially begins today. You can vote for your favorite at http://www.missrdus.com

  • Miss National District: Giselle Ramirez
  • Miss Duarte: Jessica Antonio
  • Miss El Seibo: Paola Gomez
  • Miss Espaillat: Michelle Ovalles
  • Miss La Altagracia: Angie Curo
  • Miss La Romana: Paulino Nayade
  • Miss La Vega: Mariela Duran
  • Miss Monte Plata: Genesis Ruiz
  • Miss Peravia: Noelia Baez
  • Miss Puerto Plata: Tatiana Mercedes
  • Miss San José de Ocoa: Villar fauda
  • Miss San Juan: Jessika Ortiz
  • Miss San Pedro: Nicole Sabino
  • Miss Santiago: Kassandra Fernandez
  • Miss Santiago Rodriguez Salas Marggiori
  • Miss Valverde: Yoanna Gabriela Burgos

Miss Dominican Republic US is more than just a beauty pageant; it is a platform for young women to grow professionally and personally. As a center that serves the Latin community, it is a great honor to sponsor such a competition. We wish all of the contestants the best of luck!


New Years and Plastic Surgery

In a few days, 2014 will be in the past.  This has been the fastest year of my life, and I never even had a feel for it.  The seasons and weather were odd, and it never really felt like it got going.  So, as always, the question becomes, what can I do to make 2015 even better at Yager Esthetics?

This past year was quite successful, in both patient care and community service. We added Exilis Elite for skin tightening, new skin care and stretchmark treatments, improved scar reduction techniques, and enhanced our spider vein and injectables practice quite a bit.

We had very successful Y Gallery art events, with a very high quality group of artists.  Many paintings were sold completely for the benefit of our Hispanic artists.  Our educational seminar series has been met with a tremendous response, and patients are acquiring the tools to make informed decisions.

So, what to do for Yager Esthetics in 2015?  We have some great live events planned, and details will follow soon.  We have hired even more Hispanic women to help the community and our practice grow together.  New technology is being evaluated now to add to the offerings for our patients, both surgical and nonsurgical.

We are expanding our social media outreach, and I still tweet daily and have an active Facebook page.  Look for videos and photos of our events, as well as copies of my live television appearances.

We are interactive, so if there are questions or suggestions of how we may serve you better, or if there are suggestions for Blog topics or seminars, contact us at info@dryager.com or call 212-543-1700 any time.

Prospero Año y Felicidad!

Planning Surgery before a Wedding? Things to Consider

When a woman is getting married, she wants to look her best. It is a magical day filled with fairytale dresses and many, many photographs. Diets almost always are begun, and the bride begins to obsess over how she will look. Sometimes, a plastic surgeon is consulted.

When someone is getting married, it is important to consider how much time we have before the big day to plan for recovery to the point of being photo ready. Things like liposuction require little time off from work, but take a while for swelling to disappear. If it is arms or a back or neck, you want to make sure you can have massage after, and 3 months ahead is a good time frame.

For breast surgery, you will look fine for photos in a month, but if the honeymoon requires lifting or force with the upper body, 3 months is safer. For a tummy tuck, at least 2 months is a good guideline. Face or eyelid or nasal surgery are trickier. This is a very photoed site. I recommend 3 months at least.
Things like botox or fillers or peels are usually good to do about 6 weeks prior in case of any bruising or if touchups are needed. You do not want to have any additional stress on your wedding day.

So if plastic surgery needs to come before your wedding, or someone close to you is getting married and you want to look your best, plan early to see your plastic surgeon as scheduling often takes a while as well. Good luck!

Uptown Fashion Week

I was very pleased to be able to support and participate in Uptown Fashion week this past week. The idea behind it was to, in conjunction with the well known Fashion Week downtown, raise awareness of the quality and talent available in Northern Manhattan.

As a very well educated and supremely well trained Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, I had my choice of locations to set up practice. I chose Washington Heights because I saw a need for a higher quality choice for cosmetic surgery located in the Hispanic community, and I felt the opportunity was there to show that this community would support my investment. Starting my 17th year of private practice in Yager Esthetics, I take great pride in the accomplishments we have made to date.

The second part of Uptown Fashion week was to raise awareness of domestic violence. Unfortunately, this is a big problem still in many places. As a plastic surgeon, I have dealt with not only the physical reconstruction of battered women, but the self esteem and body image problems created by verbally and emotionally abusive partners. We have always, and continue to support the crusade to end this barbaric abuse.
Seeing the designers, models, and community leaders gather to support this cause only enhances my belief in the uptown Hispanic community in which I have worked for more than 25 years. Let’s make Northern Manhattan the envy of downtown.