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Dr. Steven J. Pearlman is a distinguished Facial Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon in New York City. He is an educator and humanitarian with a wide range of professional credentials. He is uniquely dual board certified in both Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and in Head and Neck Surgery.

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With extensive clinical and academic backgrounds in both fields, facial plastic surgeon Dr. Pearlman provides his patients with unique expertise and understanding in the cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the nose, face, and eyes. He has authored over 30 medical-journal articles and book chapters, and also serves on the editorial board of a number of prestigious medical periodicals. Dr. Pearlman served as President of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 2004-2005. He was chosen as a Castle Connolly Top Doctor in both 2018 and 2019.

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  • Dr. Pearlman has been invited as a visiting professor to lecture on rhinoplasty, revision rhinoplasty and treatment of facial aging throughout the world. He leads the leaders.
  • Dr. Pearlman is a Clinical Professor at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.
  • Fellowship Director and Preceptor in Facial Plastic Surgery from the AAFPRS. There are only 46 fellowships throughout the country for top residency graduates to receive advanced training in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery.


  • Face to Face is an international program in which Dr. Pearlman traveled to China, Honduras and Vietnam, providing pro-bono surgery on children and adults. In addition to pro bono surgical services, Dr. Pearlman, along with his colleagues, provided additional education to local doctors on advanced and new surgical techniques.
  • National Domestic Violence Project, pro bono facial reconstructive surgery on the victims of domestic abuse who have suffered facial injuries. This helps empower women to regain self-esteem and rebuild their lives.
  • Little Babyface Foundation. Dr. Pearlman is on the medical advisory board and performs pro-bono reconstructive surgery for children born with facial deformities through this foundation.

Personal Statement from Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Pearlman

Dr. Pearlman, A Facial Plastic Surgeon NYC

"To showcase where I came from, I would like to share a letter my father, Herbert Pearlman received in 1995. Herb was a a B-17 pilot who was held captive as a POW in Germany during World War II:

'Feb 9, 1945 – Feb 9, 1995. 50 Years. Dear Herb, I thought I would take a minute and thank you once again for that difficult landing in Germany. Your superior personal skills plus your dedication to training enabled you to come in with 75% power gone and through enemy fire. and in doing so you gave to me and the others a chance to experience the last 50 years.'

"It has been this drive, resilience and courage that I have modeled my career after.

"I wanted to be a doctor since I was 5 years old. I always pursued science and human development as an interest and professional goal. I have always sought and achieved being at the top of my class. From High School on, I somehow became a leader, group president or in some leadership position of whatever it was I was participating in at the time. I was fortunate to have attended a top medical school, one of the most respected residency programs in Otolaryngology and undergo a fellowship from a true leader and innovator in facial plastic surgery. It was this pursuit of excellence that has led me to become a top surgeon and a leader in my specialty. This is how I have been able to distinguish myself from other plastic surgeons.

"I don’t now – nor have I ever – settled for less than the best; for myself, family, friends, staff and especially my patients. It’s my pathology! I strive for the ultimate in office environment for my patients and staff and even seek out the best surgical instruments available. I continue to educate myself in ways to improve my surgical techniques, services offered and subsequent results for my patients.

"These experiences have made me a truly superior surgeon. This all came from having a supportive family, top mentors and first-class role models. I don’t see myself as a superior person, but a person who made the most of excellent opportunities. My way of giving back is to always strive for – and offer the best. This helps me obtain top quality results on each individual and to provide comprehensive care for my patients."

- Dr. Steven Pearlman


    Can Facial Plastic Surgery Help my Eyes Look Less Tired?

    Eyelids can look “tired” for a number of reasons. The more common ones are bags under the lower eyelids, excess skin of the upper and/or lower eyelids and drooping of the eyebrows. You don’t have any of these. Your eyelids slant downward towards the sides; the corner where the upper and lower eyelids meet (called the canthus) is lower towards your ears than near your nose. There are a number of surgical techniques that can be used to raise the lateral canthus. Sometimes, there may be some hollowness of the bone of the eye socket as well. This is also treatable. Seek out Dr. Pearlman who is versed in performing eyelid surgery for a more definitive discussion.

    How long does rhinoplasty last?

    A rhinoplasty will last for the rest of your life. However, even a nose that has undergone a rhinoplasty ages like the rest of your face and body. As we age, the nose begins to droop. After a rhinoplasty they will age from where they were after the procedure. The procedures we do for an aging nose is often subtler than a formal rhinoplasty.

    What is a "mini lift"?

    A mini-facelift of today was the maxi-facelift of 2 decades ago. Mini or maxi, best to discuss with your doctor. There are many definitions of what a mini-facelift is. For some, it’s a shorter incision, for other doctors it's less work on the muscle called the SMAS. The technique depends more on the doctor’s skill and your anatomy. For a patient in their early 40’s, you often don’t need the same deep plane facelift that someone in their 50’s or above might need. Most of these procedures address your jowls.