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What Should I Know when I Come to New York City for Plastic Surgery?

What should I know when I come to New York City for plastic surgery? Over the past several decades there has been a huge upswing in medical tourism. Medical tourism is the practice of traveling to another locale to undergo plastic surgery procedures. The reason for medical tourism gaining a foothold outside of the US, often in under-developed countries, is largely due to the fact that medical care in such areas is much more affordable. Coupled with a tropical climate and pristine white sandy beaches, people flock to these destinations for combination surgery-vacation jaunts. However, medical tourism may have a downside.

The cost of care may be lower, but many times it comes at the expense of the level of care received. Facility accreditation can be iffy at best, leaving you open to much higher risk than in a hospital or clinic in the United States. Plus if you have a complication after surgery, there is little to no recourse or chance to follow up if you travelled outside the US for surgery.

So, if you have your heart set on the experience of a destination cosmetic surgery coupled with a recuperative vacation, come see us in The Big Apple. New York is an obvious choice when considering contenders for the medical tourism crown. Not only should all Americans visit New York City at least once in their lifetimes, visiting a Park Avenue facial plastic surgeon can give you the experience of a lifetime…the beginning of the rest of your life, if you will. You won’t find that in Barbados!

Our office is located in Manhattan on the famous Park Avenue, just two blocks away from Central Park, a short 16-minute walk to Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall, and a short 7 minute drive to the MET – Metropolitan Museum of Art.

After your procedure, New York City has countless luxurious and elegant five star accommodations for you to relax and recuperate in. In fact, Pearlman Aesthetic Surgery has special arrangements with a number of high quality New York Hotels. The Kimberly is a beautiful boutique hotel with mostly suites in the heart of mid-town, yet price sensitive. For real luxury we have affiliations with the Pierre, Lowell, and Carlyle hotels. Another option is the Affinia Gardens, a hotel specializing in post-surgery care. When some time has passed and you’re feeling up to it, the countless delights of New York City are yours to discover. Try out your new face on a nice stroll through Central Park to the Central Park Zoo, or during a visit to the Museum of Modern Art. Indulge yourself in a trip up to the top of Empire State Building, or a little retail therapy in one of many New York City boutiques.

There’s really no need to take the risk of leaving the good old USA for a cosmetic surgery vacation. It’s safer to do it right here at home. So pack your bags and prepare for an adventure in the city that never sleeps. You’ll come home looking like a million bucks with memories that will last a life time.

To learn more about traveling to New York City for facial plastic surgery for Dr. Pearlman, please visit our Concierge page.

Then call for a consultation: (212) 380-1541

A Gift.

photo I have been teaching residents since I was a fellow in 1987-88. Teaching surgery and the art of Medicine is one of the most rewarding parts of an academic medical practice. Even in private practice, the residents from the Columbia University/ New York Hospital program continue to rotate through my office.

They learn facial plastic surgery from me.  I get to see green, nubile surgeons grow into mature skilled individuals who then go on to medical practices or fellowships. The gift in the photo came along with two antique mirrors (which I collect) from Ben Talei, MD. He is an outstanding resident with great ambition, skill and a personality to match.

He is going to be an outstanding surgeon and doctor when he completes his fellowship next year.  Tomorrow night is the graduation dinner for the residents as well. Over the past few decades, over 1/4 of the graduating Otolaryngology (ENT) residents choose to pursue facial plastic surgey fellowships. Many attribute that to my mentorship and the example I have set through my teaching and hosting their visits to my office.

Rhinoplasty and Revision Rhinoplasty Publications

How patients used to find their doctors

Back when I started my training in the ‘80s patients sought out the doctors who taught other doctors. This group included those who published articles in peer reviewed journals, legitimate medical journals that require stringent review of all submissions for content and contributions to medical education. This also included the doctors who routinely gave lectures at medical meetings. These physicians were the leaders in their field as recognized by their peers and subsequently the general public. I was fortunate to have four articles published last year in such journals on rhinoplasty, revision rhinoplasty and Botox treatments, as listed below:

Radix grafts in cosmetic rhinoplasty; lessons learned from an 8 year review. By Justin Cohen MD and Steven Pearlman, MD. Published in Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery, Volume 14 (6), November/December 2012

An Anatomic Basis for Revision Rhinoplasty. By Steven Pearlman, MD and Ben Talei, MD. Published in Facial Plastic Surgery Volume 28(4), August 2012.

Avoiding Complications of the Middle Vault in Rhinoplasty. By Steven Pearlman MD and Roxanna Baratelli, MD. Published in Facial Plastic Surgery Volume 28(3), June 2012.

Physician Confidence in Fillers and Neurotoxins: A National Survey. By Steven Pearlman, MD, Ben Talei, MD, Heidi Waldorf, MD, Michael Kane, MD and Roger Dailey, MD. Published in Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery, Volume 14(1) January-February 2012.

 

Facial Plastic Surgery Journal, Dr. Pearlman Guest editor

Facial Plastic Surgery Journal, Dr. Pearlman Guest editor

This might not look like much, but getting one article published per year is considered an accomplishment. Additionally, I was guest editor for the journal, Facial Plastic Surgery for June 2012. In that Journal, I invited 12 highly respected Facial Plastic Surgeons, Cosmetic Dermatologists and Oculoplastic Surgeons to discuss the most common complications found in various aspects of facial surgery, how and why they occurred and suggestions on how to avoid them in the first place. Dating back to my residency, the monthly Quality Assurance meetings were just that, a review of all complications to be used as a teaching tool on how to improve quality and reduce future complications.

Now we spend time when we are not engaged in patient care writing blogs, posts and website copy to get the “word” out. But, as physicians, we cannot lose sight of the extreme importance of contributing to the medical literature.

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