Many of the surgeons of the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Department of New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai (NYEE) specialize in individual areas of plastic surgery such as cosmetic surgery, breast surgery, reconstructive surgery, hand surgery, and microvascular reparative surgery.
Clinical Services and Special Areas of Expertise
Microvascular surgery: State-of-the-art clinical innovations at NYEE are improving people's lives in many areas. Operations involving microvascular transfer of tissues from the abdomen or the buttocks are used to repair the tissue loss after mastectomy for breast cancer. Microvascular techniques are also available to reattach missing digits and reconstruct missing thumbs by transfer of the great toe to the area of the missing digit.
Congenital deformities: Repair of cleft lip and palate malformation and more massive deformities involving the nasal and orbital regions are performed to give patients a more normal appearance and vastly improved quality of life.
Skin cancer: Along with other more involved cancers, lesions with extensive loss of tissue require microvascular and other techniques to restore the patient to near normal function and appearance.
Elective cosmetic plastic surgery (minimally invasive): A wide array of the latest techniques are offered, beginning with advanced lasers for surface repair to ultrasonic and laser liposuction. Other minimally invasive cosmetic procedures include "no scar lower eyelid plastic" techniques. Fat grafting is becoming an increasingly important technique in this area.
Facial plastic operations: The "face lift" is combined with upper and lower eyelid plastic procedures performed with many variations such as the short scar technique, the vertical lift technique, and endoscopic surgically assisted techniques. The latest laser devices are also available to further improve our results.
Nasal plastic operations: Both primary and secondary are featured, with particular emphasis on reconstructing unhappy results that are frequently seen following surgery by unqualified surgeons.
Cosmetic breast surgery: Breast augmentation with the latest implant designs and approaches is a frequent procedure, as is reduction of the overly large breast.
Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck/mommy makeover): Often combined with liposuction of the flanks, the "mommy makeover" is an increasingly common set of procedures enabling many women to resume wearing bikini bathing suits and similar activities. In many instances, the patient may return home on the day of surgery and many patients are able to return to limited activities 7 to 10 days following the operation.
Liposuction: Suction-assisted fat removal can be done in many body regions and is mostly conducted on an outpatient basis. With refinement of techniques, transfer of the patient's fat to other regions is becoming increasingly popular as well.
Research: Transfer of lymphatic glands by microvascular techniques was recently introduced to us by Corinne Becker, a French plastic surgeon. She pioneered this operation and has joined the NYEE staff in order to introduce this technique which has many unique applications.