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Facelift Philosophy and Technique

A nicely done facelift should not be noticeable. Other people should think the patient looks nice, and it should NEVER occur to others that the patient has had an operation. The paradox in my mind is that in order to accomplish that goal the surgeon needs to be MORE aggressive, not less. Why? Because in the old days the way a facelift was performed was to simply pull the skin back. But today, our understanding is that a youthful face is one that is full and has contours that an older face does not – and certainly that a pulled … Continue reading  

Arm Lift Surgery Options

I do a lot of body contouring. In my earlier years I was very possibly the most experienced plastic surgeon in New York City when it comes to post bariatric body contouring for loose skin. Times have changed, but I’m still glad that I have these skills, and I still do a fair number of arm lift cases…just not quite as many as I used to. Yesterday, I had yet another patient come in asking about her loose arm skin. She is a young woman and is still in the process of losing weight, so I suggested that she complete … Continue reading  

Honest Plastic Surgery Photography

Medical photography online seems not to adhere to any set of standards. This is for the most part because doctors are trained in medicine and surgery, not photography. On the other hand, I have noticed a few websites that post pictures that I simply don’t believe are honest. They are not typically altered outright, but there is so much more to the story than photoshop alone. Continue reading  

Belly Button Plastic Surgery

Every once in a while a patient will come in to my office asking for cosmetic surgery of the belly button (the media tries to make this out to be a fad, but I don’t really see it that way). Plastic surgeons who perform a lot of tummy tuck surgery are all fairly well trained to handle these kinds of problems, and I thought patients should know that we may be able to help you out. I’m going to present a few belly button photos below to help the reader understand what can be done, and why. Sometimes these umbilical … Continue reading  

Tummy Tuck Recovery

A lot of patients who are interested in tummy tuck surgery because they don’t have the time or fear tummy tuck recovery.  They hesitate and may avoid ever improving parts of their body that the gym simply can’t work out for them, and that’s a shame.  A tummy tuck can offer a beautiful transformation for the right patient. What Does “Tummy Tuck Recovery” Mean To You? That’s a little difficult for me to offer a generic answer to this concern because I don’t necessarily know what each person considers to be “recovered” after abdominoplasty. For some folks its a matter of … Continue reading  

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Dr. Thomas P. Sterry

Thomas Sterry, MD, is a board-certified New York City plastic surgeon with over a decade of experience. At his inviting, boutique-style practice in Manhattan, he focuses on each patient's unique needs and aesthetic goals so that he can provide the most attractive and natural-looking outcomes possible.

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