Dr. Christine Blaine graduated from Albany Medical College. She completed her plastic surgery residency at Lehigh Valley Hospital, the oldest combined general and plastic surgery program in the country. Training at a Level 1 trauma center provided her with the exposure to significant facial and body trauma which has helped her better understanding reconstruction as well as an eye to repair and reshape the human body. Dr. Blaine has expertise in all areas of plastic surgery. She has interest in aesthetic and reconstructive surgery of the face, breast, and body. She has developed unique and impressive technique improvements. As a woman, she understands what a woman wants when it comes to her body. Dr. Blaine’s mission is to treat the individual patient, providing the highest level of comprehensive cosmetic, plastic, and reconstructive surgical and non-surgical care. She has built her practice to reflect this intention and the concern that patients feel comfortable with their physician, their treatment plan, and their entire experience In addition to clinical appointments, Dr. Blaine maintains memberships in several professional societies, including Medical Society of the State of New York, American Society of Plastic Surgery, American College of Surgeons, American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and American Association of Plastic Surgeons
Northwell Health Beth Israel Hospital St. Catherine Hospital
American Board of Plastic Surgery
Residency, Plastic Surgery: Lehigh Valley Hospital Residency, General Surgery: Lehigh Valley Hospital Medical School: Albany Medical College
As a mother of Triplets, Dr. Blaine stands out. She adopted her son and gave birth to her twins only 4 months later. All three are 4 years old now! Being organized and maintaining a rigid schedule is not only important but imperative.
There will be sleeping enough in the grave- Benjamin Franklin
An educator or a personal trainer as I am enamored with the human body and being able to improve the lives of others
Plastic surgery is a surgical specialty aimed at restoring, reconstructing, or altering aspects of the face and body. Broken nose repair dates back to 3000 BC in ancient Egypt. India has a long and respected history of plastic surgery, dating back to 800 BC. Many modern facial plastic surgery techniques were developed for veterans of WW1 who had endured disfiguring facial injuries.
Plastic Surgery procedures generally fall into 2 categories: Reconstructive and Cosmetic. Reconstructive Surgery applies to the repair of congenital and developmental defects, as well as deformities due to trauma and disease. Cosmetic surgery has the aim of enhancing the appearance of the face and body or making elective alterations.
Common Questions, Concerns and Protocols
Plastic surgery is often referred to as Cosmetic surgery or Aesthetic Surgery. Although many Doctors can train to do cosmetic procedures only surgeons who are certified by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons can refer to themselves as a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.
Cosmetic consultations usually require a fee that many Plastic Surgeons will deduct from the cost of the procedure if you decide to schedule it with them. If your consultation is for a non-cosmetic concern, the fee may be billed to your insurance.
In preparation for a plastic surgery procedure your Plastic Surgeon will take a complete medical history and do a physical exam, particularly if your surgery will be a major procedure such as an abdominoplasty. Your surgeon will discuss scar placement and length, risks, complications and realistic expectations. Your Plastic Surgeon may suggest endoscopic surgery if appropriate. Endoscopy incisions are shorter and the risk of sensory loss from nerve damage is decreased.
Your pre procedural instructions will invariably include cessation of smoking. Many smokers resist this requirement, but it is extremely important. Nicotine has a tremendous adverse effect on healing and blood flow, which can lead to tissue necrosis and wound infection. You will be advised to quit smoking 6 to 8 weeks prior to your surgery.
Typically, you will see your Plastic Surgeon two weeks prior to your procedure for a comprehensive pre-operative visit. A complete list of "dos and don'ts" will be reviewed as well as the pre and postoperative instructions and any questions that remain will be answered. You will be directed to avoid anything that has a blood-thinning effect (aspirin, ibuprofen, vitamin E etc.) for two weeks before surgery. You will be asked to minimize alcohol intake. Basic blood work for preoperative testing will be ordered.
Most plastic surgery patients can go home the same day, and be seen on the day after surgery to remove bandages and drains. Stitches are removed within 4 to 7 days. Temporary bruising and numbness are normal, and will improve in a few weeks. During your recovery your Plastic Surgeon will see you for post-operative visits. He or she will answer any questions you may have about your recovery.
Temporary bruising and numbness are expected for most procedures and will improve in a few weeks. Complications are rare but may include hematoma, temporary or permanent nerve injury, infection, and reactions to anesthesia.
Reconstructive Plastic Surgery Procedures
Cosmetic Surgery Procedures
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