Dr. Haideh Hirmand is a noted New York City-based plastic surgeon, beauty expert, and thought leader in the field of aesthetic plastic surgery. Dr. Hirmand specializes in eyelid and facial rejuvenation. She has pioneered safe injection techniques for around the eyes and is recognized for her shape-preserving blepharoplasty approach. She also has a special interest in secondary breast surgery and body contouring. Dr. Hirmand continues to conduct clinical research and has published and presented numerous scientific articles in addition to lecturing and teaching surgical and injection techniques nationally and internationally. Dr. Hirmand is known in her field for her novel perspective on beauty and aesthetic rejuvenation. With expertise in combining cutting edge surgical and non-surgical technologies, Dr. Hirmand tailors every treatment to the individual needs and goals of her patients. Her objective is to achieve age- appropriate and person-appropriate results that are at once invisible and timeless.
NYP-Cornell, Lenox Hill Hospital, Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital
American Board of Plastic Surgery
BS, UC davis MD, Harvard Medical School Master's in Public Administration, Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government General Surgery Residency, NYP-Cornell Plastic Surgery Residency, NYP-Cornell Fellowship, eyelid and aesthetics surgery, Atlanta Paces Plastic Surgery/Emory University Fellowship, craniofacial and aesthetic fellowship, Paris Necker Children's Hospital
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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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