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Enhance Your Natural Beauty

Plastic surgery is an effective way to take one of your features and make it better, improving your look while increasing your self-confidence. Dr. Sherman offers a wide array of procedure options to help you meet whatever your aesthetic goals might be. The following procedures are just a sampling of the many ways Dr. Sherman is ready to help you enhance your natural beauty with a cosmetic procedure designed just for you.

Enhance Your Natural Beauty

Breast Augmentation

Enhance your natural curves with breast augmentation to add size and cleavage. We offer a variety of implant options to fit every woman’s body proportions and desired results. Breast augmentation is generally performed on an outpatient basis, using general anesthesia. Most patients are back to regular activities within 1-2 weeks. Full results of breast augmentation are usually seen within a few weeks after the procedure, once swelling subsides and the breasts heal completely.

Neck Lift

While most of us focus on signs of aging in the face, the neck often belies those passing years even sooner. If your neck is making you look older than you feel, a neck lift may be a good option. This procedure removes excess skin and tissue from the neck area to create a smoother, more youthful transition from the jawline to the chest. This procedure can also be combined with a lower facelift to produce even more dramatic results.

Eyelid Surgery

Drooping eyelids and puffiness underneath the eyes can make you look perpetually tired. Wake up weary eyes with eyelid surgery that removes extra skin and tissue from around the eyes to create a refreshed appearance. A little enhancement around the eyes can go a long way in reviving your appearance overall. This procedure is also performed on an outpatient basis in most cases, using general anesthesia. Recovery can be surprisingly quick, with many patients back to their schedules within a week or two.


As the central feature on your face, the nose has a tremendous amount of influence on the rest of your appearance. If that feature is too large, misshapen or asymmetrical, it can impact your entire facial proportions. The importance of the nose explains why rhinoplasty is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures performed today. By reshaping that central feature, we can bring balance and proportion to the entire facial profile.


Even when you reach your goal weight, isolated deposits of fat may interfere with your new and improved body contour. Say goodbye to those bulges with a liposuction procedure customized to your specific needs and desired outcome. Innovations in liposuction have allowed for effective body contouring results with less trauma to the treatment area. For the patient, this means less discomfort and shorter recovery periods without sacrificing the excellent results liposuction typically offers.

Making the most of your natural beauty is easier today than ever before with refinements in plastic surgery procedures that enhance your appearance by letting your inner radiance shine through. To learn more about how you can improve your appearance, contact Dr. Sherman’s office today at 212-535-2300.

Tuck that Holiday Guilt under the Rug

Now that the holidays are over and a New Year has begun, many of us are wishing we had gone a little lighter on the celebrating during that festive time of year. If you can relate, perhaps now is the time to tuck away that holiday guilt with a tuck procedure to enhance your body contour. The winter months are often the perfect time to indulge in plastic surgery that will help you greet the upcoming warm weather season with confidence. Is a tummy tuck the body boost you are looking for?

Tuck That Holiday Guilt Under the Rug

What is a Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure that tightens abdominal muscles while removing excess skin and tissue from the midsection. While it can produce a more streamlined body contour, it is not designed to be a weight loss procedure. However, a few extra holiday pounds may be addressed beautifully with a tummy tuck, particularly if liposuction is included in the procedure.

Tummy tucks are usually recommended for patients that have lost a significant amount of weight and have residual loose skin marring their results and keeping them out of their smaller clothing sizes. The procedure can also be beneficial for women that have been through multiple pregnancies that have led to separation of the abdominal muscles. Men also benefit from tummy tucks if they have significant amounts of loose skin and tissue around the middle that are getting in the way of their overall body profile.

Benefits of a Tummy Tuck

There are numerous advantages a tummy tuck can provide:

  • Reduces bulges in the midsection to create a flatter abdominal area
  • Removes stretch marks appearing between the naval and pubic bone
  • Reverses muscle laxity after multiple pregnancies
  • Eliminates loose, hanging skin after significant weight loss
  • Allows clothing to fit more comfortably and attractively
  • Restores self-confidence in your appearance

Procedure Facts

A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that can be performed on an inpatient or outpatient basis, depending on the patient’s preference, medical history and specific procedure to be completed. The surgery is usually performed in a hospital setting under general anesthesia or epidural anesthesia that numbs the patient from the waist down. Surgery typically takes around two hours to complete.

Most patients take around 10-14 days off work and other activities to recover from a tummy tuck. Compression garments are usually worn during this time to limit swelling and promote healing to the area. The full results of a tummy tuck often take a number of months to develop as swelling and bruising subside and the body slowly adapts to its new contour. However, once those results appear, they will be long-lasting as long as a healthy weight is maintained after surgery.

Is a Tummy Tuck Right for You?

If you are contemplating a tummy tuck, now is the time to schedule your procedure so you have time to recover before summer. The first step will be a consultation with your plastic surgeon to determine whether a tummy tuck is the right procedure for you and will give you the results you are hoping for. To learn more or make an appointment for your consultation, contact Dr. Sherman’s office at 212-535-2300.

Injectables are a Woman’s Best Friend

If you are looking for a way to enhance your appearance, but don’t have time to recover from a surgical procedure right now, injectable treatments might be the right choice. These quick, virtually painless treatments offer a myriad of benefits today, from smoothing away fine lines and creases to restoring youthful volume to areas that have hollowed over time. Dr. John Sherman has the facts you need to understand what injectables can do and how to choose the best injectable treatment for your specific needs.


Eliminating Wrinkles

Injectable treatments are probably best known for their ability to smooth away fine lines and wrinkles. Botox injections work by relaxing facial muscles that lead to the formation of wrinkles on the forehead, between the eyebrows and around the eyes. Dermal fillers work particularly well around the nose, mouth and chin. With different formulations to choose from, Dr. Sherman can customize your wrinkle treatment to your concerns and desired outcome.

Augmenting Features

Thin lips or a slightly asymmetrical nose can be corrected using injectable treatments. Smooth formulations of dermal fillers are available to add volume to lips, reducing a gummy smile and producing a more youthful pout. Dermal fillers can also be used to correct minor asymmetries around the nose, mouth or jawline. Less expensive than surgery and without the discomfort or downtime, patients enjoy the chance to “try out” new facial profiles using temporary dermal fillers.

Providing Subtle Skin Lift and Firming

Wrinkles are not the only sign of aging; skin laxity also develops over time that leads to loose, hanging skin and deeper facial creasing. If you treat skin laxity in its earliest stages, you can effectively firm and lift the skin with a simple injection of dermal filler to the area. This treatment provides additional support to the underlying skin structure, making skin look smoother and tighter. Sometimes referred to as a liquid facelift, injectable treatments can often postpone the need for more invasive surgery, often by a number of years.

Restoring Facial Volume

Skin laxity can also lead to loss of facial volume in areas like the cheeks and under the eyes. Now, there are smoother versions of dermal fillers with larger particles appropriate for addressing these areas of volume loss. Strategically placed injections can add definition to the cheekbones or jawline or smooth out skin underneath the eyes for a refreshed look. Some volumizing fillers are designed to last even longer than the original dermal fillers, giving you positive results for many months or even years.

Repairing Shallow Scarring

Shallow scarring caused by chicken pox or acne breakouts can also be effectively treated with injectable solutions. By placing a small bit of dermal filler in the site of the scar, skin can be plumped and smoothed in the area to hide the pitting effect. This procedure is an excellent method for creating smoother, clearer skin without painful exfoliation treatments or surgical scar repair.

Injectable treatments are quick, relatively painless and require no downtime afterward. However, the results of these procedures are only temporary and patients will need to repeat treatment every few months to maintain results. If you would like to learn more about Botox and dermal filler options, contact Dr. Sherman’s office today at 212-535-2300.

Women in Politics: Changing the Stigma behind Plastic Surgery

As the 2016 presidential race rounds up its running candidates, the familiar face of Hillary Clinton is not only vying for the win, it’s also under the hot spotlight of public scrutiny. Hillary herself is tired of the attention placed on the details of her appearance, stating in an interview with CNN that, “If I want to wear my glasses, I’m wearing my glasses. If I want to wear my hair back I’m pulling my hair back. You know at some point it’s just not something that deserves a lot of time and attention.”

Although it comes as no real surprise that anyone with even a sliver of celebrity status should be exposed to the assessment of their looks by the media, the issue calls out the old, negative stigma behind plastic surgery and frankly confronts its legitimacy head-on.


To begin with, it’s unfortunate that this stigma also seems to be wrapped around a slew of double standards that annoyingly persist. In an article in The Atlantic, writer Michele Willens discusses the role of plastic surgery for women in the nation’s capital and in Hollywood—as well as the exhausted stigma behind it.

She admits to entertaining thoughts about Hillary Clinton’s looks and wishing “…she would get thee to a spa and move in for four months.” This begs the question, would so much opinion be focused on the alteration of a male opponent’s looks? Most probably not, but I digress.
Whether or not Clinton has had any work done—or whether she should in the future—is not the issue, nor should it be. With the number of cosmetic surgeries on the rise and more and more stars coming forth honestly about their past procedures and treatments, it would be nice if acceptance would reign and the stigma could just be buried in the sand already. Overly idealistic? Well, don’t give up just yet.

If there is any evidence of a fading negative stigma, it may very well be seen in the increasing number of procedures performed year after year. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 15.6 million cosmetic procedures were performed in the United States last year, with male patients making up 1.3 million of them.

Overall, the number has increased 3% from the year before. It is safe to say that not everyone is shouting it from the rooftop that they’ve had a little nip and tuck, and that, of course is their choice. However, it’s also safe to say that they didn’t let any fear of a lingering stigma stand between them and the goals they had for their appearances. And that indeed, can represent progress.

An article in the Journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons states that, “Rather than stigmatizing plastic surgery, media messages can foster acceptance and more realistic views about individuals who make this choice. If patients and the celebrities serving as culture’s tastemakers and role models are more confident and transparent about their decisions, we may experience a paradigm shift in the field.”

Well, whether the soiled blot on plastic surgery’s name is due to the media’s influence, or to society’s preconceived notions about what beauty should be, there does seem to be a ray of light in this process of revelation.

As Willen presented in her article, former First Lady Betty Ford openly discussed her facelift over 30 years ago stating, “I wanted a fresh new face to go with my beautiful new life.” And since her pioneering declaration, more famous figures have followed suit. Jane Seymour, Lisa Kudrow, and Jane Fonda are just a few who have been forthcoming about their procedures. In fact, Fonda was met with a burst of applause when she told Oprah that “good work” was behind her amazing looks in her mature age.


For sitcom star Patricia Heaton, the physical aftermath of multiple pregnancies was the reason behind her decision to go under the knife. She revealed to People magazine, “I had four C-sections and my stomach looked like the map of the world. My breasts were hanging down to here from breastfeeding those babies, and my nipples were like platters.

I wanted to fit into the gowns that I finally got to wear.” In the same article, Sharon Osbourne admitted that “I made fun of the ladies who were nipped, tucked and pulled. That is, until I joined the club.”

Could all of these more recent acknowledgements of plastic surgery be lifting the dark veil that once covered it? They certainly may be doing just that, or at least are a step in the right direction. For politicians, celebrities, and people of all walks of life, being open about having work done reduces the stigma that alterations to one’s image is something to hide or be ashamed of.

The reasons for plastic surgery are personal and unique in their nature, and many boil down to making changes that can affect how a person feels about themselves on the inside. In any case, America doesn’t need to approve of anyone’s decision in this matter. But the oh-so tiresome ‘have they or haven’t they’ debate will inevidently cease when the facts come to light.

So, back on to Hillary. Realistically, conquering the ageism and sexism issues of this world is not going to be done overnight. And even though the factor of media scrutiny typically comes with the prominent position territory, there’s hope that at some point it won’t overly involve a focus on possible plastic surgery procedures or on other aspects of appearance.

For Clinton, Obama, Trump, or any other person for that matter, the decision to undergo any cosmetic alteration is their right. It should be acceptable, and it should not the basis for judgment or demeaning analysis.

Ultimately, public openness and honesty seem to be one effective method of chiseling away at the stigma behind plastic surgery, allowing for a greater sense of freedom to make adjustments to your looks. If, at the end of the day, it makes you feel better about yourself—then why shouldn’t that be celebrated?


3 Tips to Prep for Breast Implants

Preparing for breast implants involves more than deciding on a surgeon or implant material. Ensuring that your recovery is stress-free is just as important. While this may not seem vital in the days leading up to your breast procedure, these tips may help with a smoother recovery. Here are 3 tips to make your life easier after surgery.

#1 Food Prep for Recovery

Making meal arrangements ahead of time can help you during recovery. Right after surgery, cooking meals in the kitchen will be difficult. Your focus will be on healing. This is where pre-made meals are important. Determine the length of your recovery and prep meals in advance. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for help with food or other tasks because heavy lifting and strain should be avoided immediately after your surgery.

#2 Make Your Home Comfortable

After the operation, your body will need time to rest, relax, and adjust to the changes. Cleaning up your home and keeping your essentials close by can make your post-op life easier.

  • Cleaning Up: Returning after your surgery to an organized home and comfortable bed is a welcome sight. According to studies, there are links between clutter and stress, so you’ll want to keep both your mind and body free from anxiety during this healing process. Organizing and cleaning up beforehand will help make your home a relaxing environment, not a place of stress and distraction.
  • Setting up a Base of Essentials: You may experience pain, swelling, and discomfort during the first few days after surgery. So remember to keep the essentials within reach. Prepare your nightstand or tv tray with items such as bottled water, tissue, chapstick, reading material, remote controls, your cellphone, or any other essentials. Also, have cocoa butter on hand. Cocoa butter helps to moisturize the skin and prevent stretch marks, as the breast skin has to adjust to the increase in volume.

#3 Keep Clothing Simple

After the procedure, wear clothing for comfort and ease of removal. Loose, baggy clothing that is easily removed with buttons or zippers helps avoid possible discomfort from lifting clothing overhead.

Your Recovery can be a Peaceful One

These useful tips can help you enjoy a more restful recovery after surgery. If you are considering taking the first step towards breast augmentation, schedule a consultation with Dr. John Sherman, a plastic surgeon patients have trusted for over 30 years!

Getting Breast Implants? Top Three Tips for a Speedy Recovery

Every patient needs to know more to help herself recover after breast augmentation

There can be a lot of things racing through a person’s mind when they are about to undergo breast augmentation. With options, choices, and new body curves, it can often be a time chalked full to the brim of both excitement and anticipation.

While many patients getting breast implants in Manhattan can get caught up in all the pre-op planning and during surgery details, it is vital not to blow off the importance of aftercare and the healing process. These top three tips can help patients to plan, prepare, and hopefully experience, a healthy and speedy recovery from breast implants.

No. 1 – Take Things Slow

The recovery stage is often easier said than done, especially with how hectic life can get. But taking it easy and getting sufficient rest really is necessary for the body to heal.

Initially after surgery, there will be some discomfort and swelling, so increased activity would be inadvisable, but also painful.

A rule of thumb to remember, after a week or two of vital rest, most patients are able to return to work and other normal daily activities.

No. 2 – Do Not Be Afraid to Walk

Wait. Didn’t you say to take things slow? Yes, but slow refers to avoiding vigorous exercise or activity that will raise the heart rate or escalate blood pressure, as this may increase the risk of bleeding.

Typically, during the first month post-op, light walking and a gradual ease into exercise is allowed and often recommended to maintain good health.

No. 3 – Attend Your Follow-up Appointments

Last, but certainly not least, is aftercare and attending the follow-up appointments with your New York plastic surgeon. This really is the most valuable tip to a speedy recovery, as all the general guidelines are specifically narrowed in on what’s best for you and your body.

These postoperative appointments are also vital for monitoring your cosmetic appearance and making sure that you are healing properly.

Meet a Plastic Surgeon New York Residents Trust

Before you reach that last recovery tip for breast implants, patients first need to consult an experienced plastic surgeon that will provide attentive care and skill in ensuring the best results. For Manhattan patients considering breast implants or other cosmetic treatment, Dr. John Sherman is an experienced plastic surgeon that New York has known and trusted for over 30 years. Contact his office today if you have any questions, or if you want to take the first step towards a new you.

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Breast Implants for Pectus Excavatum

Can I Get Breast Implants if I Have Pectus Excavatum?

Yes! But it depends on the degree of the condition (mild, moderate or severe). In many cases, however, breast implants for pectus excavatum, a congenital condition that results in a sunken depression in the chest, can add symmetry and fullness to their breasts.

What is Pectus Excavatum?

People are affected by the condition in various ways. Pectus excavatum causes an abnormal rib cage development, resulting in a sunken breastbone. Severe cases can even have an impact on health, affecting the lungs and the heart and making exercise difficult.

Sometimes referred to as “funnel chest,” the concave chest appearance can result in a negative sense of self and increased insecurity. For some women, breast augmentation is an option that can help to make the caved in appearance less obvious.

What to Consider With the Procedure?

With any type of plastic surgery, there are several things to consider beforehand. And getting breast implants for pectus excavatum is no exception. In fact, due to the disorder even more care and consideration should be taken.

Three Things to Think About:

Implant Size: Due to the concave direction sternum/breastbone, breasts will tend to aim inwards at each other. Because of this tendency, extremely large implants are not advisable as they could even touch, or accentuate the appearance of the condition.
Degree of the Condition: Each surgery will need to reflect the amount concavity and the degree of the condition, relating to the optimal placement and position of the implant.
Subpectoral or Periareolar: Referring to the type of incisions during the procedure: under the pectoral muscle (subpectoral) or just below the lower half of the areola (periareolar).

Skillful Approach for Optimal Results

While more attention to detail may be required, a skilled plastic surgeon can review your options and help to diminish the appearance of pectus excavatum with breast implants. Dr. Sherman has helped many women with varying degrees of this condition add symmetry and fullness to their breasts, while restoring their confidence. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and get started.

Breast Implant Size

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Choosing the Best Implant Size for You

When it comes to breast augmentation, selecting the size of the breast implant is perhaps one of the most important decisions for a woman. Sometimes, women can frantically fret over choosing implants that are either too small or too big.

However, since every woman’s body is different, it’s a good idea to carefully look at personal aspects and unique life factors. Along with the help from an experienced plastic surgeon, weighing these factors can make the implant size decision become clearer and much less worrisome.

Bigger or Smaller?

There’s a lot of choices to make when it comes to breast implants, and what size to go with is an important one. According to a recent poll of 1,350 breast augmentation patients conducted by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, satisfaction with the procedure was very high, but 34% of these patients elected to change the size of their implants, most of which went larger.

Factors That Influence Your Size Choice

Here are just a couple of things to consider when choosing what size implant you want:

Physique: We all come in different shapes and sizes, so selecting an implant size should most definitely reflect that. While one size may look great on a tall woman with a broad frame, that same implant size may not be best for a shorter woman with a petite build.

Not to mention, one individual’s body frame may be able to support large breasts of a certain size perfectly fine, while another might experience discomfort and back pain due to the size choice. Evaluating your shoulder width, your height, and your weight will help to determine the best size and the most proportionate look.

Lifestyle: Activities, sports, and professions should be considered when choosing an implant size. If you are extremely active, large implants can possibly be uncomfortable or a bit of an obstruction. This is not always the case and some women are not affected by their size choice, however it’s a good idea to factor in your amount of physical activity and consider how size choice may affect your lifestyle.

Sizing is Now in Session

If you have weighed the above mentioned factors and still feel a tad overwhelmed, there’s additional light at the end of this tunnel and it’s called a sizing session. Sizing sessions provide an opportunity for a woman to really visualize how implants of different sizes will possibly look on her unique body.

In a designated room, a special bra which holds implants of varying sizes is tried on. The woman is then allowed to view herself in the mirror and in her own clothes, and determine which implants ultimately look right on her.

Sizing sessions and weighing personal factors can provide clarity and ease to your implant size decision, but having a thorough and knowledgeable plastic surgeon is also vital. Dr. John Sherman and his highly trained team combine advanced technology with patient consideration and safety for each and every plastic surgery procedure.

So, if you are considering breast augmentation or have any questions, please contact our New York office today.

Life After Implants

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Life After Breast Augmentation

It’s fairly common to hear about the expectations and changes that occur directly after breast augmentation, for example the initial swelling, the antibiotics and limits on activity. But what’s life like after the surgery? What can a woman expect to experience? Here’s a look at certain feelings and physical changes that can commonly occur a bit further down the road.

Healing Takes Time

After breast augmentation surgery, your body will most definitely need time to heal. Generally it can take months to recover fully, during which your body is likely to experience some or all of these physical changes:

Recovery Period Physical Changes:

  • Breast Shift: For several months after surgery, your breasts may be too high. This causes some patients to panic, but it’s simply a part of the process. After several months (in most cases 3 to 6) the breast tissue and implants will settle into place for a more natural appearance.
  • Implant Movement and Noises: Once again, implants take time to settle in. So, while they do this, a woman may feel them move or even hear gurgling noises from the chest are. After time, this all tends to pass.
  • Nipple Sensations: Nipple sensitivity and tingling is very normal during the recovery process. A woman may experience random pings of soreness or bouts of numbness.

Second Guessing: The What if Factor

According to The American Society of Plastic Surgeons, nearly 300,000 women had a breast augmentation in the year 2013 alone. After this common procedure, women can sometimes second guess about whether they went too small or went too big. Although careful steps and pre-evaluation can help lessen the likelihood of this questioning, it’s still fairly common to have these feelings.

Any new body transformation usually requires time to grow accustomed to. Emotions may be running a bit high directly after the breast augmentation surgery; just like your body, your mind needs time to adjust to the changes. If sizing doubts still trouble you quite awhile afterwards, consult your plastic surgeon to see what options may be available to you.

Checkups after Surgery

Checking in with your plastic surgeon is a vital part of the equation and generally these checkups tend to be scheduled on a yearly basis. While some conflicting feelings and certain physical changes are common and tend to go away with time, follow-up appointments allow for reassuring and monitoring healthy breast implant recovery and maintenance.

If you have any questions about breast augmentation or other types of plastic surgeries, please don’t hesitate to contact our New York office today. Dr. John Sherman and his highly trained team are committed to providing advanced technology along with knowledge and consideration for each patient and every procedure.

Easing Your Mind on Breast Reconstruction

If you’re facing a mastectomy, you may be as worried about what you will look like after the surgery as you are about having the surgery in the first place. Many women take great pride in their breasts, and losing them can cause women to feel like they have actually lost their identity. Scarring from the mastectomy can also cause a lot of concern. Breast reconstruction is available and the best solution for nearly all women after undergoing preventive breast cancer surgery.

You don not have to worry about feeling self-conscious about mastectomy scars or less of a woman after the surgery. Breast implants can allow you to regain your confidence without having to worry about the awkwardness of padding your bra.

Breast implants can be inserted with either silicone or saline to take the place of lost breast tissue. Your plastic surgeon can start the breast restoration process during the mastectomy or you can allow yourself to heal and acquire reconstruction later. Your breasts will be reshaped to be as similar as possible to how your breasts looked before you had them removed. Our doctor will be able to conceal the scars that result from a mastectomy during the reconstruction, so you can relax knowing that not only are you free from cancer, but you still are a beautiful woman.

If you are a breast cancer survivor and want to learn about your breast reconstruction options in New York, contact our cosmetic surgeon’s office online or call us to schedule a consultation directly at (212) 535-2300.


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New York plastic surgeon John E. Sherman, MD, FACS offers breast augmentation, breast reduction, facelift, nose surgery (rhinoplasty), ear surgery (otoplasty), tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), and a wide range of other plastic surgery procedures and cosmetic treatments. Dr. Sherman treats patients in the New York area. Patients from other areas of the U.S. and throughout the world travel to New York for plastic surgery with Dr. Sherman. Photos of actual plastic surgery patients are available in the plastic surgery before and after photo gallery. Dr. Sherman is a top NY Breast Augmentation doctor on RealSelf.

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