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Plastic Surgery

Plastic Surgery


The Division of Plastic Surgery is an integral part of the Department of General Surgery at Westchester Medical Center. Our Division works closely with numerous medical and surgical departments to provide consultation and surgical service for both elective and medically necessary procedures.

While our division offers a broad variety of surgical procedures, Westchester Medical Center is recognized for its skill in performing micro-vascular-reconstruction and reattachment of amputated limbs and extremities. Our surgeons also maintain a strong interest in upper extremity injuries with an emphasis on long-term rehabilitation, an area that has remained at the forefront of clinical and research activities.

Difficulty with wound healing is a major focus of our residency program. Research on the effect of hyperbaric oxygen in wound healing in diabetics, radiation injury and gangrene has been strengthened by the creation of the Advanced Wound Care and Hyperbaric Oxygen Center at Westchester Medical Center.

The Division of Plastic Surgery proudly participates in a program at the renowned Blythedale Children's Hospital, dealing with the treatment of pediatric congenital abnormalities particularly of the lip and palate. Our plastic surgeons are directly involved with the clinic at this institution dedicated to the treatment of children with special problems.

The Division of Plastic Surgery at Westchester Medical Center is much more than a cosmetic surgery center. As a surgical division in a Level 1 trauma center and hospital, our division specializes in reconstruction techniques for deformities, burns, amputations and trauma.

We offer a full range of elective surgeries as well, and are committed to treating each of our patients with advanced technology and superb personalized care. Many of our surgeries are performed utilizing microvascular and laparoscopic techniques which result in minimal scarring and faster recovery times.

Reconstructive Surgery Services at Westchester Medical Center

Westchester Medical Center's Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery offers many surgical procedures which treat traumatic injuries, congenital defects, and cosmetic needs . Our Division is staffed by a team of reconstructive surgeons led by renowned board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Kaveh Alizadeh, MD, MSC, FACS.

The following list of procedures are just some of the many reconstructive surgery options available at Westchester Medical Center:

  • Cancer Reconstruction Plastic - Surgery reconstruction procedures designed to rebuild the breasts and repair functional and cosmetic damage caused by various forms of cancer can be performed by our team of surgeons, specialty-trained in reconstructive procedures that can restore what you have lost with natural-looking results.
  • Burn and Wound Care  - Westchester Medical Center's team of plastic and reconstructive surgeons are known throughout the world for their surgical abilities and success in procedures designed to restore function and appearance in victims of traumatic burn/wound injury.
  • Cleft Lip and Palate Repair - Westchester Medical Center offers a comprehensive, effective treatment for cleft lip and palate repair. At Maria Fareri Children's Hospital, we will ensure that your child attains the best possible functional and aesthetic results with minimal time spent in the hospital.
  • Flap Surgery - Flap reconstruction surgery is typically utilized in breast reconstruction procedures. Our team of reconstructive surgery specialists can rebuild a breast lost to mastectomy or other causes using tissue from your own body. The procedure can provide you with effective restoration of the breast with natural results. 
  • Tissue Expansion - With tissue expansion, patients who require breast reconstruction can attain effective and natural-looking results with a procedure designed to create excess skin in the breast area. This excess skin can be developed to form a pocket for a breast implant that provides patients with a new breast that looks natural and beautiful.
  • Maxillofacial Surgery - Innovative maxillofacial surgery procedures can help those who suffer from aesthetic and functional problems affecting the face and neck area. Patients who have experienced injury, congenital deformity, and disease can achieve cosmetic improvement in the facial area that can dramatically improve their quality of life. 
  • Microvascular Surgery - Microvascular surgery is often used in replantation surgery and hand reconstruction, procedures requiring reconstruction of arteries and veins. Procedures requiring microvascular surgery use techniques that rely on the patient’s own blood supply for tissue and bone replantation.
  • Rhinoplasty Revision Surgery - Patients who are unhappy with the results of a rhinoplasty (nose surgery) procedure performed elsewhere may consider rhinoplasty revision surgery, also known as secondary rhinoplasty at Westchester Medical Center. Rhinoplasty revision can correct aesthetic or functional problems caused, or not addressed, in a previous nose surgery.
  • Scar Revision - Our team of reconstructive surgeons at Westchester Medical Center can significantly reduce the signs of scarring and rejuvenate the appearance of the skin. Advanced methods in treating a variety of scar types caused by burns, injuries, and previous surgery can do wonders for reducing the noticeability of scarring.
  • Skin and Bone Grafting - Skin grafting involves taking healthy skin from another area of your body to help close a severe wound. Bone grafting is a procedure designed to replace missing bones with substitutes made from natural, synthetic, or artificial materials. These procedures can be highly beneficial to those who have suffered traumatic injury or disease that has caused skin or bone loss.
  • Hand surgery - Used to treat several conditions, hand surgery can decrease deformities caused by severe arthritis, fluid retention and nerve damage from carpal tunnel syndrome, and more unusual scarring and abnormalities caused by diseases such as Dupuytren's contracture
  • Correction of congenital deformities - A variety of surgical procedures can be performed to correct deformities such as a cleft lip/palate, facial asymmetry, birth marks, ear deformities and other conditions.
  • Aesthetic (Cosmetic) and elective procedures include:
  • Face Lift: Surgical procedure to lift sagging skin around the face and jaw to reduce wrinkling and sagging, and to achieve a more youthful look.
  • Breast reductions and augmentations: Typically considered cosmetic or elective, these types of surgeries may also be medically justified due to other conditions which occur if these procedures are not done. For example, back and neck problems may sometimes necessitate breast reductions.
  • Blepharoplasty: Surgery to repair droopy eyelids by removing excess skin, muscle and fat.
  • Dermabrasion: Also known as skin refinishing, dermabrasion smoothes the skin surface and is often used to help remove scarring from acne or to remove fine wrinkles.
  • Mentoplasty: A surgical procedure of the chin, often used to enhance chin and jaw formation.
  • Abdominoplasty: Commonly known as a tummy tuck, this procedures removes skin and fat to tighten the skin of the abdominal area
  • Derma lipectomy and suction lipectomy: These are two different types of liposuction to remove fat and perform body sculpting.

To minimize scarring and to hasten recovery, our Division utilizes microvascular techniques, arthroscopy and minimally invasive access procedures as frequently as possible.

Our Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Medical Staff 

Kaveh Alizadeh, MD, FACS (Section Chief)
Nebil Aydin, MD
Daniel Brauman, MD
Richard Garvey, MD
Jordan Jacobs, MD
Tae Ho Kim, MD
Robert Koch, MD
Maryana Koshyk, MD
Ari Mayerfield, MD
Nicole Nemeth, MD
Vadim Pisarenko, MD
Edward Powers, MD
Jeffrey Ridha, MD
Charles Andrew Salzberg, MD
Eugene Sidoti, MD, FACS
Peter Taub, MD
Steven Wallach, MD
Francis Winski, MD
Elizabeth Zellner, MD

Physician Assistants 

Brittney Bernardini, PA-C
Nicole Richardson, PA-C