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Mayo Clinic Fellowship Trained Plastic Surgeon

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Plastic Surgeon Dr. David Shafer trained at the world famous Mayo Clinic and was selected for the prestigious fellowship at M.E.E.T.H. (Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital) in NYC. While most plastic surgeons go directly into practice, he had the honor to operate with many of the world's most distinguished plastic surgeons. Today, Dr. Shafer sees consultations in his Midtown Office and performs procedures in his Park Ave office and at M.E.E.T.H. where he teaches the next generation of plastic surgeons from NYU, Columbia and Cornell Universities. W. Magazine named Dr. Shafer a "Great New Talent" in plastic surgery. He is featured in Real Housewives of New York City, New York Magazine, Quest Magazine, Town and Country, Elle, New Beauty, New York Social Diary, Make Me Heal Celebrity Plastic Surgery, Health Break, New York Daily News, New York Post, Newsweek, Gotham Magazine, Plastic Surgery Channel, New Beauty Magazine. He has published chapters on Botox techniques, facelift techniques and plastic surgery anesthesia. He produced a DVD to teach doctors how to inject Botox and to perform facelifts. He wrote chapters on facelift techniques and collagen injections. Dr. Shafer's research is presented nationally, has earned many first place awards and resulted in publications in several journals. Dr. Shafer traveled to Vietnam to operate on children with congenital facial deformities and traveled to Kenya to operate in Nairobi. He has traveld to Asia to teach Botox techniques and the Middle East to operate on VIP patients.With a mix of local New Yorkers and out-of-town patients, Dr. Shafer works with each patient individually to achieve the best results.

Regular Hours

Sat - SunClosed

Procedures: * Acculift * Blepharoplasty (Eyelids) * Botox Cosmetic * Brow Lift * Dysport * Evolence Injections * Facelift * Facial Implants (Chin Implants and Cheek Implants) * Fat Injections/Fat Grafting * Fractional CO2 Laser * Glycolic Acid Peels * Juvederm XC * Laser Neck Lift * Laser Resurfacing * Latisse * Lip Augmentation * Mid-Facelift * Otoplasty (Ears) * Prevelle * Radiesse * Restylane * Rhinoplasty (Nose Job) * Sculptra * TCA Peel * XEOMIN * Laser Hair Removal * Belotero Breast Procedures: * Augmentation Mammoplasty (Breast Augmentation and Implants) * Mastopexy (Breast Lift) * Reduction Mammoplasty (Breast Reduction) Body Procedures: * Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) * Laser Body Contouring * Liposuction * Smartlipo Laser Liposuction - Multiplex (MPX), Triplex (TPX) * Tumescent Liposuction Reconstruction Procedures: * Endoscopic (Minimally Invasive) * Laser Mole Removal * Laser Tattoo Removal * Reparative Cosmetic Surgery * Scar Revision * Secondary Repair of Congenital Defects Services: * Care Credit Accepted * Cosmetic Surgery * Dermatology * Skin Care Male and Female Patients Welcome, International Patients ask about our Fly in Program. If you think that you need a plastic surgeon but you do not see your procedure on this list, please call our office to discuss your concern. Dr. Shafer would be happy to evaluate your issue and help you formulate a plan with him or refer you to the appropriate specialists.
* Acculift * Botox * Care Credit * Dysport * Evolence * Juvederm XC * Latisse * Radiesse * Sculptra * SmartLipo * SmartLipo MPX * SmartLipo TPX
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mastercard, amex, check, visa, debit, all major credit cards, financing available
53rd Between Madison and 5th Avenue, Right Near the E and M Trains
Midtown East, Midtown Manhattan
State of the modern facility also specializing in non-surgical laser rejuvenation including vaginal wellness.
English, Spanish
Manhattan Eye,Ear & Throat Hospital Lenox Hill Hospital
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Sarah G.



I am an actress and solo performer in NYC. I am writing this review because Dr. David Shafer has changed my life -- and now I want EVERYONE who is contemplating plastic surgery TO THEIR FACE to know that Dr. Shafer is the doctor to trust. Firstly, as a surgeon, this man is a miracle worker, as he combines supreme surgical expertise with exquisite artistry. This, I'm sure, is the main reason why he is rated as the TOP in his field. But also, Dr. Shafer listens. He will sit and hear your concerns. He is extremely unusual in this way, as it is clear by spending time with him that he is one of the most open-hearted and empathic human beings you will ever meet. And these character traits are evident, as well, in his entire staff. His coordinator Eileen is gifted at making you feel at ease and anxiety free -- and her kindness is palpable. I have suffered for several years with a double chin. No matter how thin I was, I couldn't get rid of it. This PLAGUED me while onstage, and finally I confided to my friend who was in show business that I needed to find a surgeon, and her face lit up and she screamed, "Dr. Shafer! He's the best in the business and all of my actress friends and model friends go to him!" I remember thinking that her reaction was quite over-the-top and theatrical. AND NOW...I GET IT COMPLETELY. I HAVE BECOME THAT WOMAN, SHOUTING THIS MAN'S NAME FROM THE ROOFTOPS! Dr. Shafer performed liposuction on my neck/chin/jawline and for the first time in ten years, I feel NO SHAME about my appearance. And people are telling me I look ten years younger. His work is flawless. Thank you, Dr. Shafer, for this gift.




lower eyes lid facelift neck lift .doctor shafer make me look younger and very natural looking I did some research of my own and heard about his work .I was so nervous until I met him ,what a nice man and down to earth make me feel comfortable and answering all my questions and if he think you don't need to get done he will tell you the true.he is the great plastic surgeon I highly recommended him ,as his personality and all so his skillful work and all his staff take such a good care at me stacy and eileen is will be hard to find another doctor just like him



The best plastic surgeon around

Thanks to Dr. Schaeffer I feel 20 years younger and look the part in under a week

My face to lift was successful pretty much pain-free and in just a week I can go out without anyone noticing anything including black and blues or scarring ,all is minimal

I can even say without makeup I have gone out and I feel and look great

His surgery is fantastic he is fantastic and has made me feel Like I did when I was 30 young , Sexy, And beautiful again thank you just to Schafer your the best:)



I've had a double chin my enti...

I've had a double chin my entire life and finally it's gone for good! It was a simple, relatively pain free experience, my bruising was minimal and the results were immediate! Dr. Shafer was very easy to talk and provided me with the most minimally invasive procedure to address my concerns and achieve my personal goals. His office is impeccable and his staff very friendly and accommodating. Dr. Shafer was also very attentive and after the surgery called to check in and answer any questions/concerns. I had my procedure less than three weeks ago and continue to see improvements in my appearance as the swelling goes down and scar tissue softens. Overall amazing experience and highly recommend Dr. Shafer.



I am very active male. I work ...

I am very active male. I work out several times a week and do my best to strong and in shape. I have a large neck size and that doesn't bother me one bit. I am 5'11 and weight varies from 230-240lbs depending on time of year and work out regimen.

Over the past few years I began to notice that my neck became a Fat Storage facility. From my jaw bone to my neck line just got fat and it was driving me crazy. Sure it bothered me cuz it made me look a fat around the facial area. Worse than that was the way I felt about myself. Laying down and watching TV or looking down while driving or sitting at a desk etc... It was very annoying and I needed to fix this.

Dr. Shafer did an Amazing job. I had ZERO Bruising and some normal to be expected swelling. Everything Dr. Shafer promised was an understatement. Dr. Shafer is a very down to earth, friendly, likeable person with an ability to perform as a surgeon up there at the very top of all the plastic surgeons around (coast to coast).

Let me add that Dr. Wade is the Greatest Anesthesiologist ever. A super nice/sweet and kind person, very caring and professional. You will feel right no worries with her. Relax, Trust them and let them to their magic. I drifted off for an hour and woke feeling no pain and clear minded...

I had no need for any pain medicine. Sure I had a script but I didn't even need it. I took Tylenol and prior to the procedure I loaded up on Bromelain and Arnica to reduce swelling and minimize bruising (which there was none). I also put Arnica Gel on my neck for the first 48 hours.

I highly recommend using Dr. Shafer and Dr Wade as a team. If you are considering having any procedure done. Please call Stacy in the office 212-888-7770 and make an appointment to meet and consult with Dr. Shafer. Stacy is very friendly and welcoming. When you meet Dr Shafer's surgical coordinator Eileen you will agree that she is a Sweetheart... Extremely knowledgeable and professional with such a friendly persona.

It has only been one week and I feel Great.... THANK YOU DR SHAFER & DR. WADE, You are the BEST!!!!

Jerry M.



Dr. Shafer is the BEST plastic...

Dr. Shafer is the BEST plastic surgeon in NYC. I met with many docs and he was the only one who made me feel comfortable. He is caring, calm has a beautiful office space. I was so worried and the entire process was fantastic. My tummy is flat- it's GONE! As flat as it was when I was 20! I'm thrilled with my results, I simply can't stop smiling. I look sexy, my friends can't believe it, my husband is all over me. I look great in clothes again. Dr. Shafer has changed my life and transformed by body. I highly recommend this compassionate and brilliant doctor. I never would have believed I could look so great. I'm so happy I went for it. I look and feel awesome. Thank you Dr. Shafer.




WORTH EVERY PENNY. Dr. Shafer is a wonderful and caring Doctor. He spent time answering all of my questions as well as my husbands and never rushed us out. His entire staff treated us with kindness and compassion. The procedure results are outstanding! My self-image has improved 100%. I cannot say enough about how wonderful Dr. Shafer is. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!



Dr. Shafer has changed my life...

Dr. Shafer has changed my life. A mother of two small kids. A body that looked like I had 5. I use to be in shape, thin with a cute frame however things changed after the babies that no exercise could make better. I had a herniated belly button, stomach still looking as if I was 5 months pregnant, breasts almost down to my belly button and lop sided with stretch marks on my stomach. OH I was not happy for a long time and then I made the decision that it was mommy time. I researched several different docs and decided on Dr. Shafer. I went with him because he is double board certified and has a background in trauma and he's honest. His demeanor was friendly, knowledgeable, easy to talk to and OH did he do a fantastic job on me. Eileen also made the decision very easy - what a great balance. He was also referred. I am healing beautifully. I can't even begin to tell you that it hasn't been a month yet but my results are so noticeable already that it is mind blowing. My friends and family cant believe the difference and if you saw the before and after photos you would be saying the same thing. I got a reduction, lift, full tummy tuck which fixed my herniated belly button and took away all of my stretch marks. I feel brand new and I look it too. I would highly recommend him - I mean highly.



I went in to have my tattoo su...

I went in to have my tattoo surgically removed from my wrist. I was extremely scared and worried about the scar given the location of the tattoo. Dr Shafer was amazing... the incision is soo pencil thin and Im really pleased with the results. Above all, his staff was extremely courteous and professional. Eileen, the surgical coordinator answered all my questions and concerns promptly and i would definitely recommend Dr Shafer to anyone who is looking for a great plastic surgeon.



I was interested in getting bo...

I was interested in getting both upper and lower lid work done because my eyes were looking very tired, saggy and puffy and made me look sad. I visited 3 doctors before choosing Dr. Shafer so you know I put much research into the procedure. First of all his demeanor is flawless. He is a friendly, personable, surgeon who speaks in a down to earth manner. He went over all the aspects of the surgery in detail, he was honest about what he though I did and did not need and what to expect. He asked me a lot of questions …rare these days! He didn't rush me and was genuinely interested in my concerns and achieving the results I was looking for.

Second he is a gifted surgeon. Nothing odd or over exaggerated was done to my eyes, none of that “surprised look” surgery with literally no visible scarring. Just a smooth, refreshed and bright eyed appearance. I get complements all the time on how well the surgery turned out and how I don't look my age. Now I look as happy and bright on the outside as I feel on the inside and believe me it does change your outlook. I am very happy with the results. He called me after my procedure to make sure I was ok and to see if I needed anything. His staff is an awesome bunch of professionals who keep things running like a well oiled machine. Eileen his coordinator is AWESOME! There is no wait time ever and they are friendly, courteous and go out of their way to make you feel like a celebrity. His office is beautifully decorated and spotlessly clean, which helps calm the jitters.

I would definitely recommend him and as a matter of fact he made the procedure so hassle free I am going to have my tummy tuck done next – Thank you Dr Dave!



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Editorial review from Citysearch

I hit 50 and began to see my mother's face. Got a mini lift (also called chin lift) and could not be happier! Dr Shafer is amazing. Talented, honest, good bedside manner, always available for follow up calls and questions (sometimes he even answers his own phone!), and never once tried to upsell me on any other procedures, which I find to be very rare. Loved his office staff too!



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He is going to be famous one day!

I am no stranger when it comes to work of Plastic Surgery and the world of Anesthesia. I started getting work done at a very young age and I am 31 now and finally feel like more like myself than I have felt in years. I am also a perfectionist so I would go to Dr's that people looked up to as some of Americas Top Plastic Surgeons and for some reason things always went wrong for me. I was over injected with fat in areas of my face that made me look like I had hollow eyes and the biggest cheeks in the world. I would run from cameras because I couldn't recognize myself anymore. I also had no luck in the breast implant department either; I had some rippling in one implant and one breast was higher than the other. I would have given anything to turn back time but lets face it that was not going to happen so instead I called in for a new line of credit and set out to regain my confidence. \n\nI met Dr. Shafer after numerous other consults and I immediately felt incredibly comfortable with him. He saw what others said I should just leave alone or said that they couldn't fix because it would make it worse. We did some facial liposuction to areas of my face that made me look like a chipmunk and he filled in some hollow areas of my face with some new fat grafts to smooth out the irregularities and contours; and for my breasts he used a material called strattice to help with the rippling and we put in some new implants and they are perfect. \n\nEverything that he did came out great and I am really lucky to have found him. This is my first time ever writing a review but I felt compelled to let the world know what a wonderful Dr. he is. \n\nxoxo AD



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Great Botox

I recently had Botox with Dr. Shafer. It was my first time for any cosmetic procedure. I think he did a very nice job. My results look very natural.



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Great Plastic Surgeon

I had a breast lift with Dr. David Shafer about a month ago. He did a great job. I consulted with many board certified plastic surgeons before choosing Dr. Shafer. He was the nicest, most informative and most skillful of the surgeons. I could not be happier with my results.



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Wow my arms look great!

Last fall, my coworker revealed to me that she had arm liposuction with Dr. Shafer. I was wondering if she had had a procedure since she looked as if she had been working out and adding definition to her arms, but I know she does not work out very much. I went in for the same procedure and I am so happy! The procedure took about 2 hours and I went home the same day. I had the liposuction about three weeks ago and I can already see great results. I brought my other friend in with me to my follow up appointment and she really wants to have arm liposuction and her muffin top done at the same time. I really could not be happier.



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Highest Recommendation for Dr. Shafer

I think I got what you call a pre-wedding make-over by Dr. Shafer. I am late 30 year old bride and really want to look as fresh as a daisy. I thought about implants but Dr. Shafer said a breast lift and some contouring around my middle would be ideal. He is smart. He really listens and then makes suggestions. Also, he is a GREAT guy. Very easy to talk to and he actually spends time with you instead of shoving you aside like I experienced other places. I look awesome and renewed - I can't think of better words - but still like me! Only more hour- glass and I have abs now thanks to Dr. Shafer. It sounds corny but I love by chest now and I look so much better even under clothes too. My fiance was scared about the surgery but he is oh so happy now. My mom is now getting her eyes done with Dr. Shafer. I could not be happier with Dr. Shafer's skills. I took my mom to his office so I guess that says it all. Thank you Dr. Shafer for everything!!



cheek bones

As I have aged, my cheek bones are less prominent and visibly look older. I saw several doctors and consultations that only suggested surgery for cheek implants. When I saw Dr. Shafer, he offered me Juvederm injections on the cheekbones to help fill the missing volume. We did the treatment on that visit. He just needs a few shots, but it made a big difference right away. I recommended Dr. Shafer to my friend and my two sisters already. He is excellent!



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My New Cheeks

\nAs I have aged, my cheek bones are less prominent and visibly look older. I saw several doctors and consultations that only suggested surgery for cheek implants. When I saw Dr. Shafer, he offered me Juvederm injections on the cheekbones to help fill the missing volume. We did the treatment on that visit. He just needs a few shots, but it made a big difference right away. I recommended Dr. Shafer to my friend and my two sisters already. He is excellent!\n



Eyelid Lift

My eyelids were hanging, and that seems much older than me. I was having trouble applying makeup and was not enough. My sister and I went to the office of Dr. Shafer for surgery. He conducted a surgery of the eyelids in the office and only took about an hour. The sutures were removed four days later and I'm back to work and feel much better about myself. We never thought that plastic surgery can be as easy and make a significant difference. We are indebted to Dr. Shafer skills and very happy with the results.



My chin looks great

I hated the fat under my chin. Dr. Shafer performed Smartlipo in his office and saw the results the next day. There was a week or so of minor swelling a no bruising. I highly recommend Dr. Shafer. His office staff was so nice and he was very professional.