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Dr. Joseph M. Pober

Plastic Surgeon

Joseph M. Pober, MD, FACS, is an established plastic surgeon with his own private practice in New York City, New York. He is a summa cum laude graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Medical School. At Harvard University, he was specially distinguished by being chosen to simultaneously attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Graduate School. He then trained in both general surgery and plastic surgery at The New York Presbyterian Hospital of Columbia & Cornell Medical Centers. After serving as Chief Resident in Plastic Surgery at The New York Presbyterian Hospital- Columbia & Cornell Medical Center, he completed Double Fellowships: he subspecialized in cosmetic surgery with Dr. Thomas Rees at Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital of The NYU Institute of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery; he further subspecialized in facial sculpting or Craniomaxillofacial Surgery with Dr. S. Anthony Wolfe at the University of Miami. Currently, in addition to his private aesthetic practice, Dr. Pober is on the clinical teaching faculty as an Associate Attending in Plastic Surgery at Hackensack University Medical Center (HUMC) and at St Luke's -Roosevelt Hospitals, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He is a member of many regional and national medical societies, including the American Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS), American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) and he is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Pober is Double Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the National Board of Medical Examiners. Named "New York's Top Park Avenue plastic surgeon", Dr. Pober has been the choice of many celebrities and is frequently asked to discuss his work in professional textbooks and lectures as well as with the media. The Consumers Research Council of America has selected Dr. Pober as America's Top Surgeon (2002-2005) and then as America Top Plastic Surgeon (2006-to date) every year consecutively! His innovative skills and natural looking results have made Dr. Pober world renowned for his cosmetic surgical procedures for enhancement of the face, eyes, nose, chin, neck, lips, and the breast as well as his techniques for body contouring (Liposculpture). Dr. Pober shares many of his techniques with other plastic surgeons by describing them in professional textbooks, such as the Textbook of Plastic, Maxillofacial and Reconstructive Surgery, 2nd Edition, where he discusses the latest cosmetic procedures for the face, neck, and brow. His lipocontouring techniques for the face and body were presented for teaching purposes in other textbooks, including Perspectives in Plastic Surgery. Dr. Pober has been invited to discuss his most advanced techniques of facial and body sculpting in the "Ultimate Plastic Surgery Symposium" in order to help spearhead plastic surgery into the 21st century. In addition to his textbook chapters, Dr. Pober's skills have been recognized in numerous magazines and highlighted on many radio and television shows.
40 years Experience
Dr. Joseph M. Pober
  • Ridgewood, New Jersey
  • Harvard Medical School
  • Accepting new patients

Is it possible to gain the fat back after liposuction?

Hi and Happy New Year! You are considering abdominal lipocontouring and concerned about risks and regaining the fat removed. These are both excellent questions. First, the risks READ MORE
Hi and Happy New Year! You are considering abdominal lipocontouring and concerned about risks and regaining the fat removed. These are both excellent questions. First, the risks associated with liposuction are usually rare in well experienced hands, and include seroma (fluid collections) and skin injury, especially with more aggressive liposuction. If conservative, the "sequelae" (expected phases of healing) will likely include some swelling and bruising, that lasts for a few weeks. With respect to gaining the fat back that depends on your diet and corresponding weight changes. If you watch your weight daily and maintain it within 5 lbs of your weight at about 6 months after surgery, the fat around your abdomen will not come back. On the other hand, if you gain weight, you will more likely see an expansion of fat cells "throughout your body", including the abdominal area where you had the liposuction. Since all the fat cells were not removed with safe liposuction from the abdomen, the remaining fat cells can expand as normal fat cells do with high caloric intake and weight gain.

How long is a recovery from a breast augmentation?

The recovery means different things to different people. Sounds like you are concerned about when you can return to work after a breast augmentation. If your work does not involve READ MORE
The recovery means different things to different people. Sounds like you are concerned about when you can return to work after a breast augmentation. If your work does not involve using your arms for strenuous activity, you usually return to work the next day or same day. Larger implant and placement under the pectoralis muscle tend to be more uncomfortable. If you choose smaller implants (less than 350 cc each) and stay above the muscle, you will feel fine within a few hours after surgery and should be able to do paper work at a desk that same day of surgery. If you obtain submuscular implant, you may feel, at the worst like an elephant sitting on your chest for about 24 hours. Then you accommodate and feel progressively better.

What treatment should I have to remove my stitch marks?

Excise the railroad tracks if there is enough skin to close the wound without tension. Best is to avoid cross hatching by removing sutures in time.

Does a hair transplant require invasive surgery?

Hair transplanting with modern follicular unit extraction (removing one or two hairs with a circular type machine) is not invasive and minimally painful. The hair transplant will READ MORE
Hair transplanting with modern follicular unit extraction (removing one or two hairs with a circular type machine) is not invasive and minimally painful. The hair transplant will last as long as the hair would have lasted in its original source location.

Are there any side effects from hair transplant surgery?

Properly performed modern hair transplantation with follicular unit extraction and implantation does not involve cutting into the scalp to remove a large segment of hair bearing READ MORE
Properly performed modern hair transplantation with follicular unit extraction and implantation does not involve cutting into the scalp to remove a large segment of hair bearing scalp. This minimizes swelling and soreness that occurs after the procedure. "Complete recovery" means different things to different patients. If it means ability to return to do work at a desk, one can do it within a day or two. However, most patients prefer to wait at least until their donor sites regrow the hair.

What are the best procedures to prevent/help with aging in the face?

This is a very broad question. the best way to obtain a response is to visit a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon for a first hand evaluation. In general there are multiple modalities READ MORE
This is a very broad question. the best way to obtain a response is to visit a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon for a first hand evaluation. In general there are multiple modalities to reduce wrinkles and each depends on many factors. If you are under 35 and these are your first wrinkles, Botox is what I usually recommend.

Is plastic surgery on the lips painful?

Usually, if the scar is painless the post operative pain, after the first 1-2 days is minimal.

Even after a lip surgery, my lips are not in perfect shape. What should I do?

Repeat the surgery or obtain fillers with a plastic surgeon who recognizes your perspective and has the talent and skill to address your concerns.