David Shafer, MD
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5 out of 5 stars
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!
5 out of 5 stars
This office made something rather large and scary sooo easy and pleasant. Love them all! Beautiful office, super nice staff, and Dr. Shafer is a really nice guy... honest, caring, no upsell at all... I couldn't have made a better choice, and I am thrilled with the results!
5 out of 5 stars Mommy Makeover
Go see Dr. Shafer for yourself and you will walk away with the same feelings that I have.
5 out of 5 stars Tummy Tuck
I am more than honored to have a say, in regard to Dr. David Shafer. He is definitely, "THE MAN," for the job. To make a long story short, a general surgeon repaired the umbilical hernia but the plastic surgeon of his choice backed out because she thought it might be too much pain for me to endure at one time and to come back in a month. This went on for 5 months, I thought to myself, "Is there something wrong with me? Can this be corrected, cured or repaired?" I prayed to God because I've been depressed, crying, unable to do daily activities and mostly tied to my bed due to the pain. There were many times I thought about going to the emergency room but I knew, they would back out as well, while sending me home on pain med's and I’m very picky when it comes to doctor’s. The last fearful doctor that cancelled on me told me he did not want to do the surgery because I was in pain. Isn’t that the purpose of surgery, in order for a person to become whole or restored back to their most current healthy, painless condition in nature? After the umbilical hernia, I was pain-free in the umbilicus. Anyway, he told me to go back to my first doctor to have him do it because he should have repaired it in the first place after performing my umbilical hernia. I had no choice but to take his advice and go “back,” to the general surgeon, who refused to see me. In desperation, I had to beg for an appointment, while at the same time he referred me back to the plastic surgeon of his choice, again. I did make the appointments with the both doctors but in the meantime, I hated the torture! I was in agony and no one cared. I googled: “Top General Plastic Surgeons in New York,” Dr. David Shafer was at the top of the list and I was given an appointment on the same day I was to see the other plastic surgeon. I went to see her and she was still just as edgy as the first general surgeon about the surgery but they both agreed to perform it as soon as they could get a date with the hospital. I left her office and went straight to Dr. Shafer’s office 20 blocks away. While sitting in the waiting room, it was if I had the jitters to run because I thought I was going to be wasting my time again with another doctor who was doubtful about my dilemma. I was actually going to run out but only God kept me in the seat and by that time Stacey (staff) came through the door with a warm greeting and a caring smile asking me to come with her. I was soooo nervous, I couldn't run backwards and my feet continued forward, I couldn't understand it. She bought me back into a plush suite and I was seated again. She made me feel comfortable but when she walked out, the jitters to run started again, then in came Dr. Shafer with the most handsomest, caring and confident smile. I was honestly taken aback because he was smiling without hearing my reason for being there! I explained everything to him, gave him the results from prior doctors along with the MRI and he stated, "Don't worry, everything will be just fine." I was shocked because, not only was he caring, but he actually chased my jitters away without realizing I was frantic in the beginning. This was an enigma because here I was looking into the eyes of a doctor who acted like he was 100 years old on the inside with such an ancient wisdom, knowledge and understanding. I had to ask him how old he was and how long he's been doing this. He didn’t tell me his age (chuckle) but he told me he been in his profession for 8 years, but he's does this kind of work all of the time and women with my condition who come in with a lot of pain are just fine after surgery. He also reassured me that he's been told by prior caesarian section patients that their pain was actually worse than what I'm having done. I have to state, by this time, I was sold, whipped out my credit card and was ready for a surgery date the following week. Dr. Shafer called me the day after surgery to see how I was doing, I told him that I was feeling GREAT!!! I don't feel like a new person, I am a new person!
5 out of 5 stars
Dr. Shafer did not rush me. We had a very comfortable and realistic discussion about my hopes for the augmentation. My new breasts are beautiful and I am now the envy of dear friends who chose other surgeons years ago. I don't believe I was a straightforward case as my natural breasts seemed to 'look' in different directions. Thank you Dr. Shafer for your surgical abilities and caring manner.
5 out of 5 stars Tummy Tuck
OK I am giving this Doc 5 stars! I know u see 5 stars and u think no way, no one is perfect right? well in plastic surgery world this Doc is the best. A magician! Talented! I went in for a tummy tuck on 1/20/12 and couldn't be more pleased. My results have been amazing. Sure went through the pain and soreness but now I am at week 2 and I am jumping up and down from joy from how the line looks and how he has been there every step of the way during my recovery. No question is to silly or too urgent this Doc will always answer! I am 33, a 17YR old son, and had a lot of stretchmarks. Conclusion: 0 stretchmarks (thanks Doc!) maybe like 1 left on the hip side but hey I'd take that over the bunch I had on my stomach. And at week 2 I am healing nicely but what amazes me the most is the LINE the LINE the LINE - it is as thin as can be and again 0 stretchmarks!! I am very happy w Dr. Shafer. I can honestly say he did an amazing job!
5 out of 5 stars Breast Implants
I was talking to my medical doctor about wanting breast implants and she recommended that I see Dr. S. I had a few consultations with various plastic surgeons around town, but I felt the most comfortable with Dr. S. His staff was nice, all the patients in the waiting room love him and he spent time to go over all my questions. He even recommended that I come back a second time to ask more questions after I had time to digest all of the information. I am so happy Dr. S did my surgery - my breast look so nice.
5 out of 5 stars
Based on advice from doctors from RealSelf.com, I went to several consultations with Board Certified Plastic Surgeons. I found Dr. S to be the nicest, most skillful and caring plastic surgeon. He did my breast lift about a month ago and I could not be happier. The shape is great and the recovery was minimal. If anyone is looking for a great plastic surgeon in New York City, I highly recommend Dr. S
5 out of 5 stars Eyelid Surgery
Dr. S's office was so nice and friendly. We really trust him and his skills.
5 out of 5 stars
My husband and I live in the West Coast and took our time choosing a plastic surgeon (saw 4 in total). Dr. S came to our attention by a stroke of good luck and we thought 'why not'. After meeting him - it has a done deal. He is a true gentleman and had a great reputation from all we read. His staff spoke so highly of him - the hospital people did too on they day of our surgeries - you could tell it was from the heart. We both look like ourselves, which is what we wanted, but alive, fresh...better than we have in years. People are shocked when we say we are (newly) retired. Our kids are so happy for us.