About Alan M. Engler, MD, FACS
Alan M. Engler, MD, FACS practices in New York at Alan M. Engler, MD, FACS as a Plastic Surgeon, board certified by American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Engler was invited to join RealSelf in 2011, and has achieved "Distinguished Member" status. and is a member of American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) and American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). Dr. Engler has hospital affiliations at Beth Israel Medical Center; Montefiore Medical Center.
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Posted by evrimar
I first heard of Dr. E from my sister who had breast augmentation surgery. At the time, my sister was attending New York University, majoring in nursing, and when she decided to do the surgery she did extensive research on different plastic surgeons who perform the procedure. She chose Dr. E because of his impeccable credentials. Little did she know that there was a lot more to Dr. E than that. After her surgery, she and I discussed the possibility of me getting a breast augmentation as well. She expressed how caring and compassionate Dr. E was and so a couple of years later, remembering what my sister told me, I contacted Dr. E for a consultation. I was very nervous because I had two children and was fearful of any surgical procedures. I discussed my fears with Dr. E and he quickly put my mind at ease. He was very patient with the thousands of questions I had asked. I also found Dr. E to be both encouraging and honest. As I'm sure many woman do, my first instinct was to have huge breasts. However, his suggestions were both honest and on point and the size that we agreed I should have were, in fact, perfect for my body. Doctor E not only looks at you as his patient, but also as his friend. I was not just a chart number to him, I was a human being with fears that he understood. He was very attentive, caring, and accommodating both pre and post surgery. 13 years later I am still very happy with my breasts, so much so that when my eldest daughter decided she wanted breast augmentation surgery, there was no doubt in my mind who that surgeon was going to be. Years later, Dr. E and his staff were very welcoming and made me feel like an old friend. My sister trusted him with her life, and I trusted him not only with mine, but my daughter's as well. I am also thinking about doing other cosmetic surgery, and I am looking forward to Doctor E guidance and ultimate exquisite, results.
Posted by feeling great
In several conversations, some of my friends whom I knew had breast reduction surgery kept talking about this caring plastic surgeon who has the bed side manner of the doctors from the fifties (who made house visits). I was intrigued and decided to schedule an appointment. The initial consultation was so personable and informative. Dr E took his time to get to know me and to understand the reason that I was seeking the surgery. Looking back, now I realized if Dr. E did not think that I was ready for this type of surgery, he probably would not have taken my case. Dr. E explained the process from insurance approval to the actual surgery and gave me two booklets concerning different types of plastic surgeries and pre-actual and post-surgical procedures. The booklets were very comprehensive. During every visit, Dr. E took his time to disseminate information and to make sure that I understood. He always allowed time to conduct a “Q & A” session either during the visit or via conference call. When you are a patient of Dr. E you have access to him when you need it. My surgery went smoothly and within two days I was up and about. Dr. E called me daily for several days to see how I was progressing. For the first time in 20 years I am able to get out of bed on the first try and I am looking forward to all the other activities that I will be able to participate in now. At my first meeting, Dr. E discussed how breast reduction surgery would be a life changing experience. Yesterday, I looked at myself in the mirror and screamed out. Thank you Dr. E! Anyone who is thinking about having breast reduction surgery and is looking for a doctor who enjoys what he does, keeps current with the leading surgical methods and practices, has “old school” bedside manners, has a sense of humor and really cares about his patients, then look no further, contact Dr. E!
Posted by Nataliee
Posted by New York 1
When I began my search for a plastic surgeon to perform a much needed and desired breast lift, I started by listing the characteristics my selected surgeon should possess and came up with the following: 1) passion for his/her work; 2) integrity; 3) expertise; 4) strong interpersonal skills; 5) a strong and professional support team; and 6) a good heart. I was looking for a doctor who would be a skilled medical expert and an artist. These characteristics would serve as my go, no go standard. Is this too much to ask? Since this is my body and my one life I figured it was not. Fortunately, after two years of consultations with only board certified surgeons from all over New York and New Jersey, I was blessed, lucky, whatever you want to call it to find the doctor who possesses all these characteristics and more. During that two-year search I found much of what I did not want and very little of what I did want. There was always something not quite right and I would not settle. As many of you who have had your own plastic surgery journey know, the consultation period can be very expensive and may force one to settle even when that inner voice is saying no. I admit I almost settled! I was going to have the procedure done by a surgeon who did not completely satisfy my criteria. I was tired of the “search” and the cost. Thank Mary, Jesus, Muhammad and Buddha because Idecided to do one more search for doctor reviews before finalizing a surgery date. I came across a review of a Dr. E. located in New York City that made me think, I want what she had. This Dr. E. sounded like exactly what I was looking for and the review was so heartfelt I knew this woman was honest. I jumped on the phone and was comfortable with my initial interaction with Arlene. As you know, that first point of contact has significant influence and can make or break an appointment. Arriving at Dr. E’s office I was relieved that I was not subjected to another “dog and pony show”, by this point I was tired of the hard and inauthentic sales pitch. After all, I know why I’m there, I know what I want and don’t need anyone to convince me, just show me why you are the right doctor for me. My meeting with Dr. E. was like no other, there was no barrier between us. His support team were warm and professional and not at all solicitous. They did their job and quickly, Dr. E. took over. I really appreciated the efficient and uncomplicated way they conducted business. As for Dr. E’s “bed-side” manner and follow-up care, I could not ask for more. He and his team are awesome. Someone was there when I woke up and stayed with me until I was fully recovered from the anesthesia. Dr. E. kindly walked me to my escort vehicle and made sure that I was in good hands before I left the surgery suite. He called my recovery help twice a day for the first four days to ensure that I was well and we have his personal cell phone number if we need to reach him.
Posted by Dr.L
I am an anesthesiologist and I chose Dr. E to do my lipo because, of all the plastic surgeons I work with, he does the best sculpturing. I'm so happy with my results! I can't believe how it turned out and it's only my 1st wk postop! I now have an hourglass figure; I never even had a waistline. And he tells me it's even going to get better. I couldn't be happier!
Posted by bijou123
Finding a doctor to perform my plastic surgery needs/desires was an overwhelming task before I walked into Dr. E’s office! His staff was warm and welcoming and made this somewhat anxious experience VERY comfortable. His knowledge, skills and experience well surpass any doctors I’ve met and the proof can be seen from my results. I had both breast silicon implants and liposuction and I am beyond happy with my results. I had the normal concerns about looking fake or even worse, something going wrong during the operation! During my consultation, I shared my concerns with Dr. Engler and he gave me his recommendations, informed me of risks and walked me through the entire process. Even more astounding, he listened to me and surpassed all my expectations when it came to my results. “I” was in his best interest and he isn’t consumed in the “glamour of plastic surgery” which inherently can have negative consequences. Dr. Engler is a very gifted surgeon and approaches the profession unlike any other doctor I met His customer care is impeccable from initial consultation to post op follw ups. The manner in which he conducts his business, treats patients and approaches his profession solidifies that he upholds himself to the highest morals, values and standards in the plastic surgery industry. Not only will he be my plastic surgeon for life when its time for maintenance or upgrades but now I also have a friend for life. He made me look sexy but yet natural and LOVE who I am and for that I am forever thankful. Search no more when you are in his hands!
Posted by constantin
Dr.E is passionate about what he is doing; he is an expert in his field, an author of books on plastic surgery, and a man with a warm personality. He is also a good leader as shown by the fact that he selected a wonderful, very professional staff that makes one feel among friends.
Posted by Bronx4847
The office environment was very intimate The receptionist was incredibly warm and respectful. The PA made me feel safe and comfortable from the beginning. When I met Dr. E, I liked him right away. I appreciated his honesty as he explained that liposuction is not a precise procedure. It was good for me to hear that I may have some "waviness" due to the limitations of skin elasticity (especially because my skin had already stretched so much from my first pregnancy) because it allowed me to set realistic expectations. I also enjoyed his sense of humor: When I told him that I wanted to have more kids in the future his response was: "we don't do that here." Dr. E was confident that I would have "fantastic results" and when he told me that the results would be "dramatic" I felt elated. I didn't even hesitate; I immediately scheduled the procedure (I felt bad about the other surgeon but I had to go with my gut on this one). The fact that he had me laughing so hard during my pre-op photos speaks to his ability to put you at ease and make you actually want to take your clothes off (ha!). When I heard another patient who came in after me say "I love him!" as I was scheduling my appointment I felt even more confident in my decision to switch doctors.
Posted by Queenie1953
Dr. E is both amazingly knowledgeable and caring. A rarity in the fast-paced world of today's medicine due to constraints on physicians to see more/do less per the insurance entities that "govern" how/when/where a physician performs...
Posted by Phenominal222
Oh my!!! There is so much I can say about Dr. E, but I will let his work speak for itself. He is truly a gifted & phenominal surgeon with blessed hands. He loves what he does therefore will not steer you wrong. He does not sell you a dream, he tells you what is right for you based on your needs & expectations. I trust him so much I have been with him over a year now, he as done 2 revisions (one of my breasts, the other of my nose) & currently provided treatment for hyperhydrosis (excessive sweating of the hands).
Posted by New York9298
Choosing Dr. E turned out to be the best decision I ever made! Dr. E is truly a cut above the rest….I’m thankful everyday I stepped into his office. He’s an absolutely gifted surgeon and highly recommend him to everyone I know. I researched a handful of doctors in the area and narrowed it down to the best of the best that I wanted to have consultation with. I knew being face to face would ultimately help me decide. What I didn’t realize was how apparent my choice would be upon entering Dr. Englers office. I immediately felt at home. His staff was very warm and helpful and treated me as a person, not a number or the next business transaction like I felt at other doctor offices. Not once did I feel pressured to make a decision. And any question I could think of was answered with sincerity. Furthermore, Dr. Engler was extremely thorough in my consultation offering advice on size, shape and overall assessment not even knowing if I’d call back to book the surgery. It wasn’t until the day of surgery that I fully realized what a great decision I made. Prior to surgery, in depth conversations occurred to solidify the choice in implant size and in my case the choice of two different sized implants. Also, a differing incision height from left to right was also deemed necessary to get optimum results. I felt great relief as I went into surgery knowing that all the possibilities were discussed to get the results I so desired. I’m so thankful that Dr. Engler is as amazing and talented as he is. I could have had quite the botched surgery if I had been in the wrong hands. Upon leaving the office, Dr. Engler checked in every day for the first week to make sure the recovery was going smoothly. And if any additional questions or concerns came up he was gladly at my disposal via his cell at any hour of the day.
Posted by Pat Vincent
Dr. E is wonderful, and I am so happy that I chose to use him. He continues to meet with me, to reassure me that the healing is progressing on course (even though that is self-evident it’s nice to hear!). He is thorough and clearly knows his stuff, he has a great sense of humor, and he and his entire staff interact warmly with me every time I am in touch with any of them.
Posted by New York City67
In my case I had no fear in that department. I knew that I was ready to wear button downs, strapless dresses, and be comfortable in a bikini. With that being said Dr. E made all of that happen. He spoke to my parents conservatively. He leveled with me and helped me understand the procedure and post operation recovery and finally made my dreams come true. When asked after my surgery how I felt, I could only reply “I feel myself”. Dr. E not only brilliantly constructed my new breasts, but made me more confident then I could ever imagine. Now as an art major I can go into my live drawing class and not be jealous of the female model posing in front of me, but instead be proud of what I have and not compare myself. Dr. E made all this possible.
Posted by Ecstatic Client
He treats you very well. Giving you an honest opinion and his work is first class.
Posted by angie3546
Overall, i have nothing but the best things to say about Dr. Engler. He is a gifted surgeon and an amazing person that i would highly recommend to anyone considering having some work done.
Posted by kla81
Dr. E is the best doctor ever. Great service, made me feel comfortable, very caring. Called me every day for a week from his personal cell. Very very accommodating being that I was from out of town. Great skill, results are amazing. Answered all my questions. If you live in New york are able to travel to New York, go to Dr. E. I cant say it enough but he is truly the best. If you want a great experience, great care, great skill, he is the man.
Posted by Hastings627
My situation is a little different from most of the other people who are writing in. I went to see Dr. E for a procedure I HAD to have done and didn't choose for myself. I was very frightened and really did not want to do it. But I had to. From the first minute I called the office, I felt better. The person who answered the phone was friendly and helpful, set up an appointment for me quickly and efficiently, made all the necessary arrangements with the referring doctor and reassured me. When I went to the office, I was greeted warmly. Everyone on the staff was so nice and helped to put me at ease. Then I met Dr. E - and he was kind, friendly and personable. He explained everything to me and told me that he would take excellent care of me and he certainly did! Most importantly, he made me feel entirely confident in his knowledge and expertise. In a rather vulnerable situation, I so thoroughly felt that I could trust him and benefit from his experience. Throughout the procedure in his office, Dr. E and his staff made sure that I was calm, comfortable and informed of what was going on. Afterwards, he called to make sure that I felt fine, and I did!! The results are excellent and the entire process was easier than I could ever have expected. I am so grateful to Dr. E and his staff for making me feel so well taken care of and highly recommend him!
Posted by angie3546
I have nothing but the best things to say about Dr. E. He is a gifted surgeon and an amazing person that i would highly recommend to anyone considering having some work done.
Stunned by the Outstanding Mind Boggling Results! Most Importantly, my Self Esteem & Confidence Been Restored - New York, NY
Posted by New York1033
3 of my doctors independently referred me to the same plastic surgeon - "the best of the best...Dr. E." His skills, expertise & surgical wizardry surpassed my expectations. The man is a genius & just so happens to be one of the most compassionate, loving, individuals I've been fortunate to meet. During my initial consultation, I was treated like royalty by Dr. E and his warm, engaging staff. He assessed my complex case of upcoming multiple procedures taking into context my age (61), health, lifestyle and counseled me on realistic goals & expectations. During the course of this year, Dr. E performed a breast lift with gobs of loose skin removed from my back and sides, a circumferential body lift, circumferential thigh lift and a bilateral arm lift. Neither of us had any idea how quickly I would heal with minimal discomfort after each procedure.
Posted by New York8678
The nerves quickly subsided, however, when I walked in and was greeted by two staff whose smiles and friendly attitudes instantly made me feel more comfortable. Even the layout of the office, the cozy waiting area with its ‘feels like home atmosphere,’ put me more at ease. During the consultation, Dr. E continued to make me feel relaxed while we discussed my expectations, concerns and desired results. Given the amount of research I have done and the excellent recommendation from a close family friend I knew he was a renowned surgeon in his field, but I did not expect to be equally as impressed by his warmth and good nature. Dr. E and his team continued to impress me throughout my experience. On the days leading up to the surgery I spoke several times to the staff and Dr. E himself regarding final decisions on size, as they truly wanted to ensure the best outcome would be achieved given my body type and desired results. There were also several times I called to make sure I was following the appropriate pre-op protocol to calm those last minute nerves, and each time they were readily available and extremely patient with me. The actual surgery went as seamlessly as I could ever have hoped for and I could not be any happier with the results. During the recovery period not only was Dr. E extremely responsive, he also personally called, emailed, and texted me several times a day to check in on my status. If he was going to be unavailable for a certain period of time he let me know in advance. Knowing Dr. E and his team were there if needed at any given moment was invaluable. One month later, I am feeling great and my confidence has sky rocketed. I can honestly say the entire experience surpassed all my expectations.
Posted by happybreasts
He did a perfect job. I look so natural.
Posted by chan75
When the idea of having a breast implant procedure crossed my mind, I did some research online like many others. After compiling a list of surgeons based on websites and comments, I scheduled my first interview with Dr. E. My first meeting with the doctor went smoothly. He was very patient in answering all my questions and provided me with materials describing the procedure and its risks. Since I felt really comfortable with Dr. E, I knew I need not schedule interviews with other surgeons anymore. Throughout the process, Dr. E gave me professional advice and delivered the result I wanted. I would not know if Dr. E is the best surgeon as I have not tried others, but I am really pleased with what I have got. I believe every lady planning to go through the procedure would want a caring, skillful and knowledgeable surgeon. To me, I just couldn't ask for more with Dr. E. I am glad with my decision, and would like to give thanks to Dr. E and his staff, who are truly friendly and helpful.
Posted by 5468anon
He is very informative, he listens to his patients, care about them before and after surgery, call daily to check on you. I could not ask for better.
Posted by 9743anon
I am writing this testimonial close to 6 years after a breast augmentation. After breastfeeding 2 beautiful babies, I was left with deflated sagging breasts and just wanted to look normal again. After meeting Dr. E, I just knew he was the right doctor for me. He was understanding, caring and reassuring and he made me look incredible. The results are fantastic and I couldn't be happier. He truly is a genious. Recently, I experienced an accidental trauma to one of my breasts and as a result, had to replace one implant. As you can imagine, I was scared and upset. Dr. E couldn't have been more compassionate, kind, and just plain wonderful. He practically held my hand throughout the whole ordeal. He made me feel confident that everything would be O.K. and I will be eternally grateful to Dr. E for making me feel safe and, once again, look great. If anyone reading this has any doubts about choosing a plastic surgeon, please know that Dr. E is simply THE BEST in every way. I am 100% confident in saying that you will not find a better doctor.
Posted by 2999anon
I had an amazing experience and Dr. E is a wonderful person and surgeon. I couldn't be happier with the treatment I received and the results.
Posted by meteda
Dr. E is one of the most thorough, professional and knowledgeable physicians I've ever met. He explained the surgery and recovery period, told me what to expect and was there to guide me through the process. After surgery, Dr. E called me everyday for two weeks to make sure I was recovering well in addition to the followup appointments and I had his cell number in case of emergencies. His staff is extremely knowledgeable, efficient and kind. When researching different plastic surgeons, Dr. E really stood out for me. He only works with the best people, has invented tools used in the procedure, teaches the various procedures he performs, has written books on liposculpture and has been practicing for over 25 years. He approaches body sculpture as an art form and is very talented. I couldn't be happier with his performance and bedside manner and I strongly recommend him to anyone who wants to have this type of surgery.
Posted by Lorne.MacNeal
I came to Dr. E requesting a breast reduction. First off, his staff could not have been more helpful or supportive in helping with the paperwork to have the procedure covered by insurance (and not all doctor's offices will do this.) Dr. E himself was professional and warm - he answered all my questions and also worked with my insurance company to make sure that the procedure would be covered. I was nervous about the actual surgery, but Dr. E and his staff were caring and reassuring - it really helped. The day of the surgery, Dr. E was again professional and reassuring. And, afterwards, he checked up on me multiple times during my recovery via phone and was available for follow-up visits and to answer any any questions. The results of the surgery are fantastic - proportional, smaller breasts that are healing up nicely. Already I've noticed in improvement in back pain and body aches, as well as just plain looking better. I'm extremely pleased with my experience and thoroughly recommend Dr. E for any and all plastic surgery procedures.
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Posted by Evi P
The idea of having a breast reduction was one that I had “played” with for years. At 5’2 and 115 lbs, my breasts were unproportional to the rest of my body. Once I had finally decided to go ahead with the procedure, I did my research and came across Dr. Engler. He had amazing credentials and was highly recommended, so I scheduled a consultation
Posted by YK in New York
The decision to get a breast augmentation starts with excitement, but it is a daunting task to choose the best doctor for this life-changing procedure. I chose to have a consultation with Dr.Engler because he had a reputation of being one of the best breast augmentation surgeons in the city. I was welcomed with a friendly staff, and all my questions were answered during the consultation in which he also explained to me the various options for surgery. Dr.Engler was spot on when he helped me to decide the size and the type of implant, and most importantly, I was informed and comfortable with the decisions for my surgery every step of the way. He took all my phone calls when I had any questions or doubts at all, and provided honest and realistic solutions to my problems. Dr. Engler called me twice a day for the 3~4 crucial days after the surgery to check up on my progress, and made sure that everything was right during my recovery period. The care and support that Dr.Engler and his staff provided can’t be found in a clinical environment. I am ecstatic with my choice to have this procedure with Dr.Engler, and I know now that there is a reason why people rave about him. What I got from him was a very successful surgery, personal care, close supervision, and breasts that I am now completely happy with. Thank you Dr.Engler!
Posted by Brooklyn based
I was referred to Dr. Engler through my physician. I had some excess breast tissue on one side, called axillary breast tissue, that was both unsightly and, during my menstrual cycles, painful. I wanted to have that tissue removed and was extremely nervous about the procedure. When I met Dr. Engler he immediately put me at ease with his warm and friendly demeanor. He explained the procedure in great detail and addressed all of my concerns. The procedure went well and, as promised, I experienced a smooth and easy recovery. Naturally, I had some concerns during the recovery, including discomfort and the contour of the final result. He never once made me feel as if I was complaining or being overly sensitive. He was kind, gracious, and generous with his time. The result is, in fact, excellent. His staff is wonderful and always makes me feel welcome. They remember me immediately and ask how I am. It's rare to find such a personable and caring staff. I have and will continue to highly recommend Dr. Engler for his fine work and integrity.
Posted by ALondis
The reason I have given Dr. Engler 5 stars is because he truly deserves it. Both him and his staff were and continue to be a great source of professionalism, expertise, and comfort.
Posted by Tamie2121
Dr. Engler was the first surgeon that I ended up getting a consultation with and I was instantly drawn to him. He had an amazing personality and answered every question I had to the fullest extent, and was someone I knew I would feel comfortable having this surgery with. I literally walked into the room with a notepad of questions and he patiently answered all of them and then some! I had brought my boyfriend to each consultation with me as well and he felt the same positive energy from Dr. Engler. Being that person that needs to make sure everything is perfect and wonderful I knew that I couldn't just go with the first surgeon I met with. I wanted to have others to compare him to. I saw 4 other surgeons in NY and no one compared to Dr. Engler and his fabulous staff. We instantly went back to Dr. Engler and set up my surgery date with him. His staff is warm and welcoming and very informative with any questions you may have through the entire process. They invited me to come in at any time if I ever needed anything or just wanted to come chat with Dr. Engler. I thought that was awesome. From the minute you walk in the door Dr. Engler wants to give you the result you are looking for. He will make sure you are happy and do whatever it takes to get you that desired result. Immediately following the surgery Dr. Engler was able to hold my hand and walk me through my recovery one day at a time. He would call me sometimes 2 or 3 times a day to check in with me and see how my recovery was going. It was so comforting and made the recovery process so much easier. I can't thank him enough for how wonderful he has been through my entire process. Dr. Engler will definitely give you the results YOU are looking for. If you want a surgeon that is personable, intelligent, a true body sculpture, and someone you can call at the drop of a hat then Dr. Engler is the PERFECT surgeon for you! He was for me! :-)
Posted by Jane in New York City
I wanted to write a recommendation for Dr. Alan Engler as I've been so pleased with the work he has done on me over the years. Most recently, I had lower lid eye surgery. The first time I went to Dr. Engler for a procedure was a number of years ago for liposuction. I'm pretty thin, but I had saddle bags which wouldn't go away no matter how much I exercised. I did quite a bit of research and saw a number of doctors, but none impressed me as much as Dr. Engler and his staff. The moment you enter his office, you feel at ease. Everyone is warm, kind, and caring, and they really go out of their way to make you feel comfortable. Dr. Engler, who's board certified (this was important to me), took time to explain the procedure and answered as many questions as I could think of. I never felt rushed, and his very personable manner made me feel much less nervous about undergoing the procedure. The surgery went great, my recovery went smoothly, and the results were excellent. I would not hesitate to recommend Dr. Engler to anyone contemplating cosmetic surgery. Bottom line, Dr. Engler is an excellent physician and I would not hesitate go back to him again.
Treatments offered at Alan M. Engler, MD, FACS
Education / Training
Medical: MD, Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY
General Surgery, Montefiore Medical Center, New York
Plastic Surgery, Montefiore Medical Center, New York