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New York, New York 10022 US
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"He is not only an expert plastic surgeon, but is able to put us at ease, reduce our stress, and make us look great he did amazing job on my body had a liposuction and bbl with him and ooh boy am looking and fee..." "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..." "I am so happy Dr. S did my surgery - my breast look so nice."

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5 out of 5 stars Chin Liposuction

Award Winning Solo Performer Desperate to Get Rid of Her Double Chin Finds Dr. Shafer and Her Life is Transformed! - New York

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. It is clear by all who spend time with Dr. Shafer in a consultation 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 will go so far as to call Dr. Shafer a genius. Finding Dr. Shafer is one of the LUCKIEST things to ever happen to me in my life.

5 out of 5 stars Breast Lift

Excellent Plastic Surgeon - New York

Based on advice from doctors from, 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

Perfection! Upper and Lower Lid For Tired, Saggy, Puffy Eyes - New York, NY

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 Mini Lift

I Highly Recommend This Office! - New York, NY

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

Mommy Makeover with Dr. Shafer - New York, NY

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

Dr. Shafer is Caring and Understanding. He Made Me in to a New Person - New York, NY

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 Breast Augmentation

My Beautiful Breasts - New York

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

Tummy Tuck Left with No Stretchmarks - New York

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 Love my Breast Implants - NY

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 Eyelid Surgery

Eyelids - New York, NY

Dr. S's office was so nice and friendly. We really trust him and his skills.

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Personal Statement

Dr. David Shafer is a NYC double board certified plastic surgeon. He is trained in all aspects of plastic surgery, but specializes in aesthetic surgery of the face, breast & body.

Board Certifications

Board-certified by the American Board of Surgery - General and American Board of Plastic Surgery


American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)

Consultation Fee

Free. We offer priority consultations for RealSelf patients.

Awards & Recognition

Castle Connolly Top Doctor
RealSelf Top Doctor

Hospital Privileges

Dr. Shafer has hospital affiliations at Lenox Hill Hospital and Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital.


  • Undergraduate & Medical School

    Undergraduate: BS, University of Michigan
    Medical: MD, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
  • Post-Medical School Training

    Residency: General Surgery, Maricopa Medical Center and Arizona Burn Center
    Plastic Surgery, Mayo Clinic
    Plastic Surgery, Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital

Treatments offered at Shafer Plastic Surgery

Blog Posts and Articles

Review of Liposuction Methods - Is Invasive or Non-invasive Liposuction the Best Choice

     It is best to differentiate between true liposuction and non-invasive "liposuction" such as Zeltiq / Coolsculpting, Suresculpt and Vanquish.  These companies have huge marketing dollars for the non-invasive "liposuction" target audience - those people not wanting surgery and a desire for minimal to no downtime.  However, there is no comparison between what true surgical liposuction can achieve in terms of overall result.  I often tell patients that if you have lots of money, lots of ti...

Comprehensive Review of Botox, Injectables / Dermal Fillers and Kybella by Dr. David Shafer

"Injectables" is a broad term that can be broken down into three general categories - neuromodulators (Botox Cosmetic to smooth dynamic lines), fillers (Juvederm to add volume or fill static lines and Voluma to lift the cheeks), and fat modulators (Kybella to melt fat under the chin).  Informed consumers love that their doctors now have a range of non-invasive tools to help rejuvenate their entire face while maintaining a natural appearance.  Many patients are hesitant to schedule a s...


What Is Microneedling?Microneeedling is designed to stimulate your skin's natural ability to produce new collagen formation creating healthier skin, and can be used to improve the appearance acne scars, hyperpigmentation, stretch marks, skin texture as well as, fine lines and wrinkles. The repair process of your skin is accelerated by microneedling through the creation of microscopic channels, which also allow products to penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin resulting in better...

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How much does Botox cost?

Offices charge for Botox in two ways - either by "area" or by "unit." It is my feeling that charging by "area" leads to fraud since the office can... READ MORE

How Long After Liposuction is Pain and Swelling Normal?

Lucy, You are just five days post-procedure, so I am not surprised that you still have swelling and discomfort. Rest assured, however, you will... READ MORE

Can I Get a Tattoo over a Tummy Tuck Scar?

Khet, It is perfectly fine for you to get a tattoo over your incision. Many of my patients have done this and I think it looks nice. However, you may... READ MORE

How Many Botox Units for 11's or Frown Lines?

I can understand your frustration. However, you state that you just had the Botox yesterday. It will take 3 to 7 stays for it to start working and... READ MORE

Should Blepharoplasty Scars Be Less Evident by Now?

This is a good question. Whenever you have a wound or incision, the healing scar must mature, which involves multiple phases of collagen... READ MORE

Compression Garment Concerns After Lipo

1 week after lipo is early to get worried about anything. You still have considerable swelling to resolve. In the long run, the garment does not... READ MORE

How Long to Wear Compression Garment After Smart Lipo

SkinnyForever, I suggest that patients wear their garment at least 1 week after Smartlipo (or any lipo) to help keep the swelling under control. You... READ MORE

Tightness and Difficulty Standing Up Post-Tummy Tuck

SheriBrock, Usually after abdominoplasty it takes about 1 to 2 weeks before you can stand up straight. So, you soon should be getting better. I have... READ MORE

How Can I Increase Collagen Production?

KTLamb, I feel one of the easiest and least expensive ways to stimulate collagen synthesis in your skin is Retin-A. Retin-A is a form of Vitamin A... READ MORE

How to Reduce Pain and Recovery Time After Breast Implants Surgery?

Lil, This is a great question. I have found that the recovery from breast implants surgery depends mostly on patient motivation and patient response... READ MORE

Before and After Photos by Dr. Shafer

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The Doctor Demonstrates How to Select Your Breast Implant Size With Vectra 3D Imaging

Dr. David Shafer discusses the Vectra 3D breast implant imaging system and shares examples of various breast implant sizes. WATCH VIDEO

Kybella Injection Demonstration: All Your Kybella Questions Answered

Dr. David Shafer demonstrates Kybella injections on a live patient. He narrates the whole process, answering frequently asked questions along the way. Dr. Shafer also demonstrates 3D imaging to show the expected results. WATCH VIDEO

PicoWay Tattoo Removal: Near the End of the First Tattoo Removal Laser Session

Dr. David Shafer's staff share the end of the first tattoo remova treatment with PicoWay. WATCH VIDEO

Tattoo Removal With the PicoWay Laser

Dr. David Shafer's staff treat this man with the PicoWay laser for his first tattoo removal session. WATCH VIDEO

See the PicoWay Laser in Action: This Man Gets His First Tattoo Removal Treatment

Dr. David Shafer's staff treat this 28-year-old man's tattoo. He is having his first treatment for tattoo removal with the PicoWay laser, and it usually requires around 5-8 treatments. WATCH VIDEO

See the V Beam Perfecta in Action

Dr. David Shafer shares this video of a woman undergoing a V Beam Perfecta treatment for slight redness and large pores in her t-zone. V Beam helps rosacea, diffused redness, broken capillaries, acne, acne scars and large pores. WATCH VIDEO

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*Your results may vary. Any specific claims or permanence length of results vary for each patient and are not guaranteed.