New York Plastic Surgeon
10 East 53rd Street, 25th Floor
New York, New York 10022 US

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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

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. 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...

5 out of 5 stars Breast Lift

Excellent Plastic Surgeon - New York

Having 3 children really affected my breasts. I wanted was a lift to help restore a more youthful shape.

5 out of 5 stars Eyelid Surgery

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

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.

5 out of 5 stars Mini Lift

I Highly Recommend This Office! - New York, NY

I've always taken good care of my skin, but when I hit 50, I began to see droopiness and jowls. Hated that!

5 out of 5 stars Mommy Makeover

Mommy Makeover with Dr. Shafer - New York, NY

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...

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 ecstatic with Dr. Shafer, he is the new love of my life, "doctor wise," that is (chuckle). I've already referred 4 of my friends to him because they see the marvelous job he's done. He did the job of a perfectionist. My scar actually looks like the actual pubic line I was born with, it's almost as if it was a scarless surgery. WOW and WOW spelled backwards! i am so happy! dr. shafer is...

5 out of 5 stars Breast Augmentation

My Beautiful Breasts - New York

I had grown tired of being relatively flat chested and my A cup breasts were not symmetrical.

5 out of 5 stars Tummy Tuck

Tummy Tuck Left with No Stretchmarks - New York

I did it bc I had a stomach full of stretchmarks and at such a young age I just wanted for once go to the beach and enjoy myself! not be so insecure. week 1: really no pain just a lot of discomfort and not being able to manage on my own. Terrified when I have to lay in bed, my BF has to make sure he lays me down very very slow otherwise I freak out. That really is my major complain. By day...

5 out of 5 stars Breast Implants

I Love my Breast Implants - NY

I always felt like my breast were small and I did not like that one was smaller than the other. Dr. S was the only one to suggest putting different size implants to make the final result look more even. He was right and they look great!

5 out of 5 stars Eyelid Surgery

Eyelids - New York, NY

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. S for surgery. He conducted a surgery of our 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. I never thought that plastic surgery can...

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

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

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

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

How Will Weight Gain After Tummy Tuck Affect Results?

SNJ0404, Small changes in your weight will not affect results. However, you should not look at tummy tuck as a weight loss procedure. It is better to... READ MORE

Before and After Photos by Dr. Shafer

David Shafer, MD has shared 93 before and after pictures with 3,972 helpful votes from the RealSelf community.

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Videos by David Shafer, MD

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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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