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Haideh Hirmand
NewYork-Presbyterian; Manhattan eye, Ear and throat hospital; Lenox Hill Hospital
105 East 73rd Street (212-744-4400).

Eyelid surgery and facial surgery are Haideh Hirmand’s calling cards. Among the more innovative procedures she performs are surgically implanting AlloDerm—preserved skin—to restore or correct the shape of the eye area, and injecting fat in the eyelid area to plump up wrinkled skin. She studied at Harvard Medical School, with her residency at what is now NewYork-Presbyterian and fellowships in ocular plastic and aesthetic surgery at Emory University, where she was a student of Mark Codner’s. Her mentors are David Hidalgo, Aston, and the éminence grise of New York plastic surgeons, Tom Rees.

Olivia Hutchinson
Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital; St. Luke’s–Roosevelt Hospital Center
830 Park Avenue, near 75th Street (212-452-1400).

She’s only 34, but Olivia Hutchinson has had her own Manhattan practice for five years. Her specialty is minimally invasive breast-lifts and reduction; she uses limited-incision operations, which focus on removal of the breast tissue itself, while keeping the skin incisions small. For facial work, she uses fillers in conjunction with resurfacing surgery. She did her training at what is now NewYork-Presbyerian and at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and did an aesthetic fellowship at Manhattan Eye and Ear. She considers the New York surgeon Donald Wood-Smith her mentor.

Samantha Kwon
Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat hospital
325 East 79th Street (212-517-5223).

Samantha Kwon specializes in breast reduction. She’s not into following the latest trends in her field. “People are always trying to invent something new,” she says. “But there’s a lot to be said for doing an excellent job with the traditional operations.” She did a general surgery residency at what is now NewYork-Presbyterian and a plastic-surgery fellowship at the University of California San Francisco and is certified to practice both general surgery and plastic surgery. Her mentors are Sherrell Aston, David Hidalgo, and Nicolas Tabbal.

Wendy-Ann Olivier
Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital; Brooklyn Hospital; New York Methodist Hospital
1085 Park Avenue, at 88th Street, Suite 1N (917-492-6000); 121 DeKalb Avenue, Brooklyn (718-250-6920).

When Trinidadian-born Wendy-Ann Olivier was growing up in Brooklyn, she had to go outside the borough for many of her medical services. So, after med school at Duke, general surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and a plastic-surgery fellowship at NYU Medical Center Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery, where she studied under Joseph McCarthy, she says, “I didn’t want to be a typical plastic surgeon who sets up an office on Park Avenue and that’s it.” While she does have an office on Park, she also keeps one in downtown Brooklyn. Her specialties are breast reduction, augmentation, and reconstruction, and body contouring.


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