Yale Cosmetic Surgery Program

Yale New Haven Cosmetic Surgery
We strive to provide the most current cosmetic surgical procedures for facial rejuvenation, body contouring, and aesthetic breast surgery. In fact, our faculty has pioneered and developed some of the most effective treatments in body contouring and aesthetic facial surgery available.
During the planning stage, we use the most sophisticated 3D imaging tools available. With 3D photo imaging, 3D CT scan imaging, and special software programs, we can simulate proposed outcomes so that patients can see the results before surgery.

Meet Our Cosmetic Surgery Faculty

  • John Persing

    Irving and Silik Polayes Professor of Surgery (Plastic); Section Chief

    Dr. John A. Persing is a doubly Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and Neurological Surgeon. He is passionate about improving the quality of life of children born with craniofacial defects and individuals affected by cancer, trauma, deformities, and aesthetic concerns. He believes that all people deserve a chance at a better life, regardless of economic and world boundaries.

    Dr. Persing earned his medical degree from the University of Vermont in 1974. He has been President of the Plastic Surgery Foundation, the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons, the Association of Academic Chairmen of Plastic Surgery, the American Association of Pediatric Plastic Surgeons, among others, and served as Chair of the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He is past President of the American Association of Plastic Surgeons, and received the Clinician of the Year Award in 2010, as well as the James Barrett Brown award for the best journal article published in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery in 2015.

    Dr. Persing has a focus on improving the quality of patients’ lives regardless of whether this is a cosmetic or reconstructive concern. His clinical interests are craniofacial deformities, vascular malformations, and cosmetic surgery of the face and body.

    Connecticut Magazine named Dr. Persing among the best in the state in its annual "Top Doctors" issue in the 2016 edition, along with America's Best Doctors (Castle-Connolly) and Who's Who in Medicine.

    Learn more about the Section Chief of Yale Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

  • Deepak Narayan

    Professor of Surgery (Plastic); Chief, Plastic Surgery West Haven VA

    Dr. Deepak Narayan specialized in the treatment of melanomas and skin cancers. He graduated from the University of Madras and received his training in General Surgery and Plastic Surgery at the Yale New Haven Hospital and Yale University. While at Yale, he completed a research fellowship in Surgical Oncology and is Board Certified in Surgery and Plastic Surgery. As a melanoma surgeon with extensive experience, Dr. Narayan provided patients with a unique resource of treating melanomas as well as reconstructing the defects that can occur from melanoma surgery. In addition, he was an expert in specialized procedures for melanoma treatment, such as sentinel node biopsies, axillary node dissection, radical neck dissection, parotidectomies, iliac node dissections, and isolated limb infusions. His other areas of expertise included hemangiomas and vascular malformations. He pioneered new reconstructive techniques for cancer, and has over 120 publications in peer-reviewed journals. He had an active research interest in melanomas and was a co-investigator in the prestigious, NIH-funded SPORE (Special Program of Research Excellence) Grant. He has won numerous awards for research, teaching, and clinical excellence and has been continually listed in “Americas Top Surgeons” since 2002 and “The Best Doctors in America” since 2007. In addition, he has received the following awards for his research: American Cancer Society, Basic Oncology Research Award 1995 Swebilius Cancer Research Award American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons Research Award 1998, 2009 Patient Care: Yale Melanoma and Skin Cancer,

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    Deepak Narayan, MBBS, FRCS


    The Department of Surgery mourns the loss of a dear friend, colleague, esteemed professor and faculty member; at 58 years young, Dr. Deepak Narayan lost his battle with cancer on Christmas Eve. As professor of surgery, Residency Program director, and interim director of the Cancer Center’s Melanoma Program, Deepak made remarkable clinical and academic contributions, and held key leadership roles both at Yale and nationally. He will be sorely missed by all who were touched by his life and gifts.

    Deepak was born in India, where he began his medical career. He obtained his Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons in the United Kingdom, and joined the Yale Surgery family shortly thereafter when he began his general surgery residency. He completed a research fellowship at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and a subsequent research fellowship in the Departments of Surgery and Genetics at Yale. Deepak completed his general surgery residency at the University of Connecticut Health center in Farmington, where he won every award offered at graduation for clinical excellence, research, humanism, and professionalism. Yale’s plastic surgery residency was next, followed by academic appointment in the Section of Plastic Surgery. Deepak quickly rose the ranks to full professor and chief of Plastic Surgery at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System in West Haven, where he served for the past 15 years.

    Perhaps Deepak’s greatest legacy was his work in the field of melanoma. He was a longtime member of the Yale Cancer Center’s Melanoma Program, ultimately rising to the level of interim director, when he was afflicted by disease. He will be remembered for his prodigious and vast clinical knowledge base and his ability to develop innovative solutions for the most complex multidisciplinary cases.

    As an inspiring leader and NIH R01-funded surgeon-scientist, he served as a research mentor for more than 37 research fellows, lectured from distinguished podiums around the world, and was published in numerous reputable journals. He held leadership roles with many national organizations, including the American Association of Plastic Surgeons, the New England Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (President 2017-18), and the American Board of Plastic Surgery, among others. Deepak was instrumental in partnering with the local and national Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education for the successful expansion of the Yale plastic surgery residency program.

    What is not captured in the review of Deepak’s work, is his self-effacing, wry humor, and his keen interest in everything from ornithology to medical history. Deepak is an irreplaceable human being with a generous heart and creative mind. His many friends will not forget his smile, creativity, and friendship. He is survived by his father H.B.N Shetty, brother Prasanth Shetty, and sisters Shobha Shetty and Aruna Gupta. A memorial service is planned for the spring; details will be forthcoming.

  • Derek Steinbacher

    Associate Professor of Surgery (Plastic); Chief of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Chief of Dentistry, Director of Craniofacial Surgery

    Dr. Steinbacher is a Board Certified Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon who specializes in cleft, craniofacial, and maxillofacial surgery. His clinical interests also include cosmetic surgery of the face and body, rhinoplasty, facial reanimation for palsy, and facial reconstruction. His research encompasses tissue engineering and regeneration, fat grafting, distraction osteogenesis, stress shielding, and 3-dimensional analysis and planning.

    Dr. Steinbacher obtained his MD from Harvard Medical School and his DMD from the University of Pennsylvania, both with honors. He received fellowship training in craniofacial surgery from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, completed the plastic and reconstructive surgery program at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and trained in oral/maxillofacial and general surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital.

    Learn more about one of Yale Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery's Craniofacial and Maxillofacial surgeons.

Cosmetic Surgery Procedures

Facial Procedures

At the Yale Cosmetic Surgery Center, our faculty performs both surgical and non-surgical solutions that enhance the natural shape and beauty of patients' faces.

Cosmetic surgeries are an effective way to create balance throughout the entire face. By striving to provide patients with the safest and most current surgical techniques, our faculty reshape and re-proportion eyes, ears, nose, and more to create or enhance the symmetry of the face and reduce the signs of aging. With attention to detail, top-level skill, and pre-surgical 3D imaging tools, they provide the utmost natural-looking results. Our surgical procedures include:

  • Brow Lift [Forehead Lift]
  • Ear Pinning [Otoplasty]
  • Eyelid Lift [Blepharoplasty]
  • Face Lift [Rhytidectomy]
  • Neck Lift [Cervicoplasty]
  • Rhinoplasty [Nose Surgery]

With 3D imaging technology, our faculty can simulate the proposed outcome of the procedures, so that patients can see the results before the surgical process. It also allows us to make any adjustments to discrepancies in the surgical plan.

While surgical results are longer lasting, they may not be the right option for everyone. Patients may be able to achieve the results they want with certain, non-surgical procedures. Our expert faculty at the Yale Cosmetic Surgery Center use the following to effectively enhance natural beauty and give patients healthier, more youthful skin:

  • BOTOX®
  • Chemical Peels
  • Dermal Fillers
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Skin Resurfacing and Rejuvenation

Breast Procedures

Many women seek improvement in their breast size and shape, especially after pregnancy, weight changes, and aging. Breast enhancement can significantly improve the way she feels about her body image and self confidence. Our procedures include:

  • Breast augmentation
  • Mastopexy
  • Augmentation mastopexy
  • Fat grafts

Body Procedures

At the Yale Cosmetic Surgery Center, we strive to use safest, most current surgical procedures to shape our patients' bodies so that they feel good in and out of clothes. Our internationally recognized cosmetic surgeons are trained in comprehensive procedures that target all areas of the body:

  • Abdominoplasty [Tummy Tuck] 
  • Arm Lift [Brachioplasty] 
  • Full Body Lift [Belt Lipectomy] 
  • Liposuction 
  • Post Bariatric and Weight-Loss Surgery 
  • Thigh-Lift Surgery [Thighplasty]

With 3D imaging technology, our faculty can simulate the proposed outcome of the procedures so that patients can see the results before the surgical process. It also allows us to make any adjustments to discrepancies in the surgical plan.