A native New Yorker, Amiya Prasad was surrounded by faces: faces of many cultures, ages and ethnicities. Their movements and expressions, structures and muscles inspired Prasad to pursue his sub-specialty oculofacial (eye and face) surgery. Today he is ranked in the company of only about 500 oculofacial surgeons worldwide.
Amiya Prasad earned his medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in 1988 and went on to continue his internship in internal medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center. He accepted a pre-residency research fellowship in the highly competitive Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Department of Ophthalmology. He completed his residency in eye surgery at Brookdale University Hospital. There, Prasad mastered the intricate techniques of microscopic surgery.
In 1993, Dr. Prasad began a Fellowship in Oculofacial Plastic Surgery at the University of Texas-Galveston; a Preceptorship in ENT/Facial Plastic Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine, followed from 1994 to 1995. Brookdale University Hospital recognized for outstanding surgical results, had Dr. Prasad develop a highly specialized Oculofacial Plastic Surgery Division. He served as Chief of Surgery at the Oculofacial Plastic Surgery Division, Brookdale University Hospital from 1995 to 1998.
Dr. Prasad wanted to pursue a more personalized approach to aesthetic surgery. In 1998 Prasad Cosmetic Surgery, his private practice, opened on the Upper East Side of Manhattan with a second office in Garden City, Long Island.
Today, Dr. Prasad is widely regarded by his patients and peers as the very best in his field. His finely perfected surgical techniques result in rejuvenated natural appearances that do not alter the unique characteristics that each individual face possesses.
Dr. Amiya Prasad is a super-specialist, a medical term that describes copious training, experience and accreditation that amounts to superior specialization within a particular field.
“No one should ever compliment you on your plastic surgery because they should never be able to tell that you had it.”
— Amiya Prasad, M.D.
So does experience matter when it comes to eyelid surgery well having performed either surgery for over 20 years. I could tell you it absolutely does no young surgeon wants to hear that and certainly surgeons have no shortage of ego being exposed to something having a few doing a few cases is one thing but I’m speaking to you from my operating room which I built after so many years of experience and I can tell you that there are in many fields including the music field or being a musician where you reach different levels of ability and dimension of feel when it comes to surgery and Malcolm Gladwell for example talks about the magic 10,000 hours that it took bands like The Beatles before they became exceptional and I have to admit that now that I’ve been doing this for this long.
That it is it is really true experience management experience in the area that you’re working in not just letting time pass by so at this stage of my career. I have done so much eyelid surgery and have dealt with so many issues and have a have a level and depth of knowledge and understanding that frankly they’re times I don’t even know why I know something but I know I know it and I know exactly what to do an example that I like to use is the pilot who landed that plane once it took off F. Kennedy airport and got some birds into his engine and had to be at the land in the Hudson River thanks to his years of experience as a pilot he knew exactly what to do he did in a calm way and he did what needed to be done so in so many ways performing surgery is like flying a plane or being a musician and having the experience and doing something in many ways over and over you develop a depth of confidence and knowledge and ability such that whatever you’re doing you’ve done it before and you’ve done it well and you’ve succeeded doing any surgery and in particular eyelid surgery experience is critically important so how many years have you been doing this and how many cases a week do you do what are the quality of your results can I see examples of your results and your results not just some generic format you.
American Board of Cosmetic Surgery
American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery
Diplomate, General Cosmetic Surgery
Fellow of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic And Reconstructive Surgery
Fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery
Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
Board Certified in Ophthalmology
National Board of Medical Examiners
Member – International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery
When it comes to expertise I have a very straightforward philosophy I believe in super specialization providing the best care possible and having the expertise to be able to do that now what does that mean in my background. I first trained in I surgery after that I trained in plastic surgery of the eyelids and the face so that field is called oculofacial plastic surgery. Many people are not aware of this and they look for a general plastic surgeon for eyelid surgery and although general plastic surgeons to get exposure for with eyelid surgery many don’t get even close to that level of experience when it comes to understanding a lot of the complexities of either surgery the reality is that when it comes to problems or anything that would happen that is unexpected all doctors in every specialty that does surgery of the eyelids will always look for an oculoplastic or oculofacial plastic surgeon to assist them to help them with their problems.
So in my opinion being a super specialist is the type of doctor that other doctors would go to and certainly my practice and doing eyelid surgery for 20 years. I’ve definitely seen that we have had many people who are physicians physician spouses physicians relatives when they do their research and they look for the best doctor for an eyelid procedure they look specifically for the most X the highest level of expertise. In addition to that I actually focus my practice on cosmetic eyelid surgery and although there are many complicated procedures related to reconstructive eyelid surgery a lot of them get incorporated into my expertise and my experience with cosmetic eyelid surgery. So there is if there are many ways to look at this and one way that I like to explain to people is that many plastic surgeons can do good eyelid surgery but very few can do exceptional eyelid surgery.
Dr. Prasad has been practicing his surgical artistry for over 15 years and has received many accolades from far and wide for his living art Dr. Prasad is a visual artist that has been passionate about the arts for all of his life and has integrated this interest into his medical career in a very unique and very productive winners his innovative approach his compassionate manner and his gift of artistically restoring youth to patients all over the world is the reason that the Long Island arts council if report is proud to honor Dr. Amiya Prasad with his years army award.
Dr. Prasad: Lane artistry is such an important aspect when it comes to choosing a cosmetic surgeon I could tell you that having been an artist and being honored as an artist that it’s a real gift that either you have or you don’t and it certainly sounds self-serving, but I have trained and taught hundreds and hundreds of doctors, and I can say from experience that judgment and perception of beauty and balance is something that is intrinsic it’s not something that is in a protocol medicine tends to attract a lot of people who have called square personalities, where they’re all about order and discipline and steps but artistry is about a sense of balance and dimension, and so when I look at many of my journals we’re colleagues right about procedures have done, and they show off about and I look at them when i see well something is really off about the way people are seeing their patients and if you really want to get a sense of this you can go to the upper east side of Manhattan or to some of the more fluid areas along Island and see a lot of the quote bad plastic surgery.
So when it comes to choosing a doctor you need to just get a sense of how artistic are they and if you look at their work and probably the best way to judge in my opinion is does the do the head of patients do this it does everyone look natural and if you look natural then you’re really as an artist you’re retaining the character and the character of the face is so important to retain and as strange as it may sound that looking natural and looking like you didn’t have something done require skill it actually takes a lot of skill and a lot of judgment it’s not how much you’re doing but it’s also how much you don’t do or how you do the techniques. You need to restore the character of a person’s face then has been affected by aging changes so for example when lower eyelids are sagging you don’t want to pull them up super tight you don’t want to take away too much skin you want to create beautiful almond-shaped eyes if this person had almond-shaped before and even if they want to slightly enhanced that is artistic judgment so artistry is very important and I’m hoping that this is a useful guide for you to make your decision.
When I say commitment I mean commitment to taking care of you in the best way possible now that can mean a lot of things to a lot of people but I could tell you what it means to me when I was in training when I watch many of my extremely well respected colleagues taking care of their patients I saw a lot of things that I just didn’t like I didn’t like the way that cosmetic surgery patients were being treated like sick patients in a hospital and there’s a lot of depersonalization where you are very vulnerable and very exposed more than that the individual attention to one person is diluted whether you’re in a surgery center or a major hospital it’ll be like one staff person like a nurse who’s taking care of multiple patients.
I always thought this is one of the most important days in this person’s life and if it were me i would want all the attention on me so in my practice we have gone out of our way to make sure that the personal level of care is exceptional and that every person feels relaxed and feels good about being here and the passion and caring and commitment of my staff to making this an excellent experience can be has been continuously reviewed as very positively by our patients
In addition I’m very committed to ensuring a quick recovery and now what that means is doing procedures in a way so that you have as little time as necessary getting anesthesia and when you talk about anesthesia I basically do all my procedures under local anesthesia with a little bit of intravenous sedation liquid valium that goes in the IV or intravenous so you feel very comfortable and relaxed but more importantly you’re able to recover very quickly you can go back to your normal life sooner rather than later unfortunately a lot of people have general anesthesia where there’s a tube and the they have to go on a respirator they need some extra time to recover and that’s something I’d essentially eliminated not just from eyelid surgery but from facelift surgery and the other procedures that we do in our practice.
I feel a personal commitment to my patients and that commitment extends beyond the one surgery that I may do for them whether it’s removing bags from under the eyes or helping them with hooding over the eyes I’m committed to helping them look their best whether it’s surgical or non-surgical and to that I what I’ve done is I’ve developed this spa and then that’s where we’re speaking from right now we’re non-invasive skin care is provided at a very high level comparable to my surgical care we have a skincare line again with the commitment for helping you look your best regardless of the stage that you’re at whether you need surgery or you don’t do surgery but we are committed to helping you look your best so that passion and the commitment in caring for you and being your doctor through and through and not just being a technician who does a procedure I think that’s a high value and is something you should look for when you’re choosing a surgeon.
As an Oculoplastic surgeon, Dr. Amiya Prasad’s primary interest in cosmetic surgery is to bring about a natural appearance, restoring and revitalizing patients to look as young as they feel. Anti-aging changes wrought upon the face should in no way alter the basic character that it originally possessed.
“You may wish to diminish signs of aging, but it is critically important to protect the integrity of those desirable and beautiful expressions that make you unique.” Amiya Prasad, M.D.
Dr. Amiya Prasad’s book, The Fine Art of Looking Younger, is an inside look at the plastic surgery profession. Prasad explains his natural approach to ocularfacial plastic surgery, how to get your plastic or cosmetic surgeon, how marketing has affected the industry, different perceptions of beauty, symmetry, expectations, procedures and more.
Plastic or cosmetic surgery is a big decision. The Fine Art of Looking Younger is a must read for anyone contemplating this step.