Largely due to his flair for enhancing natural beauty, Theodore Diktaban, MD, is sought after for body contouring work, rhinoplasty, and everything in between. The double-board certified plastic surgeon and otolaryngologist is named one of the “Best Plastic Surgeons in New York” by Castle Connolly year after year, and also has been honored in New York Magazine’s “Best Plastic Surgeons” listing and The New York Times’ “SuperDocs of New York” list.
Before setting up shop in New York City, he received his undergraduate degree from New York Medical College, and completed his residency training at Lenox Hill Hospital and Mount Sinai Hospital, both in New York City. He also completed a fellowship in microsurgery at the University of Louisville in Kentucky.
What is your signature surgery?
Rhinoplasty is my signature surgery. It is one of the most challenging procedures in cosmetic plastic surgery as it can drastically change the overall look of a patient’s facial appearance and might potentially damage the nasal function. However, rhinoplasty remains as my favorite procedures as it improves more than just the nose. By reshaping and sculpting the most projecting point of your profile can help create a more youthful, balanced and youthful look.
How did you discover your interest in plastic surgery?
When I was in medical school in 1974, I had my own nose surgery for both functional and cosmetic concerns. That experience lead to my interest in the balance between use and look, and how they were addressed and performed. Shortly after, I began my inquiry into plastic surgery, starting with nasal operations.
What sort of body treatments/surgeries are most in demand by your patients, and why do you think that is?
Liposuction is the most demanded and performed procedure for both men and women. The public eye has become increasingly more focused on aesthetics. Liposuction can address the areas of fat accumulation that are refractory to both diet and exercise.
For women, the second most commonly performed body procedure is breast augmentation, which can be done with implants or with fat transfer. Breast surgery and liposuction surgeries work together to achieve a harmonious and proportionate total body contour.
Do you see many male patients?
As my practice has grown, I have seen a definite increase in male patients. Males are catching on to the benefits of plastic surgery that women have benefited from for several years.
What are men most interested in?
Young adult males tend to be interested in rhinoplasty (nose surgery), liposuction, and reduction of enlarged breasts, known as gynecomastia. As men get older the tendency is for them to still consider liposuction and body contouring. Facial aesthetic procedures such as blepharoplasty (eye rejuvenation surgery) and neck contouring are also quite popular in that patients often feel younger afterward and look more viable in the job market.”
What new technologies are you most excited about/by?
I am very excited about Precision Tx™, also known as SideLaze™. It is the most accurate, effective & minimally invasive form of a laser facelift. Believe it or not, Precision Tx™ can even be used for those people suffering from excessive under arm sweating.
The other technology, Cellulaze™, is the most effective method to address cellulite with long-term results. There are many treatments on the market that are minimally effective and temporary in nature at reducing/removing cellulite but for 80 percent of the women who suffer from cellulite, Cellulaze™ is finally a solution with effective, long lasting results.
What are some of the common misconceptions about plastic surgery?
The biggest misconception about plastic surgery is that it produces unnatural results. In my 30+ years of practice, I have developed and honed my skills to give people the most natural looking results possible. I believe that plastic surgery should help you be the best version of yourself, as opposed to a caricature of someone else.
Another common misconception is that plastic surgery is only for the rich and famous. Although I do have celebrity clientele, the majority of my patients are everyday women and men. They come from all different economic and social backgrounds wanting to optimize their looks.
The third misconception is that facial plastic surgery can make you lose your ethnicity. Plastic Surgeons who have an appreciation of each individuals ethnicity, like myself, will modify a patients looks in a complementary way to preserve as much of their ethnicity as desired.
The fourth, and largest misconception is that plastic surgery is unsafe. In the hands of a board-certified plastic surgeon, working in an accredited hospital or accredited facility/surgical suite, plastic surgery is very safe. Anesthetic monitoring techniques and pharmacology have improved steadily year by year leading to a safe outcome for patients.