“Every day in my practice I see patients who feel that because of some facet of their appearance, they don’t have the right to participate fully in life,” says Dr. Sigal. “These self-imposed restrictions can make their world very small and lonely. Many people hide from the world because they’ve been told there’s something about themselves that doesn’t look right, or worse, they tell themselves that.”
Dr. Sigal, who spent two years as a cancer researcher at The University of Pennsylvania, says that his humanitarian ideals are a happily unusual, yet extremely logical, fit with cosmetic plastic surgery.
“As a plastic surgeon, it gives me great joy to see patients cast off their self-imposed restrictions after cosmetic surgery and live fully. You could say that I specialize in helping people reclaim their lives. Whether it’s a Mommy Makeover, a facial rejuvenation, a body lift after massive weight loss, or something as small yet profound as nose reshaping, after surgery patients allow themselves to rescue what has always been theirs from birth—the right to shine and to pursue and provide happiness. Everyone has the key to a genuinely happy life, but sometimes they lose that belief in their birthright. I like to think that I help them find that key again.”
Dr. Sigal takes a keen interest in technology and was the first to notice the influence of social media in the demand for plastic surgery. He witnessed how videochatting applications like FaceTime and Skype turn previously simple person-to-person communications into a powerful mirror to reveal facial aging and flaws. As a result, Dr. Sigal invented the FaceTime Facelift that eliminates the traditional scar under the chin normally left after a lower face and neck lift. Austin-Weston’s FaceTime Facelift’s surgical innovations make it a revolutionary procedure for anyone with lower face and neck sagging, not just videochatting aficionados. As a result, Dr. Sigal and the FaceTime Facelift have been featured in the New York Times, E! News, Inside Edition, Fox News, ABC, The Huffington Post, The Times of London, and many other national and international media outlets.
Medical Director: Austin-Weston – The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Fairfax Hospital (Active)
Reston Hospital (Active)
American Board of Plastic Surgery
Plastic Surgery Residency:
July 1, 1992 – June 30,1994
University of Pennsylvania
10 Penn Tower
34th and Civic Center Blvd
Phila., PA 19104
Internship and General Surgery Residency:
Harbor/UCLA Medical Center
1000 W. Carson St.
Torrance, CA 90509
Post-Graduate: NIH research fellow, Univ. of Pennsylvania: 1987-89
Graduate: Jefferson Medical College: 1981-1985
Undergraduate: Harvard College: 1977-1981
PRESENTATIONS… (without publication)
Basic Science Award (Plastic Surgery), Robert H. Ivy Society (1994)
Basic Science Award (Plastic Surgery), Robert H. Ivy Society (1993)
NIH Cancer and Nutrition Fellowship (1987-1989)
The Clinical Surgery Prize (1985)
Sigma Xi medical student research award (1984)
magna cum laude, senior honors thesis: Analysis of immunoglobulin heavy chain transcription products: Implication for transcriptional control.
lightweight crew: twice All-Ivy member of 1980 National Champion and Henley Eight
MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS: (year affiliated)
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