Austin-Weston Center for Cosmetic Surgery

Robert K. Sigal, MD


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Board certified plastic surgeon at The Austin-Weston Center for Cosmetic Surgery, serving Northern Virginia, Maryland and Washington, DC.

Dr. Robert Sigal is a board-certified Austin-Weston plastic surgeon who has dedicated his medical career to helping others live more authentically.

“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.

Dr. Robert Sigal and his girls“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.

Credentials

BIOGRAPHICAL:

Born: June 9, 1959; Easton, Pennsylvania
Married Stefanie Zeldin (1989)
Children: Rebecca Zeldin Sigal (1990), Julia Zeldin Sigal (1992)

CURRENT POSITION:

President: Austin-Weston, The Center for Cosmetic Surgery

TRAINING:

Plastic Surgery Residency (1992- 1994) – University of Pennsylvania
General Surgery Residency (1985-87; 1989-92) – Harbor/UCLA Medical Center
Post-Graduate: NIH Research Fellow (1987-89) – Univ. of Pennsylvania

EDUCATION:

Medical School (1981- 1985) – Jefferson Medical College
Undergraduate (1977-1981) – Harvard College

BOARD CERTIFICATION:

Plastic Surgery: 1996 (Recertified: 2006, 2016)
General Surgery: 1993

MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS:

  • National Capitol Society of Plastic Surgeons (1995 – present): President 2005
  • Medical Society of Virginia (2001 – present)
  • American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (1999 – present)
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons (1997 – present)
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (1989)
  • New York Academy of Sciences (1989)
  • American College of Surgeons Candidates Group (1988)
  • The United States Rowing Association (1982)
  • Friends of Harvard Rowing (1982)
  • The University Barge Club (1981)

HOSPITAL AFFILIATIONS:

Inova Fairfax Hospital (Active Staff Member)

PUBLICATIONS:

  • Sigal, RK, Poindexter, BD and Weston GW. “Rejuvenation of the Aging Mouth.” In The Art of Aesthetic Surgery, Principles and Techniques. Nahai. ed. Second edition, 2012.
  • Sigal RK and Dauria D. A novel correction of Chin Ptosis by Vertical Wedge Excision of Subcutaneous Soft Tissue. Plastic Surgery Pulse News, 3(2), 2012.
  • Sigal, RK, Poindexter, BD, Austin, HW and Weston, GW. “Lip Recontouring” in The Art of Aesthetic Surgery, Principles and Techniques. F. Nahai ed. First edition: 2005
  • Sigal, RK, Poindexter, BD, Austin, HW and Weston, GW. “Surgical Rejuvenation of the Aging Mouth” in The Art of Aesthetic Surgery, Principles and Techniques. F. Nahai ed. 2005.
  • Weston G, Sigal RK, and Poindexter BD. “Surgical Treatment of the Aged Mouth” Seminars in Plastic Surgery. 2003.
  • Sigal RK, Weston G, Poindexter BD and Austin HW. “Rejuvenating the Aged Face” Perspectives in Plastic Surgery. 2000.
  • Sigal RK, Naama H, Altman H, Noone RB, and Daly JM. The immunology of silicone in a murine model. Surg. Forum. 44: 681-3. 1993.
  • Sigal RK, Shou J, and Daly JM. Parental arginine infusion in humans: Nutrient substrate or pharmacologic agent? JPEN 16(5): 423-428. 1992.
  • Sigal RK, and Daly JM. The use of enteral nutrition in the cancer patient. In Enteral and Tube Feeding. 2nd ed. Rombeau J (ed.) W.B. Saunders. Phila Pa. 1990.
  • Sigal RK, Reynolds JC, Lieberman ML, Williams N, Ziegler MM, Daly JM. Tumor Immunization: Improved results after recombinant gamma interferon modification. Arch. Surg. 125(3): 308-12. 1990.
  • Luketich J, Rigberg D, Banchs R, Shinkwin M, Sigal R, Daly J, Mullen J. Components of energy expenditure in tumor-bearing animals. J. Surg. Res. 48:573-8. 1990.
  • Reynolds JV, Daly JM, Shou J, Sigal RK, Ziegler MM, Naji A. Immunologic effects of arginine supplementation in tumor-bearing and non-tumor bearing hosts. Ann. of Surg. 211(2): 202-210. 1990.
  • Daly JM, Reynolds JV, Sigal RK, Shou J, Lieberman M. Effect of dietary protein and amino acids in immune function. Crit. Care Med. 18(2 supp): 86-93. 1990.
  • Lieberman MD, Shou J, Torres AS, Weintraub F, Goldfine J, Sigal RK, Daly JM. Effects of nutrient substrates on immune function. Nutrition. 6(1): 88-92. 1990
  • Sigal RK, Lieberman MD, Reynolds JV, Shou J, Ziegler MM, Daly JM. Low dose interferon renders neuroblastoma more susceptible to interleukin-2 immunotherapy. J. Ped. Surg. 26(4): 389-95. 1991.
  • Lieberman MD, Sigal RK, Birch G, Shou J, Daly JM. Nutrient substrate potentiation of interleukin 2 (IL-2) immunotherapy. Surg. Forum. 1990.
  • Lieberman MD, Sigal RK, Perusia B, Daly JM. Natural killer cell stimulating factor (NKSF) augments natural killer cell (NK) and antibody dependent tumoricidal response (ADCC) in vitro against colon cancer. J. Surg. Res. 50(4): 410-5. 1991.
  • Sigal RK, Lieberman M, Reynolds JV, Shou J, Daly JM. Helper T-cell depletion augments cytotoxicity to neuroblastoma. Arch. Surg. 140:550-52. 1989.
  • Reynolds JV, Shou J, Choi H, Sigal RK, Ziegler MM, Daly JM. The influence of natural killer cells in neuroblastoma. Arch. Surg. 124(2): 235-39. 1989.
  • Lieberman MD, Shou J, Sigal RK, Yu J, Goldine J, and Daly JM. Transfusion induced immunosuppression results in diminished host survival in a murine neuroblastoma model. J. Surg. Res. 48(5): 498-503. 1990.
  • Reynolds JV, Shou J, Sigal RK, Ziegler M, and Daly JM. The influence of protein malnutrition on T cell, natural killer cell, and lymphokine-activated killer cell function and on biological responsiveness to high-dose interleukin-2. Cellular Immunol. 128(2): 569-77. 1990.
  • Shou J, Reynolds J, Sigal RK, and Daly JM. Growth hormone: Immune and metabolic effects in tumor-bearing mice. J. Surg. Res. 1989.
  • Daly JM, Lieberman MD, Shou J, Torres AS, Goldfine J, Smithgall J, Sigal RK. Metabolic and immune effects of postoperative feeding in the surgical patient. Surg. Gynec. & Obstet. 1989.
  • Daly JM, Reynolds JV, Sigal RK, Shou J, Lieberman ML. Effect of dietary protein and amino acids on immune function. Crit. Care Med. 18(2 Suppl): 586-93. 1990.
  • Reynolds JV, Evantash E, Sigal R, Daly, J. Immunologic and endocrinologic effects of major abdominal operations. Br. J. Surg. 1989.
  • Reynolds JV, Shou J, Ziegler MM, Sigal RK, Evantash E, Daly JM. The influence of supplemental arginine on immune function and metabolism in steroid-treated rats. Surgery. 1989.
  • Sigal RK, Reynolds JV, Markman JF, Shou J, Evantash E, Ziegler M, Naji A, Daly JM. Upregulation of MHC class I: Effect on growth and LAK sensitivity of neuroblastoma. Surgical Forum. 39: 572-75. 1988.
  • Reynolds JV, Sigal RK, Margolis P, Ziegler M, Daly JM. Immunomodulatory mechanisms of Arginine. Surgery. 104(2): 142-151. 1988.
  • Reynolds JV, Sigal RK, Margolis P, Ziegler M, Daly JM. Influence of protein restriction on natural killer cell activity. JPEN. 12(1): 13S. 1988.
  • Williams SK and Sigal RK. Preferential transport of non-enzymatically glucosylated ferritin across the kidney glomerulus. Kidney International. 28: 146-152. 1985.
  • Williams SK and Sigal RK. Increased permeability of the glomerular basement membrane to non-enzymatically glucosylated ferritin. Microvasc. Res. 27: 261. 1984.

Presentations (without publication):

  • Grand Rounds, Valley Health System, Winchester VA, Sept. 2015
  • Rejuvenating the Aging Mouth. American Soc. of Plastic Surgeons. 2001-2012, 2015-16
  • Plastic Surgery Grand Rounds. Inova Fairfax Hospital. 2009.
  • Clinical Pearls. National Cap. Soc. Of Plastic Surgeons. 2004.
  • Minimally invasive plastic surgery. Univ. of New Mexico. Albuquerque. June 1993.
  • Silicone breast implants: The current controversy. Univ. of Pa., Philadelphia, 1993.

Scientific:

  • Utsugi R, Sigal RK, and Whitaker LA. Using computer graphics technology as a consultation aid for patients who want a specific appearance. American Aesthetic Society. 1994.
  • Sigal RK, Naama H, Daly JM, and Noone RB. Silicone retards murine tumor growth. Plastic Surgery Research Council. 1994.
  • Sigal RK, Naama H, Daly JM, and Noone RB. Silicone increases murine macrophage cytotoxicity. American Association of Plastic Surgeons. 1994.
  • Sigal RK, Naama H, Daly JM, and Noone RB. Silicone increases murine macrophage cytotoxicity and retards tumor growth. Ivy Society. 1994.
  • Sigal RK, Naama H, Altman H, Daly JM, Noone RB. The immunology of silicone in a murine model. Ivy Society. 1993.
  • Sigal RK, Shou J, Goldine J, Torres AS, Lieberman MD, Daly JM. Parenteral arginine infusion in man: Nutrient substrate or pharmalologic agent. ESPEN. 1990.
  • Lieberman MD, Sigal RK, Evantash E, Daly JM. L-Arginine potentiates using lymphokine-activated killer cell (LAK) cytotoxicity. FASEB. 1990.
  • Daly JM, Evantash EE, Reynolds JR, and Sigal RK. Immune stimulation using arginine: correlation of in vivo and in vitro effects in man. Phila. Acad. of Surg. 1988.
  • Sigal RK, Williams RA, and Wilson SE. Patterns characterizing traumatic pancreatitis. American College of Surgeons (So. Cal.) 1987.

MEDICAL MISSIONS

Jacmel, Haiti. Oct. 2015, 2016
Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Jan 2010.

AWARDS

Clinical:

America’s Top Surgeons: 2007-2016
Castle Connolly “Top Doctors”: 2015, 2016
Leading Physicians of the World (Plastic Surgery): 2014-16
Patient’s Choice Awards: 2008, 2009

Voted Top Doctor –
Washington DC: 2013-2016
Virginia: 2013-2016
Northern VA: 2013-2016

Post-Graduate:

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).

Graduate:

The Clinical Surgery Prize (1985).
Sigma Xi Medical Student research award (1984).

Non-Clinical:

Distinguished Alumni Award, Foundation for Easton Schools: 2017

Undergraduate:

Magna cum laude, senior honors thesis: Analysis of immunoglobulin heavy transcription products: Implication for transcriptional control.
Lightweight crew: twice All-Ivy, Member of 1980 National Champion and Henley Eight.

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Board Certified Austin-Weston Plastic Surgeon, Robert K. Sigal, M.D. believes that collaboration is beneficial to both doctor and patient. Dr. Sigal is available to answer any questions you may have in regards to cosmetic plastic surgery.

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Comments(9)

  1. Linda

    Hello Dr. Sigal,

    What costs am I looking at for Botox? I’m also interested in filler for my lips and marionette lines. Realizing that you can’t be exact without an examination, I’d like to have a guesstimate for pre-Christmas treatment. Also, are you offering any holiday specials? Thank you.

    Reply
  2. Noora

    I am 22 year old from Qatar. I had old right-upper arm burn, graft done and bullon done on 2014, but not covering all the area. Still I had non-smooth scar area and rough non-covered graft.

    Reply
  3. Phyllis

    Dr. Sigal: You performed breast augmentation surgery on me in February 2000. In the past several days my right breast has deflated. Has this happened before and should I be immediately alarmed?

    Reply
    •  
      Dr. Sigal

      Hi Phyllis –

      It (and probably the other one as well) should be replaced. Call the office (703-893-6168) to set up an appointment. Note that we’ve moved and are now in Reston.

      Regards,
      Rob sigal

      Reply
  4. Cissy

    Is it possible to view some before & after photos related to eye/face lifts?

    Thank you.

    Reply
  5. Melissa

    Dr. Sigal, what area of cosmetic surgery would you say you specialize in, that is not based on education but on the amount of/type of surgery you have performed over the course of your career?

    Thank you

    Reply
    •  
      Dr. Sigal

      At this point, about half of my practice is faces and half of my practice is bodies. Bodies are divided up two thirds liposuction and tummy tucks, and one third breasts. I enjoy all of it, but find faces the most gratifying.

      Reply

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Comments(9)

  1. Linda

    Hello Dr. Sigal,

    What costs am I looking at for Botox? I’m also interested in filler for my lips and marionette lines. Realizing that you can’t be exact without an examination, I’d like to have a guesstimate for pre-Christmas treatment. Also, are you offering any holiday specials? Thank you.

    Reply
  2. Noora

    I am 22 year old from Qatar. I had old right-upper arm burn, graft done and bullon done on 2014, but not covering all the area. Still I had non-smooth scar area and rough non-covered graft.

    Reply
  3. Phyllis

    Dr. Sigal: You performed breast augmentation surgery on me in February 2000. In the past several days my right breast has deflated. Has this happened before and should I be immediately alarmed?

    Reply
    •  
      Dr. Sigal

      Hi Phyllis –

      It (and probably the other one as well) should be replaced. Call the office (703-893-6168) to set up an appointment. Note that we’ve moved and are now in Reston.

      Regards,
      Rob sigal

      Reply
  4. Cissy

    Is it possible to view some before & after photos related to eye/face lifts?

    Thank you.

    Reply
  5. Melissa

    Dr. Sigal, what area of cosmetic surgery would you say you specialize in, that is not based on education but on the amount of/type of surgery you have performed over the course of your career?

    Thank you

    Reply
    •  
      Dr. Sigal

      At this point, about half of my practice is faces and half of my practice is bodies. Bodies are divided up two thirds liposuction and tummy tucks, and one third breasts. I enjoy all of it, but find faces the most gratifying.

      Reply

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