Blog Archive

The Estrogen Effect Feb 24th, 2020

The Estrogen Effect: Counteracting the Havoc of Hormones on Skin It happens like clockwork (literally): Menopause arrives, and with it a seemingly instantaneous shift in facial skin’s look and feel. The hormonal mechanism behind it has been at work for years, with skin fluctuating in thickness each month—from lowest at...

Makeup for Mature Faces: Don’t Cover. Find the New Contours. Feb 7th, 2020

Makeup for Mature Faces: Don’t Cover. Find the New Contours.   Can makeup solve mature skin concerns? It can certainly help—but it can also hinder how women present themselves to the world. While it can be tempting to use cosmetics as a crutch to cover age-related imperfections that surface as...

The (New) Beauty Resolutions Feb 2nd, 2020

The (New) Beauty Resolutions   I love new beginnings, like the clean slate of January. I’m more about year-round solutions than new-year resolutions, but I do prioritize goal-setting at the top of each year. And yes, those goals always encompass beauty—not simply trying new makeup or skin care regimens (though...

Vivace: microneedling with fractional radiofrequency Jul 30th, 2019

If you are looking for a technology that is buzzy, buzzy – look no further than microneedling with fractional radiofrequency (MFR). Microneedling is a minimally-invasive treatment for facial rejuvenation, acne vulgaris, scars, dyspigmentation, alopecia, and transdermal drug delivery. The technology boasts minimal to no discomfort, dramatic results, almost no downtime,...

Facelift No.3 May 4th, 2019

Dr. Kaete Archer, a double board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon with a practice on Park Avenue, is the pioneer of the Facelift No.3. Traditional facelift techniques only address one component of the aging process – gravity. There has been a worldwide fascination with Lipostructure (autologous fat grafting) and minimally...

Monday Minute Mar 11th, 2019

The Aesthetic Institute of Manhattan has launched a redesigned website! The new design provides greater clarity to the mission of Dr Archer, its flagship physician.  With patient experience and access as primary goals, the new design allows for patients to quickly see the most up-to-date content on how Dr. Archer...

Sunday Brunch with Champagne Aug 26th, 2018

On Thursday August 23, 2018, the Lancet published a study co-authored by 512 researchers from 243 institutions.  The goal was to estimate how alcohol affects the risk of 23 health problems.  The researchers found that the risk of all-cause mortality, and of cancers specifically, rises with increasing levels of consumption,...

Organic Beauty Aug 6th, 2018

When “organic” first came on the market, these products had a dedicated corner in the store, looked distinctly different from the other everyday products, were priced higher, and you had the feeling that they were only for actors and actresses – a little out of reach and not relevant to...

Elastic Generation Women Are Slaying. Jun 30th, 2018

Sixty years old is the new something but I’m not trying to define anything about this exciting generation of bloggers and instagrammers.  This new generation of fashionistas and forward thinkers are re-defining what’s interesting in fashion – and we are paying attention.  In this blog post we are going to...

Because Netflix's Queer Eye is this good. Jun 27th, 2018

I did.  I binge-watched Queer Eye Season 2 like it was going out of style and LOVED every moment of it.  My life is literally better having experienced the journey of the new Fab Five.  If you aren’t familiar, the streaming Netflix show Queer Eye is an updated spin on...

FACE TO FACE International's medical trip to Vietnam, 2017 Jun 21st, 2018

AAFPRS FACE TO FACE: VIETNAM 2017On October 8-13, 2017, four AAFPRS surgeons with FACE TO FACE participated in a Facial Plastic Surgery Review Course at the ENT Hospital and Cho Ray Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.  The FACE TO FACE team has been participating in the Facial Plastic...

What is the patient experience? Part 1 Jun 21st, 2018

What are patient reported outcomes and why are they important in Facial Plastic Surgery?The practice of medicine is still an art and a science - a mixture of objective evidence, our mentor’s philosophy, and personal experience.  Modern medicine, in part, is defined by the progress from anecdotal practice to outcomes-based...

A focus on patient-centered care and the patient experience. Part 2 Jun 21st, 2018

How do we measure and improve the patient experience? Patient-reported outcomes research is the science of measuring the patient experience using a new generation of research tools.  Patient-reported outcomes questionnaires are rigorously developed, reliable, responsive and valid questionnaires.  Internationally accepted guidelines for the development and validation of PRO questionnaires were...

Why we LOVE the Duchess of Sussex's facial features Jun 14th, 2018

If you are like me, you (and the rest of the world) have been captivated by Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, with her passion for humanitarian rights, grace, and beauty.  Imitation can be the greatest form of flattery.  As such it is no surprise that patients are seeking treatments...

Why we love Meghan Markle's nose Jun 14th, 2018

If you are like me, you (and the rest of the world) have been captivated by Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, with her passion for humanitarian rights, grace, and beauty.  Imitation can be the greatest form of flattery.  As such it is no surprise that patients are seeking treatments...

Your most popular questions about Brow Lifts Jun 7th, 2018

Your top 10 most popular questions from RealSelf.com about Brow Lifts answered by Dr. Archer! If you have your own specific questions about Brow Lifts, please contact us via social (IG @archerfacialplastics, Twitter @ArcherMD, Facebook Kaete Archer, MD) or email drarcher@archerfacialplastics.com. Thank you! Options To Treat Asymmetric Uneven Eyebrows and Sometimes...

Women: is THIS the age? Jun 5th, 2018

As a woman, I worry about aging.  I just do. My friends tell me not to and we laugh a lot about how we have changed over the last 10 years.  Do you ever worry about aging?As a facial plastic surgeon, I have the unique perspective of being on both...

Can you be a feminist and beauty lover? May 10th, 2018

In honor of International Women's Day and the #metoo movement, Violet Grey put together multiple points of view (POV) from powerhouse women in beauty and fashion to get their opinion on the palpable tension between feminism and beauty.  I have put together a sample of those women (full blog link...

What to know about droopy eyelids (ptosis) May 10th, 2018

I am so proud to have my recent manuscript, Surgical outcomes of aesthetic upper blepharoplasty with anterior plication ptosis repair performed under general anesthesia in Facial Plastic Surgery private practice, accepted for publication in the American Journal of Cosmetic Surgery!  Thank you to my mentor and co-author Dr. Stephen Perkins! Please enjoy...

Passion and Facial Plastic Surgery May 10th, 2018

* What was the deciding moment that you chose to pursue a career in facial cosmetic and reconstructive surgery?It was when I fell in love with the “reveal” - that moment after a rhinoplasty (nose job) when you remove the bandages and the patients see their nose for the first...

Aging skin Q&A with Dr. Archer May 10th, 2018

* What causes premature wrinkles? Is there a technique behind our daily skin care routine that can help slow the process?Premature wrinkles are usually early signs of sun damage (photo-aging) or smoking.  These wrinkles can pop up as early as our 30s.  Other than leading a healthy lifestyle, it is...

Nora Ephron's "I Feel Bad About My Neck" Nov 5th, 2017

From "I Feel Bad About My Neck And Other Thoughts On Being A Woman" by Nora EphronAlfred A. Knopf, New York, 2006chapter 1 "I feel bad about my neck.  Truly I do.  If you saw my neck, you might feel bad about it too, but you'd probably be too polite...

Male Rhinoplasty Jul 2nd, 2017

The basic concepts of rhinoplasty are the same for both male and female rhinoplasty.  During the consultation, the facial and nasal structures are analyzed to evaluate balance and proportion.  In general, the male face tends to be heavier, squarer, more pronounced with a more prominent chin compared to the female...

Revision Rhinoplasty Jun 4th, 2017

Rhinoplasty, also known as nasal surgery or a “nose job,” is considered by many to be one of the most intricate and challenging surgical operations performed today.  This complexity can lead to a number of complications, especially when the procedure is performed by an unqualified medical professional.Do you have persistent...

My Melanoma Jun 4th, 2017

In high school, I LOVED going to the tanning bed.  My friends and I would go just about every week to keep our tans.  With unlimited membership, why not, right?  I felt better when I had a tan.  In the 90s, tanning bed salons were on every corner.  For $99,...

The Aging Nose Jun 2nd, 2017

As we age, the nose undergoes many changes.  How much the nose changes depends on your genetics, gravity, and the physiology of the nasal skin, fat, connective tissue, muscle, and bone.  UV exposure from the sun and tanning beds accelerates this process.  These changes can lead to nasal symptoms and...

Nasal Dynamics Jun 2nd, 2017

Rhinoplasty (nose surgery) is one of the most challenging surgeries that plastic surgeons perform because of the countless, intricate interplays in nasal surgery.  With a strong understanding of nasal anatomy and relationships of the nose with the face, we can obtain the most predictable, beautiful outcomes. When it comes to Rhinoplasty,...

5 Myths about Facial Plastic Surgery May 1st, 2017

I am going to look un-natural and overdone.Modern Facial Plastic Surgery is all about natural results. Our goal is to avoid an overdone, pulled, old-fashioned appearance to the face and neck.  With advanced techniques, we can lift tissues with long-lasting results while avoiding the tell-tale signs of having a procedure...

Am I a good candidate for a Facelift? Jan 13th, 2017

Am I a candidate for a Facelift? Medical historyA Facelift is an elective cosmetic surgery of balance and judgement.  My goal is to perform safe, reliable procedures with beautiful, natural, long-lasting results for my patients.During your consultation, any medical condition that may prolong or compromise the healing phase will be...