What is your favorite thing about being a New Orleanian? I was born here; I love the city and its people.

Why plastic surgery? I was influenced by my parents (both in medical fields), and had a deep desire to help people.

Why did you open your cosmetic practice? I started my career in academia and literally would do everything from hand surgery to craniofacial to microvascular in the same day. I wanted to be more focused and to have more balance in my personal life.

Do you do other work? Yes. I still do some cancer reconstruction and craniomaxillofacial trauma.

What advice would you give to men and women seeking cosmetic procedures? Do your homework and ask lots of questions. Make sure your plastic surgeon is board-certified by an ABMS accredited board. Make sure they work in an accredited facility and have hospital privileges.

What do you think makes your practice different? My people! They are all outstanding.

Why is it important to be triple board-certified? We understand you are the only doctor in the New Orleans area to have this level of qualification. I obtained triple board-certification in Plastic Surgery, Facial Plastic Surgery and Head and Neck Surgery-Otolaryngology. I am able to blend the skills of my respective board certifications to achieve remarkable, natural-looking results. Moreover, I’ve received continuous, global recognition and numerous awards for expertise and innovative contributions to aesthetic plastic surgery. 
 

Stephen E. Metzinger M.D., F.A.C.S.

Aesthetic Surgical Associates, 3223 8th St., Suite 200, Metairie, 309-7061, AestheticSurgical.com