Andrew N. Kornstein, M.D., plastic surgeon, is distinguished by his expert medical training, honors and expertise. His innate aesthetic sense provides his patients with the most natural and beautiful outcomes. He is renowned as a “super specialist” in breast reconstruction, as well as aesthetic procedures of the breast and body. He also leads the field in non-invasive facial rejuvenation, the ever increasing choice of patients.
In his early training as a general and plastic surgery Resident, at the prestigious Columbia University/St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital, Dr. Kornstein met Sydney Coleman, M.D., an innovator in fat grafting techniques who became his teacher and mentor. Because of this relationship, Dr. Kornstein acquired exceptional knowledge of facial aging with respect to bone and soft tissue changes. He then helped develop techniques to reverse these changes using hand-harvested adipose derived stem cells(fat cells) from one’s own body. As the recognized expert in this technique, he wrote the chapter on “Using Volume Augmentation” in the prestigious Encyclopedia of Aesthetic Rejuvenation.
Dr. Kornstein is also an established expert in fat grafting to the breast and chest wall area, both as an isolated procedure and in combination with implants. This breakthrough procedure optimizes symmetry and contour of the breast while minimizing implant-related palpability. His specialized technique gives breast augmentation and reconstruction patients a natural, realistic result. Dr. Kornstein’s superior technique for Autologous Fat Grafting for Upper Eyelid Ptosis and Aging is featured in the American Journal of Cosmetic Surgery. In April of this year, he is invited to present his findings on fat grafting’s long term structural changes to the face and its influence on the nose, both with and without rhinoplasty,to The Rhinoplasty Society.
Dr. Kornstein’s work in subcutaneous mastectomy breast reconstruction and revisional cosmetic augmentation is published in a paper sponsored by Life Cell Corporation, makers of Alloderm and Strattice, leaders in the use of Accellular Dermal Matrix for breast reconstruction. His paper in the Journal of Medical Case Reports emphasizes the importance of identifying patients who are high risk for post-surgical complications and recommends the construction of an “internal bra” to support the breast, reducing or eliminating implant-related complications. In addition, he has been published on the subject of Gynecomastia (male breast reduction) in the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal.
Dr. Kornstein participated in clinical trials for silicone breast implants during the FDA moratorium and served on advisory panels. Often called upon for his expert opinion, Allergen invited Dr. Kornstein, among a select group of surgeons, to learn about its pre-global release of SERI and asked him to study its use in controlling scarring in body contouring, particularly in brachioplasty and body lift procedures.
Dr. Kornstein guides his patients towards non-invasive aesthetic enhancements where appropriate to delay or even replace invasive rejuvenation surgery. He draws on his intimate knowledge of the mechanics of facial aging and muscle compensation to create the most natural aesthetic use of Botox. He has served on the Juvederm® Advisory Panel and tested Restyane® internationally prior to release in the United States. He documented his revolutionary procedure, “Restylane Eyebrow Lifts”, in the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal. He is currently one of a small number of plastic surgeons selected to test the cutting-edge filler, Voluma®.
Dr. Kornstein’s research into all available non-surgical anti-aging treatments brought him to Ultherapy®, ultrasound used to tighten and rejuvenate the skin. Ultherapy® recognized his extraordinary work with the Award of Distinction and invited him to join their advisory panel. Dr. Kornstein’s findings on the use of Ulthera® to enhance healing after rhinoplasty are published in the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal. The Rhinoplasty Society featured Dr. Kornstein’s breakthrough work at their Annual Symposium 2012. He also pioneered the use of Ulthera® to remove silicone injections in lips, a challenging procedure but urgently necessary when silicone is inappropriately used. He also utilizes Exilis and Coolculpting®.
Dr. Kornstein approaches his role as a surgeon with his patients’ well-being first and foremost. As a fundamental part of this dedication to patient safety, he advocates “in-house” surgeries (those performed in private, accredited, surgical centers) as the preferred, safer and more comfortable alternative to hospitals. He believes that breast reconstruction, like elective cosmetic breast augmentation, performed in a private, accredited ambulatory facility will produce an outstanding outcome with less risk of infection and often with a “Tylenol recovery”. ABC NEWS featured Dr. Kornstein in a special segment that discussed his patient safety expertise and this preference.
Dr. Kornstein has several patents pending in his own name for innovative approaches to solving patients’ issues, specifically IVIVI for hair growth, a modification to Strattice™ for breast implant surgery, and refined designs to the instruments used with CoolSculpting®.
Dr. Kornstein graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Pennsylvania. He earned his degree in Biochemical Genetics and was awarded the prestigious Distinction in Biology. He received his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College, where he completed The National Institute of Health Fellowship in Nuclear Medicine and Clinical Cardiology. Dr. Kornstein was selected to join the elite Residency programs at Columbia University/St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, both in General Surgery and Plastic Surgery, where he continued his Fellowship training in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and refined his aesthetic techniques. Today he serves as attending physician at Columbia University/St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
Dr. Kornstein is Board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He is an active member of the American College of Surgeons, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and The Rhinoplasty Society.
Dr. Kornstein’s Manhattan offices are adjacent to his state-of-the-art surgical facility, which is accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities, the gold standard for private surgical facilities.
In 2014, Dr. Kornstein joined with Neil A. Gordon, M.D. and Split Rock Surgical Associates at The Retreat at Split Rock. The Retreat at Split Rock is recognized worldwide for its state of the art surgical facility and The Split Rock Aesthetic Institute. The Retreat at Split Rock, and the adjoining Inn, is dedicated to each patient’s well-being, safety, and care, all within a private and elegant setting. Dr. Kornstein will contribute his expertise in aesthetic body procedures, reconstruction of the breast, and anti-aging procedures of the face to the Retreat at Split Rock.
Dr. Kornstein invites patients for consultations to his Fifth Avenue office in New York City; Greenwich, Connecticut; and The Retreat at Split Rock in Wilton, Connecticut.