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Whether feeling whole after cancer or refreshing your look and aging gracefully, our plastic surgeons offer state of the art, innovative, creative and effective plastic surgery procedures and treatments. We value our relationship with you and believe that our best patients are well informed.
We encourage you to research your plastic surgeon and your surgical options before making any decisions. Here are some things we recommend you do before signing up for any procedure or treatment:
- Understand the training requirements for a plastic surgeon
- Understand elements needed for credentialing
- Compare all the latest techniques in cancer reconstruction
- Ask your friends about their experiences
Our consultation is viewed as an opportunity for us to meet each other and answer your questions in a professional, pleasant and confidential manner. We acknowledge that choosing a surgeon is a decision you will make carefully and we thank you for considering us.
Dr. Rachel Farkas, MD, FACS, Breast Surgeon
Dr. Rachel Farkas, MD, FACS, is a highly regarded surgical oncologist who has dedicated herself to the care of patients with breast cancer for the past eight years. She has extensive experience in all forms of mastectomy, including skin and nipple-sparing approaches, hidden-scar breast surgery, as well as sentinel and axillary lymph node dissections, making her ideally suited to also care for patients who are at high risk for developing breast cancer.
Dr. Farkas is certified by the American Board of Surgery and is licensed to practice medicine in New York and in California. She completed her surgical residency and a dedicated Breast Surgical oncology fellowship at the University of Rochester Medical Center, where she served on the teaching faculty for almost a decade prior to joining our practice. She is an active member of the American College of Surgeons, the American Association of Breast Surgeons, and is a member of the physician advisory board of the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester.
Christina McDonald, Nurse Practitioner
Christina McDonald has been with Vega Plastic Surgery group for the past six years. Prior to joining our team, she has enjoyed working as a Nurse Practitioner at Geneva General Cardiology Associates. Christina earned her Master’s Degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner at St. John Fisher College in 2008.
From 2000-2008 Christina gained valuable experience while working on the Kessler burn/trauma unit at Strong Memorial Hospital. Throughout her career as a nurse, her experiences include plastic/vascular surgery, ENT, bariatric surgery, as well as the burn/trauma population.
A 2000 Sigma Theta Tau graduate of Niagara University, Christina earned her bachelors of Science degree in nursing. She spends her spare time enjoying her family along with running, which is a passion of hers.
Danielle Macaluso, Physician Assistant
Danielle Macaluso is an NCCPA board-certified and licensed physician assistant trained in a wide range of surgical and nonsurgical procedures. She holds a Bachelor of Health Science degree as well as a Master of Physician Assistant degree from Gannon University. She brings several years of experience working in private practices and urgent care facilities to Vega Plastic Surgery & MedSPA. Most recently, Danielle comes to us after five years at a plastic/cosmetic surgery practice with med spa in Delaware. Together with her husband, she is happy to be returning to the greater Rochester, NY area to be closer to family.
Danielle assists with preoperative, operative, and postoperative management of reconstructive and cosmetic patients in the office and is known for doing what is best for her patients, her attention to detail, and her caring nature. She is always patient and thoroughly answers questions and concerns before, during, and after procedures. Cosmetically, her keen eye allows her to provide the natural results that patients desire. Danielle brings several years experience with CoolSculpting & aesthetic injections to Vega MedSPA.
Karen LeBlanc, Registered Nurse
Karen LeBlanc is a Registered Nurse who studied at Highland Hospital School of Nursing and Monroe Community College where she received her Nursing and Associate degrees. Karen has been a practicing Registered Nurse for 35 years, specializing in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery for the last 30 years. Karen brings her vast experience to our patients and provides them with the knowledge of all aspects of pre and post-operative care.
As a testament to her dedication to patient care, she was nominated to be considered for the 2013 “Hearts and Hands” award, recognized by the Breast Cancer Coalition.
She is a native of Rochester, NY. In her spare time, she enjoys being with her family, especially her grandchildren.
Carol Hankin, Licensed Aesthetician
Carol Hankin, an NYS Licensed Esthetician, joined Vega Med Spa in December 2014 as a medical aesthetician with over 16 years of experience helping people in the community with their aesthetic concerns. She is exceptionally talented in skin care treatments and procedures and is known for the personal attention she gives to each client.
She offers a full spectrum of premium skin care services including skin care consultations, facials, chemical peels, laser hair removal, microdermabrasion, acne treatments, and depilatories.
Carol spends time with each patient or client, helping them choose the perfect medical-grade skin care products that address their specific needs and concerns. Taking the time to “explain” the science behind the products and services makes her a wonderful resource and we’re excited to have her join the Vega Med Spa team. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, running, reading and her dog, Henry.
Frequently Asked Questions
What happens when I decide to schedule cosmetic surgery?
Our office will mail you a packet containing an explanation of your surgery, as well as an itemized list of all the fees and where to submit the payments. You’ll also receive mailings from the hospital or surgical center where you’re having the surgery done. Typical fees are described below:
1. Surgeon Fee. We will bill you for the surgeon’s fee. Because this is elective surgery and not covered by insurance, a $500.00 deposit will be required to book your elective surgery. The remaining amount must be made in full at your pre-operative appointment, which is usually 3 weeks prior to surgery. Payment may be made either by certified bank check or credit card (Visa®, MasterCard® or Discover® Card).
2. Operating Room Fee. This is a separate billing, sent to you by the hospital or surgical facility for the operating room charges. Payment in full is expected at least 7 days prior to your surgery date.
3. Anesthesiologist Fee. The anesthesiologist caring for you will also send you a separate bill for his services. Payment should also be made at least 7 days prior to your surgery date.
Do I need to have any tests done before surgery?
All pre-admission information will be sent to you from the hospital or surgical unit that you have chosen. You will receive all the necessary forms along with pre-surgery instructions.
Pre-admission testing should be completed at least 2 days but not more than 30 days before your scheduled surgery.
On the day of your pre-admission testing, please be sure to bring the completed paperwork that was sent to you and a complete list of your current medications.
What if I need to cancel my surgery?
If you cancel your scheduled surgery with at least 3 weeks notice of your scheduled surgery, Vega Plastic Surgery will refund $250.00 of your $500.00 surgical deposit.
Are cosmetic surgeons and plastic surgeons the same thing?
Not necessarily. Physicians may perform cosmetic surgery without necessarily being certified by a relevant specialty board. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons published an informative article on this topic; we encourage anyone considering such a procedure to read it before selecting a surgeon. Click here to read the article.
Is financing available for cosmetic surgery?
The following company is available to help you finance your procedure. This information is provided to our patients as a courtesy, but our practice does not endorse or have any affiliation them.
Carecredit offers no interest and low-interest payment plans. There is no cost to enroll and no monthly fees. They have a quick an easy application with instant credit decisions. Carecredit cannot be used for anesthesia and hospital fees.
www.carecredit.com or (800) 365-8295
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