Dr. Mary Herte
About My Practice
What health and beauty tip can you pass along to readers?
Treat your skin well by avoiding the sun and protecting it with SPF.
What do you think makes a procedure successful?
Well, I always strive to achieve results that enhance each person's natural beauty while preserving individuality and uniqueness. I aim for a sense of personal harmony, culminating in patients who still look like themselves, only better.
What steps do you take to deliver second-to-none care?
We measure each aspect of patient care against the mission statement I crafted with my staff a decade ago, to achieve unsurpassed patient care, radiant beauty and surgical excellence. I'll stop and ask myself, 'are we producing the best results, the best experience and unparalleled service?' I want to ensure that we are giving each patient nothing short of our absolute best efforts.
What is your favorite part of your job?
Performing surgery. It can help greatly improve one's life. I also enjoy the interaction with patients and look forward to hearing how surgery helped change their lives for the better.
What is the best advice you've received?
People are more important than things.
What alternative occupation would you choose?
I can't imagine myself doing anything I would love as much as plastic surgery.
American Board of Plastic Surgery
Affiliation:American Medical Women’s Association, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Association of Women Surgeons, Fellow, American College of Surgeons
A Minute With
My happiest professional moments
Being fully present in every moment is the key to a happy career
When I saw a child with a cleft lip, nose and lip distorted and parts missing, transformed into a normal
baby in the arms of a joyful weeping mother, I was hooked—I thought that
plastic surgery was magic and I wanted to do magic
The biggest misconception about my field
Most people have the belief that new technologies are making healing faster and surgery scarless, but
unfortunately, the body has not had an upgrade in thousands of years (we are still at version 1.0) and we still must heal in the same slow way
My dream innovation
I would invent a topical serum to restore the elastic fibers in the skin
What sets my practice apart
Unhurried face time with your plastic surgeon
How i make the best first impression
With a genuine and welcoming smile and a professional and confident presence
My most unique personality trait
My operating room playlist
We play upbeat positive tunes in surgery to create an environment conducive to a positive healing and recovery process for our patients
Three words that best describe me
Genuine, meticulous, nurturing
- Liposuction and Body Sculpture
- Breast Enhancement
- Facial Rejuvenation
- Aesthetic Injectables
What is the benefit of using the External Ultrasound Method during liposuction?What our experts say:
When you use ultrasound on the skin, it penetrates through to the fat to loosen the fat cells, making it easier to remove the fat. When it’s placed on the skin (instead of inside the incision), there is much less risk of over-melting the fat and burning the skin from the inside. It’s a little safer with an added benefit of triggering some collagen contraction in the skin during the treatment. It helps to shrink the skin into a new shape a little bit better. Because the fat cells are looser, we can use smaller cannulas to remove the fat, which leaves smaller scars. We always try to hide incisions in natural creases or places that are not revealed by clothing you wear. It’s really important to consider where the scars will be. That’s why you have to go to a reputable surgeon. Scars should be hidden: In the belly button, in the groin crease, the buttock crease or someplace where they are unobtrusive.
Will I have six-pack abs after a tummy tuck?What our experts say:
Six-pack abs are related to how much you work out and how defined your abdominal muscles are. You can get them, but with a lot of work. If there is fatty tissue covering them, you will not see them. You have to get really thin, with no fat layer, in order to look sculpted. There are special diets that help you to lean down in order to get that appearance of muscle sculpting; however, for most people that’s not really a lifestyle option. Doctors can do liposculpting in order to get something that looks like a “six pack,” but, in my opinion, it does not look natural. If we remove enough fat to show the abs in sculpted layers like when in training, the skin will adhere to the muscle and will look unnatural. I don’t recommend removing that much fat with a surgical procedure. It will heal in an unnatural-looking way. I’m a physician not a magician. I can’t wave a magic wand and change someone who’s chubby into a lean lanky person.
How do you know what size and shape and of breast implant is the right one?What our experts say:
I usually help the patient choose their size and shape based on chest-size measurements and how much volume they want. We start with size and then go with shape. A teardrop shape versus a round one doesn’t really matter because they all look like a teardrop in the body. Some people want the teardrop shape because they think it will look natural, but that is possible with round implants, too, if they are the proper size. I have patients try implants on in a try-on bra with their clothes on because the patient is the best judge of what is right for her. Trying them on is key. It’s based on what kind of image the patient wants to have with her new breasts; whether she’s athletic, a model, flashy or a stripper. We start with implant choices that will fit her body, and the patient will tell me what she’s looking for, and we go up and down from there. I have developed an eye and ear for what patients want. It’s all about what will balance the figure and what style the patient wants to project. It may not be my style, but it is their decision. Every surgeon has their own idea of what looks good and guides the patient to what they have had good experiences with. I like smooth, round implants because, with proper massage to keep scar tissue from forming, they give a natural, soft look. Textured implants can be more visible in thin women.
Where is the best place for the incision when doing breast augmentation?What our experts say:
I prefer placing incisions under the breast crease. It allows me to go around breast tissue and not through it; and I have access to the pocket with minimal bruising and bleeding. It’s a really good access incision. When the breast is relaxed, the incision is tucked under the breast so you don’t see it. If it’s around the areola, the incision is right in front of you, and you can see the white line. Many incisions around the areola are terrific, and some do prefer them, so if that’s what the patient wants, I’m happy to do them. I don’t recommend armpit or belly button incisions because the distance to where the implant goes is so long, it’s hard to stop bleeding and place it properly in the pocket. There is not good position control. You don’t show your breast to very many people, but everyone can see your armpit if the scar is there. I prefer to keep incisions hidden.
Is it ever “too late” for a facelift?What our experts say:
I think if you are in good health, you can have one at any age. Some of my patients are over 80. And I definitely have facelift patients in their 70s. I don’t think you’re ever too young either, but you need to have something to fix. You should have it done when you need it. The top-end restriction is all a matter of health. If you’re healthy and are motivated to do it, a facelift can be a good thing that makes you feel good about yourself. That being said, the more inelastic your skin is, the more difficult it is to get a long-lasting and effective facelift; but it will always be a little better than what you had. Poor skin quality will undermine your facelift result. The best results require good skin condition as well as surgical lifting. We can do facial rejuvenation, to address the issues because the skin has to hold the stretch. Skin rejuvenation is a very important part of keeping your facelift results, or getting a good facelift result. Younger quality skin will hold up better than an older skin quality. Using skin rejuvenation techniques, like laser resurfacing, can be helpful in protecting your investment both before and after a facelift, so you don’t have to keep relifting.