MEET DR. HAZEN

Alexes Hazen MD, FACS is a New York City based aesthetic and reconstructive surgeon. She specializes in breast surgery, facial reconstruction, face transplant, transgender surgery, and aesthetic surgery including fat grafting and non-invasive techniques. Along with running her new private practice in the Upper East Side, Dr. Hazen is an Associate Professor at the Hansjorg Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery at NYU Langone Medical Center.  From 2002 to 2018 Dr. Hazen was the Director of the NYU Aesthetic Surgery Center, a position she let go of in order to create her own practice. Dr. Hazen has been an educator and practicing surgeon for almost 20 years and has received numerous awards for both her teaching and her work as a plastic surgeon. Dr. Hazen practices what she preaches - she not only performs a variety of cutting edge procedures but she is often at the helm of conducting studies and writing published papers on the very procedures she performs. She has co-authored over 60 publications many of which have won awards as well.  Dr. Hazen is a very sought after surgeon not only for her natural aesthetic and expertise but also because she provides a more holistic approach to life-long anti-aging, health and beauty. She believes that beauty and attractiveness are not just an external shell. Our state of mind, overall health and well being, nutrition, sleep and stress levels are all things that effect our appearance.  She offers the best of medical technology and traditional wisdom and strives to create a partnership for a path to a better and healthier life with her patients.

 

AMBITIOUS TRAINING

Dr. Hazen attended Brown University School of Medicine,  graduating in 1996.  She did residency at NYU Langone Health in the combined General Surgery/Plastic Surgery Program.  She completed a microsurgery Fellowship also at NYU.  In 2002 she began as an Attending at Bellevue and NYU hospitals, and then served as the Chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery at the Manhattan Veterans Affairs Hospital until 2011.  She has been  the Director of the NYU Aesthetic Surgery Center since 2002 until  2018 when she branched off to create her own practice.  

HOLISTIC NEW YORK CITY PRIVATE PRACTICE

Having a holistic approach to plastic surgery, anti-aging and wellness in combination with a highly academic background, makes Dr. Hazen's private practice particularly unique. Dr. Hazen is interested in helping patients transform both body and soul through the latest technology and innovations.  

 

Her clinical interests lie in breast surgery including cancer reconstruction and aesthetic surgery, facial reconstruction, face transplant, transgender surgery, and aesthetic surgery including fat grafting and non-invasive aesthetic techniques.  She does extensive research on quality of life particularly relating to post transgender affirming surgeries. 

AWARD-WINNING EDUCATOR

Dr. Hazen is the Vice Chair of the NYU IRB Board, and has served on the Board since 2003.  She was a member of the NYU Faculty Council and served as a faculty Senator and as Faculty Secretary, an elected position from 2012 to 2014.  She was the Medical Director of the Hansyorg Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery at NYU Health and the Director of the Faculty Practice Group from 2011 to 2018.   She is a regular host of the Sirius Radio Doctor Radio’s “Plastic Surgery show” and has been since its inception in 2008.  She recently has been a part of the Face Transplant Team at NYU and participated in the latest Face transplant, as well as the initial face transplant at NYU which was considered the most extensive face transplant to ever be performed.

Teaching Experience:​
 

  • 2002–present Associate Professor Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Bellevue Hospital Center

  • 2002–present Associate Professor Surgery, Plastic Surgery, NYU Langone Health, New York, NY

  • 2002–2018 Director, NYU Aesthetic Surgery Center, Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery, NYU Langone Health, New York, NY

  • 2006–2011 Chief, Division of Plastic Surgery, Manhattans Veteran's Administration

 

Teaching Awards Received:

  • 2010 Mentor of the Year, NYU Department of Plastic Surgery, New York, NY

  • 2010 Brown University Medical School, Scholarship Awards Dinner, Honoree

  • 2009 Resident Advocate Award, NYU Department of Plastic Surgery, New York, NY

PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES

Dr. Hazen is on numerous medical committees, advisory boards and editorial boards and has been elected to numerous honor societies including:

 

  • 2002–present Member, American Society of Plastic Surgeons

  • 2002–present Member, Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons

  • 2003–present American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgeons

  • 2004 Invited Speaker, Trendsetters Network, New York, NY

  • 2004–2006 NESPS Membership Committee

  • 2005 ASPS Pathways to Leadership, Invited Participant

  • 2005 NESPS Scientific Program Committee,

  • 2006–present Member, Medical Society of the County of Kings

  • 2007 Invited Participant, ASPS Advocacy Group, Washington, D.C.

  • 2009–present Faculty American College of Surgeons

  • 2010–present AAPS American Association of Plastic Surgeons

  • 2011 NESPS Scientific Program Committee

  • 2011 Breast Reconstruction: State of the Art, Committee Member

  • 2012 NESP Scientific Program Committee

  • 2012 Invited Speaker, IPRAS World Conference, Chile

  • 2012 Invited Speaker, CIHR Research Planning meeting "Understanding Bangladeshi Women's Experience of Humanitarian Surgical Mission" Vancouver

PUBLICATIONS AND BOOK CHAPTERS

Dr. Hazen's research interests are in virtual surgery and resident education, quality of life and outcomes following surgery (specifically transgender surgery), transgender surgical techniques,  fat grafting and stem cell research, and PRP uses and outcomes.  She has numerous book chapters, and peer review articles,  publications and presentations.  She is a frequent invited speaker and has had numerous media interviews on her expertise on plastic surgery, transgender surgery, medicine, wellness and anti-aging. 

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SUPPORTING THE COMMUNITY

Dr. Hazen served on the Board of MYFAce for children with craniofacial differences for over 10 years,  AIRS for breast reconstruction and ABHAYA wellness in the Brooklyn community.   She is on the governing Board of Women for Women by IPRAS and has directed and participated in numerous medical missions to help women and children who are victims of violence.

Boards and Community Organizations:

  • 1989–1991 United States Peace Corps, Honduras, Central America

  • 2007- 2017 Board Member, National Foundation for Facial Reconstruction

  • 2009–2010 Invited speaker on Breast Reconstruction, SHARE

  • 2010–present Member of surgical missions, Women for Women

  • 2011–present Board Member, International Plastic and Reconstructive Aesthetic Surgery (IPRAS) 

  • 2012 Invited Speaker, Indian Rotary Club, Jalandhar, India; "3D Animation as a tool for Surgical Education”

MANIFESTO

I  BELIEVE - Beauty and attractiveness are not just our external shell. Our state of mind, overall health and well being, nutrition, sleep and stress levels are all things that effect our appearance. Plastic Surgery can make life- altering and amazing changes but is not the sole answer to feeling and looking stunning. I believe in a holistic approach to life long anti-aging which includes the best of both medical technology and traditional wisdom. I believe in creating a partnership for a path to a better and healthier life with my patients.

HOLISTIC - Why are beauty, anti-aging and wellness so polarized - where you have to choose between over-the-top unnatural and commercial or go completely natural? Here is a place where breakthrough technology meets ancient healing traditions. I will fuse the wisdom of our ancestors with modern day advancements in medical equipment and beauty treatments to create a holistic approach to anti-aging and wellness.

AUTHENTIC - I have always been honest and authentic, and will continue that. I'm not trying to sell you on anything you don't need. I'm here to offer my skills and expertise as a plastic surgeon to help you feel confident, healthy and beautiful, handsome and stunning.

NON-JUDGEMENTAL - I am here to listen and to help you feel and look like the best version of yourself. You can tell me anything and I will offer a space where you feel safe, respected and heard. No matter your age, gender identity, your past, your fears, your desires, I will listen with an open mind and heart and do my best to provide you with the highest quality care to meet your needs.

RADICAL BEAUTY - I am interested in an all-encompassing approach to feeling and looking your best. What are the contributing factors when it comes to our outer appearance. Many plastic surgeons fail to address contributing factors such as nutrition, mental health, sleep, anxiety and environment. My goal is to create a program that combines plastic surgery with life-long anti-aging techniques. Addressing the “other” issues makes results more sustainable and life happier and healthier.

INNOVATIVE - I am constantly reading and learning about the latest and greatest technology and innovation on anti-aging and wellness. I have done research and published studies on scarring, PRP, skin care and fat transfer. I will curate a program for you that scientifically will be effective - not just a fad, but will actually work.

CUSTOMIZED AND PERSONALIZED -  When I look at my patients, I see what adjustments would magnify the beauty of their features as a whole. I carefully listen and make sure we are on the same page in regards to desired results and realistic outcomes. Everything from a face lift to top surgery should be customized. Every patient's desires are unique. Customizing treatment goes beyond surgical and non-surgical procedures. It includes asking the right questions and really assessing each and every patient's physical and mental health. What is the bigger picture and how can we collaborate on creating life-long beauty, health and happiness?

NATURAL AESTHETIC - I believe in a balanced and natural look. Being a plastic surgeon goes beyond the certifications and credentials. With all of the technical skills in the world, if you are lacking an eye for a natural aesthetic, your patients start to all have the same "over-done" look. Every face and body is different and when changing one part of the body, I consider how it it will fit and improve the whole person.