This is the first in a series of posts featuring our physicians.  If you’re considering surgery, here’s a way for you to learn more about each doctor in our practice.

First on the list – Dr. Malena AmatoMalena Amato, M.D.

Where did you grow up?
St. Louis

Where did you go to school?
High School: Visitation Academy (an all-girl, nun-ruled Catholic school)
Undergrad: Boston College | Major Biology, Minor Philosophy
Medical School & Optical Residency: Georgetown University
General Surgery Internship: Stanford
Fellowship: TOC ASOPRS Fellowship

Thoughts on cosmetic surgery?
Cosmetic surgery is a personal decision to the patient, and patients need to feel comfortable with their surgeon.  As a surgeon, my role is to inform the patient of their options, set realistic expectations and goals with the patient, and provide a warm and inviting setting from the consultation all the way through the surgical and post-operative experience. Enhancing someone’s appearance by applying the art of cosmetic surgery through cutting edge techniques is personally fulfilling as a surgeon.

What cosmetic surgery procedures do you perform?
Brow and forehead lift, blepharoplasty, upper and lower eyelids, mid-face or cheek lift, facial laser resurfacing or TCA peels, fillers, Botox®, and Kybella®

Who has been the most influential person in your career?
My mentor and our senior partner, John Shore, with whom I spent two years under his fellowship in Oculoplastic and Facial Surgery at TOC. It has been a privilege to have the opportunity to return to TOC a few years ago, to work again with such an accomplished, skilled and humble individual as well as reuniting with the wonderful TOC family. Many are still here from when I was a fellow 15 years ago, which is a testament to the practice.

What are your hobbies outside of work?
First, my children then family, running, traveling, and going on medical mission trips (I hope to return soon now that my kiddos are getting older and can come with me).