Colen MD Our Practice
Colen MD Plastic Surgery is unique and stands apart from all the others. You may call it a fusion of ideas, from the classic to the modern, from the masculine to the feminine, from the quiet and private to the bold and explicit. It is a fusion of years of learning and experience and all that is new, hip and on the very edge of innovation.
So what is it about Colen MD Plastic Surgery Suite that makes it so very unique? Check out our new video on Yelp to see firsthand.
Dr. Helen Colen
Helen Colen MD, FACS- One of the first women plastic surgeons in this country. She was trained in general surgery at the University of Colorado and went on to study plastic surgery and eventually microsurgery at NYU in New York. There were very few women to be accepted to the training in surgery in those days-70’s, and so you had to be very very smart, very very good and skilled to make it. Make it she did. As part of the surgical training, she performed difficult and complicated surgical procedures from transplantation to closing and reconstructing scalp or breast defects after radiation injury, fixing injured nerves especially in the axilla (armpit and face) and reconstruction of internal organs and breasts with microsurgical techniques. There is nothing she could not do. At the end, she decided to do cosmetic surgery. She believed that the quality of life is as important as prolonging life. She has a keen aesthetic eye and loves creating and reconstructing things- and cosmetic surgery gave her that opportunity. Armed with superb knowledge of anatomy such as nerve locations and blood vessel locations she was able to create the most aesthetically pleasing, breasts, faces, noses, eyes, abdomens and whatever else bothered you. Armed with her surgical skill the only challenge remained was to use those skills in combination with her aesthetic eye to produce superb results. That challenge made her most happy. After thirty years in practice, patients flock to her office only to walk out most confident with a smile enriched by their experience. Dr. Helen Colen admires the classic beauty lines and loves the elegant quiet aesthetic lines.
Dr. Stephen Colen
Add to Dr. Helen Colen’s experience – Stephen Colen, MD, DDS. Yes DDS-A surgeon with a dental degree. Dr. Stephen Colen is Dr. Helen Colen’s husband. After he completed his dental degree, he went on to medical school to complete his medical degree. He graduated the best in his class. People in the medical arena used to describe his abilities by saying that “He treads on water” as an almost divine person. Dr. Stephen Colen trained in General surgery with Dr. Helen Colen and then went on to train in Plastic surgery at NYU. He also studied microsurgery, craniofacial surgery, hand surgery and do not forget his dental background. One would say that if he was part of a group that was lost somewhere on a remote island-he could do any medical procedure called for as he was trained in everything. So now, imagine-he brings that training into the practice of plastic surgery at ColenMD plastic surgery suite. His comprehension of the facial skeleton and the unique relationship of the various structures of the face make him an amazing surgeon of the face, eyes, and nose. Dr. Stephen Colen discusses often the cases with Dr. Helen Colen, bringing into the mix a bit more masculine point of view. How does a man view the proposed outcome, and how he would approach the problem? If it is, the face they are discussing his dentistry experience is invaluable. If it is the body, you can hear Dr. Helen’s voice arguing the aesthetics. Quite an interesting conversation, even though most cannot even comprehend what they are discussing.
Dr. Kari Colen
To soften this complicated discussion stemming from 30 years of experience, enter Dr. Kari Colen into the mix. If you have not guessed, yet she is the daughter of Dr. Helen and Stephen Colen. Kari Colen MD is the brilliant young woman who has joined her parents practice and keeps feeding them the modern and young point of view. She adds to the practice of experience the “what” is the newest in plastic surgery, what are the newest ways to approach the problems and what do young people want and expect. Her patients are no longer shy about getting plastic surgery and they are very informed. They have done their research and they want the results that they believe they can achieve. The classic beauty maybe lurks in the back of their mind but they are much more in the present. In the now. Dr. Kari Colen is a very outgoing and warm young woman who received her training in general surgery and plastic surgery at NYU in New York. She spent several years in the laboratory studying the behavior of human cells and their healing potential. She is dedicated to get the best surgical results by knowing how to make the body healing cells behave the way she wants them to.
When she enters her parent’s conversation, she is not shy about verbalizing exactly how she would approach the problem and how she would want the patient to look as a result of the procedure. It is amazing to watch them discuss and bounce ideas, in full respect of each other, each listening to the other and changing this or that to make the approach better and the result the best. It is like the top three sopranos creating the most amazing and breath taking composition-a pure delight to the senses.
Now you know why visiting the Colen MD Surgery Suite should be a must on your quest to the best you can be.