Dr. Richard Westreich on a Mission to Combat Gun Violence

Big Rich Energy

A Top Surgeon, Dr. Richard Westreich, Gets the Nod as a Musician Fighting Gun Violence

Dr. Richard Westreich pursues his passion for music and supports regional artists while doing so when he is not performing rhinoplasty, face contouring, or upper eyelid surgery at his New York City office. All of Big Rich Energy‘s tour revenues, currently playing in New York City, are donated to organizations that aid local musicians and artists. Additionally, he raises awareness of important subjects like gun violence through his music.

Big Rich Energy is a collaborative musical project started by Richard Westreich MD. Grunge, Classic Rock, and 80s metal are some of Dr. Westreich’s favorite musical genres. Among others, Alice in Chains, Dave Matthews, and Bon Jovi have all had a particular influence on them. Imagine those musicians writing songs together, and you have Big Rich Energy. These varied inspirations can be heard in all of his music.

Acoustic rock serves as the main inspiration for his songwriting and gives his music a distinctive vibe. You’ll hear a wide range of stylistic alterations, chosen to fit the theme of each musical song, from classic rock to country. No monetary objectives are being pursued in this project; it is being done purely out of love for the music. All money raised will be given to organizations that help musicians and artists.

The Surgeon

Dr. Westreich has received numerous awards for being among the best facial plastic surgeons. For selecting treatment choices for the summer and beyond, he provides the following advice.

Avoid resurfacing procedures, laser treatments, body surgery, and neck treatments (if you care about looking a little swollen in public). Summer is the time for noninvasive face and body treatments since you can’t cover up!Dr. Richard Westreich

Dr. Westreich stated that laser treatments should be scheduled for October or November and that breast augmentations can be completed at any time of the year. He emphasized that doing your homework is still the best line of protection against any post-op issues, regardless of the surgery you’re thinking about.

My best advice to people is to go back to the mindset before the Zoom boom. Don’t rush into something just because it’s easy or convenient.Dr. Richard Westreich

Breast augmentation, liposuction, rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery, and facelifts are popular procedures. The popularity of less intrusive procedures like Botox injections is soaring. These safety recommendations from Dr. Westreich can increase your chances of a better result if you’re thinking about any cosmetic procedure:

  1. Make sure any doctor you schedule through a virtual visit allows you to cancel AFTER an in-person meeting for surgery. There is no substitute for face-to-face.
  2. Your health doesn’t belong in the bargain bin.
  3. Medical tourism can be dangerous. Laws may differ; regulations may differ; problems with aftercare may arise.
  4. Understand informed consent. Ask for examples of not only the good outcomes but also the potentially bad ones. Ask for data specific to the procedure and the doctor performing it (complication rates, death rates).
  5. Surgery belongs in accredited operating rooms. Ask to see the accreditation certificate (AAA, AAAA, JCAHO).
  6. Make sure the board certification of a doctor makes sense for the procedure they are performing.
  7. If significant issues arise after a procedure (surgery or office injection), seek a second opinion on management.

About Dr. Richard Westreich

Magna Cum Laude recipient Dr. Richard Westreich earned a B.A. in Biological Basis of Behavior with a focus in Neuroscience from the University of Pennsylvania in 1995. In 1999, he graduated from the New York University School of Medicine with an M.D. and an honors degree in cell biology research. At the prestigious Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, Dr. Westreich completed his post-graduate study in facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology.

He has repeatedly been named as one of the best facial plastic surgeons by Castle Connolly and New York magazine. In addition to working at Lenox Hill and Mount Sinai Hospitals, he is an assistant professor at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. He is a member of the faculty and a teacher at Mount Sinai’s fellowship in facial plastic surgery. On Manhattan’s Upper East Side, he maintains a private clinic where he focuses on rhinoplasty, septoplasty, secondary and reconstructive rhinoplasty, facelifts, eyelid surgery, and nonsurgical procedures.


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