By Debbie HallDr. Orna Fisher is bringing her passion for helping others to life through her practice: The Fisher Center for Aesthetic & Reconstructive Surgery.
She had always wanted to be a doctor and recalled, “When I was little, our family doctor made house calls. His black bag and the idea that he makes people feel better captivated me. At the same time, I developed a fascination with health and science, and wanted to learn as much as possible about nature. By the time I was 6 I knew I wanted to be a doctor when I grew up.”
It was her exposure to plastic and reconstructive surgery during medical school that convinced her that this was the field of medicine she wanted to practice. “I was amazed with the reconstructive cases tackled by plastic surgeons, including breast reconstruction, pediatric reconstructive surgery, burn reconstructive surgery and hand surgery. In residency, this interest expanded to all aspects of plastic surgery, including cosmetic surgery and skin care.”
As a plastic surgeon, her skill sets are very diverse, just as her patients’ ages and treatment requirements. She will treat patients with major reconstructive challenges such as those needing reconstructive surgery after cancer surgery or traumatic injuries. She also sees patients with purely aesthetic concerns, from wrinkle treatment with Botox or Hyaluronic Acid (HA) fillers to major cosmetic makeovers of the face and/or body. “No two people or problems are exactly alike and it is always interesting and challenging. I find it all to be rewarding,” she said.
Dr. Fisher has specialized training and keeps up with advancements in plastic surgery. On the reconstructive end of the spectrum, face transplantation has changed everything. It offers life-changing improvements in aesthetics, function and quality of life that could not have previously been imagined.
In cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, fat transfer procedures have found new applications. Since it has been discovered that fat contains stem cells, there is more and more research being done and the potential applications are boundless.
In cosmetic surgery, it is common now to harvest fat by liposuction from one area of the body and transplanting it to another area that requires more volume or better shape, like the face, buttocks and breasts.
Dr. Fisher has sound advice for everyone who wishes to maintain a youthful appearance. “Don’t smoke, but do protect yourself from the sun. Smoking and sun damage cause premature ageing. I also can’t emphasize enough the need to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 50. This serves the purpose both for skin cancer prevention and for preventing signs of aging.”
Dr. Fisher supports many causes, in particular local businesses. According to Fisher, she believes local businesses are the foundation of the economy for each community.
When not working, Dr. Fisher said, “I love spending time with my family, and I am grateful for every second of it. I enjoy cooking, gardening, exercising and constantly learning. The world is fascinating and there are not enough hours in a day to accomplish everything while maintaining a sense of balance.”Orna Fisher, MD – Fisher Center Credentials: MD
Medical Specialty: Plastic Surgery