Dr. Steven M. Lynch is a board-certified plastic surgeon in Albany, NY who performs the full spectrum of cosmetic and reconstructive procedures for the face, breasts and body. With more than 30 years of experience, paired with the latest research and modern equipment, he offers exceptional surgical skill delivered with compassion and dedication to patient care.
How did you first become interested in healthcare/plastic surgery?
I became interested in medicine at an early age through my mother, who was a nurse at Samaritan Hospital in Troy, New York. I then became interested in plastic surgery while doing a rotation in it during my general surgery residency. I think the artistic part of it is great (though when you carry that artistry over to building a house, I am the contractors worst nightmare!).
What are your specialties at the practice?
The majority of my practice is cosmetic surgery of the face, breasts and body contouring.
What is the most rewarding or moving patient story you have encountered so far?
I have so many that are exciting and rewarding. So many dramatic results are stories but this one comes to mind the most.
A number of years ago, a girl came to me with her left cheek bitten off by a dog. It was heart-wrenching. We all were in shock. She looked like a very popular television star, and if you saw her, you would swear that this was the same girl.
I tried to figure out what would be the best way to approach the loss of tissue. The neck tissue is a match to the face so I designed a neck flap to rotate into her face defect. It was a large flap and the closure of the place it came from was tricky, however, it really looked great and the family had their little girl back.
Now fast forward to last year. A patient came in for a nasoplasty consultation. I was talking to her, and said during the consultation, “You look so much like a patient that I knew years ago who looked like a television star.”
Then she said, “That is exactly what you said when you fixed my face many years ago after the dog bit off my cheek.” I was stunned! I was so excited that I got our head nurse who was in the room all those years ago, and we all could remember those awful days of looking at the young girl with no cheek.
I kid you not, you needed to strain to find any irregularities with her cheek. We were all so happy for her and our help to fix her awful condition. It certainly makes me a believer that we can do wondrous things for patients in need.
What is your favorite part about your job?
I actually enjoy all parts of plastic surgery. I used to do a good deal of microsurgery with replanting fingers and legs. I also did the first toe to thumb transplant (making a thumb from the large toe transfer) in upstate New York. I found that cosmetic surgery was more fun for me and therefore, I concentrate on it much more.
What are you most likely to be doing on a Sunday afternoon?
Operating tractors and land clearing, skid steer and backhoe work and downing trees, etc. It is my golf!
What is the most unique thing about your work environment?
The interaction with the team of our office staff and nurses, as well as the interchange of ideas between myself and partners.
What was the last movie you saw?
I have no time for movies. I am a pretty boring social person.
Where is your favorite place to visit?
My place up north. I go there and spend time into the nights doing work with machinery. This is a wonderful time for my children and grandchildren to get together. I work them hard!
What is one of your bucket list items?
The list is so long but I am doing them all the time.
What is your favorite activity outside of the office?
Spending time with my children and grandchildren and watching them grow into wonderful people.
Any favorite sports teams?
I like pool so my favorite is Joe Canton, the previous NYS and national pool champion who shot Willie Mosconi for the world championship in Boston. Joe Canton had a pool hall in Troy. I hung out there a lot and it eventually allowed me to earn rent money in college. I knew him and admired him. Talk about a gentleman. Imagine the thought process in looking several shots ahead instead of looking at the shot at hand. It’s a bit like what I do now, when I look beyond what the patient sees so I can allow the patient to understand the process of the procedure.
What is your favorite meal to cook for your friends or family?
Stouffers on the run!
Tell us about a funny vacation story.
My family went to New York City to see the Statue of Liberty. We got on a bus and there was practically a fist-fight between a passenger that snuck on the bus and the cop that got on at the next stop. My kids were small and I thought I was going to get into it for sure.
We then got to the gate entrances while watching the Statue of Liberty. We jumped on the boat as we thought it was going to the Statue, and the guy next to me had a lunchbox. I said to him as the ramp was being lifted, “Are you going to the Statue too?” His answer was a mocking, “No, for cripe sakes this is the Staten Island Ferry!” I yelled for the boat to stop as it was moving. They had to back up to let us off. Needless to say, NEVER AGAIN.