MEET DR. JULIE SHTRAKS: BRINGING HER BEVERLY HILLS FACIAL PLASTIC SURGERY EXPERTISE TO THE MAIN LINE

Meet Dr. Julie Shtraks, a Beverly Hills trained facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon who has brought her extensive expertise and trademark style back to her home state of Pennsylvania. Dr. Shtraks moved back to the Philadelphia area to begin working at Bloom Facial Plastic Surgery located on the Main Line in Bryn Mawr, PA prior to when Covid-19 approached and our world shut down for a while. As soon as the practice was able to re-open, Julie hit the ground running specializing in both cosmetic and reconstructive procedures for the face, neck, nose, eyelids, eyebrows and more.  The level of training and experience that Dr. Shtraks has brought to Bloom Facial Plastic Surgery and our area is unbelievably impressive and we are so proud to finally give her the shining moment she so well deserves. We delve a little deeper into Dr. Shtraks background, where her passions lie as a facial plastic surgeon, and learn a little more about how she balances work and family life with being a wife and mother of two.  Here is what she had to say…  

You have been such an asset to Dr. Jason Bloom and the entire team at Bloom Facial Plastic Surgery in this past year and a half since being back in the Philadelphia area, and I personally feel very lucky to be a patient of yours.  Let’s start with highlighting your educational and medical background a bit, shall we?

Absolutely! I am originally from Allentown, Pennsylvania and spent the latter part of my childhood growing up in Bucks County. After spending four years in Atlanta at Emory University for my undergraduate education, I was thrilled to come back to Philadelphia for medical school at Temple University. After completing medical school, I pursued a 5-year Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery residency. When I decided to specialize in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, I thought what better place to master these skills than Beverly Hills, California.

You have quite an impressive background and we are so lucky to have you back on the Main Line! With all your experiences that you gained in Beverly Hills, CA with Dr. Nassif and Dr. Azizzadeh and at Cedars Sinai Medical Center – what are some of the best tools you were able to bring back to the east coast that have harnessed you to take on your most recent position with Bloom Facial Plastic Surgery? 

It was a very exciting experience to train with some of the world’s leading experts in the field of Facial Plastic Surgery. I was particularly excited to be gaining expertise in complex rhinoplasty, facial rejuvenation and facial reanimation for individuals suffering from the effects of facial paralysis. Through this experience, I was able to gain a unique set of skills and bring them back home with me, and I am thrilled to be able to offer these procedures at Bloom Facial Plastic Surgery.   

What inspired you to become a facial plastic surgeon over other areas of focus within the plastic surgery arena? 

I knew very early that I wanted to be a surgeon, but it was the intricate anatomy and beauty of the face that drew me to Facial Plastic Surgery specifically. Our faces are how we connect to other people, how we communicate and present ourselves to the world around us; and on a personal level, I love the impact you can make in an individual’s life by enhancing their self-confidence. 

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With so many areas of expertise when it comes to being a top facial plastic surgeon such as facelift, rhinoplasty, neck lift and eye lids to name a few, can you share with me a procedure you handled that was equally challenging and gratifying which in turn reminded you why you love what you do so much? 

One of my passions is treating people suffering from the effects of facial paralysis. While in Beverly Hills, I had the unique experience of training at The Facial Paralysis Institute, where I participated in cutting edge surgical and non-surgical treatment of facial paralysis. I gained extensive experience in a procedure called Selective Neurolysis which is used to treat the abnormal facial movements, tightness and discomfort which can result from facial paralysis. This improves smile symmetry, and the results of this treatment can be phenomenal and life changing.  I also think that revision rhinoplasty is one of the most technically challenging procedures that we perform as facial plastic surgeons. It can also be one of the most gratifying. 

What have you enjoyed most about working at Bloom Facial Plastic Surgery in this last year, and with all your expertise what positive impact do you think you’ve brought to the practice? 

There’s so much to love about working at Bloom Facial Plastic Surgery. Dr. Bloom has created an amazing group of talent at BFPS, and it is absolutely amazing to be a part of it. I feel lucky to be able to work with Dr. Bloom who is incredibly talented, experienced, and a great mentor. As a woman in Facial Plastic Surgery, I feel like I bring a different perspective and a different understanding about what women hope to achieve, and as a result, I can bring a unique approach to facial rejuvenation for my patients. My goal is to create customized treatment plans for each patient and to empower my patients to pursue procedures that are in line with their individual comfort and goals. In doing so, my goal is to deliver natural, beautiful results that make my patients feel youthful, rejuvenated, and confident in their skin.

At Bloom Facial Plastic Surgery, what are some of the latest technological procedures that you’re most excited about? 

One of the many exciting parts about working at BPFS is that we’re able to offer a wide range of facial rejuvenation treatment options. From surgery, to the latest injectables, to energy-based devices and more; there’s something for everyone at BFPS.

We always like our TSG members to share a fun fact about themselves that maybe people wouldn’t otherwise know, what would yours be? 

While working with Dr. Nassif in LA, I had the opportunity to film on the television show Botched! Through that opportunity, I took care of amazing patients and was able to be a part of some life changing results. 

Congratulations on your newborn baby girl who is merely 3.5 months old. Now juggling two children at home while also being a leading expert in the world of facial plastic surgery, how do you best find balance between the two worlds? 

Thank you! It has been an exciting first year at BFPS. 3.5 months ago, I welcomed my second daughter, Sarina. As a mom of two daughters (Nora and Sarina), it is important to me to show by example that women can achieve whatever they set their minds to. Balancing career and motherhood is definitely a challenge, but I try my best to give 100% of myself to my patients while I am at work and 100% of myself to my family at home.

In your past time, what are some of the things you enjoy doing most in Philadelphia and the Main Line? 

Before we moved to Los Angeles, my husband and I lived in Center City, Philadelphia for nine years. During that time, we loved to explore the city, eat out at our favorite restaurants, and spend time with friends. Now, I’m probably better qualified to recommend the best local playgrounds, but we still love to get out for a date night at one of the many amazing restaurants the city and Main Line have to offer. 

To that point, can you name a few of your favorite hot spots where you like to give a little extra local love? 

In Center City, some of our favorite restaurants are Barbuzzo, Vernick, Parc, Sampan (used to go for Happy Hour all the time), and Talula’s Garden. We’ve been slowly exploring the Main Line restaurant scene, since we’ve only lived here during the pandemic months, but we’ve loved Enoteca Tredici (which sadly closed), Nectar, Amis. We are regulars for ice cream at Handel’s and for water ice at Capri!

Here at The Scout Guide, we strive to always showcase small and local businesses in every category that are truly remarkable and unique to our communities.  We intentionally Scout Out business owners who not only bring value to our community through their profession, but also as a “local” living here on the Main Line and Philadelphia.  We are so proud to represent Bloom Facial Plastic Surgery, and owner Dr. Jason Bloom, along with Dr. Julie Shtraks as members of The Scout Guide. Congrats to all of you for your continued success!

To book a consultation appointment with Dr. Julie Shtraks contact Bloom Facial Plastic Surgery at: 610.762.5666.

Bloom Facial Plastic Surgery

Two Town Place, Suite 110

Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

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IG: @bloom.facial.plastics / @drjulieshtraks / @drjbloom

(Photos of Dr. Julie Shtraks provided by Bloom Facial Plastic Surgery and Dr. Shtraks. Photo of Bloom Facial Plastic Surgery office credited to Ian Campbell for TSG Main Line & Philadelphia.)