Whitney Saia is a native of Nashville, Tennessee and works as a Nurse Practitioner in the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery department at Stanford. Whitney completed her Master of Science in Nursing degree at Tennessee State University and developed her aesthetic training at NYU in New York City. In her current role, she supports several plastic surgeons in managing the outpatient care for cosmetic and reconstructive procedures, with the goal of providing a humanistic approach to recovery.
In addition to her role as part of the surgical team, Whitney leads an autonomous cosmetic clinic providing aesthetic injectables and facial rejuvenating treatments. Her passion for continuing education in the medical aesthetic space has driven her career toward new cosmetic trends, anti-aging treatments, skin care and post-operative plastic surgery care. She is a member of the International Society of Plastic and Aesthetic Nurses (ISPAN) and received her Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist certification from the Plastic Surgical Nursing Certification Board (PSNCB). Whitney has lectured at numerous national plastic surgery conferences and assists with cosmetic trainings for Stanford residents. She believes in a natural approach to rejuvenation and prides herself on making her patients feel comfortable and relaxed when seeking cosmetic treatments.

Clinical Focus

  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Plastic Surgery

Honors & Awards

  • 2019 PSNF Career Development Award, Plastic Surgical Nurses Foundation (2019)

Professional Education

  • CANS, Plastic Surgical Nursing Certification Board, Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist (2017)
  • Board Certification: American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Nurse Practitioner (2015)
  • MSN, Tennessee State University, Nursing (2015)
  • BSN, Belmont University, Nursing (2011)

All Publications

  • Continued Barriers to Top Surgery among Transgender Men PLASTIC AND RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY Nolan, I. T., Poudrier, G., Motosko, C. C., Cook, T. E., Saia, W., Gothard, M., Hazen, A. 2020; 145 (2): 464E-465E

    View details for DOI 10.1097/PRS.0000000000006487

    View details for Web of Science ID 000528567100070

    View details for PubMedID 31985692

  • Platelet rich plasma for photodamaged skin: A pilot study JOURNAL OF COSMETIC DERMATOLOGY Lee, Z., Sinno, S., Poudrier, G., Motosko, C. C., Chiodo, M., Saia, W., Gothard, D., Thomson, J. E., Hazen, A. 2019; 18 (1): 77-83


    Despite increasing popularity of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) in treating aging facial skin, the quality of evidence supporting its use is poor due to the lack of consistent methods of its preparation and application.This study was conducted to assess treatment efficacy and patient satisfaction with a single PRP treatment prepared with a simplified preparation and application technique.Four millilitre of PRP were injected into 6 standardized points on each side of the face. Outcomes were assessed by independent physician evaluation of pretreatment and posttreatment photographs using the Wrinkle Severity Rating Scale (WSRS) and Global Aesthetic Improvement Scale (GAIS). In addition, patient-reported outcomes were evaluated using the FACE-Q.Thirty-one participants ranging from 27 to 71 years of age (median, 38; IQR 32-58) were recruited for this study. Posttreatment WSRS scores improved in only 1 patient; the GAIS scores of 14 patients indicated aesthetic improvement. Analysis of FACE-Q scores revealed statistically significant increases in participant satisfaction with overall facial appearance and cheeks. The most frequently reported adverse effects were tenderness (23.4%; 7 of 31), facial tightness (20.0%; 6 of 31), and swelling (20.0%; 6 of 31).A simple method of PRP preparation offers modest benefit in treating the effects of skin aging and photodamage. Future research studies should alter our methods using a stepwise approach to optimize the treatment of aging facial skin with PRP.

    View details for DOI 10.1111/jocd.12676

    View details for Web of Science ID 000457464700012

    View details for PubMedID 29855132

  • Modified Nipple Flap with Free Areolar Graft for Component Nipple-Areola Complex Construction: Outcomes with a Novel Technique for Chest Wall Reconstruction in Transgender Men PLASTIC AND RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY Frey, J. D., Yu, J. Z., Poudrier, G., Motosko, C. C., Saia, W. V., Wilson, S. C., Hazen, A. 2018; 142 (2): 331-336


    A primary goal in chest wall reconstruction ("top surgery") for trans men is achieving a symmetric, aesthetically pleasing position of the reconstructed male nipple-areola complex.The senior author's (A.H.) technique for component nipple-areola complex creation in chest wall reconstruction for trans men with a modified skate flap and free areolar graft, in conjunction with double-incision mastectomy, is described. A retrospective analysis of 50 consecutive patients who underwent primary, bilateral chest wall reconstruction with this technique was undertaken for the period of March of 2015 to October of 2016.The average patient age was 30.64 years, and the average body mass index was 28.54 kg/m. Eighty-two percent of the sample received preoperative testosterone therapy, and average operative time was 2 hours 59 minutes. Average overall mastectomy specimen weight was 627.80 g, average length of hospital stay was 0.96 days, and average follow-up duration was 19.02 months. Complications occurred in five patients (10 percent), including seroma (4 percent), cellulitis (2 percent), hematoma (2 percent), and suture granuloma (2 percent). Only five patients (10 percent) underwent postoperative revision to adjust nipple-areola complex size, projection, or symmetry. Twenty-eight patients (56 percent) underwent secondary revisions, including scar revisions (56 percent), liposuction (12 percent), and fat grafting (2 percent).The use of a modified nipple flap and free areola graft in transgender chest wall reconstruction for trans men allows for flexible, component construction of the male nipple-areola complex in a safe and effective manner.Therapeutic, IV.

    View details for DOI 10.1097/PRS.0000000000004551

    View details for Web of Science ID 000439943900035

    View details for PubMedID 29794642

  • Transgender Top Surgery & the hybrid nipple flap: A retrospective review of data on surgical outcomes and patient-reported satisfaction at NYU Langone Medical Center, Hansjörg Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery EPATH Conference Poster Presentation Saia, W. 2017