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Facelifts: What You Should Consider

March 31st, 2014 | Posted by drburstein_marketing in Blog | Face Lift - (Comments Off)

Wrinkles, dark spots, sun exposure, smoking and other lifestyle factors can make us look older than we actually are and begin to appear as early as our 30s or 40s.  As our skin loses collagen and becomes lax, sagging skin, fine lines and deep creases can leave the face looking perpetually tired.  Double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Fernando Burstein offers a variety of facial plastic surgery procedures to target inevitable signs of aging, including the most popular facial anti-aging procedure, facelift surgery (rhytidectomy).  Just as with any elective surgery, when deciding to have a facelift there are important questions that you should personally address.  Below, Dr. Burstein touches on notable considerations you should think about before your facial rejuvenation procedure:

Facial Plastic Surgery AtlantaWhat are my goals?  Your main objective should be a youthful looking appearance without over-tightening the skin.  Having a wind-blown look after a facelift is not going to have a person guessing your age but rather the name of the surgeon they should avoid.  You should want your facelift results to look like a naturally rejuvenated version of yourself.

What type of facelift is best?  Depending on your areas of concern, Dr. Burstein can address the entire face with a full facelift or with a “mini” facelift to address specific concerns on the mid, upper and lower sections of the face.  During surgery, excess skin is removed, underlying fat is repositioned and muscular attachments and skin are tightened.  As the name suggests, mid facelifts focus on the middle portion of the face, specifically the areas between the corners of the eyes, under the eyes, down to the corners of the mouth.  An upper facelift involves eliminating wrinkles on the forehead, in between the eyebrows and around the eyes.  Lower facelift addresses the lower third of the face including jowls and excess skin and fat on the neck area.  Dr. Burstein also combines autologous fat injections with facelift for added rejuvenation.  By using fat from a predetermined donor area and transferring it to areas of lost volume such as the cheeks, nasolabial folds and under the eyes, Dr. Burstein is able to enhance your natural results while providing additional lift.

What downtime and results can I expect?  Generally most traditional facelift patients are back to their regular routines within 14 days, while mini facelift patients can expect less downtime time due to the less invasive nature of the procedure.  Facelifts can give you a new, youthful appearance but it cannot fully stop the aging process.  While they do provide long-lasting results, facelift results should be combined with preventative non-surgical and cosmetic treatments if you want to prolong your rejuvenated look.  Dr. Burstein offers cosmetic injectables and facial fillers, laser skin resurfacing and chemical peels to help maintain your facelift results.

Combining your goals with the expertise of a surgeon that has a complete understanding of the intricacies of the face is key for producing the best results for your facelift.  If you are interested in facelift surgery or other cosmetic procedures Dr. Burstein performs, please contact us today to schedule a consultation. Also be sure to connect with Dr. Burstein on FacebookTwitter, and Google+ for the latest facial plastic surgery news.

Spotlight Before    Spotlight After

For parents, having a first child can be both a thrilling and frightening experience.  Just ask Dr. Fernando Burstein’s patient Alexis.  At 20 weeks Alexis was placed on bed rest for a hi-risk pregnancy and due to complications during labor, gave birth to her son Ilan by cesarean section at 38 weeks.  Within the first days of Ilan’s arrival, Alexis noticed that his head seemed contorted to one side but was assured that any trauma to his head during delivery would sort itself out over time.  It wasn’t until a follow-up pediatrician-specialist appointment that Ilan’s neck and spine irregularities were acknowledged, confirming Alexis’s suspicions.

At eight weeks old, Ilan began weekly physical therapy as preventative treatment before a surgical route would be considered; but by 15 months, Alexis wasn’t seeing much progress in Ilan’s tilt or balance despite physical therapy treatment.  At the recommendation of a Florida specialist, Ilan was given his first Botox® treatment to help relax the muscle in his neck.  The Botox® offered only temporary relief for Ilan and would need to be repeated to offer consistent, yet still temporary, results.  As much as Ilan’s parents wanted to avoid surgery, she didn’t want Ilan to just have a temporary fix but experience a happy, energetic childhood.  Living in Florida, there were few specialists for Alexis and her husband to entrust caring for Ilan and after a recommendation and extensive research, led them to choose Dr. Burstein.

“A second pediatrician we consulted confirmed that Ilan was indeed a good candidate for torticollis surgery and recommended I consult with Dr. Burstein who had performed a similar procedure for the physician’s child years ago,” recalls Alexis.  “I read about Dr. Burstein online through blogs and social media.  I felt that even though he was out of state, this was the route we needed to go because he performed the least invasive procedure and had impressive results.”

It wasn’t until two days before surgery at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta that Ilan and his family met Dr. Burstein, as much of their communication prior had been through phone conferences and email.  “Overall it was an amazing experience and I would highly recommend Dr. Burstein,” added Alexis.  “As a parent you have to be your child’s advocate by pushing to know answers and it’s never too early to pursue aggressive treatment.  There isn’t a surgeon around like Dr. Burstein – one who cares about his patients – and it was the simple things, like giving updates throughout Ilan’s surgery, that made a world of difference for helping make us comfortable as parents.”

Since having endoscopic torticollis release surgery in January 2014, just three weeks shy of his second birthday, Ilan is recovering extraordinarily well.   According to Alexis, before his surgery, Ilan would have never attempted to climb on a playground due to his limited mobility.  Since his surgery, Ilan now finds great enjoyment at the playground and is a constant inspiration for Alexis, who admits to watching in awe as she witnesses Ilan’s many improvements.  Not only is Ilan close to being released from physical therapy but he is enjoying life as an energetic two year old with each new day.

For more information on muscular torticollis or other reconstructive procedures Dr. Burstein offers, contact our office today.  Also, be sure to follow Dr. Burstein on FacebookTwitter, and Google+ for the latest plastic surgery news.

Each year, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) releases statistics showing the latest trends among popular cosmetic surgery procedures in the United States.  In recently released statistics, ASPS reported 15,116,353 surgical and non-surgical procedures were performed in 2013; a 3% increase from the previous year.  Of the top five reported procedures, three included facial cosmetic surgery procedures: rhinoplasty, blepharoplasty and rhytidectomy.  Double board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Fernando Burstein has over 25 years specializing in facial plastic surgery and discusses the top facial cosmetic surgery procedures of 2013.

american society of plastic surgeonsRhinoplasty (nose surgery): Rhinoplasty is a popular cosmetic and reconstructive procedure among men and women of all ages for both aesthetic and functional reasons.  The nose’s contours are inherently intricate and require a highly-skilled surgeon that truly understands the face.  Dr. Burstein reshapes the nose, whether by addressing the length of the bridge, reducing the size of a hump, narrowing the nostrils or defining the tip, to better complement each patient’s facial features.  With over 221,000 reported procedures performed last year, rhinoplasty helps to improve the appearance by reshaping a patient’s nose and can be a vital part of a larger treatment plan to produce a more aesthetically pleasing appearance.

Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery): The eyes can often be the most prominent feature noticed on a person’s face and a tell-tale indicator of inherent signs of aging.  As we mature, skin and muscles in the eyes become lax as we lose elasticity.  Dr. Burstein performs blepharoplasty to eliminate common signs of aging and produce a youthful, more rested appearance by improving under-eye bags, sagging eyelids, fat deposits and excess skin which contribute to a fatigued appearance.  This procedure specifically addresses the upper and lower eyelids and can be performed simultaneously to help patients achieve optimal facial rejuvenation.

Rhytidectomy (facelift surgery): While minimally-invasive facial rejuvenation procedures such as facial fillers and cosmetic injectables are popular among patients wishing to address wrinkles, fine lines and deep creases, facelift surgery continues to increase in popularity with over 133,300 procedures performed last year.  Dr. Burstein performs facelift surgery for patients who have sagging skin, loose muscle and moderate to severe wrinkling.  By removing excess tissue and tightening the underlying skin and muscle, Dr. Burstein skillfully performs facelifts to sculpt the face into a more natural, youthful result, without overly-exaggerated differences, and provides complete rejuvenation with longer-lasting results than other popular non-surgical procedures.

If you’re considering a facelift or another surgical or non-surgical facial rejuvenation procedure with Dr. Burstein, contact us today to schedule a consultation.  Be sure to connect with us on FacebookTwitter, and Google+ if you haven’t already for the latest plastic surgery news and updates.

According to a recent study published in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery, corrective nasal surgery has been proven safe for patients prior to full adolescence. Double board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Fernando Burstein has performed reconstructive rhinoplasty on different patients of various ages, nasal structures, and conditions for over 25 years. Nose surgery can resolve congenital disorders such as a cleft lip/palate or deviated septum or trauma to the nose that require surgery for improved nasal function and appearance.

rhinoplastyThe study investigated patients in their teens who sought rhinoplasty for nasal obstruction and deformity. Congenital disorders can affect patients’ ability to breathe as well as aesthetic appearance. Cleft lip and palate deformities affect the nose since cartilage is displaced in the separation of the lip and/or palate (roof of the mouth). A deviated septum, or when the nose’s interior wall is misaligned, can be a congenital defect or a result from trauma. A deviated septum affects breathing and can cause congestion in patients. Another skin condition, rhinophyma, develops in severe cases of rosacea that causes the nose to swell and enlarge which can constrict nasal airways. For the best results, Dr. Burstein uses specific techniques to improve breathing and restore the nose’s appearance as many congenital disorders can affect its original appearance.

Another common reason for younger patients to seek reconstructive nose surgery is repairing injury caused by trauma that alters nasal bone and cartilage structure. Nasal fractures are breaks or cracks in the bone over the bridge of the nose. Sometimes trauma may also cause cartilage to shift or scarring to form on the nasal septum. Dr. Burstein carefully realigns affected bones and/or cartilage to restore an open nasal passage and create a more aesthetically pleasing appearance.

Rhinoplasty, especially reconstructive rhinoplasty for younger patients, is a difficult and complex procedure so it is important to find a highly skilled and experienced board certified plastic surgeon that specializes in facial procedures. It is vital to preserve normal nasal structures and correct any functional issues during rhinoplasty. If you are interested in rhinoplasty or other facial procedures, please contact us today to schedule your consultation. Follow Dr. Burstein on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest updates on facial plastic surgery.

Botox® Cosmetic and facial fillers have remained the top two non-surgical cosmetic procedures performed in the U.S. according to the latest statistics by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). These minimally invasive rejuvenation treatments can be performed in-office with a few, quick injections that provide long-lasting results with little to no downtime. With many FDA approved cosmetic injectables available today, Dr. Fernando Burstein and his Nurse Practitioner Debi Cooper, NP-C offer their patients a variety of injectables to address the signs of aging.

facial plastic surgery atlanta ga (Medium)Facial fillers like Restylane®, Perlane®, and Juvéderm® consist of hyaluronic acid, a naturally-occuring substance found in the body that provides volume and support for tissue. These products are often used to fill in wrinkles and restore lost volume in areas like the cheeks and lips. Perlane® in particular can address deeper, more prominent wrinkles and folds in facial skin. Cosmetic injectables such as Botox® and Dysport® are made with a purified form of botulinum toxin A that relaxes muscles in the forehead and between the eyes. By relaxing facial muscles, wrinkles are smoothed and prevented from further wrinkling.

Many patients choose injectables because they can be customized to address their unique facial structure and skin concerns. Botox® and Dysport® can be combined with dermal fillers like Juvéderm® and Restylane® because they each address a different area of the face. For example, Dr. Burstein and Debi can create a treatment plan for a patient concerned with crow’s feet and nasolabial folds as well as a patient who wants to address thinning skin around the lips and lost cheek volume. Patients also benefit from very little to no downtime and subtle, long-lasting rejuvenation.

Even if you’re just noticing signs of aging and seeking a less invasive treatment, contact our office to learn more about our facial plastic surgery procedures. Be sure to connect with Dr. Burstein on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest plastic surgery news and office specials.