Fernando D. Burstein, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.A.P.
Facial Plastic Surgeon in Atlanta, GA
Board Certified in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Board Certified in Otolaryngology (head & neck) Surgery
Director of the Center of Craniofacial Disorders for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA)
Atlanta facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Fernando Burstein has been practicing facial cosmetic and reconstructive surgery for over 25 years. As a practicing partner at Atlanta Plastic Surgery, P.C. since 1989, he prides himself on providing exceptional patient care while providing natural-looking results. Performing the latest techniques in cosmetic procedures like rhinoplasty, face lift, blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), and more, Dr. Burstein enjoys providing his patients excellent cosmetic and reconstructive surgery results with the most advanced plastic and reconstructive surgery techniques at his Atlanta, GA office locations. He stays up-to-date on the latest technology as well, like Ultherapy® and Sciton® Erbium laser treatments.
Specializing in cosmetic surgery of the face, Dr. Burstein’s approach is unique in that he uses a patient’s own tissue, bone, and fat rather than implants when at all possible to minimize the risk of surgical complications while maximizing the naturalness of his plastic surgery results. His knowledge of the facial profile and ability to produce subtle results are his trademarks. One of the nation’s leading facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons, Dr. Burstein has been named a Top Doc in Atlanta nine times and given nationwide recognition on numerous occasions. Alongside Certified Nurse Practitioner Debra (Debi) Cooper, Imaging Assistant Michelle Coppenger, and Administrative Assistants Lisa Merlino and Veronica Flores, Dr. Burstein works diligently to help patients reach their cosmetic goals.
Read on for more information about Dr. Fernando Burstein’s philosophy on facial aging. Click below to learn more about the individual cosmetic, reconstructive, and pediatric procedures he performs.
The driving force behind my practice is my belief that facial aging, while inevitable, can be managed through the gradual and skillful application of a combination of non-surgical and surgical cosmetic treatments. I have found that optimal outcomes can be most frequently achieved when patients begin treatment plans earlier in the aging process, and undergo more comprehensive, surgical procedures only as they become necessary later in life. No two faces age in exactly the same way, and so my primary goal is always to evaluate each patient’s facial structure and specific features during the varying stages of aging and then to combine the most beneficial treatments to address pre-existing and current concerns head-on, while minimizing the need for more aggressive treatments in the future.
When developing any facial rejuvenation plan, there are certain basic components to facial aging that must be considered: skin damage, laxity, and loss of volume. Changes in the skin’s texture and color are usually the result of long-term damage and deterioration caused by environmental factors such as sun-exposure or cigarette smoking. More significantly, the muscles and skin of the face can lose their natural elasticity and volume over time, making the skin lax and causing it to droop and sag. In addition to the traditional surgical options available, there are several less invasive techniques, including facial fillers, which smooth out fine lines and wrinkles by restoring volume, and the Ultherapy® skin tightening system, which can lift and tighten loose skin while stimulating collagen production to tone lax muscle.
At my Atlanta plastic surgery practice, there is no such thing as a “typical treatment.” By carefully considering the factors of each patient’s history and lifestyle, I am able to address all of the components of facial aging with a long term, graduated approach. For example, patients who begin their facial rejuvenation treatment plan in their twenties or early thirties may start with subtle, non-surgical treatment options, such as anti-aging skin care products, facial fillers, ultrasonic skin tightening, or Botox®. Depending on the degree of wrinkling, skin laxity, or fatty deposits, we may later move on to selective minor surgical procedures such as facial liposuction or skin resurfacing. Even these minimally invasive procedures can help keep a patient looking fresh, young, and vital well into their forties, however, depending on how a patient ages, more extensive procedures may be appropriate to maintain a revitalized but natural appearance into a patient’s sixties and beyond. Understanding these components, both individually and together, makes the effective management of the aging process possible.