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Fernando Burstein MD, Facial Plastic Surgeon

There is a common misconception among people that plastic surgery procedures, particularly those designed to address some of the many signs of facial aging, are really only suitable for women.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  In fact, nearly 60% of the more than 200,000 cosmetic plastic surgery procedures performed on men in 2015 were specifically for the face and neck.  As people come to live healthier lifestyles, more men have sought out ways to look as young and healthy as they feel, and as stigmas around plastic surgery fade away more men have come to embrace the benefits of plastic surgery.  With Father’s Day just around the corner, we thought it might be fitting to put some of these old stereotypes to rest by going over the top five most popular facial plastic surgery procedures for men.

male cosmetic plastic surgery atlanta#5: Ear Surgery

Otoplasty, or ear surgery, is designed to reduce the appearance of protruding ears, usually caused by a missing fold of cartilage, or to correct the appearance of ears that have been misshapen by accidental trauma or disease.  Nearly 10,000 otoplasty procedures were performed in 2015 on male patients ranging from young children to adults, accounting for nearly 5% of all male plastic surgery procedures.

#4: Facelift Surgery

Nearly 12,000 (almost 6%) of the cosmetic plastic surgery procedures performed on men in 2015 were facelifts.  By removing excess, sagging skin, repositioning facial tissue, and re-tightening underlying facial muscles that have started to grow slack over the years, I can help give the face a more youthful look without over-tightening the skin or creating an obviously “worked on” appearance.  Subtlety and experience are the keys to achieving the most natural looking mini-facelift or facelift results.

#3: Facial Contouring

Facial contouring procedures include a variety of surgical techniques used to enhance or restore the symmetry of the face by augmenting or minimizing key facial features.  This can include anything from cheek implants to chin augmentation (genioplasty) surgery.  I have found that using natural materials like cartilage, bone, or fat taken from the patient’s own body allows me to safely and effectively achieve exceptionally natural-looking results.

#2: Eyelid Surgery

Nearly 30,000 men chose to undergo blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, procedures in 2015, which accounts for more than 14% of the total procedures performed.  Eyelid surgery removes excess fat and skin from the eyelids while tightening the tiny muscles around the eyes to improve the look of sagging eyebrows, under eye bags, and drooping eyelids, subtly rejuvenating the patient’s overall appearance.

#1: Nose Surgery

More than one fourth of all the cosmetic plastic surgery procedures performed on men in 2015 were rhinoplasties, otherwise known as nose surgery.  One of the reasons for the popularity of this procedure is its versatility.  Male rhinoplasty can correct breathing difficulties, reconstruct damage caused by trauma, or simply improve the balance of the facial features and overall facial aesthetics.

For more than twenty-five years as a board certified plastic surgeon and otolaryngologist, I have performed both cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery procedures on thousands of men, women, and even young children.  If you are interested in learning more about the plastic surgery procedures that I perform, I would welcome you to contact me, Dr. Fernando Burstein to schedule a consultation.  Don’t forget to connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest facial plastic surgery news.

Plastic surgery is constantly evolving, with new techniques being developed and advanced technological tools making even traditional procedures safer and more effective.  Among the most useful of these technological innovations is a process called laser skin resurfacing, which uses high intensity light energy to smoothly remove dead and damaged cells from the skin’s surface.  Laser skin resurfacing technology is extremely versatile, and although its use is not as widespread as that of the more traditional chemical peels, the number of laser resurfacing procedures performed in the U.S. has more than tripled since 2000, a rate of growth matched only by a handful of minimally-invasive cosmetic treatments.  However, despite its rapidly increasing popularity, many patients have questions about how this revolutionary process works and exactly what this remarkable tool can accomplish.  Here are answers to some of the most common questions that I am asked about laser skin resurfacing.

Frequently Asked Questions about Laser Skin ResurfacingExactly what can laser skin resurfacing treatments do?

One of the most valuable aspects of the laser resurfacing technology is its versatility.  The skin is a complicated organ, composed of multiple, specialized layers, and lasers of different strengths and frequencies can be used to selectively target the different layers of the skin.  Some lasers, like the advanced Sciton® Erbium laser that we use in my practice, work like a chemical peel, instantly vaporizing dead and damaged cells on the skin’s surface to reduce the appearance of pigment irregularities, acne scarring, and general wrinkling or to remove highly localized blemishes like sun damage, keratosis, and surgical scars.  Other, non-ablative, lasers can pass harmlessly through the skin’s outer layers to gently stimulate the deeper tissue’s natural healing and collagen production capabilities.  This can help alleviate skin sagging, or ptosis, and give the face a more youthful and revitalized look.

What is a good age to start thinking about laser skin resurfacing?

Because laser resurfacing can address so many different skin conditions, it is potentially suitable for use on men and women of all ages.  Depending on the specific laser used, this technology can help alleviate acne scarring in teenaged patients or minimize the appearance of long term sun damage and general facial wrinkles in middle aged to elderly patients.  Laser treatment is even utilized in the removal of certain forms of infant birth marks.  The different Sciton® lasers can be precisely calibrated to each patient’s specific skin type, so the procedure can be customized to accommodate a wide range of skin thicknesses and complexions.  However, it is important to note that skin resurfacing with a Sciton® Erbium laser can be quite invasive, and so I prefer to perform the procedure in an operating room rather than in an office in order to maximize my patients’ safety and comfort.

How much downtime is required after a laser skin resurfacing procedure?

Every patient is unique and skin can react to laser skin resurfacing in a wide variety of ways.  However, in most cases with the Sciton® laser, patients will feel as though they have experienced mild sunburn, with tenderness, redness, and swelling persisting for a few days to a couple of weeks, depending on the specific type of treatment.  Within five days to two weeks after resurfacing, the skin will become dry and start to peel.  While patients can return to work immediately, it is important to keep the skin clean, well moisturized, and protected from ultraviolet light while it is healing.  I often perform laser skin resurfacing as part of a larger cosmetic plastic surgery procedure, like eyelid surgery or a full facelift, to create an even skin tone and minimize the appearance of post-surgical scars, and so recovery from both procedures occurs simultaneously.

If you are interested in learning more about how any of the facial plastic surgery procedures that I perform may be able to help you, please contact me, Dr. Fernando Burstein.  Atlanta Plastic Surgery, P.C. provides a variety of options for financing, including Care Credit®, in order to assist you.  Don’t forget to connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest facial plastic surgery news.


Interesting Facts about Your Ears

May 12th, 2016 | Posted by drburstein_marketing in Blog | Ear Surgery | Frequently Asked Questions - (Comments Off on Interesting Facts about Your Ears)

One thing that always fascinates me about the face is its complexity.  Although we tend to think of it as a single, unified area of the body, it is actually an extremely complex combination of different elements, including muscles, organs, bones, and cartilage, that all work together and complement one another.  That is one of the many reasons why it has always been my philosophy of facial aging that small changes to specific facial features made gradually over time can achieve the most effective and natural looking facial plastic surgery results.  One of the elements of the face that often goes ignored is the humble ear.  Few realize that the size, shape and placement of the ears are vital not only for overall facial aesthetics, but also for several vital anatomical functions.  Here are some fascinating things to consider about these often-overlooked features of facial architecture.

ear surgery The outer portion of the ear, which is called the pinna or auricle, is made up almost exclusively of skin stretched tight over a flexible cartilage framework.  The unusually scalloped shape of the pinna is extremely important, as it collects, amplifies, and guides sound waves down the ear canal so that they cause the eardrum to vibrate.  Moreover, the twists and folds of the outer ear specifically enhance sounds with a pitch that is typical for a human voice, leaving other pitches unaffected.  This has the effect of dampening background noise and helping the brain to focus on what we consider to be most important.  Finally, the projection and location of the ears also play important roles in helping us to determine where sound is coming from.  Sounds coming from the front or sides of the head are amplified, and sounds from the back are slightly muted.  These tiny differences in volume, combined with minute variations in the time a specific sound reaches each of the two ears, allows us to deduce the location of the source of the sound.

The intricate and highly specialized shape of the pinna can potentially make any plastic surgery intended to change the appearance of the ears, or cosmetic otoplasty, very difficult.  Whether a problem with the formation of the ear’s folds during fetal development causes the ears to protrude unnaturally far from the head, or the outer ears are damaged by repeated blunt trauma, as is the case with cauliflower ear, correcting the ear’s appearance requires a great deal of care and experience in order to preserve the outer ear’s functionality.  As a board certified plastic surgeon and otolaryngologist (head and neck surgeon) I have written several professional articles on ear surgery and performed thousands of otoplasty procedures on both children and adults over the years.  That experience and attention to detail has allowed me to consistently achieve extremely natural looking ear surgery results.

Whether you are an adult or a child, appearance can make a difference.  However it is important to carefully balance aesthetics with functionality in order to ensure long-term satisfaction with your plastic surgery results.  If you have any questions about cosmetic or reconstructive ear surgery or about any of the other facial plastic surgery procedures that I perform, please feel free to contact me, Dr. Fernando Burstein, to schedule an appointment for a full consultation so that we can discuss your particular needs.  Don’t forget to connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest facial plastic surgery news.

Eyelid Surgery Ideal for Subtle Facial Rejuvenation

May 2nd, 2016 | Posted by drburstein_marketing in Blog | Eye Rejuvenation | Frequently Asked Questions - (Comments Off on Eyelid Surgery Ideal for Subtle Facial Rejuvenation)

During the more than twenty-five years that I have been a board-certified plastic surgeon in Atlanta, I have seen trends in plastic surgery change a great deal.  Decades ago, celebrity facial plastic surgeons developed signature looks that were clearly identifiable, and their patients proudly flaunted those looks as a sign of wealth and privilege.  Today however, even though cosmetic plastic surgery procedures have become increasingly popular and accessible, patients are usually more concerned with achieving a natural-looking, nearly undetectable result.  They come to me wanting to look more youthful, refreshed, or rejuvenated, but want to avoid a “wind-blown” or “worked-on” appearance.  In my experience, this is best achieved by using techniques that are less extensive and more highly-focused to make minor alterations that are noticeable but extremely subtle.  One of the most effective techniques for achieving this purpose is a blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, for a number of very specific reasons.

eyelid surgery atlanta gaProminent Location for Maximum Visibility

The eyes are the focus of the vast majority of our social interactions, and so the signs of facial aging that affect the area around the eyes are often the first that become obviously noticeable.  A blepharoplasty removes the excess fat and skin from the eyelids while tightening the tiny underlying muscles, improving the appearance of the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both, as needed by the individual patient.  This alleviates the hooding and puffiness that can make the eyes appear tired, sleepy, or sad.  Since the eyes are such an important focal point of the face, even tiny changes in this area can make a big difference.

Minimal, Nearly Invisible Scarring

All surgery causes scars, but because only minute amounts of skin and fat are being removed from the eyelids, the tiny incisions required for an upper blepharoplasty can be easily concealed in the natural folds of the eyelid.  Moreover, using an advanced transconjunctival blepharoplasty technique, I can make the incisions for a lower blepharoplasty inside the lower lid itself, making them even less conspicuous.  Minimizing post-surgical scarring is a vital part of achieving the most natural looking eyelid surgery results.

Universally Useful for Both Men and Women

Drooping, sagging eyelids are a common result of the loss of elasticity as the facial skin grows older.  While this can be troubling for anyone, many men in particular complain that this makes them appear tired, angry, or unapproachable, impairing both their social and professional interactions.  This is one of the reasons why blepharoplasty is actually second only to nose surgery among the most popular facial plastic surgery procedures for men.

Significantly Shorter Recovery Time

We live in a fast paced, busy world and many patients cannot afford to take an extended amount of time off to recover from cosmetic plastic surgery.  Eyelid surgery generally only takes from one and a half to two hours and patients can usually go home that same day.  Although every patient is different and individual healing rates can vary significantly, recovery after a blepharoplasty generally requires less time than any of the more extensive facial plastic surgery procedures.

If you have any questions about eyelid surgery or any of the other facial plastic surgery procedures that I perform and would like to schedule a consultation to discuss your particular needs, I would welcome you to contact my office for additional information.  Don’t forget to connect with me, Dr. Fernando Burstein, on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest facial plastic surgery news.

Three Reasons to Undergo Nose Surgery

April 22nd, 2016 | Posted by drburstein_marketing in Blog | Plastic Surgery news | Rhinoplasty (Nose Surgery) - (Comments Off on Three Reasons to Undergo Nose Surgery)

As both a board-certified plastic surgeon and otolaryngologist (head and neck surgeon) with more than twenty-five years of experience, one of my particular specialties is rhinoplasty, or nose surgery.  Over the years, I have performed more than 5,000 of these popular and extremely versatile plastic surgery procedures on both men and women, and have written numerous articles on the subject for textbooks and medical journals.  Rhinoplasty procedures can accomplish a great deal, and every patient has their own unique reasons for undergoing one.  Those reasons generally fall into one of three basic categories.

Three Reasons to Undergo Nose SurgeryThe Nose Requires Repair for Medical Reasons

One of the most common reasons that men and women seek out rhinoplasty is to correct breathing difficulties.  When the central cartilage of the nose, or the nasal septum, is not perfectly aligned and instead deviates to either one side or the other, patients can often experience trouble breathing and sometimes even an increased incidence of sinusitis or sinus infections.  It is estimated that more than eighty percent of people have some degree of deviated septum, but these can be corrected with a form of rhinoplasty called a septoplasty.

The Nose Has Been Damaged by Accident or Trauma

While many people are born with a deviated septum or other nasal malformations, these conditions may also frequently be caused by an accident or trauma to the nose that shifts the internal bones and cartilage.  In fact, given the prominent position of the nose on the face, nasal deformity caused by accident or trauma is actually quite common.  Moreover, if these injuries occur at a young age they may not become fully apparent until the nose has completed its development.  Performing rhinoplasty on adolescent patients can be difficult given the changes that occur in the nose as we age, but can be accomplished by a plastic surgeon experienced in performing rhinoplasty procedures with extensive knowledge of facial anatomy.

The Nose Needs to Be Altered for Cosmetic Reasons

Finally, many women and men are simply unsatisfied with their nose’s appearance.  Whether they want to remove a bump on the bridge of the nose, lengthen or shorten the bridge, or narrow the base of the nostrils, cosmetic rhinoplasty procedures can often improve the overall appearance of the nose by bringing it into proportion with other facial features.  I also frequently perform revision rhinoplasty procedures to improve the appearance and/or functionality of a nose after a previous rhinoplasty procedure by another doctor was unsuccessful in achieving satisfactory results.

Regardless of the particular reason for a rhinoplasty procedure, it has always been my philosophy that combining small, subtle changes is the best way to balance and refine the facial structure into an aesthetically unified whole.  That is why I sometimes combine nasal surgery with other cosmetic procedures, like chin augmentation surgery or even a blepharoplasty, in order to achieve the best possible plastic surgery results.  If you are interested in rhinoplasty, or in any of the other facial plastic surgery procedures that I perform, please contact me, Dr. Fernando Burstein, at my office to schedule a consultation so that we may discuss your particular needs.  Don’t forget to connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest facial plastic surgery news.