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Fernando Burstein MD, Facial Plastic Surgeon

Spotlight Patient Revisited: Donna (Part Two)

June 20th, 2016 | Posted by drburstein_marketing in Blog | Spotlight Patients - (Comments Off on Spotlight Patient Revisited: Donna (Part Two))

It is easy to get excited about all of the amazing things that can be accomplished with facial plastic surgery.  More often than not, patients come to see me with a variety of areas they would like to address, and they are eager to jump in right away so they can start to see changes immediately.  Unfortunately, that is not the way it works.  Only very rarely can cosmetic plastic surgery procedures provide overnight improvement, and it is important for patients to understand, before undergoing any procedure, what sort of recovery process they can expect.  I strongly believe that patients should always be given as much information as possible about every aspect of their procedure, because even though recovering after a plastic surgery procedure, particularly one that is as comprehensive as a full facelift, can be uncomfortable for some, patients almost always think that the discomfort was worthwhile when they see the final plastic surgery results.

Just ask Donna, our February 2016 Video Spotlight Patient.  As a professional film maker, videographer, and former TV news anchor, Donna had worked with me numerous times over the years, documenting some of the cases of my previous spotlight patients.  When she began to notice some of the early signs of aging in her own face, I was honored that she came to me for a personal consultation.  Together we decided that Donna could benefit from a full facelift combined with a blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, to remove the excess, sagging skin that was causing wrinkles and making her look older than she felt. Because Donna has a thinner face, I would complete the procedure by using fat transfer techniques to restore lost facial volume and a 15% TCA chemical peel to help rejuvenate the appearance of the skin and stimulate collagen production.  More importantly, Donna decided that she would document her entire recovery in pictures and video in order to help me give my patients a true, behind-the-scenes glimpse of just what happens while one is recovering from facial plastic surgery.  You can see the results we accomplished here:

Every patient is unique, and an individual’s plastic surgery recovery time and experience will undoubtedly vary considerably depending upon the specific procedures performed and the specific idiosyncrasies of the patient’s own physiology.  However, the videos of Donna’s recovery provide valuable insights for patients considering any plastic surgery procedure.  If you are interested in learning more about some of the many different facial plastic surgery procedures that I perform, or if you would like to see other videos that Donna produced spotlighting my patients, you can see more on my YouTube channel.  Don’t forget to connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest facial plastic surgery news and updates.

Honored to be named an Atlanta “Top Doc” for the Eighth Consecutive Year

June 14th, 2016 | Posted by drburstein_marketing in Blog | Frequently Asked Questions | Plastic Surgery news | What's happening with Dr. Burstein - (Comments Off on Honored to be named an Atlanta “Top Doc” for the Eighth Consecutive Year)

Top Atlanta Facial Plastic SurgeonPlastic surgery can be an intensely personal and even emotionally taxing experience.  Often, a patient may struggle with the decision to undergo a particular cosmetic or reconstructive procedure for months or even years before finally deciding to move forward.  Particularly when dealing with the face, the part of the body most tied to identity and personality, patients can be, quite rightly, apprehensive about any changes that might need to be made.  That is why I believe a vitally important part of a plastic surgeon’s job is to make an emotional connection with his or her patients, and why I value the relationships that I have built with the men, women, and children that have come to see me over the years so highly.  It is also one of the reasons why I am so honored to have been named as one of Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors in the field of plastic surgery again this year.

Each year, Atlanta Magazine publishes a roster of the doctors “to whom physicians would send their own families” as a way to help readers find the very best health care providers available.  This list, which is compiled by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., an organization founded in 1991 to help guide consumers to the highest quality healthcare, uses extensive peer nominations and a rigorous screening process led by a physician research team to identify the nation’s best doctors in fifty-eight different specialties.  Hundreds of thousands of licensed physicians from across the country nominate and vote for those doctors who not only excel in academic medicine and research, but who also exhibit exceptional patient care, creating a list of “Top Doctors” on both the national and regional levels.  Castle Connolly’s emphasis on both the evaluations of experienced medical professionals and the testimonials of actual patients is, in my opinion, what makes their recognition such a privilege.

This year marks the eighth consecutive year that I have been honored as an Atlanta “Top Doc,” and the twelfth since 1999.  In the more than twenty-five years that I have been board certified in both plastic surgery and otolaryngology (head and neck surgery), I have always made it my goal to use my skill, experience, and knowledge of facial anatomy to produce subtle and natural-looking plastic surgery results for all of my patients.  I consider this recognition a testament to the enduring support of my exceptional medical staff and to the inspiration that I draw from all of my patients every day.  But most of all this recognition really highlights what I am most proud of, my long-standing commitment to my patients in Atlanta and beyond.  If you are interested in learning more about any of the facial plastic surgery procedures that I perform or if you would like to schedule a consultation to discuss your particular needs, please contact our office for additional information.

About Dr. Fernando D. Burstein, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.A.P.

Dr. Fernando Burstein is a well-respected Atlanta facial plastic surgeon with board certifications in both plastic and reconstructive surgery and otolaryngology (head and neck surgery.)  With nearly thirty years of experience specializing in cosmetic and reconstructive facial plastic surgery procedures, Dr. Burstein has served as both the chief of plastic and reconstructive surgery and the director of the Center of Craniofacial Disorders at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta as well as a clinical professor of plastic and reconstructive surgery at Emory University.  He has authored and published more than 100 articles and book chapters on facial plastic and reconstructive surgery and has been honored as one of Atlanta Magazine’s Top Doctors, a peer-nominated award in the field of plastic surgery, for the past eight consecutive years.

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.

Facial Plastic Surgery Procedures Achieve Longer-Lasting Results

January 29th, 2016 | Posted by drburstein_marketing in Blog | Face Lift Surgery | Facial injectables | Plastic Surgery news - (Comments Off on Facial Plastic Surgery Procedures Achieve Longer-Lasting Results)

Non-surgical facial rejuvenation techniques are more popular than ever.  Since 2000, the number of Botox®-related cosmetic facial procedures performed in the United States increased by nearly 750%.  Similarly, the numbers of soft tissue filler and laser skin resurfacing treatments have each more than tripled over the same period.  Altogether, these minimally-invasive techniques accounted for more than 60% of the cosmetic plastic surgery procedures performed in the United States in 2014.  But despite the popularity of these versatile procedures, many patients have found that they can achieve much more substantial and long-lasting results by combining them with more traditional plastic surgery techniques.  Advancements in surgical technology and technique allow for modern plastic surgery procedures to be tailored specifically to the needs of the individual patient, allowing them to achieve exceptionally natural-looking results with significantly reduced recovery time and cost.

non surgical facial rejuvenation atlanta ga - dr fernando bursteinIn the more than twenty-five years that I have been a practicing facial plastic surgeon in Atlanta, I have come to believe that patients should begin their treatment plans earlier in the aging process, and only undergo more comprehensive, surgical procedures as they become necessary later in life.  It is my facial rejuvenation philosophy that this graduated approach, focusing on each patient’s specific areas of concern, is the best way to address the traditional signs of facial aging and keep the patient looking younger, longer.  Early in the process, particularly when patients are in their early thirties, non-surgical facial rejuvenation procedures are usually enough.  Laser skin resurfacing treatments can help treat skin that has been damaged by excessive sun exposure, and injections of Botox® or facial fillers like Juvéderm® can alleviate the appearance of tiny expression lines early, preventing them from deepening to form more substantial facial wrinkles later on.  As the years go by, however, the tissues and muscles that support facial architecture naturally begin to weaken, potentially making these techniques less effective.  The effects of facial rejuvenation treatments can generally only last for several months, but studies have found that patients who had undergone facelift surgery still looked younger than they did before the procedure even after an average of five and a half years.  Ultimately, minimally invasive facial rejuvenation procedures do not have the long-term persistence that full plastic surgery can provide.

However, modern facial plastic surgery techniques are very different than the ones that were used even a few decades ago.  Long gone are the dramatic, stretched, wind-blown appearances that characterized facelifts in the 1970’s and 80’s.  Instead, today’s plastic surgery patient can benefit from highly targeted procedures, specifically designed to address individual areas of concern.  Mini-facelifts, for example, can focus on the upper, middle, or lower thirds of the face, depending on which areas of concern the patient would most like to address and which are needed.  This increased specialization makes it possible to achieve subtle effects with less extensive surgery, which means less post-surgery recovery time and results that will give you a rejuvenated look without making it obvious that you have had any work done at all.

It is important to note that facial aging can vary dramatically from person to person, and the different areas of the face usually do not age at precisely the same rate.  I believe that every patient needs a personal treatment plan to address facial aging in order to achieve the best results.  Contact me and schedule a personalized consultation to find out how you can achieve the look you want with a minimum amount of surgical downtime and discomfort.

About Dr. Fernando D. Burstein, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.A.P.

Dr. Fernando Burstein is a well-respected Atlanta facial plastic surgeon with board certifications in both plastic and reconstructive surgery and otolaryngology (head and neck surgery.)  With nearly thirty years of experience specializing in cosmetic and reconstructive facial plastic surgery procedures, Dr. Burstein has served as both the chief of plastic and reconstructive surgery and the director of the Center of Craniofacial Disorders at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta as well as a clinical professor of plastic and reconstructive surgery at Emory University.  He has authored and published more than 100 articles and book chapters on facial plastic and reconstructive surgery and has been honored as one of Atlanta Magazine’s Top Doctors, a peer-nominated award in the field of plastic surgery, for the past seven consecutive years.