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Jennifer loves her bubbly son Elijah. She loves watching him sit up, smile, laugh, and interact with his older brother. This past Valentine’s Day, Dr. Fernando Burstein worked with Dr. Barun Brahma of Pediatric Neurosurgery Associates, their pediatric neurosurgeon, to perform craniofacial reconstructive surgery to correct Elijah’s saggital craniosynostosis. This condition results in an elongated narrow head.
Occurring in one out of every 1,000 births, craniosynostosis is marked by an abnormally shaped skull caused by prematurely fused cranial sutures. These sutures are the points at which the bony plates of the skull come together during fetal development to form the head. Given the importance of proper formation for optimal function and appearance, most surgeons recommend the pediatric reconstructive surgery before the patient reaches one year of age.
While the implications of Elijah not undergoing the surgery were very scary to his family, the thought of Elijah having to endure the skull surgery and the recovery made them even more apprehensive- until they spoke with Dr. Burstein at the recommendation of Elijah’s neurosurgeon.
“Dr. Burstein was so great in calming our fears about Elijah’s surgery. He carefully explained what he would be doing in the surgery, what to expect with recovery, and what to expect once he healed. I was amazed that someone as renowned as Dr. Burstein had such a pleasant, attentive bedside manner with children. He visited Elijah’s hospital room after the surgery to make sure everyone was doing okay (me and my husband included),” Jennifer said.
Pediatric reconstruction results take longer to reveal than adult procedure results because most emerge fully only after a child’s growth; therefore, Elijah will report every six months to Dr. Burstein’s office to ensure that he is progressing successfully. Jennifer happily expressed an excellent report from Elijah’s first follow-up appointment, and said that if Elijah needed any additional facial reconstruction procedures, she and her husband would gladly trust Dr. Burstein to perform them.
Jennifer added, “Elijah is the same happy baby he was before surgery, except now we’re even more optimistic about his wonderful future–we think that has a lot to do with Dr. Burstein’s expertise and the great care he gives his patients.”
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Tired of looking haggard, Deborah felt it was time for a change. Although she’s always taken good care of herself, nothing could stop the natural aging process, so she had a lower facelift procedure with Dr. Fernando Burstein including liposuction of the neck and jowls. After thorough research online, Deborah consulted with five different prospective plastic surgeons, but was most impressed by Dr. Burstein’s extensive knowledge of the facial anatomy and the fact that he only operates on faces.
Deborah received a blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) from a different surgeon back in 1995, and chose to spend the night in the hospital after her facelift because she knew her tendency to feel sick after surgery. She said, “Staying at the hospital overnight was the best option for me. Dr. Burstein’s medical staff checked on me around the clock; overall, I had a great experience.” She said she didn’t even have to ask for anything because the nurses were so attentive.
Taking about two and a half weeks off of work, she said most of the swelling was gone by the 3rd week and she was completely recovered by the 4th week. She stated, “I love the results. I no longer feel like I look tired and haggard when I look in the mirror.” She said that the best part about her cosmetic surgery is that “it looks natural; people can’t put their finger on what I’ve had done.” Dr. Burstein strives to provide subtle cosmetic results with facelift surgery. In Deborah’s words, “He doesn’t give you that wind-blown look.”
Deborah mentioned that the people who undergo plastic surgery “want to look good, not shocking.” Dr. Burstein takes that into consideration with every patient he meets, which is why he works to hide scars so they’re least noticeable. Deborah was very impressed with her scars, and says they were hidden very well.
Pleased with her choice of Dr. Burstein as her plastic surgeon, Deborah said that he “only gives you what you really need.” During consultation, Dr. Burstein listens to his patient’s goals and discusses their desired procedures. He voices his honest opinion and will tell patients if their desired procedure will accomplish their goals, which increases the patient’s overall satisfaction.
Equally pleased with Dr. Burstein’s staff, Deborah made an appointment with Dr. Burstein’s nurse practitioner to receive facial filling injections (i.e., Restylane® or Juvéderm®) to complete her new look. To see more of Dr. Burstein’s pleased patients, check out the spotlight patient section and before and after photo gallery on his website. Dr. Burstein also performs many other facial cosmetic and reconstructive procedures in addition to facelifts including: rhinoplasty (nose surgery), genioplasty (chin surgery), and maxillofacial surgery. Visit his website for more information, and keep reading his blog to learn more about facial plastic surgery.
Caroline, an active grandmother of two, is well traveled. Having lived in North Carolina, Florida, and Georgia, as well as working for a leisure travel agency for 30 years, she’s seen a lot. But after her family started jokingly referencing her “turkey neck,” Caroline decided to make an appointment with Plastic Surgeon Dr. Fernando Burstein of Atlanta Plastic Surgery to discuss some rejuvenation options.
“I had been thinking about having my neck done for the last year, and finally got the nerve to make the appointment with Dr Burstein after my daughter convinced me how great I would look with the natural-looking improvements Dr. Burstein’s surgeries produce” said Caroline.
After her initial consultation, Dr. Burstein suggested several small procedures to insure a natural looking rejuvenation including: a lower facelift, neck lift, lower eyelid lift (blepharoplasty), and mild chemical peel. The lower face and neck lift successfully remedied the “turkey neck” Caroline was concerned about by removing excess skin and fat along the jaw line while the eyelid and chemical peel firmed and smoothed the skin of her face.
“My friends keep asking me if I’ve been on vacation because I look so rested” says Caroline happily. “My life is great, I’m back to doing all of my favorite outdoor activities like walking and hiking, except now I make sure to wear my hat to protect my young looking face!”