Patient safety is always the biggest concern with any type of surgical procedure, especially in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. In a previous plastic surgery blog, we discussed the importance of examining a surgeon’s certifications, training, and experience. Patients must ensure their plastic surgeons are board certified and that their surgeries are performed in an accredited surgical facility. When it comes to facial and craniofacial surgery, it is especially important to check the surgeon’s experience and credentials since the majority of head, face, and neck procedures are highly complex.
Atlanta facial plastic surgeon Dr. Fernando Burstein is double board certified in plastic and reconstructive surgery and otolaryngology. In addition to his certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Burstein is also certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology. Dr. Burstein also completed a fellowship in craniofacial surgery, which focuses on the reconstruction of facial bones and maxillofacial surgery. Specializing in surgery of the head and face, Dr. Burstein’s certifications reinforce his expertise in specialty procedures related to the ear, nose, and throat (ENT). He is also an active member of multiple professional medical societies such as the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons.
Since the head and neck contain very important functional features, Dr. Burstein encourages patients to choose prospective surgeons who have extensive experience and board-certified training. Board certification in otolaryngology and additional fellowship training are voluntary for surgeons to improve their performance and demonstrate precision and skill during facial surgery. Additional certifications better ensure patient safety, optimal results, and appropriate care.
In addition to a surgeon’s certifications, Dr. Burstein also recommends that patients ask thorough questions and gain a level of comfort and understanding prior to choosing a procedure. Patients should also conduct research on the procedure and view their plastic surgeon’s before and after photos to better understand the surgery and potential results. If you are interested in a cosmetic or reconstructive facial procedure, schedule a consultation today. Also, connect with Dr. Burstein on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ to stay up-to-date with the latest facial plastic surgery news.