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1: What is your philosophy of patient care?
2: What should the person considering cosmetic surgery know about your qualifications?
3: What kind of impact does a cosmetic procedure have on a person?
4: What do men want from cosmetic facial surgery today?
5: Is there a way prospective patients can get an idea of how they will look after cosmetic surgery?
6: Do you offer a complimentary consultation?
7: After a surgical procedure, how many times does a patient see you during recovery?
8: Do you offer any type of financing?
9: What does the specialty of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery involve?
10: Am I vain for considering cosmetic surgery, Botox or fillers?
11: What can I do to improve my large pores?
12: How Long Is The Recovery From Surgery?
13: How Long Will It Take to Recover?
1: What is your philosophy of patient care?
My goal is to treat all of my patients as I would treat myself or a member of my family: with honesty, compassion and enthusiasm in a beautiful, safe environment, using the best judgment, knowledge and technical ability that I have to offer.  I perform only those procedures for which I possess a special interest, particular knowledge and superior ability and technical skills, and I pledge to perform those procedures and the associated diagnostic and supportive care to the best of my ability.

Each patient presents a unique set of circumstances related to their personality, medical problems, level of anxiety, goals, financial resources and previous treatment experience.  We try to take all of these factors into account and develop a unique treatment plan, or various treatment options, for each patient.  My staff members form a very energetic, enthusiastic and supportive team that allays patients' fears by their obvious concern for each patient's well-being, their willingness to spend as much time with each patient as necessary to answer all of the patient's questions, and by bonding with patients through humor and sincere interest in their personal lives.


We place a high priority on managing the mental and emotional concerns of our patients. We utilize art in many forms to bring beauty and serenity to our office.  I have selected the art for its relaxing qualities and natural, handmade character.  The art includes textiles from Africa, Indonesia, Afghanistan and Japan, abstract paintings, and sculpture.  The music has been specially selected by a world renowned authority on the calming and healing effects of specific types of music.


We recognize that visiting a surgeon can be a stressful experience, and we make every effort to minimize each patient's anxiety and to provide sympathetic encouragement and support throughout the entire treatment.  We want to keep your treatment as simple as possible while providing an excellent, truly natural looking result.

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2: What should the person considering cosmetic surgery know about your qualifications?
Individuals considering cosmetic surgery should know that I restrict my practice to procedures involving the face and neck and I focus my energy, educational activities and experience in these areas. They should also know that I have over twenty years' experience, I am Board Certified in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and I am a fellow in the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery.


I would want them to know that I completed two years of general anesthesia training in an effort to provide optimal office anesthetic techniques with rapid recovery and minimal side effects.

Potential patients should know that I am a very conservative surgeon who strives for a very natural esthetic result with minimal risk of complications. I don't believe in taking risks in an attempt to improve upon a very good result. I am a very friendly person and my first priority is helping patients reach their esthetic goals in the simplest, safest and most enjoyable way. My staff is highly trained, extremely competent, and very caring.


But there are factors other than technical ability to consider when selecting a surgeon. Patients tell me that my warm, friendly, comforting personality puts them at ease right away and they know I have a genuine concern for their well-being. My goal is to help you look younger, healthier, and more elegant and to keep the process as simple, comfortable and enjoyable as possible.


The members of my staff take great pride in making patients feel welcome and comfortable, beginning with the initial consultation and continuing throughout treatment. My patients are excited to have cosmetic surgery and like to tell their friends about it. Many of these patients have become my good friends. I believe that the artistry and technical skills of a cosmetic surgeon should leave patients with a restored sense of well being and a natural, attractive appearance.

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3: What kind of impact does a cosmetic procedure have on a person?
For most of us, first impressions are usually lasting impressions.  Fair or not, these first impressions can determine our response to individuals who are crucial to our personal, social, and business lives.  The most disturbing thing about first impressions becoming lasting impressions is that they are usually based on appearance.  For example, how many times have you heard that a person with a small chin looks “weak”? Though this may not be true in reality, the person with a small chin is often viewed as being less aggressive, indecisive, weak, and non-athletic. 


A person with a prominent chin is almost always regarded as having a strong, athletic, dynamic, and decisive personality.  Even though the size of the chin is not a reliable predictor of personality, it is one way that society uses appearance to create a first impression.  Why not take advantage of this human tendency and improve your facial appearance so you make the best first impression?


Is the nose, chin, or neck truly representative of personality?  An initial response would be, "No".  However, psychological studies show us that people believe they are.  These facial features help create the initial impressions that can cause people to respond to each other in characteristic ways.  Likewise our reaction to a stranger wearing a beautiful suit and stylish hair is quite different than our reaction to a stranger who is wearing dirty cut off jeans, a torn T-shirt, no shoes, and unwashed hair.  We have learned to assign personality characteristics based upon appearance.  Some times these judgments are valid.  However, frequently they are not, and only time can overcome the judgment that was made in the initial impression.


The self-preservation instinct in humans causes us to make judgments about strangers based on appearance.  We must quickly assess weather a stranger is a threat to us. The majority of these initial impressions are formed by a reaction to the other person's overall appearance and physical traits.  If a person is seen as handsome or beautiful, hey are less threatening, and that person is usually treated better in many social and business situations than the person seen as unattractive.  Is this fair?  Absolutely not!  Does it occur often?  Absolutely!


The self-image of teenagers is very fragile but it is critical to their self worth and social interactions. Many parents don't always see this. Though we know that judging someone by who they are, and not by how they look, is appropriate, our children suffer the damage of negative feedback from their peers.  This rejection may be devastating and have a long-term effect on their self-esteem and socialization.  Children and teenagers can be very sensitive about their own appearance because their peers put so much emphasis on appearance, and they can be very cruel to those who are less attractive.  Frequently their assessment of their own self worth is created by their peer's level of acceptance of them.  The impact of this can be seen in their behavior, social life, and, ultimately, their grades.  Many teenagers that suffer from low self-esteem due to their unhappiness with their facial features are unhappy with their nose.  Two other common causes of distress are a small chin and a fat neck.


Dramatic personality changes frequently occur in teenagers who have been self-conscious about their nose, neck or chin and have undergone surgery to correct this feature.  They become more talkative, more outgoing, more social, more productive at school and more self-assured because they feel more attractive, and they are frequently treated better by their peers, teachers and relatives.  These personality changes can surface in as little as two weeks after surgery.


Correcting an unattractive facial feature can have incredible benefits whether you are a teenager or an adult.  In today’s highly competitive educational, business and social worlds, a handsome or beautiful face can be a critical advantage.  Adults who are self conscious about their nose, chin, eyes, or other facial feature, experience a wonderful boost in self-esteem when this feature is improved.  Not only do they have the personal satisfaction of knowing that they look better, they also experience a change in the way that other people react to them.  Frequently, their social and business lives improve because their self-confidence improves and people respond to them in a more positive way. 


Correcting unesthetic facial features is easier than ever.  State of the art facilities and techniques have reduced costs, discomfort and recovery time.  Patients can return to school, work and their normal social life sooner than ever before.  And today, most people find facial cosmetic surgery is very affordable.


The goal of facial cosmetic surgery is not to be strikingly beautiful or handsome, but to look attractive, healthy, athletic and energetic. Cosmetic improvement of a bothersome facial feature has long lasting benefits. Usually the enhancement may be enjoyed throughout a lifetime.  Not only do these changes improve appearance, they can improve self-esteem and confidence.  The psychological benefits of these procedures can change the path of a person's life.
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4: What do men want from cosmetic facial surgery today?
Men are under considerable pressure at work and in their social lives to look handsome, athletic, and energetic. In today's highly competitive educational, business and social worlds, a handsome face can be a critical advantage. Studies show that looking young, being physically fit and having strong facial features increase a man's income and improve his social life. As a result, more than 1 million men had cosmetic surgery last year, an all-time high.


Many men have reservations about having cosmetic procedures, but once they have done it, they like it. The improvement makes them feel better about themselves, it makes them feel more professional and it makes them happy with their appearance, which makes them more confident.

Men have recognized the benefits of facial skin fitness and health. Research has shown that men want soft, clear, healthy skin, and will buy special products to get it. Wrinkles, acne scars, and other blemishes are no longer acceptable. Healthy, attractive skin is the foundation of an attractive face. Good skin care is the key to healthy skin. Our esthetician will demonstrate how the simple, daily application of the newest skin care products can transform dry, rough, sun damaged skin into a bright, smooth, healthy face.


Men frequently prefer to improve their facial appearance in stages, with simpler procedures than women. Busy businessmen want procedures with minimal visible swelling or bruising, and rapid recovery. They feel very comfortable with procedures like neck liposuction, chin implants and nasal surgery. By simply modifying the neck/chin contours we can improve how others perceive us. Tightening, smoothing and contouring the neck with liposuction, or improving the chin contour with an implant or bone shaping, can deliver the strong, trim, athletic appearance that looks so good.


For men with lines and wrinkles, the most beneficial results with the least downtime are produced by browlift, neck or eyelid contouring and FotoFacial skin rejuvenation. Fat transfer is another great option to reduce wrinkles and fill in folds without any noticeable incisions. These are simple procedures, discomfort and bruising are minimal, and you should be back to work in two to four days. Botox, to reduce wrinkles without surgery, is also very popular.


Afterwards, men frequently notice that their social and business lives improve because their self-confidence improves and people respond to them more positively.

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5: Is there a way prospective patients can get an idea of how they will look after cosmetic surgery?
We offer computer imaging to help patients get an appreciation for the improvements that might be possible. A photograph of the patient is entered into our computer and manipulated to show the range of potential improvements. Patients can give us feedback on exactly what they want to achieve.


We can also simulate results for some procedures by stretching the patient's skin or moving their facial features, such as elevating the eyebrows to simulate a browlift. We can show them before and after photographs of other patients (who have graciously agreed to their use) who have had similar procedures.
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6: Do you offer a complimentary consultation?
We offer complimentary consultations for cosmetic facial surgery.  This gives prospective patients an opportunity to learn more about facial cosmetic surgery in general, as well as providing them with specific suggestions on the types of procedures that would be appropriate for their problems. 

It is an opportunity to meet me and other members of my staff, and to experience the special personal attention and support they will receive throughout their treatment.  They may see the results that we have obtained by viewing photographs of other patients (who have graciously agreed to their use).
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7: After a surgical procedure, how many times does a patient see you during recovery?
The patient is usually seen the day after surgery for facelift or laser resurfacing, or 5 to 7 days after most other procedures.  Additional follow-up is scheduled on a weekly basis as needed until the best result is obtained.  We feel that optimal care during the recovery period is critical to obtaining the best long-term results.  Therefore, we devote considerable effort to helping the patient with all aspects of their recovery.
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8: Do you offer any type of financing?
We accept all major credit cards, and we can assist in obtaining financing through programs designed for cosmetic surgery patients.
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9: What does the specialty of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery involve?
The specialty of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery includes the diagnosis and treatment of conditions, defects, injuries, and esthetic problems of the mouth, teeth, jaws and face.  My entire career has concentrated on developing and perfecting procedures to provide ideal functional and cosmetic improvements for the jaws, neck, and face.
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10: Am I vain for considering cosmetic surgery, Botox or fillers?
Many people have fears and doubts at some time before cosmetic surgery or filler treatment. My experience has been that just about all patients who have Restylane, Radiesse, laser hair removal, Botox treatment, and other procedures to maintain their appearance, are no more vain than anyone else. What does distinguish these individuals is a desire to get the most out of life, and to look as good as they feel.


Maintaining your appearance is not a fault. In fact it is an investment in yourself. Research shows that better looking people are treated better in life, make more money and enjoy a better social life than less attractive people.


You should feel proud of yourself for having the will and the ability to change something that you find unacceptable. You should only have cosmetic surgery, fillers or other treatment if it is right for you personally. It is a big mistake to do these things if it is just to satisfy others.


The same self-esteem that makes our patients successful in their chosen fields, precise in their consultation questions, well groomed and dressed, and often careful in their diet, exercise, and other aspects of health maintenance, leads them to seek help for their wrinkles and frown lines.


These individuals are normal healthy people, and the same degree of self-interest that prompts them to exercise, be selective in what they eat and drink, and protect themselves from sun damage, leads them to explore the benefits of cosmetic surgery and other treatments.


Our patients simply want to look their best.
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11: What can I do to improve my large pores?
There are two main factors that contribute to large pores: genetics and age. People who have skin that is naturally thick and oily tend to have larger pores. As people get older, sun damage and decreased skin elasticity can cause pores to dilate.

Cleansing the pores of debris, excess oil, and bacteria will significantly reduce their prominence. This can be achieved by using a low-strength topical cleanser or face wash containing retinol or vitamin C. These products increase collagen and elastin production while simultaneously loosening dirt and oil from the pores.

Exfoliation is also key to minimizing the appearance of large pores. Microdermabrasion, or Facial Peel with Salicylic acid, are very effective. This painless peel is done in the office, and there is no downtime. It sloughs off the dead surface layer of the skin, revealing softer, healthier skin beneath. It can be repeated every 4-6 weeks for ideal maintenance. Tretinoin, the drug widely known as Retin-A, helps unclog pores by loosening blackheads and speeding up cell turnover.  Retin-A may cause some redness and flaking initially, because of the exfoliation and stimulation. These responses will fade away in about seven to ten days. A moisturizing base can cover-up these changes until they resolve.

Apply your foundation using a makeup sponge; dust your face with a loose translucent powder. Large pores will be less visible, and your skin tone will appear more even.

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12: How Long Is The Recovery From Surgery?

Patients always ask; “How long does it take to recover?”  I always answer; “It depends on what you mean by recover”.  Do you mean; “When will I be able to be up and around? or “When will I be able to return to work?”, or “When will I be comfortable?”, or “When will I be able to go out and nobody notices that I had any cosmetic surgery done?”.  The answers to these questions are all different. 

The answers depend upon many factors including the abilities of your surgeon, the anesthetic drugs used and how you react to them, how easily you bruise, how easily you swell, your general health, the procedure you are having, how good you feel you must look before you go out in public, how good you must look before you return to work, and numerous other factors. 

Usually you will have your normal energy back in a few days.  But, you may have some bruising, which may last for several days to a few weeks.  Bruising can usually be covered well with makeup, but some people do not want to wear makeup, and others do not care if their bruising shows.  Recovery is a lot about attitude.

Today, the anesthetic drugs we use in our surgery center wear off so quickly that patients are awake, alert and ready to go home shortly after surgery.  They are usually able to care for themselves at home without difficulty.

Many people expect to be bed ridden for several days after facial cosmetic or dental surgery.  They are always happily surprised to find that they are up and around as soon as they get home after surgery. Because we use sedation drugs that wear off very quickly, people feel awake and alert shortly after surgery, but also feel very comfortable because we use long lasting local anesthetic drugs. 

The local anesthetics last for seven to eight hours and taper off smoothly.  Because of the very effective local anesthesia, we can use very light general anesthesia, so it is not necessary to have a breathing tube, known as an endotracheal tube, inserted for general anesthesia.  If soreness develops as the anesthetic wears off, mild pain medication is all that is needed.  At most, patients take only a few pills for discomfort on the first day, and then find that they are very comfortable without any medication.

We always discuss the recovery process in detail with all of our patients and help them to plan the most effective, comfortable and rapid recovery. 

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13: How Long Will It Take to Recover?

Patients always ask; “How long does it take to recover?”  I always answer; “It depends on what you mean by recover”.  Do you mean; “When will I be able to be up and around? or “When will I be able to return to work?”, or “When will I be comfortable?”, or “When will I be able to go out and nobody notices that I had any cosmetic surgery done?”.  The answers to these questions are all different. 

The answers depend upon many factors including the abilities of your surgeon, the anesthetic drugs used and how you react to them, how easily you bruise, how easily you swell, your general health, the procedure you are having, how good you feel you must look before you go out in public, how good you must look before you return to work, and numerous other factors. 

Usually you will have your normal energy back in a few days.  But, you may have some bruising, which may last for several days to a few weeks.  Bruising can usually be covered well with makeup, but some people do not want to wear makeup, and others do not care if their bruising shows.  Recovery is a lot about attitude.

Today, the anesthetic drugs we use in our surgery center wear off so quickly that patients are awake, alert and ready to go home shortly after surgery.  They are usually able to care for themselves at home without difficulty.

Many people expect to be bed ridden for several days after facial cosmetic or dental surgery.  They are always happily surprised to find that they are up and around as soon as they get home after surgery. Because we use sedation drugs that wear off very quickly, people feel awake and alert shortly after surgery, but also feel very comfortable because we use long lasting local anesthetic drugs. 

The local anesthetics last for seven to eight hours and taper off smoothly.  Because of the very effective local anesthesia, we can use very light general anesthesia, so it is not necessary to have a breathing tube, known as an endotracheal tube, inserted for general anesthesia.  If soreness develops as the anesthetic wears off, mild pain medication is all that is needed.  At most, patients take only a few pills for discomfort on the first day, and then find that they are very comfortable without any medication.

We always discuss the recovery process in detail with all of our patients and help them to plan the most effective, comfortable and rapid recovery. 

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