Fernando Burstein, MD, FACS, FAAP

Check Out Our New Atlanta Facial Plastic Surgery Website

You may have noticed that Dr. Burstein’s blog hasn’t been updated in a while. Dr. Burstein will continue to update his Atlanta Plastic Surgery website, but we’ve moved our blog to better serve our patients. At Dr. Burstein’s new website AtlantaFacialPlasticSurgeon.com, you can find information on all the services Dr. Burstein offers, before and after photo galleries, and his regularly updated blog.

Make sure to check his new site regularly for updates on the latest news in Atlanta cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.

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Take Advantage of Dr. Burstein’s November Injectable Specials!

The beginning of November means that the season of holiday parties and family get-togethers is upon us. Just in time to see all your friends, Dr. Fernando Burstein is offering holiday discounts on Dysport®, Perlane®, and Restylane® facial injectables.

Now through December 31st, eligible patients can receive $50 off their Dysport® treatment to help relax the muscles that allow the repetitive facial expressions that lead to wrinkles in the forehead and brow area. Dysport® offers a non-surgical facial rejuvenation option for wrinkle reduction and elimination of frown lines.

Also through December 31st, Dr. Burstein and Nurse Practitioner Debi Cooper are offering exciting holiday savings on Restylane® and Perlane® facial fillers. Used to fill areas that have lost volume with time, these facial fillers reduce signs of aging around the nose and mouth. Patients can save $50 per milliliter on Restylane® or Restylane – L ® (2mL min, 9mL max) and $65 off per milliliter of Perlane® or Perlane-L® (1mL min, 6mL max).

Make sure your holiday season is spent worrying about how to fit all those parties into your schedule and not how you’ll look at them!
For more information on specials offered throughout November, contact us. You can also connect with us on Facebook and Twitter for even more facial plastic surgery news and updates!

Meet Our November Spotlight Patient


Christopher spends a lot of his time “plugged in” to technology. His mother Gloria describes him as “talented with tech gadgets” and “very gifted with computers.” Christopher likes to spend his free time developing applications for the iPhone and just got a new synthesizer to work on creating techno music. Judging from his confidence and abilities now, you’d never know Christopher underwent a rhinoplasty to repair a deviated septum and a chin surgery (genioplasty) to balance his profile this summer.

Since he was young, Christopher had trouble breathing, often woke up his family with his loud snoring, and had even started complaining about a constant itching in his nose. His family’s pediatric ear, nose, and throat specialist recommended Dr. Fernando Burstein to help Christopher with his breathing problems.

Gloria  was hesitant at first to have her son undergo cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. However, Dr. Burstein’s easygoing, comforting personality and his use of the latest before and after computer imaging technology convinced the them that the procedures would benefit Christopher. During the initial consultation, Gloria says that Dr. Burstein confirmed that when Christopher took a breath, air was only entering through one side of his nose, and that as he grew, Christopher’s deviated septum would continue to impede his breathing.

Christopher and his family were also impressed with Dr. Burstein’s bedside manner and caring staff. They understood the importance of catering to both Christopher and his parents. Gloria, Christopher’s mom, says that Dr. Burstein showed “great bedside manner, perfect for a teenager.” Gloria especially loved the time Lisa, Dr. Burstein’s administrative assistant, took to explain what insurance would cover and how payments would be mapped out. Says Gloria about Dr. Burstein’s office and staff, “It’s just a good place to go.”

While the healing process was trying for Christopher, both he and his family are happy with his results. His mother says that while his personality has not changed, the results have helped his self-image and confidence. In fact, the results look so natural and the surgery went so well, that sometimes even Christopher himself forgets about his surgery; although his family happily acknowledges Christopher’s lack of snoring! Most of Christopher’s friends notice a difference, but can’t tell exactly what changed.

Christopher’s family  were so pleased with his results that they have already recommended Dr. Burstein to a friend who is suffering the same breathing problems Christopher was. Gloria is thankful her pediatric ENT specialist recommended Dr. Burstein: “You have to trust who you’re with. When you’re dealing with someone’s face you’ve really got to know. I felt like [Christopher] was in great hands.”

To learn more about rhinoplasty (nose surgery), genioplasty (chin surgery), or other cosmetic and reconstructive procedures Dr. Burstein performs, visit his website. By “liking” him on Facebook and “following” him on Twitter, you can also stay up to date on the latest news and hear more spotlight patient stories like Christopher’s.

Bullied Teen’s Story Highlights Benefits of Rhinoplasty in Patients of All Ages

Benefits of RhinoplastyA news story about a 13-year-old rhinoplasty patient caught my attention recently.  The young girl had broken her nose twice when she was younger and suffered from low self-esteem and bullying on the internet.  Now entering high school with a new nose, the girl feels much more confident in her appearance and says she is more likely to ignore the taunts of her peers.

The decision was not easy for her parents who knew that being teased was part of middle and high school, but wanted their daughter to remember her youth not by the teasing she received both in-person and online, but in a more positive light.

Teenage rhinoplasty is more common than one might think.  According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, over 35,000 rhinoplasties were performed on patients 13-19 years old in 2010.  Whether for cosmetic or reconstructive purposes, nose surgery can help boost self-confidence and remedy breathing problems caused by issues like a deviated septum.  In fact, several of my spotlight patients have been under the age of 18.

Even though there are many potential benefits to teenage rhinoplasty, there are still important factors that everyone involved (parent, patient, and doctor) must take into consideration.  The teen’s emotional and physical maturity, the reasons for wanting to undergo cosmetic surgery, and the patient’s expectations are all elements that should be discussed before surgery.

Before I take on any patient, I like to discuss all these factors with the teen and the parent as well as get to know them personally.  Because the nose is both an aesthetic and functioning facial feature, board certified surgeons must specialize in nose reshaping in order to maintain mastery of the silhouette while maintaining adequate breathing pathways.  Also, as teens grow older their facial features change so it’s important the facial maturation be complete so as to not impede with nose surgery results.

Whether you’re considering rhinoplasty because of a breathing problem or a cosmetic issue, I recommend you schedule a consultation for more information on how rhinoplasty (nose reshaping) surgery works and how it could benefit you.  You can also connect with us on Facebook and Twitter for more news and updates.


Why I Use the Natural Approach to Plastic Surgery

Natural approach to plastic surgeryIn my over twenty years as an Atlanta plastic surgeon, I’ve learned that most patients seek refinement to enhance certain aspects of their face and body.  Notice I used the word “enhance” rather than “change.” Patients may have specific cosmetic concerns, but they still want to come out of surgery looking natural, like themselves.  For that reason, I strive to take the natural approach to plastic surgery:  identifying the specific issues that cause a patient to be dissatisfied with their appearance and using a patient’s own tissues to remedy these concerns instead of synthetic facial implants when possible.

Although a full facelift produces noticeable, overall facial rejuvenation, not every patient seeking facelift surgery is in need of a traditional facelift.  During traditional facelift surgery, I make an incision along the hairline so that scars are easily hidden. Then, excess tissue is excised and the remaining tissue is tightened.  If I perform this comprehensive procedure on a patient who only needs a little rejuvenation on the middle of their face, they will most likely look stretched and unnatural after their recovery.  Therefore, I offer multiple variations of the facelift: upper facelift or brow lift surgery that focuses on signs of aging in the upper third of the face, mid facelift that focuses on wrinkles and sagging skin around the mouth, and lower facelift to remedy the appearance of jowls or a double chin.

Some facial plastic surgery procedures use implants for augmentation, like genioplasty (chin augmentation, cheek augmentation, and lip augmentation.  I’ve done quite a bit of research on synthetic materials used in plastic surgery, and I even use them in surgery. However, I believe that using a patient’s own biological materials whenever possible is best to better reduce surgical complications, implant rejection, and infection. Not to mention, using the body’s own tissue typically produces a much more natural and subtle enhancement than synthetic materials often do. Natural looking results are often a key factor in patient satisfaction, but besides that, using the body’s natural components minimizes the risk of surgical complications, which may in turn shorten recover time.

As stated before, patients own bone can be used in procedures like chin augmentation, but a patient’s own fat can also be harvested for fat transfer via liposuction and injected into wrinkles and areas of lost volume to produce effects similar to that of facial fillers like Restylane® and Juvèderm®.  I prefer to use a technique called dermal fat grafting to harvest sections of fat and supportive tissue during procedures like blepharoplasty or neck lift to augment facial regions with advanced wrinkles or lost volume.  Dermal fat grafting is more advantageous than fat transfer as it provides more of a support system to the depressed area being treated.  An advantage of using a patient’s own substances rather than synthetic facial fillers is, not only is it a more natural approach to plastic surgery, results typically last longer.

When it comes to cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, I believe that natural is best. Be sure to review the rest of my website to learn more about the procedures I perform. If you haven’t already, connect with me on Facebook and Twitter for plastic surgery news and updates.

Dr. Burstein Explains Individualized Rhinoplasty

Double board certified in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery and Otolaryngology (head and neck surgery), Dr. Fernando Burstein specializes in rhinoplasty (nose surgery). This difficult surgery calls for an extensive knowledge of both the function and appearance of the nose. Each patient’s procedure is individualized, or as Dr. Burstein says, “custom order[ed]” to fit each patient’s cosmetic goals.

Dr. Burstein explains that while his patient is a beautiful woman, undergoing rhinoplasty has allowed her more confidence in her appearance.

Meet our October Spotlight Patient

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Looking at 21 year old Jordan nowadays, you would never know that he’s seen the inside of an operating room seven times to reconstruct the unilateral cleft lip and palate he was born with.  Jordan met Dr. Fernando Burstein when he was just ten years old after being referred to him by Dr. Frost, his pediatric surgeon in his family’s hometown of Pensacola, Florida.

Jordan and his family made the six hour drive from Florida to Dr. Burstein’s Atlanta Plastic Surgery office regularly as Jordan grew to ensure that the results from his pediatric reconstructive operations were healing as expected.  Jordan recounts his many experiences with Dr. Burstein throughout the years: “Dr. Burstein made what is usually a scary experience for kids a much smoother one for me.  He always made me laugh at my visits.  In fact, I remember from the very beginning how he used to wear funny scrub caps during my appointment just for entertainment.”

Jordan’s congenital defect is not an uncommon one, occurring in 1 out of every 700 births, a cleft lip and palate happens when the soft tissues of the mouth don’t fuse properly during development.  Patients with a unilateral cleft lip and palate usually have a cleft nose, cleft mouth, and maxilla (upper jaw).  In addition to aesthetic concerns, reconstructive craniofacial surgery is typically desired to remedy the speech and eating problems that can also be caused if the condition is left untreated.  Just as the case with most other pediatric reconstructive surgery procedures like craniosynostosis or jaw deformities, cleft lip and/or cleft palates typically require a series of reconstructive procedures to enhance the facial features as the child grows.

Jordan says that his life experience with reconstructive surgery and Dr. Burstein has been a humbling one.  He is now studying religion and playing baseball at in college.  While many think of reconstructive surgery as a means to look like everyone else, Jordan reflects on his experience stating, “All of my surgeries and having this condition has actually become a way for me to relate to people as I pursue a career in ministry.  I try to teach the kids I work with to stay positive in their faith and not to worry regardless of the challenges they’re facing.” He still makes the drive to Atlanta; Dr. Burstein just completed his last reconstructive surgery this June.  Jordan has one more procedure scheduled with an oral surgeon in the near future.

To learn more about the pediatric cleft lip and palate and adult cleft lip and palate reconstructive surgery Dr. Burstein performs visit his website.  You can also connect with him on Facebook and Twitter to hear more stories from spotlight patients like Jordan.

Dr. Fernando Burstein Named to Georgia’s Best Doctors List

Congratulations to Dr. Fernando Burstein for being named one of Georgia’s Best Doctors in America® for 2011-2012. Dedicated to creating a list of the best doctors across the nation in order to connect patients to doctors and doctors to each other, Best Doctors of America® chooses its yearly list based on polls and ballots from other doctors nationwide. Dr. Fernando Burstein is proud to be a member of this distinct database of doctors that other doctors recognize as the finest in their medical fields.

The Best Doctors® database is accessible to both patients and doctors. Patients can use the information to help find the best minds in medicine for anything from basic questions to rare conditions. Other doctors can use the database as a reference to recommend specialists for their patients, as well as to learn about what’s new and upcoming in their medical fields.

Atlanta Plastic Surgery’s Dr. Burstein is no stranger to recognition, though. He has been named a “Top Doc” by Atlanta Magazine seven times, another list compiled by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., which surveyed healthcare providers to distinguish the best in the medical field. He was also named one of America’s Top Plastic Surgeons in 2008 and a National Top Doctor in 2006.

Concentrating on facial plastic surgery, Dr. Burstein is board certified in reconstructive and plastic surgery as well as otolaryngology (head and neck) surgery. He specializes in pediatric reconstructive surgery as well, correcting congenital disorders in children like cleft palate and lip. Dr. Burstein’s keen awareness of the intricacies of the facial silhouette along with his emphasis on providing the best in patient care are just a few of the reasons why both patients and doctors alike see him as one of the best doctors in the nation.

For more information on Dr. Burstein, the cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries he performs, and his other awards visit his website. You can also connect with Dr. Burstein on Twitter and Facebook for the latest news in plastic surgery.

Dr. Burstein Answers Frequently Asked Questions about Natural Facial Rejuvenation

Dr. Fernando Burstein Q.) Why is my own tissue better than implants for facial plastic surgery?
A.) By using your own tissue during facial plastic surgery like chin augmentation (genioplasty), cheek augmentation, or lip augmentation, your risk of surgical complications like rejection and infection are greatly reduced. Also, by using materials inherent to your biology, the cosmetic results tend to be much more subtle and natural looking than those created through implantable devices.

Q.) Will my plastic surgery results be as good using my own fat or tissue as they would with implants?
A.) Although circumstances may dictate the use of an implant, the reason I prefer to work with naturally occurring tissues during facial plastic surgery is because they typically yield more aesthetically pleasing and natural looking results. I have found that with a majority of facial rejuvenation and facial reconstruction patients that naturalness in appearance really is a key factor in patient satisfaction.

Q.) Is there anything non-surgical that can help my skin look significantly tighter and more youthful?
A.) There are a variety of minimally invasive cosmetic treatments available for facial rejuvenation. Some of the most popular remain Botox® and Dysport® injections to relax the wrinkle causing muscles between and around the eyes and Juvèderm® and Restylane® facial fillers to re-plump areas of lost volume around the mouth and nose that thin with age-related collagen degradation. Chemical peels and laser skin resurfacing treatments like the ones available through AYA Medical Spa are excellent treatments to minimize the appearance of coloration and texture issues from sun damage, hormonal changes, and skin conditions like rosacea that can occur with age. There are also ultrasound powered treatments that can be used to stimulate your body’s ability to produce collagen. It’s best to receive an expert skin analysis to decide which treatment will target your concerns most effectively.

Q.) Will my post-plastic surgery downtime be shorter because you use natural materials for enhancement?
A.) Because the natural materials used minimize the risk of developing surgical complications, the downtime associated with facial plastic surgery may be shortened; however, it’s still important to adhere to all of your plastic surgeon’s prescribed aftercare instructions and attend any scheduled follow-up appointments to ensure that you are healing properly. Proper recovery and complication prevention are keys in avoiding secondary facial plastic surgery like revisionary rhinoplasty.

Dr. Burstein and Brow Lift Surgery

Board certified in plastic and reconstructive surgery as well as head and neck surgery (Otolaryngology), Dr. Fernando Burstein dedicates his plastic surgery practice to enhancing the face and neck. Signs of aging, which usually show up around the eyes first, are a common concern of Dr. Burstein’s cosmetic patients. In the video below, you’ll learn about his patient’s experience with brow lift surgery to remedy a low brow line that caused her eyelids not to be seen.

Dr. Burstein explains that patients want to look refreshed, but they usually don’t want to look dramatically different. Therefore, he focuses on their specific areas of concern. Dr. Burstein is devoted to helping patients both look and feel better.