Fernando D. Burstein, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.A.P. (retired)
Board Certified in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Board Certified in Otolaryngology (head & neck) Surgery
Director of the Center of Craniofacial Disorders for CHOA
Located at our Northside Location
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Dr. Fernando Burstein is a world renowned plastic and reconstructive surgeon specializing in aesthetic surgery of the face. A leader in the field, Dr. Burstein has extensive experience with the latest techniques in cosmetic surgery including advanced rhinoplasty (surgery of the nose), dermal fat grating, eyelid surgery and facelift techniques. Among his peers in the medical field, Dr. Burstein has earned a reputation for not only his outstanding surgical skills and training, but also for his interest in his patient’s complete medical well being.
Besides his expertise in aesthetic surgery, Dr. Burstein also trained in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck surgery at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and completed his plastic and reconstructive surgery residency at Yale. He went on to complete an advanced fellowship in Craniofacial Surgery at UCLA before joining the team at Atlanta Plastic Surgery P.C. in 1989. He served as Chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite from 1991 to 2001 and has been the director of the Center for Craniofacial Disorders at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta since 1989.
Dr. Burstein has received numerous awards, including recognition in Atlanta magazine as a “Top Doctor in the Atlanta Area” on multiple occasions and recognition as one of the top physicians in America in fall 2008. He has published over 100 articles and book chapters covering many facial plastic and reconstructive surgery topics and holds an academic appointment at Emory University as a clinical professor. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and served as president of the American Academy of Pediatrics in 2006. Dr. Burstein is active in the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons. Dr. Burstein has been with Atlanta Plastic Surgery since the late 80’s. In addition, he is currently on the staff at Northside Hospital and at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite. Dr. Burstein is dedicated to teaching young surgeons and using his skills to help others.
Dr. Burstein is a native of Santiago, Chile. He currently lives in Atlanta with his wife, Dr. Kathleen Johnson, and his two children. He enjoys traveling with his family and many outdoor activities such as hiking, mountain climbing and cycling.
The driving force behind Dr. Fernando Burstein’s practice is his belief that even though facial aging is inevitable, it can be managed through the gradual and skillful application of non-surgical and surgical cosmetic treatments. More than twenty-five years of experience performing facial plastic surgery procedures has led him to the belief that optimal outcomes can be most frequently achieved when patients begin treatment plans earlier in the aging process, and undergo more comprehensive, surgical procedures only as they become necessary later in life. No two faces age in exactly the same way, and so Dr. Burstein’s primary goal has always been to evaluate each patient’s facial structure and specific features during the varying stages of aging and then to use a combination of the most beneficial treatments to address pre-existing and current concerns head-on, while minimizing the need for more aggressive treatments in the future.
For Dr. Burstein there is no such thing as a “typical treatment.” He carefully considers all the factors of each patient’s history and lifestyle and then develops a long term, graduated treatment plan that addresses all of the various components of their specific areas of concern. Patients who begin their facial rejuvenation treatment in their twenties or early thirties, for example, may start with subtle, non-surgical options, like anti-aging skin care products, facial fillers, ultrasonic skin tightening, or Botox®. Then, depending on the degree of wrinkling, skin laxity, or fatty deposits, patients may move on to selective minimally-invasive surgical procedures, such as facial liposuction or skin resurfacing, in order to help maintain a fresh, young, and vital look well into their forties. Finally, as the patient’s individual aging process progresses, more extensive surgical procedures may be appropriate to maintain a revitalized but natural appearance into the sixties and beyond. Understanding these components, both individually and together, gives Dr. Burstein the ability to effectively manage the aging process no matter what changes the future may have in store.