Welcome to Fairbanks Plastic Surgery Center
We offer a full line of plastic surgery procedures. While we are especially well known for our facelifts and rhinoplasty results, we have developed winning techniques in ear pinning, eyelid surgeries, breast enlargements, breast lifts, breast reductions, liposuction, body contouring, tummy tucks, thigh and buttock lifts, upper arm contouring, and other cosmetic procedures.
Furthermore, we provide a number of cranio-facial reconstructive surgeries, such as cleft lip and cleft palate repair, and we have achieved unparalleled results in the area of total ear reconstruction.
Please review our procedures and beautiful results, and give us a call. We would be happy to answer your questions and help you make an informed decision regarding your plastic surgery/cosmetic surgery goals.
Cosmetic Surgery and Facial Plastic Surgery
While we perform a wide variety of cosmetic and reconstructive procedures, we are exceptionally well known for our deep-plane facelift, restorative rhinoplasty, and ear reconstruction procedures.
In the area of Facelifts, using the most advanced techniques, we provide you the maximum degree of youthfulness while completely avoiding the unnatural stretched look that is commonly found in old, outdated surgical techniques. Please view our page on facelifts for more information.
Our surgeons have extensive experience with rhinoplasty, commonly known as a nose job. Also, a large part of our practice is devoted to correcting noses that have already had unsatisfactory nasal surgery; a procedure known as a secondary rhinoplasty.
Our surgeons are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, which is the only plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties. Our surgeons are also skilled artists, and combine their mastery of medicine and art to amazing result.
To make an appointment for consultation, call our office at (801) 268-8838.
Featured Cosmetic Surgery Procedures
Ear Reconstruction for Microtia
Ear reconstruction, using a patient's own cartilage, provides the best solution for the child who is born with a tiny malformed ear (which is called microtia). It can also be used for the traumatic loss of an ear through an accident.
For children who were born with an underdeveloped ear, cosmetic surgery can begin as early as age six. Older patients can be benefitted immediately following the accidental loss of an ear. In all cases, the most effective method for success will be achieved by carving a new framework from the patient’s own rib cartilage. Atresia refers to the absence of the external canal, which is almost always associated with microtia. If the internal components are developed well enough, an external ear canal can be created. This, however, should not be done until the external microtia repair has been completed.
While there are a number of artificial frameworks available, these are not living material, and the chance that they will erode through the skin is high. When this happens, an infection will occur. The artificial framework will have to be removed, and the patient may have lost their chance for a successful ear reconstruction.
The normal external ear is made of cartilage covered by skin. Our method seeks to recreate the natural ear. A living ear created from the patient’s own tissues, when done well, is preferable to a "stick-on" prosthetic ear or an ear created over a synthetic/artificial framework. The quality of the result for the cartilage-based ear depends upon the surgeon’s artistic ability to carve or sculpt the cartilage.
7 year-old girl with classic Grade III Microtia with Atresia
The left ear is the reconstructed ear
The process begins by using a mirror image of the patient’s normal ear as a template. Measurements, patterns, molds, and plaster casts are made from this mirror image, and the surgeon carefully chooses where the new ear will be created under the existing skin.
During surgery, a carefully carved cartilaginous framework of the patient’s own cartilage is implanted beneath the skin. If an earlobe is present, it will be rotated into the proper position. Once this has been allowed to heal, the ear is elevated, and a skin graft is placed behind the cartilage in order to create the space behind the ear, and help bring the reconstructed ear out. Finally, the central cup, or concha, is deepened and the protective door over the canal, or tragus, is created.
If the patient has sufficient internal hearing structures, it may be desirable to create an external auditory canal. Creation of the external ear, however, must be completed before a canal is made.
A patient can be missing an ear as the result of congenital causes, trauma, or malignancy. Congenital, or developmental absence or deficiency of an ear can be the result of a number of syndromes. This includes Hemifacial Microsomia, the First and Second Branchial Arch Syndrome, Goldenhar's Syndrome, Plagiocephaly, and other syndromes. Microtia from the above causes is best reconstructed using a framework made from the patient's own rib cartilage. Non-living materials for ear reconstruction, although readily available, MUST be avoided. They will fail. When extrusion of these non-living materials occurs, it results in infection, intense scaring, and severe deformity. Reconstruction following this situation is difficult, if not impossible. At Fairbanks Plastic Surgery, however, we have been able to salvage a good percentage of failed ear reconstructions.
For the traumatic injury, many reconstruction techniques are available, including the rib cartilage approach that is standard for microtia. Local flaps and cartilage grafts from the opposite ear can also be used where appropriate. For ears lost from malignancy, the resulting scarring usually precludes reconstruction surgery and a prosthesis (a detachable, non-living, plastic ear) is generally required.
Your plastic surgeons at Fairbanks Plastic Surgery Center have extensive experience and expertise in performing total ear reconstruction using autogenous living tissues. As a result of their artistic background and ability, they have successfully produced some of the most natural appearing results available in ear reconstruction today. As a result, patient satisfaction is high.
Using our method of living, carefully carved cartilage grafts, you have the opportunity to achieve the most natural appearing ear reconstruction possible today.
Facelift or Facial Rejuvenation
You may have asked yourself, "If I feel so good, why should I look so old?" and indeed, you don't have to! If you are showing signs of aging, or appear prematurely aged, your appearance can be turned back fifteen to twenty years. You can look younger without any of the stretched, tell-tale signs of having had a facelift.
A well performed procedure, using the most medically advanced techniques, is the most predictable way of restoring the appearance of youth. We can provide you with a long-lasting, natural, and youthful appearance, while continuing to look like yourself.
If you are considering a facelift, you should research your options. Facelift procedures vary, and so are the results. Beware of the clever catch-phrase quickie lifts (e.g. "smart," "life," "lunch hour," "S-lift," "mini," etc.) These are ALL mini lifts. Despite the fact that they are heavily marketed today, these are outdated procedures. They were performed in the 1920s and 1930s. The results are both limited and disappointing. They are performed today generally by practitioners of limited training. The medical science of facial rejuvenation has come a long way since then, so don't settle for hundred-year-old technology when it comes to your health and appearance. At Fairbanks Plastic Surgery, you can expect to receive optimal results with state of the art science.
Facial rejuvenation surgery should not be confused with facial resurfacing procedures, such as laser, chemical peel, or dermabrasion. Facial resurfacing refers to skin surface destruction, which then heals on the surface only. While beneficial in many cases, you cannot expect to attain anything like the rejuvenation and youthful appearance to be had through a medically advanced and well-performed facelift operation.
The most important things to avoid when considering a facelift procedure are the tell-tale signs of having had a facelift. Only a natural looking, younger appearance should be acceptable to you. Inferior facelift procedures result in the loss of sideburns, obvious scars, hair loss, or unsightly stitch or staple marks. These undesirable results are known as facelift stigmata. At Fairbanks Plastic Surgery, we have been able to avoid these unsightly features. Our perfected, medically advanced procedure will give you the youthful appearance you want without looking tight, stretched, or strange. We also employ special techniques to minimize bruising and swelling. Patients can generally plan to resume public appearances in 12 - 14 days.
If you have been considering cosmetic surgery to achieve a more youthful appearance, be sure to call us. One of our plastic surgeons will be happy to explain the principles of the Fairbanks Facelift and the advanced techniques we have been able to achieve on the basis of facial anatomy. Your surgeon will answer your questions and show you examples of our excellent results.