Dr. John M. Sarbak views facial plastic surgery as a process because it often involves multiple steps leading up to and including surgery. It also continues after surgery. There are many factors that contribute to the aging. These include sun exposure, dietary intake, activity level, and genetic predispositions. The goal of this process is to help turn back the effects of time.
For optimal results, as many of these age contributing factors as possible need to be addressed. Dr. Sarbak and his staff will help formulate skin care regimens, dietary alterations, and exercise recommendations to help ensure lasting results.
In addition to making patients look better, Dr. Sarbak wants to create youthful and at the same time natural results. These are important concepts because many of today’s popular techniques bring about results that make you look like you have had surgery. Some of the most tell-tale signs include hollow upper and lower eyelids, skin pulled tightly across the cheeks, and earlobes that lose their dangle (pixie ears). Dr. Sarbak pays strict attention to detail in an effort to avoid these tell-tale signs. He favors techniques that reposition rather than remove tissue. In certain cases, there may even be a need for additional tissue (such as fat grafts) or fillers (Sculptra®, Juvederm® or Restylane®). Skin resurfacing techniques such as laser, dermabrasion, and/ or chemical peels often provide the finishing touch. The end result is to bring about a rested, refreshed appearance rather than a tight, over-pulled look.
When considering a facelift sometimes you need to take a step back and realize that you have to wear your face for the rest of your life. Decisions based solely on price might not work out so well in the long run. Your face is the first thing that people see. It is what people look at during conversation. It is what they remember. It identifies you. It looks back at you through photographs, and on a daily basis, through the mirror. You carry it around with you for your entire lifetime. It represents you forever.
Dr. Sarbak urges you to consider the forever factor when deciding upon any facial surgery and particularly when choosing your surgeon. Surgical changes within your face can be long lasting or permanent. Realize that there are many different ways of performing facial surgery and there are many surgeons performing “plastic” surgery procedures. However, their training and experience vary. It is important to be aware of the differences. There are many boards not part of the ABMS (American Board of Medical Specialties) that are worded to sound official. Dr. Sarbak encourages you to check your physician’s board certification at www.abms.org. Board Certified Plastic Surgeons require at least five years of Plastic Surgery-oriented training after medical school.