Plastic Surgery Specialists
Sep 28, 2011 08:57PM
● By Anonymous
The shroud of mystery surrounding plastic surgery is becoming more and more transparent as patients learn about the many possibilities open to them. In light of increasing interest in plastic surgery, Christopher Spittler, M.D., of Plastic Surgery Specialists, emphasizes the importance of choosing a plastic surgeon that has completed an accredited residency program in plastic surgery and is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
“It’s also important to look for experience,” says Dr. Spittler. “I am never off ended when a patient asks about my training and background. Th at conversation should flow freely between the surgeon and the patient.”
The Plastic Surgery Specialists team is comprised of David Lowe, M.D., Paul Buhrer, M.D., Daniel Laughlin, M.D., and Dr. Spittler. All four are board certified plastic surgeons and members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons. Their 70 years of combined experience make the group somewhat unique. “You’re not going to find many four-man plastic surgery groups with this experience,” Dr. Lowe says. “Our corporate memory goes back to 1984 and brings a continuity that greatly enhances the eff ectiveness of the practice. When you have that many years of experience, there’s not much the practice as a whole has not seen.”
Plastic Surgery Specialists features its own outpatient surgery facility where all cosmetic procedures are performed in privacy and comfort. Reconstructive procedures, such as breast reconstruction aft er surgery for breast cancer, are performed at Anne Arundel Medical Center. (Plastic Surgery Specialists is affi liated with the Breast Center there.) The reconstruction of defects following skin cancer removal, usually on the face, is performed at all of the PSS facilities. Each plastic surgeon has his own nurse who sees patients from the first pre-op visit all the way through surgery and beyond. “Our patients appreciate that level of personal interaction and continuity with the nurse,” says Dr. Laughlin.
The trend today in cosmetic plastic surgery is more toward maintenance. Patients are visiting the plastic surgeon younger or earlier, before they find themselves in a situation where they’ll need something dramatic.
“Our range of services goes from the lowest rung of the ladder, which is skin care, to the highest rung of the ladder—surgery— and includes everything in between,” Dr. Buhrer says. “Most people have seen the different procedures on television or the Internet, and they know what they want: breast reduction or augmentation; face lift ; ear, chin or nose reshaping; tummy tuck; liposuction. Th e fact that we are a large practice means we have the resources to keep up with the latest technologies and procedures in every area of plastic surgery.”
In addition to the Annapolis facility, Plastic Surgery Specialists provides consultations at three satellite locations in Easton, Severna Park and Prince Frederick. The Annapolis, Easton and Severna Park offices feature a medispa staffed with skin care specialists who are backed by the surgeons of Plastic Surgery Specialists.
While cosmetic and reconstructive procedures are very different, the goal of Plastic Surgery Specialists is to provide highly personalized, compassionate care and excellent outcomes for every patient.
Q: My face has begun to sag and show my age. How can I tell if a mini facelift would work for me or if I need the “real thing?”
A: A face lift is a procedure designed to improve the most visible signs of aging by removing excess skin, tightening underlying muscles and re-draping the skin to create a more youthful appearance. If you are a candidate for a full face lift then the mini lift may only provide you with a result that does not last as long as you would expect. A real face lift should last you a lifetime. You will continue to age but you should look ten to fi ft een years younger than you would had you not had the face lift . The result is a younger and more rested-looking appearance.
— David H. Lowe, MD, Surgeon, Plastic Surgery Specialists