Atlanta Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Trust Your Face to a Specialist
Welcome to the Kalos Facial Plastic Surgery LLC website. We put much thought into the design and the information in our site and we hope that you find the information in the site informative, helpful and easy to navigate. We mention quite a few procedures on our website, for ease of use we decided to just touch on the highlights of most procedures. Many of the procedures on our website are discussed in more detail on our patient information/advocacy site: www.aboutfacialplasticsurgery.com - so please feel free to visit this site where you may find more detailed information regarding your procedure.
Our Mission Statement:
Kalos is derived from the ancient Greek word for “Beautiful.” Modern ideal aesthetics are based from principles and standards developed by the ancient Greeks. Facial rejuvenation and augmentation must take these ideals into account when restoring form and function while simultaneously maintaining a natural, balanced, more youthful look. We place these principles at the forefront of surgical planning while applying the most advanced techniques in facial plastic surgery, in order to provide superior, long lasting results. We are committed to our goal of patient satisfaction and strive to provide patients with superior care. Many patients have had surgery with unsatisfactory outcomes. We specialize in revision plastic surgery, undoing what has previously been done. If you have not received your ideal results you can turn to us, and we can help. We look forward to serving you.
The Right Surgery for the Right Patient
When you schedule your initial consultation with Kalos Facial Plastic Surgery LLC, you can rest assured that we will listen closely to your desires and then recommend the procedure that will produce the most optimal results. Dr. Stong, a Fellowship trained double board certified facial plastic surgeon, is committed to providing the highest level of service to each and every patient.
Facelift surgery requires an intimate knowledge of the facial anatomy to perform the state of the art techniques for superior outcomes. Contemporary, experienced facelift surgeons perform the most proven facelift techniques through mini facelift incisions for long lasting superior results with the smallest skin incisions.
Specialized knowledge of rhinoplasty techniques is required for excellent results in Rhinoplasty surgery. Facial Plastic surgeons have the most extensive surgical training and intricate knowledge of the nasal anatomy. The best nose job surgeons understand the relationship of the nose relative to other facial structures, and can customize results to achieve patient goals.
While many of our procedures involve facial surgery for cosmetic reasons, many of our patients have suffered some type of facial trauma and are counting on our expertise to repair any facial injury that they have suffered. We also see patients who have been diagnosed with facial skin cancer or patients who have some type of birth anamoly that they would like corrected. Here are a few types of surgeries that are performed in our practice:
The eyes are often the first facial features to show evidence of aging through sagging or drooping eyelids or excess fat. While some people may be genetically predisposed to drooping eyelids, gravity and aging eventually takes its toll on us all. Blepharoplasty, also known as an eyelid lift, can be done on both the upper and lower eyelids by a licensed plastic surgeon to give patients a more youthful appearance. Lower eyelid blepharoplasty with fat transpositions and contouring that preserve the fat of the eyelid yield the most natural results
Dr. Benjamin Stong is dual board certified in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He has expertise in the most advanced techniques available and can perform blepharoplasty with amazing results.
If the skin on your face has developed wrinkles or pigmentation changes that you are unhappy with or if you had severe acne earlier in life, you may be a good candidate for skin resurfacing. During your initial consultation, we will be able to tell you whether or not skin resurfacing or another procedure will deliver the best result for you.
Kalos Facial Plastic Surgery LLC performs laser procedures, dermabrasion and chemical peels. These procedures can all be effective treatments to help correct imperfections in the skin. Depending on your specific imperfections, you may require light or in some cases deeper rejuvenation procedures. During you initial consultation, we will clearly explain the treatment that we think will deliver the optimal outcome for you.
To schedule your initial consultation, please call or contact our Atlanta Facial Plastic Surgeon today to setup an appointment at your convenience. Kalos Facial Plastic Surgery LLC looks forward to serving you and helping you acheive the results that you desire.
Plastic Surgery FAQ
What is plastic surgery?
Plastic surgery is a surgical specialty dedicated to the reconstruction and cosmetic surgery of the face and body. Reconstructive surgery is generally performed for birth defects, for specific disease processes, or due to traumatic injury. Plastic surgery can involve the repair, reconstruction or replacement of physical defects to improve its form and/or function. The skin, musculoskeletal system, cranio and maxillofacial structures, extremities, hand, breast and trunk, and external genitalia may be involved in plastic surgery. Plastic surgery has two specific disciplines: cosmetic plastic surgery and reconstructive plastic surgery. Generally speaking, plastic surgery is guided by aesthetic surgical principles to restore form and function, and is determined to be cosmetic or reconstructive surgery depending on whether or not it is considered elective.
What is facial plastic surgery?
Facial plastic surgery is a component of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and can be separated into two categories, reconstructive and cosmetic. While both categories focus on improving the structures and features of the face, the guiding principles and overall treatment goals may differ. Reconstructive facial plastic surgery is designed to repair or restore function to a defect or abnormality of the face, including those from a congenital condition, accidental injury, burns, surgical revision and skin cancer. Examples of reconstructive plastic surgery are scar revision, facial paralysis, reconstruction after Mohs surgery, oculoplastic eyelid reconstructive surgery, ear reconstruction, cleft lip and palate reconstruction and nasal reconstruction. Cosmetic facial plastic surgery is used to enhance the appearance of facial structures and features, often improving the signs of aging. Common procedures include facelifts, eye lifts, rhinoplasty, neck lifts and facial injectables. A skilled facial plastic surgeon will use dedicated, proven techniques to create the most aesthetically pleasing results, regardless of whether or not the specific procedure was reconstructive in nature.
What is a plastic surgeon?
A plastic surgeon is a doctor who is surgically trained to reshape or alter the form of the body, for functional and/or aesthetic purposes. In doing so, a plastic surgeon can improve a patient’s appearance and self-image through both reconstructive and cosmetic procedures. While a general plastic surgeon’s training differs from a facial plastic surgeon’s training, they are the two most widely accepted fields in plastic surgery in the United States, and worldwide, for their training standards and board certifications to perform plastic surgery procedures in their respective disciplines. In general, a facial plastic surgeon is certified within the field of ENT and will therefore have more experience and training in head and neck plastic surgery. A facial plastic surgeon completes training that is exclusive to facial procedures. This may include facial cosmetic surgery training in both residency and fellowship. Additional fellowship training signifies expertise and experience beyond a plastic surgeon’s peers who did not complete a fellowship. A general plastic surgeon, however, has more exclusive training, experience, and certification in body plastic surgery, including body contouring procedures such as breast enhancement, tummy tucks, etc. The most esteemed plastic surgeons are those that are trained, experienced and skilled in reconstructive procedures as well as possess an artistic eye for natural beauty, balance and aesthetics.
What is a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon?
A board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. They usually complete either a residency in general surgery or Otolaryngology. They then go on to complete a 2 to 3 year residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery. Some will go on to complete fellowships. A Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon is one who is trained to repair abnormal structures of the body caused by congenital defects, developmental abnormalities, trauma, infection, tumors or disease. This type of surgeon can be chosen to improve function as well as to restore or create a normal appearance as well as perform cosmetic procedures on the body and face.
What is a Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon?
A Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon is one who has undergone dedicated training and certification to perform cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries on the face. These may include procedures to repair congenital abnormalities or defects from traumatic injury or disease. Although the primary focus of a facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon is to restore function or create a normal appearance, he or she should also posses the talented artistry and cosmetic surgical skill it takes to provide the most aesthetically pleasing results.
The most qualified facial plastic surgeons have completed a five-year residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery followed by an additional year of fellowship in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. A facial plastic surgeon should be board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology (ABOto)-Head and Neck Surgery and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ABFPRS). Facial plastic surgeons are qualified to perform plastic surgical procedures from the neck up such as rhinoplasty, eye lid surgery and facelifts as well as reconstructive surgery of the head and neck.
What is a double board certified, fellowship trained, facial plastic surgeon?
A double board certified, fellowship trained plastic surgeon simply means that the surgeon has completed ENT training and is certified by American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. He or she will have also completed an additional year long fellowship exclusively in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and is certified by the ABFPRS. Dr. Benjamin Stong is among an elite group of facial plastic surgeons in the country who is dual board certified and fellowship trained, making him exceptionally qualified to perform both cosmetic and reconstructive procedures from the neck up.
What is a cosmetic surgeon?
The goal of cosmetic surgery is to improve or enhance the aesthetic appearance of a person, while plastic surgery is often used for reconstruction of form and function and may or may not include cosmetic enhancement. A cosmetic surgeon performs procedures and techniques that are primarily guided by enhancing visual appearance while keeping function in mind. This includes goals to improve aesthetic appeal and create balance and proportion. A cosmetic surgeon typically obtains training and experience after completing their residency training in plastic surgery or Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Cosmetic training is often acquired by completing a post-residency fellowship.
It is important to understand that not all cosmetic surgeons are board certified plastic surgeons. Some physicians who call themselves cosmetic surgeons are not practicing under the guidance of a properly credentialed board, such as The American Board of Plastic Surgery or American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and thus they are not held to the highest standards of training and certification.
What is a facial cosmetic surgeon?
A facial cosmetic surgeon is a physician who carries specialization and training in cosmetic surgery of the face. These may include Facial Contouring (Rhinoplasty, Chin, or Cheek Enhancement), Facial Rejuvenation (Facelift, Eyelid Lift, Neck Lift, Brow Lift) as well as Skin Rejuvenation (Laser Resurfacing, Botox®, Filler Treatments). When finding a facial cosmetic surgeon, patients should look for one who has a Board certification by The American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (ABOto-HNS) and The American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. ABFPRS is held to the highest standards among all types of doctors that perform facial cosmetic surgery procedures.
What does double board certification mean in plastic surgery?
General plastic surgeons can be dual board certified by The American Board of Surgery (ABS) or The American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (ABOto-HNS) and the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). They typically perform plastic surgery on the entire body with no advanced training in facial plastic surgery.
A dual board certified or double board certified facial plastic surgeon has undergone extensive education and training to obtain two certifications. Dr. Stong is dual board certified facial plastic surgeon. This means that he is board certified in Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery as well as Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery by the American Board of Otolaryngology and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ABFPRS).
The ABFPRS outlines board certification credentials as surgeons who have completed the following:
- Has completed an approved residency in one of the two surgical specialties that include identifiable training in all aspects of facial plastic surgery (otolaryngology/head-and-neck surgery or plastic surgery, generally)
- Is double boarded, having earned prior certification in one of those specialties through the American Board of Medical Specialties or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Canada
- Has successfully completed a two-day examination
- Has submitted for peer-review an acceptable record of at least two years’ clinical experience, including operative reports of a minimum 100 facial plastic surgeries
- Holds proper licensure and subscribes to the ABFPRS Code of Ethics.
Dr. Stong proudly displays an ABFPRS diplomate logo, which is a recognition of excellence and symbolizes the highest level of specialization, education, and certification in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive surgery.
What are the most common facial plastic surgeries?
Rhinoplasty and Eyelid Surgery are by far the most common facial plastic cosmetic surgeries performed. For women, facelift surgery is also frequently requested. When it comes to non-surgical procedures to improve facial appearance, Botox remains the most popular cosmetic procedure in the world. Botox and bruise-free facial fillers are becoming increasingly popular as patients seek to camouflage facial aging and/or delay surgical procedures.
What are the most common facial plastic surgeries in men vs women?
While men and women may both seek facial plastic surgery to restore a youthful appearance or enhance their natural beauty, there are specific procedures that are more effective and more common in men versus women. Men often seek procedures such as Rhinoplasty, Eyelid lift/blepharoplasty, Direct Neck Lift, Facelift and Botox to address the signs of facial aging and/or achieve a more atractive, masculine appearance. Women continue to request facelifts, blepharoplasty, rhinoplasty, and Botox as leading facial plastic surgeries. Dr. Stong is careful to tailor each facial plastic procedure to the unique needs of a male versus a female patient, as there are distinct features that are attractive in men that may not be appealing for women. An experienced plastic surgeon understands how to create dramatic, natural-looking results in men without feminizing their appearance.
Why do patients get plastic surgery?
Patients choose plastic surgery to correct an aesthetic flaw or enhance their appearance. This can be driven by reconstructive needs to repair an abnormality or defect, which often includes restoring proper function and/or a normal appearance. Plastic surgery may also be chosen as an elective procedure to improve one’s self-image and restore a more youthful appearance. Plastic surgery that is cosmetic in nature typically involves procedures to improve the effects of aging on the face or body and enhance beauty in specific features. Plastic surgery involves a wide spectrum of procedures, including surgical and non-surgical techniques.
Why do patients get facelifts?
Patients who want the best and most long-term solution to address facial aging choose a facelift. Facial aging commonly includes loss of volume and skin elasticity, which produces sagging, wrinkles and fine lines on the face. A facelift involves removing, lifting, and tightening this loose skin and tissues of the cheeks and neck, which creates a more attractive definition and contour to the cheeks, jawline and chin. Patients who choose facelift surgery gain long-lasting results of a more youthful, rested appearance that facial injectables cannot offer.
Why do patients get a rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty is one of the most sought after cosmetic surgery procedures, especially among men. Patients choose rhinoplasty to address unwanted nasal features that may have developed over time, from an injury or that were present at birth, such as a large nose, crooked appearance, nasal hump, wide nostrils or bulbous tip. Rhinoplasty can involve specific techniques to reduce the size of the nose, re-sculpting the tip or bridge, narrowing the span of the nostrils and/or altering the angle between the nose and the upper lip.
Why do patients get a blepharoplasty?
Patients undergo blepharoplasty (or eyelid surgery) to rejuvenate the eyes and address aging concerns in the upper and lower eyelids. Blepharoplasty is an effective procedure to improve excessive upper eyelid skin (hooding) lower eyelid wrinkles, excess fat or puffiness in the upper and lower eyelids as well as bags underneath the eyes. Both men and women who are concerned with signs of aging around the eyes and want a long-term solution can make excellent candidates for eyelid surgery.
What are bruise free injectables?
Bruise free injectables involve the use of the revolutionary Micro-cannula technique, in which a blunt-tip cannula (small cylindrical tube) is used instead of a traditional sharp hypodermic needle. This significantly reduces the likelihood of piercing a blood vessel during a facial filler injection, which means virtually no bruising and very minimal swelling in result. Micro-cannula injections are much safer and more comfortable for the patient and provide improved accuracy for the plastic surgeon. Dr. Stong is one of very few plastic surgeons in the country who use bruise free injectables almost exclusively when offering facial filler treatments.
What is a Hair Transplant?
A hair transplant is a surgical procedure used for men and women with hair loss, but is especially beneficial for patients with male pattern baldness. During hair transplant surgery, hair is harvested from the donor areas of the scalp (usually the back and/or sides) and transplanted into to areas that are thinning or bald. These recipient areas typically include the front, top, or crown of the scalp. Hair transplant is performed using one of two methods: Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) (strip method) or Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) using automated NeoGraft technology. Once the healthy hair follicles are transplanted, the hair looks very natural and will continue to grow for a lifetime. FUE using NeoGraft continues to be the preferred hair transplant method available, as it involves no linear scar, no stitches and minimal downtime. With an FUE transplant, patients are free to wear their hair short.
How are lasers used in skin rejuvenation?
Laser therapy can be used to address wrinkles, fine lines, sun damage, telangiectasia, veins, acne and scars on the face. The use of lasers to provide skin rejuvenation can be considered a multiplatform approach, as there are many different types and levels of lasers available that are specifically designed to target certain skin concerns. At Kalos Facial Plastic Surgery, LLC, we offer the most advanced laser systems, including those that treat spider veins and vascular lesions, those that target rosacea, age spots and pigmentation as well as those that build collagen and smooth out the skin surface. Our practice offer the latest laser technology in fractionated and non-fractionated ablative laser skin resurfacing that provides total skin rejuvenation while also adding mild skin tightening through thermal contraction.
In general, laser therapy works by using short, concentrated single wavelength energy pulses to the affected area of skin. This removes the unwanted or damaged target. With skin resurfacing or ablative procedures, new skin cells replace the ones removed and fibroblasts are stimulated to produce collagen, which ultimately gives the skin a firmer, more youthful appearance. Laser skin rejuvenation can be used alone or to enhance other cosmetic facial cosmetic surgeries.
Why do patients need reconstructive surgery?
Patients may need reconstructive surgery to repair or restore function to a defect or abnormality of the face or body. This may include defects from a congenital condition, accidental injury, burn, surgical revision or skin cancer. Examples of facial reconstructive plastic surgery includes oculoplastic surgery, Mohs skin cancer reconstruction, scar revision, nasal reconstruction and facial paralysis correction. An experienced facial plastic surgeon who is board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery understands the primary goal of restoring proper form and function of the affected area, but will ultimately be guided by aesthetic principles to create the most natural and attractive outcome.
Why do patients get Mohs or skin cancer reconstruction?
Skin cancer can be deadly if it is not detected early and removed entirely. Mohs microscopic surgery is by far the most effective procedure to remove skin cancer. In fact, with Mohs surgery patients gain a skin cancer cure rate that exceeds 99 percent for basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas. During Mohs surgery, thin layers of cancerous skin are methodically removed and carefully examined by a Mohs surgeon until only cancer-free tissue remains. Although this technique is extremely effective, it can require plastic surgery to close and repair the wounds left behind. This is most often the case when Mohs surgery is performed on the delicate features of the face, including the eyelids, lips, ears and nose.
Mohs reconstruction involves meticulous technique to restore the facial lesion to optimal aesthetics. This type of reconstructive facial plastic surgery may involve camouflaging incisions in relaxed skin tension lines as well as using primary closure/elliptical closure, local flap closure, regional flap closure and/or skin grafts. Dr. Stong is a skilled Mohs Reconstructive Surgeon who uses sophisticated skin closure techniques to restore proper form and function of the affected facial area as well as to create the most undetectable scar and natural appearance after skin cancer surgery.
How does plastic surgery improve a person’s quality of life?
There are many ways that plastic surgery can improve or enhance your quality of life. A rejuvenated and attractive appearance can improve self-confidence, enrich your relationships and even strengthen your professional career. For many patients, plastic surgery simply allows them to look as good as they feel, which can be an invaluable advantage at any stage of life. For reconstructive patients it can restore ones confidence and self-esteem allowing them to live normal lives.
What are the biggest concerns patients have before plastic surgery?
As with any type of surgery, there is often an associated level of patient anxiety and health risks. However, for plastic surgery, many patients are concerned about the post-operative period including social downtime, finding someone to take care of them as well as managing their work schedule and family/social commitments during recovery. We carefully listen to each patient’s concerns prior to surgery. Many patients are pleased to discover that we offer multiple plastic surgery procedures that involve minimally invasive techniques and require little downtime.
In general, what is the healing time frame from a plastic surgery procedure?
While each procedure is distinct, complete healing from most plastic surgery occurs over a year to 18 months time frame. This does not mean that you will not see results much sooner, as this is a general guideline as to when your body should be fully healed and recovered internally and externally. Bruising and swelling may last about 2 weeks. However, the initial recovery and healing time period is variable based on the specific plastic surgery procedure performed. The use of drains following a procedure may extend healing, but they may sometimes be necessary and can ultimately improve outcomes.
How do I prevent complications from plastic surgery?
Your plastic surgery outcome is only as good as the plastic surgeon you choose. It is very important to consider a balance of experience and training when electing a plastic surgeon. In addition, choose a plastic surgeon that carries the best board certifications (or dual certifications) for your specific desired procedure. For example, to avoid complications in facial plastic surgery, consider a surgeon who is double board certified in Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery as well as Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery by the American Board of Otolaryngology and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ABFPRS) for the most highly regarded credentialing. A plastic surgeon with both strong experience and elite training can profoundly increase your chances of achieving results that are natural, balanced and aesthetically pleasing.