About The Center for Facial Plastic Surgery
One of the most common concerns expressed by patients prior to receiving treatment is the fear that they will look “overdone” or “fake.” At The Center for Facial Plastic Surgery we stress natural results (See Patient Photos). At your initial consultation we spend a significant amount of time discussing your concerns and relating them to your specific anatomy. Our goal is to develop an individualized treatment plan that creates a refreshed appearance but maintains your identity.
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This practice is focused solely upon the face and neck. Our dedication and experience will provide you the best results possible. Dr. Gary Churchill and Dr. Mark Been are head and neck surgeons who have specialized in facial cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Geeta Been is an oculoplastic surgeon, meaning she is an ophthalmologist with specialty training in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the eyelids and periorbital area. The collaboration amongst the surgeons enables our practice to offer patients sound and comprehensive treatment plans.
The first step is to schedule a consultation and speak with one of the surgeons. We are determined to provide you the best treatment possible. Our office offers a number of surgical and non-surgical treatment options to help you look your best. During the consultation we strive to educate patients so they can choose the treatment that best fits their goals.
Nearly all surgeries are performed in our private surgical suites located at our office. This affords a number of advantages compared to performing surgery in a hospital or large surgery center: We are able to provide faster, more compassionate and discreet care for each patient. All of our staff are focused solely upon facial plastic surgery procedures. There is a much reduced risk of infections. Additionally, the cost to patients is reduced.
It depends on your surgery. We use two main types of anesthesia:
This is administered by injecting a numbing agent into the area being treated. It may be used alone for minor procedures and is usually combined with twilight anesthesia to reduce pain after surgery. Its use also cuts the amount of intravenous medications needed during twilight procedures.
We use twilight anesthesia for most of our procedures. An anesthesia provider will administer an intravenous sedative and monitor you throughout the surgery. Our goal is to keep you sedated and comfortable. Most patients do not remember anything during the procedure. However, you will be breathing on your own without the need for a breathing tube or artificial ventilation. When you wake you will feel drowsy, but this rapidly improves. Most patients are fully awake and feel ready to leave the office within an hour.
The fear of post-operative pain prevents some people from pursuing cosmetic surgery. However, facial surgery is generally not very painful. In fact, nearly all of our patients report that their recovery was faster and more comfortable than expected. Most patients can control discomfort with extra strength Tylenol®; however, prescription pain medication may be necessary for the first several days after surgery and is available for all patients if needed.
You will have an initial consultation and then a separate pre-operative appointment prior to the surgery. Depending on the surgery, the doctor usually checks your post-op progress after:
- 1 day
- 1 week
- 1 month
- 3 months
- 6 months – 1year
Photographs are generally taken after the first month to mark your progress.
While most cosmetic procedures are not covered by insurance, Drs. Mark and Geeta Been accept insurance for several types of procedures:
- Skin cancer removal or repair
- Drooping eyelids or eyebrows that hinder vision
- Nasal septal deviation
- Congenital facial defects and growths
- Post-trauma reconstruction
- Scar revision
We recommend that you check with your insurer after your initial consultation. Your insurance company may require additional information or pre-certification. The Center for Facial Plastic Surgery is happy to write letters to the insurer, as needed.
Yes! Drs. Mark and Geeta Been have partnered with Alphaeon Credit, a program that offers patients multiple financing options. During your consultation we can discuss which option may be the best fit for you. The application is simple—within minutes we can submit your application and find out if you’ve been approved.