Your facial plastic surgeon must be a physician with the skills of a craftsman, an artist, and a psychologist. Asking him straight-forward questions, such as where he received his medical training, his practice background, any medical school appointments, honors and professional titles, and his candor in discussing not only the rewards of your surgery, but its risks and complications, is an excellent beginning. His willingness to share this information without glossing over your concerns will help you to decide whether he is the most appropriate choice to perform your surgery.
While it’s true that assessing a New Jersey facial plastic surgeon’s credentials should be one of your top priorities, other equally important criteria enter into consideration. For example, what is the comfort level of your cosmetic surgeon in performing your procedure?
The Drs. Glasgold limit the scope of their practice, concentrating on just a few of the myriad of proven facial plastic surgery procedures available today. “We’re not all over the map,” says Dr. Mark Glasgold. “When we became surgeons, my father, my brother, and I, each made the conscious decision to be a specialist rather than a generalist. Then we took our professional choice a step further by narrowing our surgical focus so that we could confidently tell our patients that they would receive the highest caliber of facial plastic surgery expertise.”
At the Glasgold Group, Dr. Alvin, who founded the practice more than 30 years ago, performs more primary rhinoplasties and revision rhinoplasties in a month than most facial plastic surgeons do in a year. The same depth of experience applies to Dr. Mark who specializes in aging facial rejuvenation techniques. His surgery calendar is filled with facelift and fat transfer cases week after week. And Dr. Robert, following in his father’s footsteps, sees patients who seek a rhinoplasty. He also specializes in facial rejuvenation and the proven facial fillers that are administered through injection. “We are continually investigating new cosmetic facial techniques so that we can offer patients many proven alternative approaches,” says Dr. Robert.
New Jersey facial plastic surgeon Dr. Alvin encourages patient feedback; he counsels anyone considering facial plastic surgery to first contact people who have already undergone the desired procedure. “Our most important referral source is other patients. While it’s very important that you verify the surgeon’s surgical caliber, what his patients think of him, and how satisfied they are with his results, should also be explored.”
Probably one of the most significant benchmarks of a surgeon’s abilities is having board certification. Another is the professional recognition he garners from his colleagues. Both Dr. Alvin and Dr. Mark are favorite guest speakers on facial rejuvenation techniques at medical conferences both here and abroad. Dr. Alvin was an original board member and examiner of the American Board of Facial Plastic Surgery (ABFPS). He and Dr. Mark are co-directors of one of the organization’s select fellowship facial plastic surgery training programs. Each year, for more than a decade, the Glasgold Group has been recognized, not only by its peers, but by the ABFPS as physicians uniquely qualified to train promising young doctors in the complex art of facial plastic surgery.
During the initial office consultation it’s extremely beneficial to interview the supporting staff. “Our patients are our number one priority and their welfare is a high priority of our staff,” says Dr. Mark.
The last piece of vital information you’ll need concerns where your surgery will take place. Surgeries at the Glasgold Group are performed in its center’s surgery suite in Princeton New Jersey, the Ambulatory Surgical Facility at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and the Robert Wood Johnson Surgical Center in East Brunswick, New Jersey