As a recognized leader in facial plastic surgery education, Dr. Buckingham has been invited to contribute as a lecturer at the 11th International Symposium of Facial Plastic Surgery. This is sponsored by the AAFPRS Foundation in conjunction with the IFFPSS, will take place nearby Times Square in New York City in May of 2014. This conference will represent the 50th anniversary of the AAFPRS.
The academic program will include comprehensive lectures in all aspects of facial plastic surgery, including topics on aesthetic, reconstructive, congenital, and trauma surgery. The symposium will demonstrate how vast the specialty of facial plastic surgery has become, and will include an international faculty covering the broad range of facial plastic surgery.
The symposium will be a broad and dynamic meeting, drawing both speakers and participants from diverse countries and specialties to provide a comprehensive and in-depth experience in facial plastic surgery.
What is IFFPSS?
Facial plastic surgery is the surgical specialty, which focuses on treating the defects of the face and neck including congenital, traumatic, or neoplasm related and the results of the aging process.
The International Federation of Facial Plastic Surgery Societies is a group of societies of facial plastic surgeons from various countries around the world. This Federation was formed in 1997 after extensive discussions initiated by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
Dr. Buckingham is always honored to be recognized by a prestigious organization as the IFFPSS.
Dr. Buckingham has been re-elected as a delegate to the Texas Medical Association as a representative from Travis County. Dr. Buckingham’s responsibilities include writing resolutions for bills to be presented at the annual House of Delegates meeting.
The Texas Medical Association, the nation’s largest and one of the oldest and most powerful state medical societies, speaks out for nearly 46,000 physician and medical student members across the state in our commitment to improve the health of all Texans. In partnership with our 120 county medical societies, we have been helping Texas physicians set high professional and ethical standards since 1853.
The TMA is governed by a 472-member House of Delegates, the legislative and policymaking body. The house is made up of elected county medical society delegates (one delegate per 100 members or fraction) and the following ex officio: members of the Board of Trustees, 15 councilors, Texas delegates and alternate delegates to the American Medical Association, members of the Council on Legislation and chairs of the other councils, delegates from the Young Physician Section, International Medical Graduate Section, Resident and Fellow Section, and Medical Student Section, and delegates of selected specialty societies.
Dr. Buckingham has been selected for the third year in a row to receive the Patient’s Choice Award for 2012. Patients’ Choice recognition reflects the difference doctors make in the lives of their patients. The honor is bestowed on physicians and dentists who have received near perfect scores, as voted by their patients. They provide overall opinions and rate various components of care, such as bedside manner, doctor-patient face time, degree of follow-up, and courtesy of office staff. While doctors generally receive positive reviews from their patients, only a select few receive uniformly rave reviews worthy of a Patients’ Choice acknowledgement. In fact, of the nation’s 830,000 active doctors, only 5% were accorded this honor by their patients in 2012.
Also, Dr. Buckingham has been nominated as a Distinguished Surgeon for 2012-2013 by the Austin Area Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN). The nomination reflects the Dr. Buckingham’s commitment to teamwork, patient safety and the highest standards of quality care.
The winter meeting for the American Academy for Facial Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery in Beaver Creek, CO the last week of January was a big success. Dr. Buckingham served of Co-Director for the meeting. The latest techniques for aesthetic as well as reconstructive surgery were discussed regarding facial aging and rhinoplasty.
Dr. Buckingham and his wife Dr. Dawn Buckingham, an opthamologist with the Eye Physicians of Austin, have been recognized as “Pacesetters” for becoming major donors in 2012 for the Texas Medical Association Foundation. This is yet another symbol of their strong commitment to improving the lives and the health of others. TMAF funded initiatives enable physicians and their families to give back to their community and take a visible leadership role toward improving the health of all Texans. Two particular programs supported by the TMAF are TMA’s Hard Hats for Little Heads (HHLH) which provides helmets for children across Texas and BE WISE – IMMUNIZE aiming to provide clear information and advice on childhood diseases and explain how vaccinations can protect children from these serious and sometimes fatal illnesses.
Dr. Buckingham has been named in the January issue of Austin Monthly as a Top Doctor of 2013. Check out the issue on newsstands now.
It is a real honor to be asked to direct a meeting for the American Academy of Facial Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Buckingham will be Co-Director of the facial plastics meeting to take place in Beaver Creek, CO at the end of January. Dr. Buckingham has been responsible for setting the program for the meeting and inviting faculty to lecture. It should be a great meeting for both education and recreation.
Dr. Buckingham has been invited to participate as a faculty speaker at the AAFPRS International Aging Face Course February 4-8, 2014 in San Diego, CA. Topics potentially to be discussed by Dr. Buckingham are technique and results related to autogolous fat transfer and determining when to perform a limited (mini) lift vs. more invasive lower facelift
The president of the ABFPRS, Mark V. Connelly, M.D. has asked Dr. Buckingham to chair the committee on Graduate Medical Education. This will be a three year term for Dr. Buckingham.
Buckingham Center is now offering Belotero®. This is a unique soft, cohesive gel dermal filler which is able to fill in your wrinkles for results that are even, smooth and immediate. Belotero® is injected into the skin using a fine needle, filling in your wrinkles instantaneously before you very eyes.
While attending the annual meeting last month in Washington D.C. for the American Academy of Facial Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery, Dr. Buckingham was appointed to a 3 year term as chair of the Regulatory and Socio-economic committee for the AAFPRS. Dr. Buckingham is currently in his second year as a board member for the American Board of Facial Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery. Also, the board held their semi-annual meeting while in D.C.
Dr. Buckingham is once again attending the Annual Meeting for the American Academy for Facial Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery September 4th-September 8th in Washington D.C. Among many topics discussed at the conference, emphasis will be focused on continuing to improve inter-specialty relations between Facial Plastics and General Plastics. Dr. Buckingham’s Patient Care Consultant, Alli Byrom, will be attending the annual meeting for the Organization of Facial Plastic Surgery Assistants that coincides with the Annual Academy meeting.
Another Nurse; PCA Training
Buckingham Center for Facial Plastic Surgery is proud to announce the growth of the practice with the addition Laura Meyers, R.N. Laura has been an Austinite for going on 10 years. She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Texas. Laura comes to Buckingham Center with 5 years of hospital background in the operating room where she worked in all surgery specialties. It was there that she found her lover for aesthetics and plastic surgery.
All staff attended an in-depth class on PCASkin® Ingredient and Product knowledge. This information will allow the Buckingham Center team to provide optimal care and instruction for all patients. Please call and request your PCASkin® consult at no-charge. Participants will go home with travel sizes of Facial Wash, Moisturizer w/ SPF, night-time moisturizer.
July recap of June meetings attended by Dr. Buckingham
At the board meeting for the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery held in June in Washington D.C., Dr. Buckingham dealt with the administrative responsibilities with managing the board. Admitting new diplomats was next on the agenda, followed by discussion of state legislations for the certifications. Dr. Buckingham then served as a delegate for the AAFPRS at the AMA meeting in Chicago a few days later. The discussion mainly focused on patient care in relation to medical politics. There was also extensive discussion on ways to improve the newly passed patient care act.
June will be a busy month for Dr. Buckingham.
Dr. Buckingham sits on the American Board for Facial Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery. A portion of his responsibilities include composing and revising questions for both the oral and written board exams administered annually in Washington D.C. While in D.C., Dr. Buckingham will be attending the semi-annual meeting of the AAFPRS.
As if this is not enough for one person in one week, Dr. Buckingham will also be attending the annual meeting for the American Medical Academy in Chicago, Illlinois.
Dr. Buckingham recently tested for recertification of his Otolaryngology Board. This is a required exam every 10 years. This is one of the two board certifications Dr. Buckingham holds. With the ongoing annual requirements for maintenance of certification Dr. Buckingham will be certified until 2023.
Dr. Buckingham recently attended the Aging Face meeting of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in San Diego. Dr. Buckingham participated as faculty during the meeting giving a lecture on Autologous Fat Grafting. Dr. Buckingham’s lecture showed an intraoperative video of the fat grafting procedure from start to finish and displayed two and five year patient results. The lecture received great reviews with several surgeons asking if they can come to Austin to observe Dr. Buckingham’s technique.
Dr. Buckingham also participated on a panel discussing various difficult practice situations from how to handle difficult patients to the best advice for a young surgeon starting a practice regarding marketing, procedures to offer and office set-up. The panel was formatted as a group of surgeons in practice for 20 or more years contrasting their opinions with surgeons in practice for less than 20 years. The panel very much highlighted the many aspects of medicine that have changed over the years.
Dr. Buckingham was also asked to co-direct the facial plastics meeting to take place in Beaver Creek, CO in January of 2013. It is a real honor to be asked to direct a meeting. Dr. Buckingham will be responsible for setting the program for the meeting and inviting faculty to lecture. It should be a great meeting for both education and recreation.
Dr. Buckingham recently represented the American Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery at the interim meeting of the American Medical Association in New Orleans. While physicians across the country have struggled with the opinions of the American Medical Association, the American public still believes that the AMA represents physician interests. Dr. Buckingham is an alternate delegate to the American Medical Association and believes that only through participation will the organization’s policy represent the opinions of the majority of physicians in America.
Highlights of the meeting include continued efforts to solve the payment crisis of Medicare, improve regulation of medical spas which do not have adequate supervision, delayed implementation of new cumbersome diagnosis codes and many other items. Dr. Buckingham served on the reference committee for legislature and was responsible for assisting in writing much of the policy assigned to that committee.
Dr. Buckingham recently attended the fall meeting of the American Academy of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. The meeting consisted of his attendance of his committee meeting followed by educational activities. As is usual, most of the meeting consisted of a few fine patches but usually reconfirmation of current techniques. One area of excitement however has been the development of a new processing method for autologous fat transfer, Puregraft. Puregraft is a specialized filtration system which fat for injection is harvested and rinsed through the filtration bag. All of the undesirable elements of the fat transfer are removed including red blood cells, white blood cells, inflammatory mediators and free fatty acids. All that remains are the viable fat cells and stem cells. We have begun using the Puregraft for all of our fat transfers and believe that it will lead to decreased recovery time and improved consistency of our results.
Dr. Buckingham has been asked to speak at the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Aging Face Course in San Diego, CA in January of 2012. Dr. Buckingham has been asked to give lectures on his techniques for autologous fat grafting as well as provide in-site into the successful operation and promotion of a successful facial plastic surgery practice. It is always an honor to be invited to speak at one of the premier meetings in facial plastic surgery.
Dr. Buckingham recently represented the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive surgery at the AMA meeting in Chicago. Dr. Buckingham strongly believes that the health care system in the U.S. is not sustainable. While the AAFPRS and Dr. Buckingham often do not agree with the AMA and their stance on health care reform, we feel that continued intelligent involvement in the AMA is the only way to attempt to change course in a beneficial direction for our patients.
Dr. Buckingham traveled to Washington DC as a director for the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. The semi-annual meeting corresponds with the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery examination, which Dr. Buckingham assists in writing, editing and administering. Unfortunately, Dr. Buckingham was unable to administer the exam this year due to a conflict with the AMA meeting.
The Buckingham Center for Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery began construction on our new location to be opening in August at 2745 Bee Caves Rd in Rollingwood/Westlake. The new office will provide more convenient access for all of Austin as it is located just one light off Loop 1. The building is quite new and our space will be expanding in size. The office will have direct access for excellent privacy of patients. We look forward to completion and will plan an event once it is complete.
Dr. Buckingham and Rene Thomas, R.N. recently attended the Annual Fall meeting of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Boston. Dr. Buckingham taught a course in the management of melanoma and a course on Autologous Fat Grafting. Both courses were well attended, but the fat transfer workshop was a huge hit with over 100 physicians from all over the world in attendance.
Dr. Buckingham was also elected to sit of the Board of Directors for the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. The ABFPRS is the certifying board for facial plastic surgery. Dr. Buckingham has served on the boards written and oral exam development committees for several years and has been an oral examiner for three years. This new post will add more responsibility for Dr. Buckingham regarding the decisions of the board on matters such as maintenance of certification. Dr. Buckingham is honored to be selected to serve on the board.
Dr. Buckingham recently published an article in the August 2010 edition of Facial Plastic Surgery Clinics Of North America entitled “Autologous Fat and Fillers in Periocular Rejuvenation”. Click here to read the article.
Dr. Buckingham has again been selected as the #1 cosmetic surgeon in Austin by the Austin Business Journal. The survey of Austin Cosmetic Surgeons is based on the number of cosmetic surgeries performed in the year. Dr. Buckingham by specializing in facial surgery only has developed a reputation for excellent work which has propelled him to the number one spot for the second consecutive year.
Dr. Buckingham has again been invited to be an examiner for the 2010 American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. The exam will take place in June in Washington DC over two days. Dr. Buckingham will be participating in the oral examination of physicians seeking board certification.
Dr. Buckingham has been invited to present at the fall meeting of the American Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery on two topics. The first is a functional topic-Contemporary Management of Cutaneous Melanoma. In the lecture Dr. Buckingham will summarize the complete treatment of skin melanoma from diagnosis and pathophysiology to treatment of lymph nodes. The second topic will be in conjunction with a cosmetic panel on the use of autologous fat for facial rejuvenation. Dr. Buckingham will be talking on how to incorporate autologous fat transfer into clinical practice. It is a great honor to be selected by the Academy as a leader in the field and to present at the Annual Meeting.
Dr. Buckingham and staff recently attended the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery annual fall meeting in San Diego, CA. Dr. Buckingham sits on various committees of the AAFPRS as well as the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. The newest trends in facial plastic surgery as well as confirmation of reliable techniques were reviewed during the meeting. The staff of the Buckingham Center is dedicated to participating and attending a wide variety of national meeting to be sure we are able to provide the best care possible.
Dr. Buckingham will travel to Chicago this weekend to participate in speaker training for Dysport. Dr. Buckingham is an expert speaker for the Medicis corporation, the makers of Restylane, Perlane and now Dysport. Dysport is the new neuromuscular blocking agent, botulinum A, that competes with Botox. Dr. Buckingham will have the privilege of learning the latest information about the use of Dysport for facial aesthetics. Following the training session he will be responsible for disseminating the information to the local central Texas market.
The Buckingham Center for Facial Plastic surgery was named as the #1 cosmetic surgery practice in Austin by the Austin Business Journal. The ABJ surveys local cosmetic surgeons to determine the number of cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries performed by the individual physicians. Dr. Buckingham was listed as the #1 physician in the Austin area for the year 2008.
Dr. Buckingham has been asked to write an article for the Facial Plastic Surgery Clinics of North America. The topic of the article is Periorbital Rejuvenation, Fillers to Fat Transfer. Dr. Buckingham presented his two year results of autologous fat transfer at the AAFPRS Winter Meeting. The physician who is editing the Clinics attended that presentation and was impressed with the results. He requested that Dr. Buckingham write the article highlighting the technique as well as discuss other volume augmentation alternatives for rejuvenating the periorbital region. We will look forward to the publication sometime in early 2010.
In a survey of Cosmetic Surgeons in the Austin area, Dr. Buckingham was named the 2nd busiest cosmetic surgeon in the Austin area. It is a real honor to know the number of patients that rely on our practice for their cosmetic needs. We have been fortunate in the down economy to have such dedicated patients. We continue to provide the highest level of customer care and deliver superior results for both our cosmetic and reconstructive patients. Thanks to Austin for allowing us to achieve this position.
Dr. Buckingham has been invited by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery to administer the Oral Board examination in Washington, DC in June. This will be the second year Dr. Buckingham has administered the exam. Dr. Buckingham also sits on the oral and written development committees for the American Board which reviews new questions for both the oral and written exam and is responsible for reviewing the latest scientific articles to create new questions for the board.
Dr. Buckingham was invited by Medicis Inc., makers of Restylane and Perlane, to be a professional speaker for the company. This means that Dr. Buckingham has been selected as an expert injector and will be giving lectures to other physicians on behalf of the company and instructing other physicians on injecting technique. We are happy to support Medicis in this endeavor.
Dr. Buckingham was invited by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery to present his two year results of Lipotransfer at the Winter meeting in Telluride Colorado. Fat transfer or lipotransfer is a procedure that restores facial youth by placing the patient’s own living adipose cells harvested from the lower body into the face to replace the lost volume of youth. It has been felt in the past that fat transfer did not provide long term results however using Dr. Buckingham’s technique Dr. Buckingham and others have proven the longevity of the procedure. Dr. Buckingham was pleased to present before and after photos of patients two years or more after fat transfer with outstanding results. Photos of these patients and others are available on this website.
Dr. Buckingham will travel to San Francisco, California to participate in a weekend conference for physicians utilizing the Relaxed Expressions™ technology for frown muscle treatment. Dr. Buckingham is one of a few physicians in the USA who are members of the alpha group involved in the initial treatment of patients in clinical practice for this exciting technology. The technology has recently been purchased by Bioform Technolgies Inc. makers of Radiesse. Bioform has a long history in the cosmetic market and will be well suited to bring this technology to the forefront of cosmetic procedures. They have renamed the procedure Relaxed Expressions. More can be found about the Relaxed Expressions™ or Relaxed Expressions procedure on our website. Look to our website in the future for new developments of this technology.
Dr. Buckingham and his staff recently traveled to Chicago to attend and participate in the annual fall meeting of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Buckingham sits on several committees of both the American Academy and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. The meeting was a huge success with over 700 physicians from around the world in attendance. Topics included facelifting, rhinoplasty, blepharoplasty, fat transfer, skin resurfacing, lasers, fillers, botox and reconstructive surgery. The American Board continued to discuss the maintenance of certification process of which the Facial Plastic Board has been a leader across the country in developing and implementing the testing process. Even though many physicians have been grandfathered nearly all of the leaders of the Facial Plastic Academy have re-certified already which is unprecedented in medicine. The Facial Plastic and Reconstructive specialty continues to be the leader in the field in many ways.
Dr. Buckingham recently traveled to Washington, D.C. to administer the oral board examination for the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Buckingham is one of a handful of facial plastic surgeons in the country who has been selected to examine the future board certified facial plastic surgeons in the U.S. In addition to administering the oral examination, Dr. Buckingham also serves on the Board’s oral examination development committee and the written examination development committee. These committees are responsible for writing question for the board exam and reviewing oral and written questions written by other physicians in preparation for inclusion on the exam.
Dr. Buckingham was featured on FOX 7 news morning show on February 27th. Dr. Buckingham was invited to be a guest after performing a nasal reconstruction following skin cancer excision for a local news celebrity. Dr. Susan Dozier, dermatologist, and Dr. Buckingham presented valuable information to the public about skin cancer screening, treatment and repair.
The Buckingham Center for Facial Plastic Surgery is proud to be one of the first providers in Central Texas of Relaxed Expressions™. Relaxed Expressions™ is a revolutionary new treatment utilizing bipolar radio frequency (RF) technology to target motor nerves, (nerves that initiate muscle action). This treatment ablates the nerve, causing the unwanted furrows to disappear. This Bipolar Radio Frequency technology has been used in lifesaving cardiology treatments for over 10 years. Relaxed Expressions™ uses a patent pending combination of technologies to precisely locate bodily structures, and then apply therapeutic energy. A low intensity stimulator allows us to precisely locate the structure for treatment. Following location, a specific dose of RF energy is applied to effectively ablate a portion of the targeted structure. The result is similar to BOTOX, but more permanent.
Dr. Buckingham has been invited to be an examiner for the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Washington, D.C. Dr. Buckingham sits on the examination development committee for the oral and written examinations of the Board. He feels that board certification and the maintenance of the board certification process are integral elements in physician training and measurement of performance.
Dr. Buckingham recently returned from Vail Colorado and the Winter meeting of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. The meeting is attended by specialists in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery from different disciplines. Dr. Buckingham delivered presentations on the topics of Autologous Fat Transfer and Nasal Reconstruction. Both talks were well received and generated much interest and inquiries regarding Dr. Buckingham’s expertise in both areas. Dr. Buckingham is a regular attendee of national and international meetings and is a regular speaker. He feels that participating in frequent meetings as an attendee and speaker keeps the Buckingham Center at the forefront of facial plastic and reconstructive surgeries.
Dr. Buckingham has been invited to be on faculty for the Winter meeting of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Buckingham has been asked to speak about nasal reconstruction and cosmetic rejuvination of the periorbital area. As a recongnized expert in these areas, Dr. Buckingham will share his techniques with many other attendees as well as attend the meeting as a participant to continue to gather information about the newest most effective techniques in facial surgery.
Dr. Buckingham recently attended the interim meeting of the American Medical Association. Dr. Buckingham is a delagate to the YPS section of the AMA representing the Texas Delegation. The AMA is intimately involved in assuring that governmental action takes place to constantly improve the health care for Americans. It is a constant process.
Dr. Buckingham and his staff attend the annual fall meeting of The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Washington. D.C. The meeting is held annually in the U.S. and Canada to encourage the sharing of the newest information regarding facial cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. The meeting is attended by the facial plastic surgeons from around the globe and is the most significant meeting in the world for facial plastic knowledge exchange.
June 22, 2007
Dr. Buckingham is scheduled to be available as an examiner for the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery exam in Washington, D.C. Each June, the ABFPRS administers the examination to eligible candidates. Dr. Buckingham additionally writes both written and oral questions for the ABFPRS exam.
May 4, 2007
The FDA has approved a new wrinkle filler called Perlane for the treatment of moderate to severe facial folds and wrinkles. Perlane is made by Medicis, which also makes the wrinkle filler Restylane. Both products contain hyaluronic acid. The primary difference between Restylane and Perlane is that the hyaluronic acid gel particles in Perlane are larger than those found in Restylane,” says Medicis in a May 2 news release announcing the drug’s approval. Medicis says Perlane’s larger gel particles can reach the deep layers of the skin, offering “enhanced volume and lifting power.” “Perlane has been used safely by dermatologists and plastic surgeons since 2000 outside the U.S.,” says Medicis.
January 19, 2007
Dr. Buckingham presents his technique for endoscopic forehead and brow rejuvenation at the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Winter Meeting in Vail, CO. Dr. Buckingham spoke to an audience of Facial Plastic Surgeon, Oculoplastic Surgeons and Dermatologists about his philosophy of forehead rejuvenation including endoscopic forehead lifting and fat transfer.
October 30, 2006
Artes Medical, Inc., a medical technology company focused on developing, manufacturing and commercializing a new category of aesthetic injectable products for men and women, today announced the United States Food and Drug Administration’s approval of ArteFill®. ArteFill is the first and only non-resorbable aesthetic injectable implant approved by the FDA. The product is indicated for the correction of facial wrinkles known as nasolabial folds, or smile lines. Unlike existing dermal fillers that are completely metabolized by the body, ArteFill represents the first product in a new category of non-resorbable dermal fillers providing a permanent support structure for enduring wrinkle correction.