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Edward D. Buckingham, MD, a double board certified facial plastic surgeon, is director of the Buckingham Center for Facial Plastic Surgery in Austin, Texas.
Dr. Buckingham’s Philosophy My ultimate goal is that I can take a “before” and “after” picture of a person and have anyone who looks at those photos say, “Wow, that person looks a lot more youthful in the ‘after’ photo.” But if you take away the “before” photo, and you only show someone the “after” photo, they would have no idea that person had ever seen me. All they would see is a completely rejuvenated, natural-looking face without any evidence that anything’s been done.
Buckingham Center Covid19 statement
Dear Buckingham Center Friends & Families:
Everyone here at the Buckingham Center for Facial Plastic Surgery first and foremost is hoping that all of our patients are staying safe and healthy. The Covid-19 virus has thrown all of our lives into turmoil to varying degrees. We are all in this together, so let’s all be sure that we are not only looking out for ourselves but also for all of our neighbors.
Our entire staff is still committed to taking care of our patients. Everyone you know and love here at Buckingham Center is still available to take your calls and emails. We are aware that other practices have had to close their doors temporarily, but we are still open and able to take care of those patients in need either in-person if required, or more likely by video. We are also seeing new patients via video consultation starting March 31st. This includes anyone interested in a cosmetic consultation.
In order to prevent the spread of the virus and keep everyone safe, we are only seeing patients in the office who truly need to be seen in-person. We are seeing those patients with limited staff interaction and making sure that no two patients are in the office at one time. Patients will be verbally screened for symptoms prior to being allowed in the office. The areas involved in patient care will be sterilized between patients.
Understand that Governor Abbott and the Texas Medical Board have strictly forbidden any elective surgery or any cosmetic office procedures that would put patients at risk or risk unnecessary use of masks and gloves. We certainly agree wholeheartedly with the Governor’s actions. This order is currently in place until April 21st, however, it may be extended as needed. Let’s hope the risk will be mitigated by then. The only patients we will be performing surgery on in this time of crisis are patients with skin cancers that risk metastasis if left untreated or risk significant additional morbidity to the patient if delayed in accordance with recommended guidelines. We will be relying on our Mohs surgeons to determine whether excision is warranted and plan reconstruction if so. Of course, we will also be handling any acute trauma, infections, etc.
Please stay safe and be sure to stay healthy both physically and mentally. Please know that our social media will be utilized for posting helpful information as it becomes available to us. We would love to see you over the airwaves and hopefully in-person soon. This too will pass.
Dear Buckingham Center Friends & Families: Edward D. Buckingham, M.D. & Staff
Dr. Buckingham and Buckingham Center are tremendously proud to be selected as one of Austin’s Top Doctors for Women.
Austin Monthly is an award-winning city magazine, with in-depth profiles and coverage of subjects ranging from the impact of gentrification on the East Side to problems facing musicians.
The Austin Monthly list is made by an online survey, soliciting peer nominations from physicians in Travis, Hays and Williamson counties, asking them to nominate up to three doctors per practice area who they would trust with the medical care of themselves or their family. In the article, Dr. Buckingham and the Buckingham Center team were happy announce the arrival of Dr. Erin J. Smith to the practice. Dr. Smith trained with the world-renowned surgeons, Dr. Babak Azzizadeh and Dr. Paul Nassif of the hit show “Botched” in Beverly Hills, CA. Dr. Smith also specializes in reconstructive surgery after skin cancer or facial nerve injury.
Dr. Buckingham is happy to attend the Fall meeting of The Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery this week in San Diego, California. Dr. Buckingham is the current Treasurer for the American Board of Facial Plastic Surgery and the Treasurer-elect for the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. His stay in San Diego will be busy with committee meetings all day Wednesday and an Academy Board meeting Wednesday night. Thursday AM, Dr. Buckingham has been asked to moderate an hour and ten minute panel discussion on Complications in Facial Rejuvenation. Dr. Buckingham will lead the panel of international experts including, Dr. Peter Adamson, Dr. Theda Kontis, Dr. Paul Carniol and Dr. Edwin Williams as they discuss various cases they have encountered over the years and how to manage them. This is a distinguished group of experienced facial experts that Dr. Buckingham has the pleasure to lead. Thursday afternoon and evening Dr. Buckingham will attend the American Board of Facial Plastic Surgery as the Treasurer. Once that meeting is over the rest of the meeting is all about education and sharing ideas and fun with friends from all over the world.
The Accreditation Council for Post-Residency Specialty Education (ACPSE) bolsters the credibility of facial plastic surgeons by reviewing and accrediting programs for physician development. Through the oversight of training programs, the ACPSE ensures that those practicing in this specialty field are competent and prepared for their roles. This promotes patient safety and ensures the highest level of post-residency education available throughout the evolution of facial plastics. The ACPSE adheres to the standards of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and the American Medical Association (AMA), and was formed to supervise physicians who completed ACGME-approved plastic surgery or otolaryngology residencies in an official capacity.
Dr. Buckingham endured rigorous scrutiny of his credentials and was recommended for 5-year ACPSE accreditation by the Fellowship Review Committee. The acceptance was contingent upon an evaluation of his competency, a year-long fellow questionnaire, maintaining the good standing of his practice, among other criteria. The doctor is board-certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ABFPRS) and the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery (ABOHNS). By earning the highest recognitions possible in facial plastic surgery, Dr. Buckingham has proven his qualifications as a surgeon.
Both Dr. Buckingham and Dr. Smith attended the annual meeting with The American Academy for Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) held in Dallas, Texas. During the meeting, Dr. Buckingham participated in multiple committee meetings and panels. Dr. Buckingham gave a lecture on Autologous Fat Transfer on keys for success and longevity which was a crowd-pleaser. In addition to his lectures and panels he also performed a live injection of Voluma to the tear trough to encourage and educate other facial plastic surgeons on the intricacies of this particular area. And as if he wasn’t busy enough, while in attendance, Dr. Buckingham was elected Treasurer of the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery as well as elected Treasurer-Elect of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
Buckingham Center is also proud to announce that while at the AAFPRS meeting Dr. Buckingham received the prestigious Schoenrock Award. The distinguished Larry D. Schoenrock Service Award is presented annually to a physician who has positively impacted the specialty field of facial plastic surgery. The award was named for a doctor who was internationally recognized for his contributions to modern facial plastics, with a legacy in educating others. Dr. Buckingham follows in that proud tradition with his enthusiasm for teaching other practitioners the intricacies of the craft. Read more about Dr. Buckingham and his interview with the American Board for Facial Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery here.
Buckingham Center is honored to announce that Dr. Buckingham has earned the prestigious 10 Best Plastic Surgeons award by the American Institute of Plastic Surgeons. The organization recognizes excellence of practitioners in the field. The American Institute compiles an exclusive list of the 10 best plastic surgeons for each state and we are beyond excited to announce Dr. Buckingham’s nomination.
Buckingham Center is proud to announce that the practice has been awarded Allergan’s Diamond Status for 2018. This prestigious honor is reserved for the country’s most distinguished providers in cosmetic surgery. Only 4% of the nation’s cosmetic surgery practices demonstrate the expertise and excellence necessary to become a Diamond Status provider.
We are proud to be able included in the nation’s elite aesthetic practices. To be included in this group of large practices, but yet continue to provide the personalized attention to each and every patient that is the hallmark of the Buckingham Center Philosophy is a real achievement. To read more about the Buckingham Center achieving Allergan’s Diamond Status level click here.
Unfortunately the time for Dr. Hall’s departure is among us. It’s been such an incredible year filled with hard work and laughter which makes this such a bitter sweet moment. Dr. Hall will be joining a practice in California and his last day will be July 6th.
With all of this being said, we are very excited to announce the arrival of Dr. Scott Smith who will be joining us first week of July. Dr. Smith received his medical degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine and completed his internship and residency in Otolaryngology- Head & Neck Surgery at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, one of the highest volume programs in the country.
We are excited to have such a talented and personable new surgeon in our practice and look forward to a great year. Dr. Smith is already progressing on our next research publication regarding utilizing Voluma in the tear trough. Look for more details on publication of this exciting research in the future.
Our Practice Manager, Barbara Brothers and Dr. Buckingham’s nurse, Kelly Ludera recently had the pleasure of attending the 14th annual Vegas Cosmetic Surgery held at The Bellagio in Las Vegas, Nevada. The 2018 symposium is a unique meeting that provides truly multi-disciplinary cross talk, sharing and cooperation. This educational conference addresses the needs that specialists in this field face for in-depth technique discussions to meet higher standards of care and produce better results for their patients.
At the meeting Barb gave lectures titled “Create a Healthy Team Environment and your Patients will Notice”, “Perfecting the Patient Experience” and “Tips and Pearls for Marketing your Aesthetic Practice” featuring a panel of Practice Marketing Directors. Over the course of the 4 days, Barb and Kelly also attended several educational meetings regarding practice management.
It is always an honor to be invited to speak and participate to one of the premier meetings in facial plastic surgery.
Dr. Buckingham and Dr. Hall recently conducted a study on injecting Juvederm Voluma in the tear trough area. The study included a patient survey to obtain satisfaction rates and the results were very favorable. Few side effects were noted, and only 18% of the patients required a touch-up within a month. Many of those touch-ups were planned as we only injected half a syringe per eye on the first treatment and many patients require more than this amount. Patients who underwent the procedure achieved smoother, more youthful under-eye look, with greater stability and longer duration when compared to other products.
Not only did Dr. Buckingham and Dr. Hall receive satisfactory results but their findings have also been published by Jama Facial Plastic Surgery which is a medical journal published by the American Medical Association. Dr. Buckingham was also interviewed by Dr. Steven Dayan whom is also a renowned facial plastic surgeon from Chicago. The interview was also published by Jama Facial Plastics Podcast. Listen to Dr. Buckingham’s recording here or read the study here.
Doctors Buckingham and Roy have completed a study on Facelift closure techniques and scarring. We’re proud to announce that it has been published in the August issue of JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery.
JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery is an international peer-viewed journal that focuses on advances in reconstructive and aesthetic procedures to improve patients’ quality of life, and encourages a deeper understanding of the basic sciences related to the facial development and wound healing.
The blind study involved 45 patients, in the comparison of W-plasty and Straight-Line Trichophytic Closure on aesthetic outcomes of the occipital hairline scars in a facelift. The study involves a group of patients whom had a Facelift procedure at Buckingham Center for Facial Plastic Surgery between 2014 and 2015. Of the Facelift patients, 23 cases used the W-Plasty closure and the remaining 23 involved straight-line closures. The research conducted concluded that the primary W-Plasty yielded results similar to the traditional SL trichophytic closure technique. You can read the entire study here.
We are honored to announce that Drs. Buckingham and Roy’s article titled “The Difficult Neck in Facelifting” has been published in the most recent journal issue of Facial Plastic Surgery by the European Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery. Facial Plastic Surgery is a journal that publishes topic – specific issues covering areas of aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery as it relates to the head, neck and face.
The article reports on the growing number of complex facelift cases involving less favorable anatomical characteristics of the chin and neck. It also stresses surgical success rests in the plastic surgeon’s ability to recognize potential anatomical problems, and their knowledge of the available, cutting – edge techniques available for correction. As always, it so gratifying to have Thieme publish our content.
To read the full article click here
Our Practice Manager, Barb Brothers, recently had the pleasure of attending the 13th annual Vegas Cosmetic Surgery and Aesthetic Dermatology Symposium which took place at the splendid Bellagio Hotel. This annual meeting is founded by S. Randolph Waldman, MD. and is the largest of its kind in North America. The five-day conference addressed a wide range of educational and practice management topics. Barb was able to meet with a number of other professionals and enjoyed each lecture. She was particularly pleased to have our office mentioned for a second consecutive year in one of the presentations dedicated to patient experience. It is always such an honor to be able to participate in such impactful and informative meetings.
Dr. Buckingham and Dr. Roy have contributed to a ground-breaking study on improving hemostasis (stopping of a blood flow) during a Facelift procedure. The study named “The Effects of an Antistick Phospholipid Solution on Bipolar Electrocautery Efficacy in Rhytidectomy” was recently published in the American Journal of Cosmetic Surgery. The research involved 50 patients who underwent the surgical procedure and the results of Drs. Buckingham and Roy’s are significant. Surgical procedures utilizing Electro Lube required less cleaning of the cautery instruments and took an average of 27.52 minutes, while the control group took 28.35 minutes. These findings reveal the use of the commercially available antistick coating can potentially shorten surgical time, and perhaps allow better intraoperative hemostasis. The full article can be found at the American Journal of Cosmetic Surgery.
2017 is off to a busy start for Dr. Buckingham and we are proud to announce that he has been nominated as one of America’s Best Physicians for 2017. This is the third year in a row that he has been recognized by the National Consumer Advisory Board.
The National Consumer Advisory Board (NCAB) is a one-of-a-kind, privately run, organization dedicated to ensuring potential patients can find the safest medical care available. Only doctors with outstanding credentials and a superior record of patient care can be considered for the title of America’s Best Physician. To be included, these physicians are required to demonstrate a high level of professionalism within their specialty, meeting rigorous continuing education and annual training requirements.
Austin Fit Magazine has also named Dr. Buckingham as of one of Austin’s Best Cosmetic Surgeon’s in Austin this January. The much anticipated list, of Austin’s best service providers, is published on an annual basis. A highly distinguished recognition, Austin Fit Magazine’s Best of 2016 awards highlight the city’s finest businesses, positively contributing to healthy lifestyle through exceptional customer service.
In addition to the nominations, Dr. Buckingham hosted the bi-annual winter ski-meeting in Beaver Creek, CO. The retreat hosts the top facial plastic surgeons, oculoplastic surgeons, dermatologists and aesthetic professionals from around the world. Dr. Buckingham had the pleasure of acting as course director for the 2017 event, along with Dr. Rami K. Batniji.
Buckingham Center is proud to announce the arrival of two new treatments. The first to be introduced is Halo Laser by Sciton. Halo is the first and only hybrid fractional laser, with the ability to use tunable non-ablative and ablative wavelengths for exceptional results. Halo treats sunspots, poor skin texture, fine lines and wrinkles and improves pore size. Patients will receive an individualized treatment, to help improve both superficial and deeper dermal pigmentation and can expect to see a dramatic improvement in skin tone and texture.
Our second exciting introduction is Juvederm Volbella in which Dr. Buckingham is amongst the first physicians in the Austin area to introduce the new dermal filler. Volbella is a injectable filler that improves by boosting volume, lip contouring, vertical lip lines also known as smoker lines, smoothing and symmetry.
We are looking forward to our newest addition of treatments!
This October Dr. Buckingham will be in Nashville, TN attending The American Academy for Facial Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery fall meeting. While attending, Dr. Buckingham has been invited to participate with three other expert surgeons on a facelift panel to answer questions from the meeting attendees about his facelift technique.
The American Academy for Facial Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) is the world’s largest specialty association for facial plastic surgery. It was founded in 1964 and it represents 2,500 facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons throughout the world. AAFPRS members not only have precise focus in patient care but they also have more comprehensive training in facial surgery than any other medical specialty.
Dr. Buckingham is a fellowship director for the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS). The interviews began in March and were scheduled through May 2016. Our fellow will spend one year training with Dr. Buckingham. This year we have interviewed several candidates and we are excited to announce our match with Michael Bertram Hall, M.D.
Dr. Hall is currently finishing his residency in Otolaryngology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital located in Philadelphia, PA. He is a member of four different professional organizations including the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Academy of Otolaryngology. In 2015 Dr. Hall received the AAOA Merck Clinical Scholar Award.
We look forward to Dr. Hall’s arrival in July 2017!
We are excited to announce that Dr. Buckingham has been honored with the “Americas Best Physician” award for the second consecutive year.
The annual roster is put out by the National Consumer Advisory Board to honor excellence in medicine. Only doctors with exceptional credentials and demonstrated commitment to outstanding care are considered for this award.
Dr. Buckingham was named one of “America’s Best Physicians” for 2015 by the National Consumer Advisory Board. The award is only given to doctors who have exceptional credentials and experience and who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence.
Dr. Buckingham was approved to be a director of a fellowship for the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) in March of last year and we have begun the interview process once again. The interviews are scheduled through the end of May and we are eager to meet all of the new fellowship applicants.
The AAFPRS represent more than 2,700 facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons throughout the world and it’s the largest specialty association for facial plastic surgery.
The fellowship program provides postgraduate training in facial plastic surgery. Those in the fellowship have aided the AAFPRS foundation over the years through the development of dissemination of new procedures, improvement of patient care, refinement of surgical techniques and the promotion of confidence and respect in the specialty.
Our Nurse Injector, Rene’ Thomas and Dr. Buckingham were recently in Dallas, TX for the American Academy for Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) fall meeting. At the meeting Dr. Buckingham gave lectures titled “Graduated Dissection in the High Lateral Approach to SMAS Facelifting” and “Shoe Leather to Success”. The facelift lecture was featured in the afternoon breakout session featuring many of the recognized leaders in facelift surgery in the country. The second lecture was also part of a special series of lectures from successful practices throughout the U.S.
Over the course of the days, Rene’ had the pleasure of attending several educational meetings, one of which was Dr. Buckingham’s lecture. It was such an honor to be able to experience Dr. Buckingham’s informative lectures!
The AAFPRS was founded in 1964 and represents more than 2,500 facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons throughout the world. The AAPFRS is a National Medical Specialty Society of the American Medical Association (AMA).
Dr. Buckingham will be attending the American Academy for Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) meeting in Dallas from Wednesday, September 30th through Saturday, October 3rd.
At the meeting Dr. Buckingham will be discussing the topic “Graduated Dissection in the High Lateral Superficial Musculo-Aponeurotic System (SMAS) approach to Facelifting” in addition to being a panelist for the Facelift Panel and Case discussion. Additionally to the discussion, Dr. Buckingham will be working with Dr. Edwin Williams on “Marketing of your practice”.
As always, it is such an honor when Dr. Buckingham is invited to participate in the discussions.
Our Patient Care Coordinator, Barbara Brothers, had the pleasure of attending the 11th annual Vegas Cosmetic Surgery Meeting founded by S. Randolph Waldman, M.D. The Vegas Cosmetic Surgery meeting was initiated to foster a spirit of cooperation and understanding between the four “core” specialties that are primarily involved in the science, practice and teaching of aesthetic surgery and medicine. Over the course of four days, Barb attended several educational meetings in regards to practice management. We are honored to have been mentioned in one of the presentations dedicated to improving the patient experience as an example! The Vegas Cosmetic Surgery has truly been a source of knowledge.
Dr. Buckingham was in Washington, D.C. on June 26th through June 28th for the semi-annual meeting of the American Board for Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ABFPRS). Dr. Buckingham is a member of the board as well as an examiner for the oral portion of the exam given to physicians seeking certification by the board. Dr. Buckingham also chairs the Graduate Medical Education Committee, which is the sub-group responsible for discussing issues from Maintenance of Certification to the bankruptcy of the Lifestyle lift Corporation. On Saturday afternoon Dr. Buckingham was selected to lead part of the training session for the oral exam for the 50+ physicians responsible for administering the exam.
Dr. Buckingham was approved to be a director of a fellowship for the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS). The interviews began in March and were scheduled through May. The fellow will spend one year training under Dr. Buckingham. Through the interview process we have met many excellent fellowship applicants and this has been an extremely hard decision but we are excited to announce that we have been matched with Sudeep Roy, M.D.
Dr. Roy graduated from Stanford University and attended medical school at the New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY. He will complete his residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Roy is fluent in five languages including English, Italian, Spanish, Hindi and Bengali. He has volunteered in projects to improve nutritional status of children at the Child in Need Institute in Kolkata, India as well as many others.
We are eager to have Dr. Roy here with us starting July 2016!
Microcannula vs Hypodermic Needle
Have you ever wondered what the advantages are of injecting with a blunt tip cannula versus a needle? At Buckingham Center for Facial Plastic Surgery we prefer to use smooth tip microcannulas for many injectable fillers instead of needles. These blunt tipped flexible microcannulas allow for safer injections, fewer entry points, cover a larger area and reduce patient pain and bruising. Injecting delicate areas such as the tear trough (better known as the under eye area) with needles are more prone to infections and possible eye blindness, especially when not being administered by a professional. Here at Buckingham Center we strive for perfection but most importantly the safety and comfort of our patients. This is why we prefer the cannula method and have been doing so for several years.
We have been eagerly waiting for the Facial Plastic Surgery publication release by Thieme, in which Dr. Buckingham has served as a guest editor. Dr. Buckingham authored the “Fat Transfer Techniques: General Concepts” article and contributed to “Volume Rejuvenation of the Facial Upper Third, Volume Management of the Middle Third-Lower Orbit/Midface and Volume Rejuvenation of the Lower Third, Perioral, and Jawline”. The articles focus on volume restoration, facial rejuvenation as well as the refined surgical techniques.
Facial Plastic Surgery is a peer-reviewed, indexed journal published six times a year by Thieme and is the official journal of the European Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery.
In addition to discussing facial volumization and surgical procedures, Dr. Buckingham worked with the journal’s illustrator to design the unique cover that represents the concept of the issue. Inspired by Salvador Dali’s abstract piece; The Persistence of Memory.
Dr. Buckingham was approved to be a director of a fellowship for the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) in September 2014 and has now begun the interview process amongst the fellowship applicants. Interviews will start March 2015 and are scheduled through May 2015. Dr. Buckingham will be practicing and teaching the selected fellow his refined facial plastic surgery techniques.
The fellowship program of the AAFPRS provides the finest post graduate training in facial plastic surgery. Those in the fellowship have aided the AAFPRS foundation over the years through the development of dissemination of new procedures, improvement of patient care, refinement of surgical techniques and the promotion of confidence and respect in the specialty.
We are thrilled to start the process and look forward to meeting all of the applicants!
Buckingham Center is proud to announce the launch of Restylane Silk in the month of February!
Restylane Silk is the first and only dermal filler approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for lip enhancement and the treatment of wrinkles and lines around the mouth. Like the other Restylane product, Silk, is a hyaluronic acid gel, which means that is naturally occurring, non-allergenic and reversible. Silk is unique in that the particles are smaller and lets you be meticulously precise when shaping and defining lips and smoothing the lines around them. Silk is designed to restore natural youth definition and provide symmetry to the lip and mouth area that can be lost as we age.
Dr. Buckingham was in Beaver Creek, CO co-directing the annual winter meeting for the American Academy for Facial Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS). Upon the many topics of discussion, the latest techniques for aesthetics as well as reconstructive surgery were discussed regarding facial aging and rhinoplasty. The meeting was conducted on January 21st-25th.
And the winner is….. R.R.
On behalf of Buckingham Center we would like to thank everyone who participated in our Boo-tox event. This was such a wonderful, fun-filled time.
We would also like to thank PCA SKIN in supporting Rene’s week long botox event!.
Dr. Buckingham was recently in Orlando, Florida where he was informed about the acceptance to be a fellowship director. The American Academy for Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) fellowship program is well respected throughout the medical community. It represents the finest post graduate program in the world for the training of facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons. Each year eligible physicians may apply for more than 40 positions. Interviews are set to start in the spring of 2015.
In addition to Dr. Buckingham’s acceptance as a fellowship director, he has received his award for scoring second highest in the country on the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) exam. Also, during the meeting the election results for the American Academy for Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery were announced and Dr. Buckingham was elected to the nominating committee.
We have some very exciting news in September as we have a new addition to our team. Please help us give a warm welcome to Kelly Ludera, RN.
Kelly received her bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Northern Illinois University in 2003. She has extensive background in critical care and recovering patients from surgical procedures. She has worked in the ICU and Recovery Room for 9 years and has also been certified in critical care. Kelly will take care of your needs, answer questions, offer post-operative care and provide comfort to our patients.
Also in September, Dr. Buckingham will be receiving his award for achieving the second highest score on the Maintenance of Certification examination at the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery held in Orlando, Florida.Dr. Buckingham has achieved a ranking in the97 percentile for the written portion and 100 percentile for the oral with a total score of 352, ranking him amongst the highest in the country.We are extremely proud of Dr. Buckingham’s outstanding achievements.
Dr. Buckingham was recently in Washington, D.C. to sit for his Maintenance of Certification (MOC) exams as required by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery every 10 years. The ABFPRS MOC process is intended to encourage surgeons to participate regularly in continuing medical education, remain current in critical knowledge areas and perform well in their surgical practices. The exam is intended to confirm that the surgeon is staying current with the latest practice advancements.
The examination consists of two parts, both a written and oral exam. The maximum amount of points possible is 375 points.
We are proud to report that Dr. Buckingham has achieved a ranking in the97 percentile for the written portion and 100 percentile for the oral with a total score of 352!
Buckingham Center is delighted to announce Dr. Buckingham’s outstanding achievement. Dr. Buckingham achieved outstanding accolades with his initial certification 10 years ago and continues to strive to the absolute best in the field. Our entire office staff strives to achieve the same performance in our every day care of patients.
There is great news for the month of April at Buckingham Center for Facial Plastic Surgery. Dr. Buckingham has been appointed to the Fellowship Review Committee for the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
The AAFPRS fellowship program is widely respected by the medical community and represents the finest postgraduate program in the world for the training of facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons. Since the beginning, the program has prepared more than 900 highly specialized experts to be educators and leaders in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery.
Additionally, Dr. Buckingham will be providing lectures in May at the AAFPRS international meeting being held in New York City. He will lecture on Fat Transfer and Management of Melanoma. He was also asked to give several lectures on Blepharoplasty and Facelift procedures. In addition to the lectures, Dr. Buckingham will be instructing the cadaver lab dissections on facelift and blepharoplasty.
It will be a busy month for Dr. Buckingham as he was invited to serve as a Guest Editor for an issue of Facial Plastic Surgery.
Facial Plastic Surgery is a peer-reviewed, indexed journal published six times a year by Thieme and is the official journal of the European Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery.
Dr. Buckingham will be Guest Editor of an issue titled “Management of Facial Volume”.
This issue will cover all aspects of facial volumization including surgical procedures such as fat transfer and injectable treatments. As Guest Editor, Dr. Buckingham will be responsible for choosing authors and topics as well as contributing his own work.
He will be working closely with the journal’s illustrator to create a unique cover. It is such an honor for Dr. Buckingham to be considered for this publication and we look forward to the release in early 2015.
Dr. Buckingham had the honor of being part of the Distinguished Faculty in the Aging Face meeting of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in San Diego, California.
During the meeting Dr. Buckingham gave lectures on Autologous Fat Grafting and Limited Face Lifting, including a video of the fat grafting technique with long term results and had great success. He was also invited to participate in a facelift panel with Dr. Shan Baker, Dr. Edwin Williams, Dr. Tim Marten and Dr. Neil Gordon.
The panel was moderated by Dr. Jonathan Sykes. It was an honor for Dr. Buckingham to be included with such a well respected panel of national leaders. The AAFPRS meeting incorporates many of the Masters of Facial Rejuvenation from multiple specialties: Facial Plastic Surgery, Dermatology, Plastic Surgery, and Oculoplastic Surgery. The meeting has incorporated interactive, multidisciplinary learning sessions to enhance the experience of physicians across the country.
Dr. Buckingham and Buckingham Center’s Patient Care Coordinator, Barb Brothers, had the pleasure of attending the annual meeting for the American Academy for Facial Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Dr. Buckingham was attending the conference for educational purposes as well as for business. He sits on the Board of Directors for the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and attends the AAFPRS every year. Dr. Buckingham additionally attended the board meeting of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery where important topics regarding ACGME(the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education) and the Academy fellowships were being discussed. Dr. Buckingham had the pleasure of closing out his weekend at the meeting by attending the Founders Club dinner, which is where the most prominent donors to the American Academy are recognized. On October 18, 2013, the AAFPRS Board of Directors voted to re-appoint Dr. Buckingham to the position of AAFPRS representative to the American Medical Association in the position of Alternate Delegate to the House of Delegates. He will also be acting as a representative for the Interim Meeting at National Harbor, Maryland in November 2013 and the Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL in June 2014. Barb thoroughly enjoyed meeting other physicians and their staff members who attended the conference from all over the country. She attended many lectures about how best to care for our patients and has come away with some ideas to help in our efforts to continually strive to provide the very best in patient care. Also in the news, Rene’ Thomas, RN attended the Advanced Aesthetic Symposium hosted by Sciton Lasers where she learned about the latest advancements in laser technology. Buckingham Center also hosted an event presented by Dr. Patrick Bitter, Jr., MD. Dr Bitter is regarded as a pioneer in the use of pulsed light energy and is the developer of the internationally acclaimed FotoFacial procedure. Topics included Advanced techniques for FotoFacial,® skin firming, and prevention of skin aging, combination procedures to prevent skin aging and advanced techniques for Forever Young BBL™.
Dr. Buckingham and Buckingham Center’s Patient Care Coordinator, Barb Brothers, will be attending the annual meeting for the American Academy for Facial Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery in October in the French Quarter of New Orleans. The meeting will not only provide new information and techniques to the attendees but also the directors, Dr. Dayan and Dr. Shockley, will offer four educational tracks: Aesthetics, Non-surgical, Practice Management and Reconstructive. The new format will offer an unprecedented number of speakers, topics, ideas and learning opportunities that Dr. Buckingham and Barb are excited to hear. This will be highlighted by dozens of speakers, multiple panels and nearly 80 instruction courses.
As a recognized leader in the medical field, Dr. Buckingham has been awarded The Most Compassionate Doctor award for 2012 by Vitals.com. Some of the criteria to obtain this award includes: wide spread credibility, honorable character, and a seal of approval by peers. The award is given in gratitude for faithful service through patient recognition.
June had Dr. Buckingham traveling extensively. Dr. Buckingham attended the annual meeting of the American Medical Association in Chicago, Illinois in June. Physicians from across the United States converge to present and debate health policy for presentation to our federal government and other entities to shape medical policy in the best way to help patients receive the highest quality medical care. Despite the fact that the meetings usually follow the same format, the policy discussed each year is unique to the most recent medical news and information. To learn more about the AMA and key discussions from this year’s meeting visit the AMA’s website. Two days later, Dr. Buckingham was in Washington D.C. attending the board meeting and conducting the oral exam to fulfill one of his many responsibilities as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Facial Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery. Approximately 75 candidates each endured a 3 hour oral exam as part of the process to receive board certification in the AAFPRS. The AAFPRS board has determined that an oral examination in which candidates are interviewed about their knowledge is unique in its ability to examine a knowledge base. The oral exam tends to examine a flowing thought process while the written exam tests specific points of knowledge.
Rene’ Thomas, RN, has been traveling near and far to gain more knowledge on the newest techniques for the laser treatments she performs at Buckingham Center. In April, Rene’ attended a 1 day course in Los Gatos, CA with the developer of the acclaimed Foto Facial, Dr. Bitter. Dr. Bitter taught on techniques that provide patient’s a comfortable procedure, with minimal downtime and optimal results. His veteran tips will reinforce the exceptional techniques that Rene’ has already implemented for her patients. Also, Rene’s attended a June conference in Houston conducted by Clear Skin Institute of Laser Aesthetics. This training presented the cutting-edge technology for patients to receive exceptional results in not only the treatment of sun damage, age spots, and redness but also to address fine lines and wrinkles as well as tone and texture during the same session. The technique involves “stacking” multiple lasers with multiple passes. With the combination of the lasers, the patient can now achieve optimal results for more than one persistent issue.
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 growth factors. 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, Restylane Lyft 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.
March 2009 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 Restylane Lyft, 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 Restylane Lyft for the treatment of moderate to severe facial folds and wrinkles. Restylane Lyft is made by Medicis, which also makes the wrinkle filler Restylane. Both products contain hyaluronic acid. The primary difference between Restylane and Restylane Lyft is that the hyaluronic acid gel particles in Restylane Lyft are larger than those found in Restylane,” says Medicis in a May 2 news release announcing the drug’s approval. Medicis says Restylane Lyft’s larger gel particles can reach the deep layers of the skin, offering “enhanced volume and lifting power.” “Restylane Lyft 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.