Cosmetic Surgery FAQs

Below you will find a list of questions Dr. Green often receives from either patients or colleagues.

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Q. How did you become trained in Cosmetic / Aesthetic Surgery?

A. My training began during my residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. All Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons received some cosmetic training but I had the opportunity to have a fellowship trained Cosmetic Surgeon as my program director. This gave me a great base from which to begin. After residency I went on to complete two surgical fellowships the second of which was in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. This fellowship gave me extensive training in Facial Aesthetic Surgery in addition to Comprehensive Facial Reconstructive and Microvascular Surgery. I am grateful for the amazing training opportunities I have had and am so grateful for the mentors I have been blessed with along the way. 

Q. Why do you take so many pictures?

A. Photographs are absolutely paramount to what I do as an Aesthetic Surgeon. Photographs not only allow me to be critical of my own work, but they allow me to educate both fellows surgeons and other patients. Nothing conveys what a surgical procedure can achieve better than a good set of before and after photos. 

Q. Why do you give out your cell phone number? 

A.  While many providers utilize call centers to screen their patients phone calls, I believe if you can trust us with your face the least I can do is trust you with my phone number. Also, recovery during cosmetic surgery can be physically and emotionally draining for the patient, and I have found that having your doctor immediately available helps many of my patients navigate the recovery period successfully. 

Q. Why do so many people I see on TV look like that have had cosmetic surgery, and not in a good way? 

A. I spend a significant amount of my new consultation time answering this question. Let’s face it, there is A LOT of bad Cosmetic Surgery out there. I find many of the bad results you see on TV are due to several factors. 1) Surgeons trying to use a lift do something it isnt supposed to do 2) Overtightened or overdone surgical procedures 3) Patients that have undergone multiple procedures to achieve a certain look they desire or address an issue that they alone perceive. In your consultation we will spend time discussing what the procedures I recommend will and will not do. I also focus on the overall picture, presenting treatment options for all of your concerns instead of focusing in on only one part of the problem.