Medical Profile: Burt Faibisoff, M.D., Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Taken from Havasu Connection Magazine, 2001 ed.
A born optimist with a disarming smile and a sunny outlook, Dr. Faibisoff loves what he does. No person who enters his office is ever treated like a Medicare number or an insurance case. “Everyone is an individual here with a unique reason for coming to me.” he says. “My first priority with each patient is simply talking and listening. This is the time we set goals together. A lot of patients often have underlying concerns. Talking them out, and getting these concerns to the forefront, is often great therapy for them. It’s a team approach.”
As a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Faibisoff devotes a great deal of his practice to such procedures as breast augmentation, breast reduction and reconstruction, face lift, neck lift, and brow lift. He also frequently performs eyelid surgery laser surgery for skin rejuvenation, wrinkle removal, and hair removal. His practiced eye, his years of experience, and his unique surgical skill help his patients achieve their desired appearance. “Every society has different standards and different social pressures of what constitutes beauty.” says Dr. Faibisoff. “Our society is enthralled by the concept of youth, but that’s something, of course, that no piastic surgeon can restore. However, a skilled plastic surgeon can perform procedures that appear to set back the hands of time. These kinds of increasingly common surgeries can not only dramatically improve appearance, but they often change the way patients feel about themselves. It’s true that nothing feels quite so good as looking good.’
Liposuction is another procedure that Dr. Faibisoff is sometimes called upon to perform. The surgery is very effective for people with isolated areas of fat. The best results usually occur in regions such as the outer thighs and the “handles” at the side and back of the waist, where the skin will shrink down. After the procedure, fat collections typically don’t come back unless there is significant weight gain by the patient.
Not surprisingly, since we live in such a sunny part of the country conducive to outdoor activity, skin cancer is a particularly common malady that Dr. Faibisoff frequently treats. Virtually any part of the body can play host to a skin cancer lesion, so it’s vitally important to track any unusual changes on your skin. Highly experienced in treating this type of cancer, Dr. Faibisoff urges that any suspicious skin lesion be examined by a physician. Of particular concern are asymmetric and bleeding skin lesions, and moles with irregular borders and variegated and changing color. Not every type of lesion or irregular mole is cancerous, of course, nor are all the rare cancerous ones of the deadly melanoma variety. But the sooner a skin cancer is detected, identified, and treated, the better the chances are of beating the disease.
Reconstructive surgery – specifically of the kind following a traumatic accident – is another important aspect of Dr. Faibisoff’s practice. On many occasions, he’s been called to the hospital ER to perform reconstructive surgery on traumatic injuries of the hands, arms, and legs. Recently, Dr. Faibisoff performed a microvascular tissue transfer in a joint effort with Dr. Prater. The surgery, which involves transferring arm tissue to the neck for reconstruction, is a very sophisticated and advanced procedure, and it was the first time it was ever accomplished in Lake Havasu City.
Specialized plastic and reconstructive surgery is a branch of medicine that continues to grow in importance and popularity every year. For the highest quality of personalized care, see Dr. F’aibisoff and his top-notch staff. “Happy patients, great results.” says Dr. Faibisoff. “That always has been and always will<