A - Team Based Approach to Cosmetic Surgery

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Reston, Virginia Dedicated to offering the highest quality of service to every client, The Austin-Weston Center for Cosmetic Surgery veers from the traditional model of plastic surgery practices. When a patient selects The Austin-Weston Center to perform their surgery, he or she is essentially hiring a team of talented surgeons instead of just one. Located in the capital area, The Austin-Weston Center is comprised of three surgeons with equally impressive credentials. This unique team constantly shares thoughts and ideas on everything from surgical techniques to how to ensure clear and effective patient/surgeon communications.  The competitive climate that is noticeably present in countless medical practices simply does not exist in The Austin-Weston Center for Cosmetic Surgery.  Instead, patients are provided with the expertise of a team of plastic surgeons who lend support to each other and are wholly committed to ensuring superior patient care.

Each of the surgeons at The Austin-Weston Center for Cosmetic Surgery is a respected leader in specific and innovative surgical techniques.  Instead of focusing on one surgeon’s individual successes The Austin-Weston Center, led by the partnership of Dr. George W. Weston, Dr. Robert K. Sigal, and Dr. Byron D. Poindexter, views such triumphs as accomplishments for the entire practice.  “When one of us gets better, we all get better, the practice gets better, the patients do better and they refer more friends so we all get busier.  Who could really argue with that?” asks Dr. Poindexter.  For instance, Dr. Sigal modified and improved the procedure involved in a mid-face lift.  He has found a way to avoid the eyelid problems and bunched skin that distresses the overall procedure by making incisions in both the lower eyelid and temporal region to ultimately achieve a more natural result.  All three surgeons are benefiting from this discovery because they can now all provide patients with the updated technique.

Since its inception in 1978, The Austin-Weston Center for Cosmetic Surgery has always maintained a patient-centered approach.  Established by Dr. Harvey W. Austin, it was the first practice in the capital’s Metropolitan area that was limited exclusively to cosmetic surgery. Their practice steadily grew as physicians referred patients and those patients referred others. Dr. Weston joined the practice in 1986 and together they began innovating in the field. They became the first surgeons in the area to show before and after photographs of past patients in local marketing campaigns to demonstrate the successful results potential new patients should expect from their own surgery. They also were the first in this area to implement complimentary personalized consultations for potential patients.  In order to ensure the quality of service they have become known for, they developed the concept of the Cosmetic Surgical Consultant, a staff member who has undergone plastic surgery in the past. The rationale of the position is to provide a wealth of information from a patient point of view while answering questions. They serve as a key liaison between the patient and the surgeons. Dr. Sigal and Dr. Poindexter joined the practice in 1994 and 1999 respectively, forming one of the largest cosmetic surgery practices in the country.

While the cosmetic surgery practice is experienced in all areas of plastic surgery, The Austin-Weston Center is extremely well-known internationally for developing their now famous techniques to correct the aging mouth, a previously neglected area of the aging face. Their practice became renowned for their development of the lip lift.  These surgeons drew upon their knowledge