Mantra #1 – Seek A different kind of excellence
I strive for excellent results always and I seek a different kind of excellence for you as my patient. I want you to look great and have confidence as you go out into the world. I know that having an high quality result helps build that confidence, and I work hard and I am deeply committed to delivering that result to you. However, what I offer is as much about the experience as it is about the results. That experience is a connection-rich and communication-rich one in which you, as the patient, and I, as the surgeon, work together bring about increased happiness and confidence through improvement of your appearance. It is for that reason that I have chosen to create all the content for my site instead of having web site designer to generate it. I have also chosen to write it all in the first person (“I” instead of “Dr. Weinfeld”) as this site begins my authentic connection to you.
Like it or not our appearance as perceived by ourselves and others is a large determinant of the lives we live and the experiences we have. No one can deny the importance of our looks. On one hand this fact can be daunting as we have limited control over our initial appearance. But on the other hand it does create a scenario where cosmetic surgery can be a very powerful tool. Cosmetic surgery that is planned and executed well can provide the individual control and increased confidence. I do not intend to overstate the role of cosmetic surgery in our lives, but with appropriate expectations, a good cosmetic surgery result can have a profound impact in one’s life. It is gratifying for me professionally and personally to be a part of that complex equation that can restore power and balance in one’s life.
Mantra # 2 – Patients seek great results and a connection-rich experience
The following are facts you should know about me.
I favor quality over quantity. Every surgery and every patient is important to me. It is unlikely that you will ever see my name at the top of published lists of the busiest plastics surgeons in town. I don’t strive to top those charts. My goal is to be considered the best plastic surgeon by every patient whose life I have touched.
I am devoted to craft cosmetic surgery. This means that every detail is important. All surgeries are customized to the patient. I dedicate an appropriate amount of time to each consultation and surgery to bring about the result both the patient and I desire. I am interested in delivering premium results and an exceptional experience to select patients and thus you will not find my name in a lot of radio or television advertisements.
I believe that value does not mean inexpensive. Value is more closely tied to quality than price. I invest a lot of time and energy into the patient experience and surgery itself. Thus, my prices are likely higher than you have seen as average for Austin. However, it is my belief that when patients get the results they are pleased with from a surgeon they know cares for them they get true and meaningful value for their investment.
I am not a cosmetic-only plastic surgeon and for a good reason. It has been my experience that some patients mistakenly see this as a limitation. This is the furthest from the truth. The majority of cosmetic surgery has its foundations in reconstructive procedures and the majority of the great names in cosmetic surgery of the past and present where reconstructive plastic surgeons. I have found cosmetic plastic surgery and reconstructive plastic surgery to be synergistic. Experience in cosmetic surgery makes me better reconstructive surgeon because of the emphasis on technique and visual results. Experience in reconstructive surgery makes me a better cosmetic surgeon because of the in depth exposure to relevant anatomy and the emphasis on exacting technique. If you think are looking for a “cosmetic-only” plastic surgeon come in and meet with me and if at the end of the consultation you still feel the same way I will be happy to refer you to one.
Background and Education
Mantra # 3 – Its best to do the right thing the first time
I live and breathe plastic surgery. From a very early age, twelve years old, I recognized the importance of human appearance in the realm of human interaction. It was at that age that I became determined to become a plastic surgeon. My father is an OB/GYN so medicine was familiar and becoming a doctor seemed like an attainable goal. I was always good with my hands excelling in art, pottery, and wood working classes for example, thus surgery was attractive. Plastic surgery became my focus because it was the one specialty whose focus was on helping people live improved lives by addressing their appearance.
I have lived in Texas for almost twenty years but I am originally from Maryland. I attended Swarthmore College outside of Philadelphia, PA which is consistently one of the top three small colleges in United States (often compared to Harvard and Yale due to its reputation and academic rigor). When it came time to go to medical school I choose Baylor College of Medicine in Houston Texas because I wanted to explore a part of the country outside of the East Coast and because Baylor has a very strong Plastic Surgery program. At the time Baylor was ranked the 11th best medical school in a field of about 200 (thus top 10%). I stayed a Baylor College of Medicine for my residency training in Plastic Surgery and also spent two years doing research in the field of plastic surgery.
Advanced Training in Cosmetic Surgery – Two Cosmetic Surgery Fellowships
Mantra #4 – Control Everything, Deliver Excellence
I am fond of saying that cosmetic surgery is totally unnecessary so it better be done well. With that in mind, I did not want to spend my first several years of clinical practice learning to do cosmetic surgery on my early patient. I wanted to be able to deliver the highest level of care to my patients from the very beginning of my career. Thus after my plastic surgery residency I went on to complete two cosmetic surgery fellowships with several of the nation’s leading plastic surgery educators. The first fellowship focused on rhinoplasty, facial cosmetic surgery, and migraine surgery. The second fellowship focused on occuloplastic surgery and surgery of the breast and body. As you inquire for yourself you will find that completing a formal and focused fellowship (much less two fellowships) in cosmetic surgery is rare – this contributes to a different kind of excellence.
Dr. Weinfeld currently serves as co-president of the Austin Society of Plastic Surgeons.