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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between a facial plastic surgeon and a (general) plastic surgeon?

Facial plastic surgeons perform cosmetic and reconstructive surgery on the face, head, and neck regions only. Training includes one or two years of post-graduate training in general surgery residency and at least four additional years of specialty training in head and neck surgery and facial plastic surgery. A general plastic surgeon performs both face and body procedures. Training includes three to five years in general surgery residency and two years of specialty training in all body areas.

I read on your site that Dr. Sykes is the President of AAFPRS, what is that?

The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) represents board-certified facial plastic surgeons who have undergone extensive training to perform plastic and reconstructive surgery of the face, head, and neck. AAFPRS members perform most of the nasal plastic surgeries in the nation. They believe in sharing their knowledge, expertise, and services to other physicians and consumers. What does it mean to be board-certified? AAFPRS surgeons are board certified by boards recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). A facial plastic surgeon is usually board certified in otolaryngology - surgery of the head and neck. To become board certified, a physician must pass a series of rigorous oral and written tests about medical procedures and practices. Many AAFPRS surgeons specialize further by undertaking an additional year's fellowship in facial plastic surgery to become certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ABFPRS).

How will I know what treatment is right for me?

There are many approaches to reverse the unwanted signs of aging. Many people‚Äôs concerns can be addressed with our aesthetician, Jill Haynes, through skin care lines, such as Obagi, Image, Clarisonic, Glo minerals, ColoreScience, etc, in addition to facial treatments, like the Silk Peel or Blue Peel. Others prefer a slightly more aggressive approach and consider laser treatments to tighten aging skin and diminish age spots. Still more prefer to seek cosmetic surgery. Electing to move forward with any cosmetic surgery is a very personal decision that only you can make. However, being armed with the right information will help guide you in the decision process. Dr. Sykes believes that a private, one-on-one consultation is the best way to begin this process. He invites prospective patients to meet with him in order to discuss their concerns, desired results and motivations that have lead them to consider cosmetic rejuvenation. Dr. Sykes will then have the opportunity to make recommendations for the procedures he thinks are most appropriate to address your concerns and get the best aesthetic outcome. To make an appointment with Dr. Sykes, click here.  


Jonathan M. Sykes, MD
Professor/Director of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
UCDavis Medical Group
2521 Stockton Blvd., Suite 6206
Sacramento, CA 95817
(916) 734-2347
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