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Plastic Surgery related articles featuring The Austin-Weston Center for Cosmetic Surgery in Northern Virginia.
New Beauty

Board-certified plastic surgeons Drs. Weston, Sigal and Poindexter extend their services
in an exclusive, 11,000-square-foot, freestanding, accredited facility that has aesthetician
provisions and five fully equipped operating suites, as well as separate entrances and lob-
bies for new patients and surgical patients, allowing the utmost privacy. Interestingly, most
of the doctors’ staff has undergone cosmetic surgery, enabling them to fully appreciate
the delicacy involved. While the surgeons share ideals of natural, balanced results, they
tailor each procedure. “It’s not a cookbook recipe for everyone; each patient is different,”
explains Dr. Poindexter. “Plastic surgery can play an important role in helping people feel
better about themselves.”



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History of The Austin-Weston Center for Cosmetic Surgery

Dr. Harvey Austin's vision for the practice remains today very much the same as it did in the beginning: to provide consistently excellent cosmetic surgical recommendations and results in a manner that best supports the goals of the patient.

Dr. Harvey Austin's practice slowly grew as other cosmetic surgery physicians began to refer patients to him. His excitement about the extraordinary results of cosmetic surgery, at a time when cosmetic surgery was not generally accepted, drew interested patients to his practice. They in turn referred others to his practice.

Dr. Austin's practice drew the attention of the media in December of 1981 when an article was published in the Washington Post about his work ("A Day in the Life of a Plastic Surgeon"). He joined multiple surgeons in authoring a book about cosmetic surgery and used the book, "Better Than Ever ", to more effectively inform patients about various procedures. By 1983, five years after it began, his practice was among the largest and most prestigious plastic surgery practices in the Washington DC area. Because of his notoriety and consistent referral base, it became apparent that the practice would have to expand. Dr. Austin and his staff of five moved to occupy the adjacent free-standing building, thus becoming the first practice in the Washington DC area to have a majority of a building dedicated exclusively to plastic surgery.

THE EARLY YEARS

In 1987, Dr. George Weston joined the practice as an associate and after attaining board certification in plastic surgery, and partnered with Dr. Harvey Austin. The two physicians and their growing staff of cosmetic surgery professionals began to develop innovative concepts for the practice that would take them well into the future. Dr. Austin and Dr. Weston became the first plastic surgeons in the Washington DC area to begin showing "before and after" photographs of other patients to demonstrate what a potential patient might reasonably expect from surgery. Complimentary consultations were another first the pair introduced to the field of cosmetic surgery. Together they implemented the concept of the Cosmetic Surgical Consultant, a comfortable and well-informed person whose job is to answer preliminary questions, providing as much information as possible to cosmetic surgery patients so they are able to make an informed decision regarding plastic surgery. To this day, the patient consultant functions as a constant liaison between doctor and patient and provides individual support for the patient

The plastic surgery center at The Austin-Weston Center for Cosmetic Surgery serving Northern Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC is the first certified by The American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Plastic Surgery Facilities (AAAAPSF).

EARLY PRACTICE INNOVATIONS: THE AGING MOUTH

In addition to being experienced in all areas of plastic surgery, the Austin-Weston Center for Cosmetic Surgery serving Northern Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC is known for developing popularized techniques for correction of the aging mouth. The cosmetic surgeons at the The Austin-Weston Center for Cosmetic Surgery have published multiple articles and book chapters related to the aging mouth.

Dr. Harvey Austin and Dr. George Weston have appeared in numerous magazine and newspaper articles, including People Magazine , Allure Magazine, and national and local television programs including the Oprah Winfrey Show and the Phil Donahue Show. They have been invited to appear on the Geraldo and Jerry Springer television shows.

As the practice began to flourish, Dr. Harvey Austin and Dr. George Weston selected Dr. Robert Sigal to join The Austin-Weston Center for Cosmetic Surgery. Trained at Harvard College and the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Sigal had already received his board certification in general surgery. Shortly thereafter, Dr. Robert Sigal passed his Boards in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, having the distinction of becoming Double Board Certified. Dr. Robert Sigal brought innovative endoscopic surgical techniques to the practice, and is responsible for the introduction of the laser and the very popular Botox procedure. In addition to his demanding duties as surgeon, Dr. Sigal serves as the center's medical and marketing director.

THE MIDDLE YEARS

Because of the overwhelming demand for plastic surgery, two new operating rooms were added and the practice staff expanded to twenty. Recognizing the importance of patient education, the surgeons at The Austin-Weston Center for Cosmetic Surgery wrote and published 17 columns about cosmetic surgery in the lay press. They were published as advertisements and have been praised for their candor and informational value. Says Dr. Weston, "Our advertisements do not extol our particular practice. Rather their content supports all practices and all patients by informing the public what cosmetic surgery can and cannot accomplish. Informed patients choose wisely."

Dr. Harvey Austin passed the mantle of the presidency to Dr. Weston in 1995, continuing his surgical duties, but passing the larger responsibility to his trusted partner. In 1998 a fourth plastic surgeon, Dr. Byron Poindexter, joined the Austin-Weston team, forming one of the largest cosmetic surgery practices in the country. PHI Beta Kappa in college and "AOA" in medical school, Dr. Poindexter's talents have been instrumental in creating a state of the art surgical center with comparable internal systems. His surgical interests have greatly expanded the practice's use of the endoscope and of Botox, and his presentation of liposuction with tummy tucks has made him a sought after legal authority.

One often-overlooked aspect of a successful practice is how the partners and associates of The Austin-Weston Center for Cosmetic Surgery work and respect one another for their character and deep sense of commitment to the high standards and principles that have been the cornerstone of the practice. Such attributes have also been sought when they hire a new staff member. As a result each new member of the team is self-motivated and works with little need for supervision.

THE PRESENT AND FUTURE

By the end of 1999, it became clear that the physical space could no longer accommodate the practice with its four physicians and staff of 25. After a long search, the surgeons at The Austin-Weston Center for Cosmetic Surgery selected a desirable site in Reston, Virginia, which serves cosmetic patients in Northern Virginia, Maryland, Washington, DC and abroad. The two-acre site is adjacent to the Dulles International Airport Access Route and contains a ten thousand foot building. The Austin-Weston Center for Cosmetic Surgery building has been transformed into a state of the art facility with six outpatient surgical procedure rooms and extensive aftercare and esthetician services.



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