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Saving Face, an Arizona nonprofit organization dedicated to providing pro bono corrective facial surgery to victims of domestic abuse, was founded by Dr. Sidney J. Starkman in 2019. Dr. Starkman has always had a heart for the underserved, and he established Saving Face in order to make a real difference within his community. Injuries acquired during domestic violence, particularly facial injuries, are damaging on physical and psychological levels, and Dr. Starkman is devoted to using his skills to help. Women, children, and men who have treatable facial injuries from domestic abuse are urged to apply for eligibility.

To be eligible for treatment from Saving Face, victims must first contact and register with the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence or the Arizona Sojourner Center. Once registered, victims are required to enroll in either centers' programs to ensure they are safely away from the source of domestic abuse. The chosen domestic abuse center will then confirm to Dr. Starkman that the victims are in a safe environment and no longer at risk. They are then eligible for pro bono treatments for their facial injuries like scar revisions.

Saving Face performs outreach both online and via print publications, as well as through various partners in the community who have more direct contact with abuse victims. These partners include Phoenix, AZ domestic violence shelters, such as the Sojourner Center, the Hope Women’s Shelter, and the Vista Colina Emergency Family Shelter. Domestic violence victims can also be provided information about Saving Face through local domestic violence hotlines, law enforcement centers, and other medical offices.

If you are interested in becoming a member surgeon of Saving Face, please contact Dr. Starkman at Starkman Facial Plastic & Laser Surgery.


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We are excited to announce that we have resumed seeing patients on a limited basis for select visits and procedures. The majority of our new patient consultations and follow-up checks will be done via telemedicine to minimize patient traffic to the office.

Patient safety has always been our number one priority, and we are implementing the following policies to meet and exceed safety standards for our patients. We greatly appreciate your compliance and understanding.

  1. Dr. Starkman and all clinical staff will wear N95 masks and eye protection for the entirety of each patient’s visit.
  2. Patient appointment confirmation must be completed 24 hours prior to the appointment.
  3. Patient screening will consist of a screening questionnaire and a temperature check. Any patient with risk factors or a fever will be rescheduled.
  4. We are instituting a “No Waiting in the Waiting Room” Policy. Patients will be immediately screened and escorted to their private exam room.
  5. Surgical-grade air recirculators have been installed in each patient room to recycle each room’s air every 4 minutes.
  6. Guests, children, or visitors other than the patient will be limited.
  7. Pre-operative COVID-19 testing will be obtained 4-5 days prior to any scheduled procedure.
  8. Patients will enter our main entrance and exit out of our side exit. The one-way flow of traffic will allow for a comprehensive cleaning of the waiting room prior to the next patient.

We appreciate the understanding and patience of all of you. We can’t wait to see you all again. Dr. Starkman and Staff

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