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Our surgical suite is the space where Dr. Starkman performs all of his facial plastic surgery procedures on-site, within the office. The surgery area meets and exceeds the highest levels of safety standards for our patients, with a pre-operative bay, nurse’s station, recovery area, and sterilization rooms.

We offer a single-surgeon, single-subspecialty AAAASF-accredited surgery center, assuring privacy and exceptional safety. This center offers the same safety protocols of a hospital with the individual care of a private surgery center, but with a lower risk of infection because it is smaller. As a result, we have an outstanding safety record for all our patients. Unlike any hospital or surgery center, our surgical facility utilizes staff and equipment specialized only for facial plastic surgery procedures. 

Board-certified anesthesiologists are available for procedures using sedation. Only IV sedation is used (instead of general anesthesia) for a quicker and more comfortable recovery following surgery. The on-location surgery center offers patients a discrete and specialized setting for their procedures.

To learn more about the surgical experience, please visit our Patient Experience page.

What does an AAAASF accreditation mean?

An AAAASF accreditation means that a surgical facility has met the high-set standards of the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities. This means that an AAAASF accredited surgical facility:

  • Is held to hospital standards
  • Is required to staff surgeons who are board-certified
  • Is required to staff surgeons who have hospital privileges for any procedure
  • Is required to have peer review and track data 
  • Is required to provide a safe and clean surgical environment that must meet strict standards
  • Is required to use an anesthesia professional for deeper levels of anesthesia

What is an outpatient surgery center?

An outpatient surgery center is a surgical facility where the procedures are uncomplicated enough that they do not require the patient to stay overnight.

Is it safe to have surgery in a surgery center vs. a hospital?

Absolutely, as long as the surgery center has been AAAASF accredited and meets the safety protocols and standards of a hospital.

Is the risk of infection lower in a surgery center?

Yes, the risk of infection is lower in a surgery center because it is smaller than a hospital, with less patients and staff.

Who provides anesthesia in a surgery center?

Anesthesia is provided by a professional anesthesia specialist.

Is the cost the same?

Our surgery center is more cost-efficient compared to larger hospitals and surgical facilities.

A MESSAGE FROM DR. STARKMAN CONCERNING COVID-19

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A MESSAGE FROM DR. STARKMAN CONCERNING COVID-19

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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