The Best Doctors Play to Their Strengths


You know it. I know it. We all know it. Finding a good doctor isn’t always easy. It can get especially complicated when multiple medical specialties are competing for the same patients. The fact is, while there are lots of good doctors out there who overlap in the treatments they perform—dermatologists, plastic surgeons, facial plastic surgeons, oculoplastic surgeons, oral/maxillofacial surgeons—the best doctors play to their strengths. Take me. I’m an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. I don’t do breast surgery. I don’t do liposuction. I never will. I’m a face guy, with highly specialized anatomical expertise of the face, mouth and jaw, extensive surgical training and a keen eye for facial aesthetic. You want to reshape or correct your jawline, cheekbones or facial contours? I’m your doc.

Oral Max: A Mouthful“Oral and maxillofacial surgeon”—it’s a specialty with a big name, but it’s pretty simple: Those of us in this specialty know the face inside and out, with training that almost exclusively focuses on facial bone, skin and muscle. We train in a hospital-based surgical residency program for four to six years along side our peers in other medical specialties, with rotations in internal medicine, anesthesia, general surgery, neurosurgery, otolaryngology (ears, nose, throat), trauma and plastic surgery—all of this so that we are prepared to treat any functional or aesthetic condition from the neck up.

Beauty and BeyondBecause of my interest in facial aesthetic and reconstruction, I chose to further specialize by completing a fellowship in cosmetic surgery. Adding this to the anatomical and surgical expertise of oral max training uniquely qualifies me to perform the full scope of facial enhancement treatments available to patients today. It’s a specialty I am passionate about. There’s nothing quite as satisfying as helping to restore or repair the face my patients see in the mirror every day—and this extends well beyond beauty.

Take this patient as an example. After a local Mohs surgeon removed a basal cell carcinoma from the side of her nose, he sent her immediately to me for reconstruction. Within a year, you wouldn’t know that she had a marble-sized section of skin and tissue removed from this area of the face. Just as the dermatology/mohs surgeon is uniquely qualified to treat skin cancer, the oral max surgeon is uniquely qualified to perform facial reconstructive surgery.

The Face GuyAs experts in all things of the face, the scope of treatment for oral max surgeons goes beyond what you might normally think of as “facial” treatments. We’re a hybrid specialty that spans facial plastic reconstructive surgery and oral surgery, to include functional jaw and teeth issues. This is what we do/treat:

  • Cleft Lip and Palate Surgery
  • Facial Cosmetic Surgery
  • Facial Reconstructive Surgery
  • TMJ / Corrective Jaw Surgery
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  • Wisdom Teeth Management
  • Dental Implant Surgery
Just call me the “Face Guy.” 

Dr. M
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Shrewsbury Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon