Fritz E. Barton, Jr., MD
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4 out of 5 stars Tummy Tuck
Dr. Barton is wonderful, he is experienced and I have complete confidence in him. After my surgery when I had the complications he or one of his staff came to the hospital to see me daily until I was released. I recommended that my daughter use him for breast implants and again he was stellar.
5 out of 5 stars Facelift
I had a tummy tuck with one of the top plastic surgeons in Dallas in 2003 with good results, but what seemed like every complication known to man -- things like a former drainage hole popping open 5 months later. Although recently suspended for "une scandale," THAT surgeon was head of the medical school's Plastics dept. at the time, and I think many of the issues derived from the fact that he saw his "fellows" (residents in extended training) and his traumatic reconstructions as his legacy, rather than his cosmetics patients. I think most of the issues with that surgery were due to that attitude as well as the fact that it was in a large hospital rather than a surgical center specializing in plastics. (This is the down-side to having surgery done by someone who is so good that he is actually teaching at the regional medical school. Upside is obvious.) So I ended up going with Dr. Fritz Barton, who had also served as head of plastics in the past but who really seems to consider his patients as much his legacy as the residents he has trained. (There are no residents involved in Dr. Barton's private-patient surgeries.) I don't need for my surgeon to be warm and fuzzy, but Barton's whole attitude was SO much more reassuring than what I had previously experienced with his former partner. I interviewed two other highly recommended surgeons, but they were actually the same cost or about 10% higher than Dr. Barton -- and the one who was 10% higher used a nurse anesthetist rather than an anesthesiologist! It's worth noting that all three doctors now operate in surgical centers, but two of them had their own individual "stand-alone" centers. Dr. Barton operates in a stand-alone center that belongs to him and several of his partners. I think it had to have been better-staffed than what you would find in a single doctor's center. (I stayed there on Night 1.) My advice to anyone contemplating plastic surgery is to have it in a well-staffed stand-alone operating center that specializes in plastics -- not in a big hospital where you may be recovering on a floor where the nurses are focused on people with serious problems. If you want the best and one of the surgeons who perfected this procedure (High SMAS) -- don't delay. Everyone assumes Dr. Barton will retire in a few years. And no, I didn't worry about the fact that he was older than the 2 other doctors I interviewed. Dr. Barton's attitude and his reputation for integrity is such that I know he will "hang it up" as soon as he feels he can no longer perform at his best. You can't become any kind of surgeon, much less a brilliant one, without a strong ego. But Barton has no "God complex." He is a believer in the ARTISTIC as well as the technical aspects of "facial rejuvenation." Dallas women know plastic surgeons. Our medical school trains a large number of the ones now found in NY, FL and CA. Next to California -- Dallas has some of the most "image-conscious" women in the U.S. There will be great gnashing of teeth when Dr. Barton retires, and we're only hoping that by that time he can identify other surgeons approaching his proficiency.
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