Meet the Facial Plastic Surgeon
About Fred J. Bressler MD, FACS
After graduating from The University of Illinois Medical School, Dr. Fred J. Bressler completed his residency in Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, at Northwestern University Medical School. Subsequently, he was singled out by the American Cancer Society to participate in a Fellowship study of surgical treatments and reconstruction of the head and neck. During his intensive year-long Fellowship, he worked with accomplished surgeons building the technical foundation necessary for consistently successful cosmetic surgeries.
A second Fellowship in facial plastic surgery with the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the premier of its kind, offered many opportunities for Dr. Bressler to work with laser technology. It is unusual to be honored with two Fellowships, but Dr. Bressler has, and he remains devoted to the science and art of his specialty. Every aspect of the nose, face and neck and their underlying bones, tissues, and nerves is familiar territory for him. These years of study and concentration have made Dr. Bressler one of the most sought-after doctors in the Texas Medical Center.
Dr. Bressler is board certified by both The American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and The American Board of Otolaryngology. In addition, he is a Fellow of The American College of Surgeons, and has the unique honor of dual teaching appointments at Baylor College of Medicine serving as Assistant Clinical Professor in both the Department of Surgery, Plastic Surgery division, and in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.
For more about Dr. Bressler, read the interview below or select his CV.
Interview the Facial Plastic Surgeon
An interview with Dr. Bressler
You founded your practice, concentrating in facial plastic surgery with emphasis on the nose, in 1993. Through the years, you have built a very successful practice and you yourself have become a very highly regarded and sought-after plastic surgeon. To what do you credit this success – what makes you and your practice stand out in the highly competitive field of plastic surgery?
First of all, let me say that during these years, it has been my privilege and my joy to be able to have earned the trust of the countless patients for whom I have cared. It has always been my goal, my mission to establish a premier facial plastic surgery center in The Texas Medical Center, a practice devoted to enhancing and improving people’s lives through facial plastic surgery. We have accomplished that goal.
My success comes from deep within. My passion for the face and the benefits of plastic surgery is innate. I have a love and unique understanding of the face, and the nose. I have reached a point in my career where I can focus on aesthetics and artistic balance because I have such a finely tuned understanding of the surgical process and what surgery can accomplish.
The complex technical aspects of the face are second nature to me. I have developed certain patterns and pathways that can be individualized to each patient, and that way, I can focus on the very subtle and refining nuances that are critical to facial balance and harmony.
I have also been blessed with opportunities and have made many right decisions. For one, our location within The Texas Medical Center. Here, the institutions that surround us – St. Luke’s, Methodist, Baylor – are truly on the cutting edge of medicine. My interaction with fellow physicians and techniques and technologies is invaluable. The institutional framework within which I practice is unequaled anywhere in the world. Of course, this proximity to the world’s best medical facilities also puts me in touch with the best surgeons and physicians – and medical school facility, students, fellows.
And my staff. I truly believe that my staff is the best anywhere. Years of experience, compassionate, caring. When anyone comes for a visit or a consultation, the difference is evident from the very first step in the door.
Throughout the years that you have been in practice, your undeniable talent and proficiency as a facial plastic surgeon have not gone unrecognized. You have always been reluctant to talk about awards and accolades, but just for a minute, share with us some of your accomplishments.
My patients and their successes and happiness are truly my greatest rewards, and seeing the positive reinforcement that plastic surgery brings to their lives is satisfaction of the highest degree. But, yes, I have received some honors of which I am particularly proud.
I have dual teaching appointments at Baylor College of Medicine, serving in both the Department of Surgery, Plastic Surgery division and in the Department of Otolaryngology. This dual appointment, in itself, is a unique honor, as I believe I am the only dual faculty voluntary member.
Recently, at the June graduation ceremonies for residents of Baylor College of Medicine’s plastic surgery residents, I was very surprised, and very pleased, to be honored with the 2008 Outstanding Clinical Faculty Award. This award is voted on by residents and members of the Baylor faculty, so I am deeply honored to be named as the recipient.
Another honor of which I am particularly proud is my presidency of the Houston Society of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. During my tenure in 2007-2008, the Society has become more active and I believe that my role set a new tone, enhancing the sense of camaraderie and increasing the emphasis on education.
I am also very pleased that I have been named – for the seventh year in a row – a Texas Top Doctor in Plastic Surgery by Texas Monthly magazine. I have also received accolades from Texas SuperDocs, H Magazine and Health & Fitness.
That’s quite a resume. Congratulations.
Although not an award, but I want to also mention that I am quite pleased to have been participating in fellowship program and resident training over these past years. I have physicians who are with me observing and training in rhinoplasty and nasal surgery, and also I accommodate, as mentors, several residents in my practice.
The residents and fellows with whom I work create a very challenging environment, and I enjoy doctors who are with us, learning and observing techniques and surgeries that we are able to share.
Tell us about The Bressler Center for Facial Plastic Surgery and Skin Care.
We are very pleased to have established The Bressler Center for Facial Plastic Surgery and Skin Care. This is an idea that I had for several years, and I am pleased to see it come to fruition.
Our mission is still the same – a center dedicated to the face – but The Bressler Center makes the process of learning about surgical and non-surgical options easier and more efficient for patients.
The Bressler Center is the center of excellence for facial plastic surgery and skin care. The unique factor that we bring to the table is that we have very special, very focused experience with the face, the facial structure and the skin.
The underlying philosophy is that, when it comes to the face, and particularly the nose, it is important to be in an environment where the emphasis is only the face. We don’t deal with body issues. At The Bressler Center, people are studied in facial characteristics and dedicated to learning more and more.
The Bressler Center is not like any facility. The experience patients enjoy here is not like any experience in the medical field. We have always been exclusively dedicated to the face, and now we are taking the focus even further.
What was the incentive to establish The Bressler Center?
Through the years, the field of facial plastic surgery has gotten more and more sophisticated, and nowadays there are multitudes of options for individuals. I felt it was time to enhance the concepts that I had already established in my plastic surgery practice.
We have always been a patient-centered facility. Individuals come to us and tell us that they enjoyed the visit with me, the nurse consultants, the aesthetician. We pride ourselves on fostering a compassionate, caring environment where the patient is our most important consideration.
The Bressler Center was a natural progression as we refined the practice to better serve individuals who seek our care.
Describe The Bressler Center – the kinds of services you provide.
The Bressler Center for Facial Plastic Surgery and Skin Care focuses on three areas:
Our concentration is on the face, the facial structure and particularly the nose, and we are dedicated to being the leaders in this field.
Expand on The Bressler Center’s Skin Spa.
My practice has had a skin-care component for many years. The enhancement realized by The Bressler Center derives from the belief that if you have achieved a beautiful, in-balance facial structure and then, your skin is sallow or sun-damaged or unhealthy, the effort has been wasted.
Now, with an expanded, full-service skin spa, we are able to provide our patients with the best technology, the best aestheticians – the best of everything when it comes to treatments before surgery, after surgery, even without surgery.
What’s also unique at The Bressler Center is that our patients enjoy the services of licensed aestheticians and nurse consultants who are able to provide skin treatments. And, additionally, when it comes to medically oriented treatments such as the injectables or the fillers such as BOTOX®, Juvéderm or Restylane, the patient has the services of a physician.
The Bressler Center is not like a retail or storefront spa. We combine the best medical clinic with a private, patient-centered environment. It is comfortable for anyone interested in improving his or her appearance.
The aestheticians and consultants will be able to address the surface issues and complaints with the very latest technology. Unlike other practices, we have the freedom to only invest our efforts in investigating the best technology and also to find treatments that are the most successful.
Our patients have enjoyed excellent results with the Syneron™ medical aesthetic system that simultaneously harnesses the power of radio frequency and light energy for unprecedented precision and safety. It’s effective and there is little or no downtime. We can address a variety of skin complaints from skin rejuvenation, wrinkle reduction, skin tightening, skin rejuvenation, pigmented lesion lightening and more.
In addition, The Bressler Center uses photofacials, microdermabrasion and other treatments to help with acne, skin redness, excessive hair and other issues.
Does this patient-centered approach make it more efficient for patients?
Yes, absolutely. Basically, patients come to us needing an evaluation on three levels. The Bressler Center for Facial Plastic Surgery and Skin Care put into place a system where treatments and options overlap and decisions are easy. Basically, it’s a layered approach:
We have reached a point where we can really address a patient’s concerns. We can accommodate the issues of an individual whose face is out of balance and requires rhinoplasty, or another who needs chin augmentation or similar reconstructive surgery to restore harmony to his or her face. As well, we are able to address the needs of someone who is combating wrinkles or who needs to correct blemishes and age spots.
It’s all here. We have simplified the process for our patients. The Bressler Center for Facial Plastic Surgery and Skin Care makes sense medically, it’s doable financially and provides answers that fit comfortably into a person’s lifestyle.