Tupelo — In what may be deemed as another indicator of Tupelo’s economic vitality, two new plastic/reconstructive surgery offices have opened in the city recently.
Dr. Mark Craig, a plastic/reconstructive surgeon with nine years of experience in Tupelo, has started Accent Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at 607 Garfield Street, and Dr. Bob Buckley, a plastic/reconstructive surgeon with seven years experience in Tupelo, has opened Tupelo Plastic Surgery Clinic, P.A. Buckley is currently seeing patients at 844 South Madison, but will move into Longtown Medical Park at the end of February.
Both surgeons indicated that they wanted an opportunity to focus more specifically in their respective areas of expertise in a more personalized setting.
“We wanted to offer a more comfortable and unique setting with an emphasis on addressing the personal needs of our patients,” said Craig. “We feel that we are accomplishing this and are getting great feedback from our patients.”
Craig said his practice focuses on cosmetic surgery of the face, particularly the eyes, breast and body contouring. Additionally, his office offers a wide variety of reconstructive procedures including skin cancer treatment, breast reductions and reconstruction, facial reconstructive work after accidents and a multitude of hand procedures. He added that they also provide many non-surgical procedures in the office, including but not limited to injectable fillers, botox, a full line of skin care, chemical peels and laser treatments.
Buckley said that his new practice gives him the opportunity to perform the procedures he is most interested in while also providing personalized care for his patients. His practice includes breast augmentation, reduction and reconstruction; abdominoplasty; eyelid surgery; facelifts; liposuction; as well as a full line of skin-care products and chemical peels. Additionally, Buckley performs hand surgeries, focusing on carpal tunnel syndrome, ganglion cysts, trigger fingers, hand fractures and tendon and nerve injuries.
Both physicians said that their experience in plastic/reconstructive surgery is gratifying because it gives them an opportunity to improve an individual’s quality of life.
“I felt like plastic surgery involved not only surgical talent, but a great deal of imagination and planning to improve peoples’ lives,” Craig said. “Also, the diversity of the field was very exciting. My father was a general surgeon, and I saw as I was growing up how many lives that he touched. I love what I do and find it tremendously rewarding to help people change and improve their lives.”
Buckley concurred, noting that he finds his work rewarding when patients are satisfied with their outcomes.
“Whether it is improving their appearance or relieving a chronic problem, patient satisfaction is the primary goal,” Buckley said. “My staff and I do our best to provide a pleasant experience during the process of consultation and subsequent surgery and are available to answer questions that patients have concerning their care, both before and after a procedure.”
Both surgeons indicated that patient communication is an important element of the process, with discussion of options, risks, benefits and expected outcomes. Additionally, patients need to feel confident of the training, experience, certifications and qualifications of their plastic/reconstructive surgeon. Both physicians added that it is also important to know how experienced physicians are with specific procedures even beyond their general years of experience, as well as the physician’s comfort level with specific procedures.
Contact MBJ contributing writer Karen Kahler Holliday at firstname.lastname@example.org.