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Dr. Berkowitz was born in Youngstown, Ohio. During his youth, he became aware of the need for plastic surgery when his father, who had been born with a cleft lip, was denied surgery as an infant due to his own parents’ inability to pay the fee of the Chicago surgeon. The manual dexterity he displayed as a child prompted Dr. Berkowitz’s father to direct him toward becoming a surgeon. At the University of Michigan, Dr. Berkowitz graduated with honors in art history, where he developed his particular fascination with architecture. What man can do with his hands, following the laws of nature, became his mantra as he pursued a career as a plastic surgeon at the University of Michigan.
There, he inaugurated the first combined general surgery/plastic surgery program. Dr. Berkowitz pursued plastic surgery with a passion, and was especially engrossed in the challenging process of giving a child a chance at life by repairing a cleft lip and palate. He traveled the world with the Interplast Organization leading scores of trips to a dozen sites over two decades. He was recruited to Stanford as a faculty member and was director of the Burn Unit at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center.
When establishing his private practice in what was just beginning to be known as the Silicon Valley, Dr. Berkowitz brought along his skills, compassion, and curiosity to a new community that exemplified the very best in innovation and modernity. As a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, and on the board of the Rhinoplasty Society, he has funneled his academic interest into the postgraduate teaching of young plastic surgeons in the area of breast surgery, facial rejuvenation, and especially rhinoplasty.
As a lecturer, Dr. Berkowitz continues to teach his skills throughout North America, South America, and Europe. He has authored scores of articles on rhinoplasty, facial rejuvenation, and surgery of the breast.
“Master of rhinoplasty,” Dr. Berkowitz has toured the world to speak on the latest plastic surgery techniques and devices, and is most notably recognized as one of the first surgeons in the U.S. to use high frequency power tools for nose reshaping. Surgeons have been using the same “hammer & chisel” tools to break bones in the nose in order to reshape it for over 100 years, but Dr. Berkowitz introduced the concept of using power tools to the Rhinoplasty Society in 2005 and has since been leading the charge on educating surgeons on this new technique in which patient re-sults are astonishing. With the development of even smaller, higher speed power tools adapted for rhinoplasty – referred to as Piezo electric tools – this new technique gives sur-geons more control over the bone cuts. Unlike traditional rhinoplasty, results are con-sistent. Bones are shaped, cut and moved – as opposed to previously rasped or chiseled and fractured. Dr. Berkowitz has transformed the way in which rhinoplasty is performed and as a result, patients achieve more predictable results, dramatically decreased bruising and minimal pain since this technique doesn’t cause blood in tissue planes which can be ex-tremely painful and inflammatory. This new technique also results in less internal scarring and quicker overall recovery. Dr. Berkowitz can routinely return patients to work or school within one week.
I have had several procedures with Dr. Berkowitz with outstanding results. Ble-pharoplasty, Breast Lift, Earlobe Repair and Revision Rhinoplasty that was an extremely complicated case. I hope to help as many people as I can from my own personal experiences. There are far too many Dr.'s performing plastic surgery that shouldn't take on cases that they are not qualified or confident that they can complete successfully. Dr. Berkowitz is honest and has integrity. He has a repu-tation for his expertise and perfection in his work. He is a perfectionist and he puts his heart and sole in every surgery he performs. I have many family mem-bers and friends that have had extraordinary results and share the same thoughts regarding his genuine care to give you the best result possible. I can't express enough that an honest Dr. such as Dr. Berkowitz has his patients best interest at heart. Your face and body is worth paying for perfection and I urge people to not make a decision based on price. If you have to delay surgery to save the money it takes for quality work please , please do that. I can't say enough about him and his staff. He has been known to be the Best Plastic Surgeon in this area for over 25 + years. Thank you Dr. Berkowitz for all you have done for me.
Dr. Berkowitz is an incredible doctor! Dr. Berkowitz performed a secondary for me and delivered a result that far exceeded my expectations. My nose now looks and functions exactly the way that it should which is exactly what was promised. The patience and caring displayed by Dr. Berkowitz at all phases of the proce-dure were extraordinary. I couldn't be happier with the results and will trust Dr. Berkowitz with any future improvements requiring his expertise.
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