Out-of-Town Patients
visiting Austin, TX


All of the patients around the world who have come to Buckingham Center for Facial Plastic Surgery in Austin, TX



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    Dr. Edward D. Buckingham

    Dr. Edward D. Buckingham’s reputation as an experienced and talented surgeon draws national and international patients from all over requesting his surgical expertise. Cosmetic and reconstructive procedures, including blepharoplasty, brow lift, rhinoplasty, facelift, neck lift, and Botox injections, are performed on out-of-town patients very smoothly by working closely with Buckingham Center Patient Coordinators in Austin, TX.

    Dr. Erin Smith

    Dr. Erin Smith is a Beverly Hills trained Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon who specializes in both cosmetic and reconstructive procedures of the face, neck, nose, eyelids, ears, and forehead. Dr. Smith grew up in Mississippi and completed her undergraduate education at the University of Mississippi with a double major in Biochemistry and Psychology, where she graduated as Magna Cum Laude from the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa, Chi Psi, Gamma Beta Phi, and Tri-Beta honor societies. She also served as an Ole Miss Student Ambassador and was an active member of her sorority. During this time, she traveled to Montero, Bolivia, where she developed a passion for medical mission work. She then completed a Masters in Science in Neuroscience from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA, which solidified her drive to become a surgeon.


    Anyone considering facial surgery should acknowledge the importance of choosing the very best facial surgeon, and traveling to visit the best surgeon has never been easier. Our surgeons are committed to the pursuit of excellence in facial plastic surgery and providing a full array of nonsurgical and surgical options at Buckingham Center for patients traveling from other cities in Texas, out of state, and internationally. Patients leave raving reviews after having plastic surgery performed at Buckingham Center for Facial Plastic Surgery in Austin, TX.


    Technological advances in the last ten years have transformed cosmetic surgery, and an explosion of plastic surgery techniques now provide smaller incisions, less bruising, swelling, and decreased downtime. Dr. Buckingham is an expert in endoscopic surgery, and he has written material and taught courses at national meetings for the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Buckingham Center provides cosmetic and reconstructive surgery for patients who request a younger appearance or require restoration after an injury or trauma. Popular out-of-town procedures include:

    Facelift/Neck lift: Treats the lower face, jawline, and neck area.

    Buckingham Center specializes in the newest minimally-invasive facelift surgery techniques, and nearly or entirely camouflaging incisions within the hairline and under the chin. Our surgeons explain your facelift options during the consultation, including tailored approaches to treat minimal to moderate sagging, jowls, and neck laxity or more significant aging. Regardless of the method, patients are typically ready to travel within seven to ten days and are fully active within two to three weeks.

    Rhinoplasty: Enhances the appearance of the nose by altering the size and shape.

    Our surgeons have extensive experience in primary and secondary rhinoplasty, and they use conservative measures to tailor each technique for the patient. They may recommend cosmetic tip refinement, dorsal adjustment, significant straightening, or a complete reconstruction of the nose’s structure for men, women, or teens. The stitches are removed within five to seven days and patients typically return home shortly after.

    Botox: Temporarily smooths facial lines and wrinkles caused by repetitive muscle contractions.

    Our surgeons perform BOTOX treatments for men and women across the country. They offer out-of-town patients advanced treatments with Juvederm fillers, Botox, and other trusted injectables. Patients typically travel home immediately after the procedure or on the following day.

    Blepharoplasty: Reshapes and lifts the upper or lower eyelids.

    Dr. Buckingham specializes in eyelid lift surgery that improves the appearance of the eyes by removing redundant fat and skin and improving facial contours.  For the lower eyelids this often involves a fat grafting procedure.  This procedure in particular is very difficult to master and one of the major reasons that patient travel from all over for Dr. Buckingham’s expertise.  These procedures treats hooded eyelids, local wrinkles, bags, or pockets of fat beneath the eyes. Dr. Buckingham conceals the incisions within the crease of the eyelid or inside the lower eyelid. Out-of-town patients typically return home and resume their regular schedule within a week after blepharoplasty.

    Facial Fat Grafting:  One of the reasons that a person looks their age or older than their age is that the face develops shadows and hollows over time secondary to bony and other layers of volume loss.  One of the ways to add youthful convexity which then reflects light as in a youthful face is by adding the patients own fat cells from their body back to their face.  This procedure requires a great deal of experience and skill to complete in a satisfactory manner.  Dr. Buckingham has written extensively on facial fat grafting and is one of the leading providers world-wide of this amazing procedure.  Many surgeons shy away from this procedure as it takes a great deal of experience to perform it well.  Dr. Buckingham believes it is one of the main reasons that his patients look so much better and natural than many other surgeons can achieve.

    Eyebrow/Forehead lift: Restores a refreshed and more youthful appearance by lifting the brows.

    Dr. Buckingham specializes in minimally invasive forehead and eyebrow lift techniques, and he uses several smaller incisions rather than one long incision. This treatment option reduces scarring, possible numbness, or hair loss. Patients typically feel well enough to return home within seven to ten days and resume their normal activities within 14 days.


    Buckingham Center is nationally and internationally recognized for its top-of-line medical care, continuous physician training, decades of experience, 5-star patient satisfaction, and natural-looking, beautiful results.


    Selecting a plastic surgeon is a very personal choice, and traveling out of town allows you to choose the best surgeon in the field. Dr. Buckingham is an expert facial cosmetic and reconstructive surgeon.


    In most cases, plastic surgery is a very private matter. Traveling outside of your community for plastic surgery can ensure discretion. Patients enjoy complete privacy, a quiet recovery, and a peaceful get-a-way in beautiful Austin, Texas.


    Out-of-town candidates for plastic surgery are in good health, have realistic cosmetic or reconstructive expectations, and are willing to follow all before and after instructions. Dr. Buckingham creates a customized surgical plan for approved candidates.


    Out-of-town patients can either travel into the facility for an in-person consultation or schedule a consultation by phone with emailed photos for Dr. Buckingham to review. Both options provide exceptional personal care.

    Face-to-Face Consultation

    The Buckingham Center staff accommodates guests who desire to travel to meet the doctor and discuss the desired procedure. During the face-to-face consultation, the doctor performs an examination, reviews the patient’s health history, and creates a customized treatment plan for approved candidates. The patient coordinator then reviews the cost, pre-and post-operative requirements, lab-work requests, and discusses payment options with the patient.

    Phone Consultation

    If flying in for the consultation is not possible, a phone consultation is an excellent choice. Dr. Buckingham requests front and side-view photos and health history information to determine candidacy and create a surgical plan. A packet is e-mailed to approved candidates with all of the vital information, including a price quote, the required medical clearances, and blood work. The patient coordinator will also be available by phone or email to answer any questions.

    Scheduling the Appointment

    Picking a date for the surgery requires an initial deposit, which patients may pay over the phone with a credit card.  Dr. Buckingham requests that patients arrive one day before the surgery. The patient coordinator can provide a list of local accommodations, recommended hotels, and travel suggestions.  Post-operative nursing care is also available.


    Dr. Buckingham requests that each patient allow sufficient time in Austin, Texas, to recover after surgery. Most patients are able to travel home within three to seven days. Dr. Buckingham will discuss this surgical information during the consultation. Buckingham Center aims to make the recovery process as comfortable as possible, and the patient coordinator provides each patient with the after hour number in case of complications or questions.

    Out-of-Town Patients Planning Guide

    Dr. Buckingham and the Buckingham Center patient coordinator work together to ensure comfort, increase safety, and encourage peace of mind and a speedy recovery. Buckingham Center can recommend a professional recovery nurse immediately after surgery, but patients are encouraged to invite a friend or family member to join them on the trip for added support during the recovery.

    Below are general timelines to help patients determine their minimum stay, please keep in mind that changes may be needed depending on the personal healing process:

    Procedure Days Detail
    Facelift/Necklift 8-10 days   The doctor examines the treated area the next day and changes any dressings. The initial sutures are removed after seven to eight days. Most patients are released to return to their normal activities and can travel in seven to ten days.
    Rhinoplasty 7-8 days The doctor examines the nasal area the following day and removes the packing.   The splint is removed day seven after the surgery. Most patients are released to return to low impact activities, including travel after seven to ten days.
    Botox 1 days The doctor performs Botox injections alone or in combination with surgery like a facelift.    The injections are performed during one short office visit. No downtime is needed, and some patients travel the same day.   The doctor provides aftercare instructions, including avoiding steam rooms and massaging the area.   The doctor can examine the treated areas in the office the following day and make adjustments if desired.
    Blepharoplasty 7-8 days Cold compresses relieve bruising and swelling during the first 48 hours.   The doctor removes the stitches after seven days.   Most people are released to travel and resume their regular activities after seven to ten days.
    Brow Lifts 7-8 days Ice compresses help to reduce swelling during the first 48 hours. The doctor typically examines the following day.   Staples are removed from the scalp in seven to eight days. Most patients are released to resume their normal activities and may travel after the staples are removed.

    Please see below our list of acceptable hotels:

    Barton Creek Resort and Club Austin

    8212 Barton Creek Drive, Austin, TX 78735

    (512) 329-7999

    The Wayback Austin (cottages)

    9601 Bee Caves Road, Austin, TX 78733

    (512) 520-9590

    Hotel Granduca Austin

    320 South Capital of Texas Highway, Austin, TX 78746

    (512) 306-6400


    Dr. Edward D Buckingham is double board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Dr. Buckingham is highly sought after and has over twenty years of experience. He is dedicated to education and routinely presents at plastic surgery conferences around the country. The highly-acclaimed surgeon is recognized as a mentor and teacher. Hundreds of patients travel each year to Buckingham Center for Facial Plastic Surgery and receive outstanding surgical results.

    • The Buckingham Center achieved the Allergan Diamond Status, which only four percent of cosmetic practices hold in the US.
    • Dr. Buckingham holds the prestigious Schoenrock Award in recognition for his positive impact in the field of facial plastic surgery. He holds numerous awards, including the 10 Best Plastic Surgeon Award, America’s Best Physicians, and the Patient’s Choice Award.


    What pre-operative tests are required?

    Pre-operative tests depend on the patient’s health, age, and type of procedure. Dr. Buckingham will provide you with all the information about the surgical plan, including any required tests.

    When is it okay to fly?

    Flying on an airplane after plastic surgery is safe. It is important to avoid straining yourself by carrying heavy bags and performing strenuous activities. Dr. Buckingham will further explain the travel procedures associated with your plastic surgery.

    Can I travel alone to Austin, Texas?

    Most patients travel with a spouse, parent, friend, or child. But some patients travel alone. Going alone will require an overnight stay in a care facility immediately after the surgery, or a private duty nurse must stay overnight in your hotel.

    What happens if I experience a complication after I return home?

    While these sorts of things are rare, some complications may arise that would require a doctor visit or even a trip back to Austin, Texas. Dr. Buckingham will explain possible complications and issues that could arise.


    Dr. Buckingham and the Buckingham Center staff work together to ensure that out-of-town guests receive exceptional care. Call 512.401.2500 to schedule your out-of-town phone consultation at the Buckingham Center in Austin, TX, or visit us on the Buckingham Center website to schedule a consultation with Dr. Buckingham.