Please note, as of January 31, 2022, Dr. Santin no longer offers aesthetic or cosmetic surgery.
Please take a moment to look through the information below, we genuinely hope that you will discover more about our practice, the many procedures and treatments available to you, and other useful information that will answer questions you might have about the services we can provide. We would also like to hear from you, so please contact us via telephone or email with any questions, comments, or concerns that you might have.
As a practice, we believe that excellence in performing surgical procedures is derived from both education and experience. We want you to be confident knowing that we are a team of highly trained and skilled clinicians who keep current in the latest techniques and standards so we can provide our patients with the safest operations, and the most optimal results. We also know that surgery is never routine, for this reason a review of your medical history, your current health, your expectations for your surgery and your motivations for electing any procedure are all taken into consideration before we agree to perform any procedure. We provide comprehensive treatment planning and follow strict standards that ensure your surgery will go smoothly and provide the results you desire.
About Antonio Santin, MD, FACS
Dr. Santin began practice in Great Falls in 1995 and opened Montana Plastic Surgery Center in 1996. After years of training, Dr. Santin offers the expertise of being Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons and the American Board of Otolaryngology and then furthered his training by doing a Fellowship in Craniofacial Surgery. Dr. Santin’s experience and training allows him to offer the Montana Cleft/Craniofacial Teams the advantage of this additional training as plastic surgeon and craniofacial surgeon team member. CLICK HERE to learn more about Dr Santin
Botox® is a relatively new procedure using Botulinum Toxin which was developed to treat the visual signs of aging by reducing or removing wrinkles. The procedure is considered a safe, effective way of treating aging skin. Common areas for Botox® injections include horizontal forehead furrows, vertical lines between the eyebrows and "crow's feet" around the eyes. Botox® has proven to be the best non-surgical form of facial rejuvenation and is capable of producing phenomenal improvements in your appearance.
Reasons for Considering a Botox Treatment:
- Excessive facial wrinkles.
- Large wrinkles or furrows in your forehead.
- Small wrinkles or “crow’s feet” around your eyes.
- Effectively treat scars from acne, birthmarks, moles, and tattoos.
- A vertical “frown line” between your eyebrows.
The procedure works by altering the facial muscles beneath the skin that are related to wrinkles. A cream with local anesthetic will be placed on your skin prior to treatment, and ice will be immediately applied upon completion of the Botox® treatment. Typically a small amount (1-2 cc’s) of Botox® is injected into the area of the wrinkle. Botox® works by blocking the impulses from the nerve to the facial muscles, thereby relaxing them. The result is the underlying facial muscles relax and the skin begins to smooth out. The effects of a Botox® treatment will last approximately three to six months after which the patient may choose to repeat the procedure.
Patients generally return to their normal activities immediately after the procedure, however following the post-procedure guidelines will dramatically reduce the length and intensity of the recovery period. Patients should avoid engaging in heavy physical exercise, applying cosmetics, or laying down flat for a minimum of 4 hours after the injections. It is also advisable to avoid rubbing or massaging the injected area for at least 24 hours.
Surgery of the ear, also known as otoplasty, is a procedure that helps reduce protrusion of the ear away from the head. Most often, ear surgery is performed on children between the ages of four to fourteen. Ears that “stick out” are often the source of teasing and ridicule in young children. This teasing can have a devastating effect on the child’s psyche.
Otoplasty is not limited to children and may also be performed on older patients. Cosmetic procedures are available for those individuals with large ears and for those with congenital (birth) irregularities that detract from their appearance. Additionally, an individual’s ears may exhibit abnormal traits due to their genetic makeup or an accidental injury, such as losing an ear or part of an ear. Otoplasty is used successfully for each of these situations. Regardless of the procedure, patients have been pleased with the long-lasting improvements to their appearance offered by ear surgery.
Reasons for Considering Ear Surgery:
- Bring proportion to the face if the ears “stick out” too much.
- Correct folded ear tips (lop ear).
- Reshape long or offset earlobes.
- Enhance very small ears or other congenital defects.
- Remedy an accidental injury, including the loss of an ear.
Ear surgery is commonly performed under general anesthesia for children and local anesthesia for adults. The standard otoplasty procedure brings the ears closer to the head. Otoplasty begins with an incision hidden in the crease behind the ear. This incision allows the cartilage located behind the ears to be reshaped in order to position them closer to the head. The procedure takes approximately one to two hours, depending upon the extent of surgery.
There are various surgical techniques involved in correcting irregularities other than protruding ears. These techniques can be discussed with your physician during the initial consultation.
After the surgery is completed, large bandages will be wrapped around the head.This method secures the ear in place and assists with the healing process. The bandages are usually removed within a week and replaced with smaller dressings. Generally, post-operative instructions call for plenty of rest and limited movement in order to speed up the healing process and reduce the recovery time. Patients sometimes report minor pain associated with surgery. Any pain can be treated effectively with oral medication. While complications are rare, patients can minimize potential problems by carefully following the post-operative directions.
Eyelid surgery (known as blepharoplasty) is a corrective procedure to diminish the excess upper eyelid skin and help eliminate the tired look of the eyes. Also, the lower lids can be surgically helped to “reduce the dark circles or “bags” under the eyes, remove the excess wrinkles and provide a more youthful appearance to the eyes. One of the first things noticed about a person is their eyes. During the aging process, wrinkles, lines, and puffiness contribute to a tired or aged appearance. The blepharoplasty surgery is often performed in conjunction with brow lift and face lift surgery.
Reasons for Considering Eyelid Surgery:
- Dark circles or bags under the eyes.
- Excessive skin or wrinkles surrounding the eyelids.
- A tired appearance or puffiness due to inherited factors.
The surgical procedure includes tiny incisions made in the natural contours around the eyes which should leave no visible scarring. The surgeon will usually work on the upper eyelids first to remove any fatty tissue and tighten loose skin. Lower eyelids are completed next to eliminate puffiness and reduce dark circles. In some instances, laser technology may be used to smooth lower eyelid areas. Newer techniques may include Botox injections to firm fine lines and wrinkles.
The surgery generally takes about one to three hours and is performed in the physician’s office. If additional cosmetic procedures are being performed, the eyelid surgery could last longer.
Normally, post-operative instructions call for plenty of rest and limited movement in order to speed up the healing process and reduce the recovery time. Patients sometimes report minor pain associated with surgery which can be treated with oral medication. While complications are rare, patients can minimize the risk for potential problems by carefully following the post-operative directions given after the surgery. The healing process for this procedure is slightly longer than most other forms of cosmetic surgery; however, the benefits are long-lasting. Patients will have a more rested and youthful appearance.
Nose surgery (Rhinoplasty) is a procedure to reshape the nose in order to create a more pleasing look and, in some instances, to correct severe breathing problems. With approximately 400,000 operations performed each year, rhinoplasty is considered the most popular cosmetic procedure in the United States. Rhinoplasty usually involves reducing the size of the nose by removing and sculpting the nasal tissues in order to enhance the facial appearance. The results are unique to each individual, and depend upon such factors as skin condition and thickness, nasal and facial structure, genetic contributions, and age. Traditionally, a “nose job” was performed only to correct major problems. However, recent surgical innovations allow for individuals to benefit from more moderate improvements from the procedure as well. In general, having nose surgery provides the patient with a better facial balance and overall appearance.
Reasons for Considering Nose Surgery:
- Bring a better proportion to the nose and facial features.
- Reduce the size of the nose that is too large or too wide.
- Correct an overly arched or “Roman” nose.
- Re-form a crooked or elongated nose tip.
- Restore the nose if damaged from an accident or sports injury.
- Help with breathing problems by rebuilding the nasal passage.
- Treat nasal deformities caused at birth.
- Note: If rhinoplasty is being utilized to correct a breathing problem or nose deformity, the procedure may be covered under the patient’s insurance policy.
The rhinoplasty procedure lasts from one to three hours. The surgeon may elect to utilize either local or general anesthesia, depending upon the complexity of the operation.
To begin the surgery, tiny incisions are made which allow the surgeon to access the underlying nasal structure. Once the skin is opened, the cartilage and bone are reshaped to form the basis for the new look. Two basic methods are utilized for performing nose surgery. These methods are referred to as the ‘open’ and the ‘closed’ techniques. The open technique allows for maximum visibility and control over the procedure. The incision used in the open technique is placed in-between the nostrils on the columella (the medial nostril strip). In the closed technique, the incisions are internal and heal faster; however, there is less surgical control over the outcome. The physician can discuss which technique is best when the patient arrives for the initial consultation visit.
Generally, post-operative instructions call for plenty of rest and limited movement in order to speed up the healing process and to reduce the recovery time. Some swelling may be noticed; however, any swelling will disappear within a few weeks. A splint, bandages, and/or gauze are applied immediately following surgery to aid in the healing process and to minimize movement of the nose. Patients must refrain from smoking for several weeks before and after the surgery. In addition, any corrective glasses that are worn must be taped up and off the nose. The nose will need to be well-protected from the sun for the first year after the procedure while the body is adjusting to the new look. Patients sometimes report minor pain associated with the surgery. Pain can be effectively treated with oral medication and/or cold compresses. While complications are rare, patients can minimize the risk of potential problems by carefully following the post-surgical directions given by the surgeon.
Breast reduction (or reduction mammaplasty) is an enhancement procedure that reshapes the breasts in order to make them smaller, lighter, and firmer. Reduction is accomplished by removing excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin. Large breasts can cause physical pain as well as emotional and social anxiety. Women who take advantage of the breast reduction procedure find that they are able to lead a healthier, more comfortable life, in addition to enjoying a beautiful, more proportionate appearance.
Reasons for Considering a Breast Reduction:
- Back, neck or shoulder pain caused by heavy breasts
- Sagging breasts produced by their large size
- Disproportionate body frame attributed to oversized breasts
- Restriction of physical activity due to the size and weight of the breasts
- Painful bra strap marks and/or rashes as a result of large breasts
The breast reduction procedure is often performed in the hospital surgical setting. In smaller reductions, the procedure may be offered in the state of the art surgical center in Dr. Santin's facility. Techniques for breast reduction vary; however, the most common procedure involves an incision that circles the areola. From the areola, the incision goes down and follows the natural curve under the breast. The surgeon then removes excess glandular tissue, fat, and skin. Next, the nipple and areola are repositioned to a higher position and held in place by sutures. The best procedure can be determined during the initial consultation visit.
Of all plastic surgery procedures, breast reduction results in the quickest body-image changes. Patients are pleased with the elimination of physical pain caused by large breasts as well as a better proportioned body, an enhanced appearance, and better fitting clothes.
Generally, post-operative instructions call for plenty of rest and limited movement in order to speed up the healing process and reduce the recovery time. Bandages are applied immediately following surgery to aid the healing process and to minimize movement of the breasts. Once the bandages are removed, a specialized surgical bra will need to be worn for several weeks. Patients sometimes report minor pain associated with surgery. Any pain can be treated with oral medication. While complications are rare, patients can minimize potential problems by carefully following the instructions given before and after surgery. Smoking, or having any nicotine in the system, is forbidden for a sixty day period prior to and after the procedure, as nicotine can cause wound healing problems.
Breast reconstruction surgery is designed to restore one or both breasts to a near normal appearance, size or symmetry after a mastectomy or lumpectomy, or to correct congenital deformities. Breast reconstruction may involves multiple procedures that are performed in stages and if only one breast is affected, a breast lift, breast reduction or breast augmentation may be recommended for the opposite breast to improve symmetry of the size, shape and position of both breasts.
Cancer reconstructive surgery involves procedures needed after some types of cancer surgery such as a mastectomy, head and neck cancer or skin cancer.
Cleft lip and palate reconstructive surgery includes procedures to repair a cleft, or separation of the upper lip and/or the roof of the mouth, that can occur very early in the development of an unborn child. Most clefts can be repaired utilizing specific plastic surgery techniques that will help to improve a child's ability to breathe, eat, speak and hear.
Congenital deformities are medically diagnosed conditions present at birth or caused by the birthing process. They may be caused by hereditary issues, developmental disability or disease. If left untreated, these conditions can interfere with a child's development and ability to function. Sometimes reconstructive surgery and other treatment is performed in stages over several years. Cleft lip and palate abnormalities are two congenital issues commonly treated by plastic surgeons.
Craniofacial reconstructive surgical procedures are used to correct damaged bone and tissue from head, skull, face and neck traumas and birth defects. This may also include issues involving skin, nerves, muscle, teeth, and other related anatomy. The goal of these procedures is to improve the appearance of disfigured areas of the face and head.
Lesion removal procedures are performed for both medical and cosmetic reasons to eliminate abnormal growths on the skin, called lesions. These may be lumps, sores or any areas of the skin that are not normal. Skin lesions include cancers, skin tags, moles or warts.
Trauma reconstructive surgery aims to repair issues arising from trauma to the body. Injuries may include fractured jaws and bones in the face, displaced teeth and lacerations or fractures of the skull.
Schedule Your Consultation
The first step towards a beautiful, healthy look is to schedule an appointment for a consultation. Please contact our office by phone at 406-727-6363, Monday-Thursday, 8am-5pm, Friday, 8am-3:30pm.