DOCTOR SPOTLIGHT: Benjamin C. Marcus, MD; Facial Plastic Surgeon
posted on 10/15/2012
Transformations Surgery Center, Middleton, WI
Dr. Benjamin Marcus is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and the American Board of Facial Plastic Surgery. He is fellowship trained in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, having learned leading-edge techniques with Drs. Ted Cook and Tom Wang in Portland, Oregon, leaders in the field. Dr. Benjamin Marcus performs cosmetic surgery of the face and neck, rhinoplasty and facial reconstructive surgery. Specialty areas include: facelift, brow lift, eyelid surgery, rhinoplasty, facial trauma, reconstruction of congenital deformities, and reconstruction after Mohs surgery. He also provides the complete spectrum of ENT services, specializing on sinus and nasal problems. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery and Director of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. A full-time faculty member of the UW Medical School, he is actively involved in training the next generation of facial plastic surgeons.
Top Procedures Performed:
• Nose job (Rhinoplasty)
• Facelift Surgery (Rhytidectomy)
• Neck Lift
• Eyelid Lift Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
• Lower Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
• Ear Surgery (Otoplasty)
• Tummy Tuck
• Cosmetic Botox
• Juvederm tm
• Chemical Peel
• Non-Surgical Facelift
• Laser Skin Resurfacing
See Dr. Marcus’s Before & After Pictures
Q&A with Dr. Marcus:
1. Describe the most rewarding experience that you have had working with a patient?
Working on a patients face is challenging and rewarding. The surgeries do make people feel that their outside appearance matched how they feel on the inside. The best compliment I get is when patients tell me that they finally look how they feel. Facelift and anti-aging surgery helps patients look vibrant and active. Rhinoplasty allows the natural beauty of the face shine through.
2. What is your charity organization of choice and why?
I regularly go on missions to Peru and China to perform free surgery on children with cleft lip and palate deformities. In these countries - repairing this type of birth defect can mean a world of difference for these children. Some children in China are not allowed to attend school due to their deformity. In Peru the valley where we work has no medical care at all. We have had families walk for 3 days to reach us. It is a privilege to help these families.
3. What does living in the Middleton community mean to you?
Midwest patients and Wisconsin in specific are wonderful people. They want natural results. The most common statement I hear is that they don’t want to look like someone else - rather they want to look like themselves. They tend to be healthy, active people who want their face to match the vibrance with which they live life.
4. What is your favorite quote or saying?
What is success? I think it is a mixture of having a flair for the thing that you are doing; knowing that it is not enough, that you have got to have hard work and a certain sense of purpose. Margaret Thatcher
5. What makes your specialties the right fields of medicine for you?
Facial plastic surgery is a perfect combination of artistry and attention to detail. I plan every surgery in minute detail in advance - but I also have to use all of my artistic skill to achieve the patients goal
6. Finish this sentence: If I weren’t a doctor I would be___.
7. When (your age) did you first realize you wanted to become a surgeon? And did you experience anything in particular to motivate you to achieve this prestigious goal?
I decided I wanted to be a surgeon in college. I was a scientist and biology major. I wanted to use those skills to help people. I made the decision based on the philosophy that I wanted to know that what I would do with my life would impact others in a positive way and remain exciting and challenging to me.
8. Can you tell us in your own words what you consider a perfect outcome of a surgical procedure?
If you see a patient in an “after” picture you would have no idea that they had surgery. If you see the before and after picture together you would have a “wow” moment.
9. What is your favorite procedure to perform and why?
Rhinoplasty is different in every single patient. No two operations are the same. You have to use careful planning and attention to detail while maintaining an artful, holistic sense of the face as a whole.
10. In a perfect world, when would you like to retire, where would you go and what would you do?
When I finish my surgical career I hope to continue in my research pursuits. I hope to continue to write and lecture on facial surgery.
• MD, University of Chicago - Pritzker School of Medicine, 1999
• Internship, University of Michigan, 1999-2000, General Surgery
• Resident, University of Michigan, 2000-2004, Otolaryngology
• Fellow, Oregon Health Sciences University, 2004-2005, Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
• Assistant Professor in the University of Wisconsin Department of Surgery
• Director of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the UW Hospital and Clinics
• American Board of Otolarynology-Head and Neck Surgery
• American Board of Facial Plastic Surgery
University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics (primary)
Meriter Hospital (secondary)
Veterans Hospital - Wm. S. Middleton Memorial (secondary)