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Sometimes, you need professional advice to get your facial skin in its best possible shape, and a medical provider with deep resources and a commitment to the latest technology can help. Next month, Washington University Facial Plastic Surgery Center is relocating to a brand-new office at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital to ensure patients have the most
up-to-date options in treatment and care.

The $200 million, state-of-the-art hospital opened in November 2019, and the 3,000-square-foot facial plastic surgery center will be an exciting part of its overall dynamic, says surgeon Dr. Emily Spataro. The practice officially opens its doors in Medical Office Building 4 at the end of March. “Our new space will offer expanded treatment areas and private waiting areas to enhance the patient experience,” Spataro says. “Washington University physicians have been involved in the interior design to ensure that the flow of the office is efficient, comfortable and easy for patients to navigate.”

The office is conveniently located on the hospital campus so people who need additional services don’t have to go far, she adds. “It will be a very different experience from a typical medical office,” surgeon Dr. John Chi says of the new space. “Our goal was to create a spa-like environment with a boutique aesthetic, pleasing music and other relaxing features, and we think patients will appreciate that.” Spataro says the interior color palette is soothing and calming, with a mixture of blues, greens, grays and wood tones. “We want it to be an enjoyable atmosphere for patients as well as staff,” she says.

The office will be outfitted with the latest equipment and technology to expand the range of services available to patients, according to surgeon Dr. Gregory Branham. New offerings include Thermi Aesthetic Solutions, a suite of radiofrequency energy treatments to improve the texture and tone of facial and neck skin. “Now is a good time to schedule facial rejuvenation treatments because people are not outdoors in the sun a lot, and social calendars are not as busy,” Branham says. “Many patients also say this is an ideal time of year because they have tax refunds on hand, and taking care of their skin is a good way to use the money.”

Surgical solutions like face-lifts and neck lifts are available at the center as well, along with a number of minimally invasive and noninvasive treatments to address lines, wrinkles, texture, volume, fat deposits and pigmentation issues, according to Spataro. Techniques can be combined to create a customized plan for every patient, and recovery times are minimized by the latest technology. The goal, she says, is always fresh, healthy skin with a radiant glow, especially as warmer weather approaches.

“Our beautiful new location will allow us to continue taking the best possible care of patients from beginning to end,” Branham says. “We think people will love the new office experience.”

This spring, Washington University Facial Plastic Surgery Center is relocating to Medical Office Building 4 at the new Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital. Pictured on the cover: Gregory Branham, M.D., Emily Spataro, M.D., and John Chi, M.D. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 314.996.3880 or visit

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Pictured at top: Dr. Emily Spataro talks with a patient.
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