Dr. Benjamin Cilento

Facial Plastic Surgery
Houston, TX
25 years experience male

Locations

Office

The Woodlands, TX

Address

9301 Pinecroft,, Suite 100, The Woodlands, TX
Directions

Insurances accepted

Aetna

Cigna

Great Lakes Health Plan

BlueCross BlueShield

Humana

Medicare

Office

Houston, TX

Office

Houston, TX

Office

Conroe, TX

About

Bio

<!--StartFragment--> Benjamin W. Cilento, MD, is a fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon, a member of the elite American Academy Of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (www.aafprs.org) and a diplomate of the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He is also board-certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology, one of the oldest medical specialties in the United States. Otolaryngologists are physicians uniquely trained in the surgical and medical treatment of patients with disorders and diseases of the head and neck. All otolaryngologists are trained in facial plastic surgery but a small subset of these physicians get additional training in this area and an elite few become board certified in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Cilento&rsquo;s education began at Trinity College in Hartford Connecticut, where he majored in Biology. He graduated at the top of his class and was inducted into the prestigious national honor society, Phi Beta Kappa. Unlike his classmates, he delayed attending medical <ins datetime="2010-06-05T15:01" cite="mailto:Mei-Ling.Taylor">s</ins>chool immediately after college. Instead, he joined the US Marine Corps where he served as a Signals Intelligence and Reconnaissance Officer during the first Gulf War. After five years as a Marine he decided to go back and finish his medical education and transferred to the US Naval Medical program. He matriculated into the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, where he graduated at the top of his class with distinction in research and was selected for the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. During medical school, he used his abilities as an artist to work on the head and neck section of the internationally recognized anatomy textbook, Adam Atlas in collaboration with the author Dr Todd Olsen and Williams and Wilkins publishers. This lead to an affinity for head and neck surgery, especially with regards to facial aesthetics, with its intricate surgery and positive impact on patients. Throughout his medical career, Dr. Cilento has trained and worked with leaders in head and neck and facial plastic surgery. He completed a residency in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Wasington in Seattle. It was there that he trained under world-renowned leaders in the field such as Craig Murakami and Neal Futran. While in Seattle, he received awards for clinical research, and published several articles on facial plastic surgery. Following residency, he began serving his time with the Navy and was appointed as the Head of the Department of Otolaryngology at the US Naval Hospital in Guam. After two years in this post he was among an elite group selected for a fellowship in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. At the Tulane University in New Orleans, he again trained with pioneers in rhinoplasty and facial aesthetics, Dr Calvin M Johnson, Jr, a world famous surgeon who is credited by many as changing the way modern day surgeons think of rhinoplasty and facial rejuvenation. After completing training, Dr Cilento then accepted an assistant professorship at the prestigious Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences (USUHS) and was appointed Chief of the Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Navy&rsquo;s largest medical facility -- Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth, VA. In addition, Dr Cilento was an assistant professor at the Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) in Norfolk<ins datetime="2010-06-05T15:28" cite="mailto:Mei-Ling.Taylor">,</ins> Virginia for the Department of Otolaryngology where he was responsible for the education of residents and medical students. During this time he served as the director of research and has won multiple awards for research, most notably <ins datetime="2010-06-05T15:42" cite="mailto:Mei-Ling.Taylor">-- </ins>American Heart Association Research Grant for Immunologic Research on B-Cell hypermutation, the Potsic Ferguson award for the best presentation of a resident at the Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meetings (COSM) and the John Orlando Roe Award from the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) for his work on the aging face. <ins datetime="2010-06-05T15:29" cite="mailto:Mei-Ling.Taylor"> </ins>His current research and area of expertise centers around the functional and aesthetic aspects of the nose, specifically fixing problems of nasal breathing and congestion. <ins datetime="2010-06-05T15:29" cite="mailto:Mei-Ling.Taylor"> </ins>He has lectured in Canada, South America, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Spain and is board certified in both Otolaryngology (ABOTO) and Facial Plastic Surgery (AAFPRS). The most important aspect of his practice, is his dedication to combining state of the art medical and surgical care with a compassionate Holistic approach. Dr Cilento is also an accomplished artist, working in pen and ink, pastel and water-color. He emphasizes an artistic and balanced approach to surgery, patient interaction and life in general. <!--EndFragment-->

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Facial Plastic Surgery

ENT and Head and Neck Surgery

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

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A female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Cilento
Facial Plastic Surgery 25 years experience
There : There are several ways to lift the brows. They all have pros and cons and your surgeon should be well versed in all. In general, they are divided into... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Cilento
Facial Plastic Surgery 25 years experience
What : What a surgeon recommends is more determined by how they have been trained... Go with the surgeon that you trust... What he/she is recommending is bas... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Cilento
Facial Plastic Surgery 25 years experience
Hi, : Hi, there is no absolute limit to the number of rhinoplasties but with each operation the risks become greater and the perfect outcome more elusi... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Cilento
Facial Plastic Surgery 25 years experience
There : There are two kinds of blepharoplasty... Upper lid and lower lid... Lower lids are generally not covered by insurance.... Upper lid blepharoplasty is ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Cilento
Facial Plastic Surgery 25 years experience
The : The procedure is designed to produce controlled "damage" of the skin with regeneration helping to produce a more youthful appearance.. If done properl... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Cilento
Facial Plastic Surgery 25 years experience
Hi, : Hi, the brow lift is a series of surgeries, all of which are designed to dissect either deep to or superficial to the nerves that control movemen... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Cilento
Facial Plastic Surgery 25 years experience
Hi, : Hi, the answer is...Yes... It could looks worse. With that said, the more experience a surgeon has with difficult revision rhinoplasties, the better c... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Cilento
Facial Plastic Surgery 25 years experience
However, : However, I use digital morphing media prior to the surgery to help the patient get an idea of what it will look like... I also have extensive before a... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Cilento
Facial Plastic Surgery 25 years experience
There : There are many terms that are being invented regarding facelifting in order to capture a more broad patient population...(i.e. To capture patients who... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Cilento
Facial Plastic Surgery 25 years experience
The : The term is dysphagia meaning difficulty swallowing. It can occur as a residual effect after a severe infection. However, if you truly cannot swallow ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Cilento
Facial Plastic Surgery 25 years experience
Hi : Hi otoplasty is generally considered a cosmetic procedure but can be viewed as a correction of congenital abnormality if corrected at the right ag... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Cilento
Facial Plastic Surgery 25 years experience
The : The price is likely to fluctuate with region and with institution... Make sure you check on someones abilities and reputation rather than price.... Re... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Cilento
Facial Plastic Surgery 25 years experience
Hi : Hi i don't think it will help improve your hearing... There is a very small chance that it could very slightly decrease the amount of sound you re... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Cilento
Facial Plastic Surgery 25 years experience
HI : Hi most facelifting procedures provide a permanent natural looking result. You do however continue aging and may need a touch up procedure 3-7 yea... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Cilento
Facial Plastic Surgery 25 years experience
Yes : Yes it is very safe... Harvesting it from your own rib has an extremely low rate of complications... And using irradiated rib from a cadaver is also v... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Cilento
Facial Plastic Surgery 25 years experience
Yes : Yes it is quite possible that your cold may have progressed to a sinus infection... You may want to be examined by an ear nose and throat physician...
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A female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Cilento
Facial Plastic Surgery 25 years experience
Hi, : Hi, I use a mild narcotic pain medication generally and this satisfies most patients needs.. Most patients experience a band like headache and i... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Cilento
Facial Plastic Surgery 25 years experience
Hi, : Hi, in general, insurance companies are "for profit"... Therefore as time goes by they will be looking to continually erode what is covered or ho... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Cilento
Facial Plastic Surgery 25 years experience
Hi, : Hi, after surgery there is a period of time (usually 3- 6 weeks) that we ask patients to refrain from activity due to risk of bleeding and swel... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Cilento
Facial Plastic Surgery 25 years experience
There : There are many ways to finance facelifting and rejuvenation. Conventional credit cards are accepted by most physicians offices. There is also carecred... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Cilento
Facial Plastic Surgery 25 years experience
Most : Most surgical procedures for brow lifting last forever. I say most because in the case of endoscopic brow lifts where a device is used to raise the br... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Cilento
Facial Plastic Surgery 25 years experience
Hi : Hi revision rhinoplasty is a catch phrase for a whole host of different surgeries presumably designed to correct problems that occurred after an i... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Cilento
Facial Plastic Surgery 25 years experience
There : There are several ways to deal with "turkey neck" or a "waddle"... What is termed submental laxity or platysmal banding and ptosis. These can range fr... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Cilento
Facial Plastic Surgery 25 years experience
Hi, : Hi, I am not aware of any reproducible, non-surgical treatments for large bags under the eyes... Sorry:-)... However, surgical treatments of these... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Cilento
Facial Plastic Surgery 25 years experience
Hi, : Hi, Radiesse (dermal fillers) is like bone with the hardness removed... It is very safe and depending on where and how it is injected it remains i... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Cilento
Facial Plastic Surgery 25 years experience
Hi, : Hi, this is a great question. As far as i know there aren't any surgeons that only do revision rhinoplasties... However, in any community there i... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Cilento
Facial Plastic Surgery 25 years experience
All : All browlift techniques cause a variable amount of post operative numbness due to the incisions in the skin and deeper layers... Most of this numbness... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Cilento
Facial Plastic Surgery 25 years experience
Hi, : Hi, facial procedures such as liposuction or fat grafting (collectively known as facial contouring: adding or subtracting fat from the face) are ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Cilento
Facial Plastic Surgery 25 years experience
Hi : Hi the long incision brow lifts (coronal, tricophytic or direct) are all excellent surgical procedures in the right hands. The endoscopic lift is ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Cilento
Facial Plastic Surgery 25 years experience
Hi : Hi it is possible, so let them know just to be on the safe side. Hope this helps.
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A female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Cilento
Facial Plastic Surgery 25 years experience
There : There are a few rare instances that it "may" be covered by insurance.. But in general no.
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A member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Cilento
Facial Plastic Surgery 25 years experience
Hi, : Hi, tonsillectomy is one of the most common surgeries performed in the us. It is a realtively short duration, low risk procedure but it is still surge... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Cilento
Facial Plastic Surgery 25 years experience
Hi, : Hi, there is a small but real risk of the eyebrow position being too high or low after a brow lift/forehead lift... Either endoscopic or open... ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Cilento
Facial Plastic Surgery 25 years experience
A : A persons voice is generated by vibrating their vocal cords together making a generic sound.. Speech is generated by manipulating that vibrating colum... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Cilento
Facial Plastic Surgery 25 years experience
Three : Three weeks is ok .... In rare cases you may still need a dab of "cover up" if you bruised excessively....
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A female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Cilento
Facial Plastic Surgery 25 years experience
Tattoo : Tattoo pigments are plentiful... What you have to think about is what happens over time. The most common problem with placement of cheek tattoos is th... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Cilento
Facial Plastic Surgery 25 years experience
Yes : Yes absolutely, it is not really a question of age but of changes that are amenable to surgical correction.
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A female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Cilento
Facial Plastic Surgery 25 years experience
I : I tend to use Lidocaine mixed directly with the Radiesse (dermal fillers) in small amounts as well as a strong topical anesthetic... This usually help... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Cilento
Facial Plastic Surgery 25 years experience
Usually : Usually you should be able to have it done in under an hour.
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A female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Cilento
Facial Plastic Surgery 25 years experience
Hi : Hi it really depends on where you are getting injected and how much volume you are looking for...There is tremendous variability so you would have... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Cilento
Facial Plastic Surgery 25 years experience
I : I am not sure what you mean by skin rejuvenation since there are numerous modalities that fit this bill... However, there are many options out there f... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Cilento
Facial Plastic Surgery 25 years experience
Yes... : Yes... Most people use the terms interchangeably... However, inside these terms there are many types of brow lift/forehead lifts... Hope this helps ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Cilento
Facial Plastic Surgery 25 years experience
It : It sounds on the surface like she has a blocked nose... Take her in to be evaluated for the reason behind the blockage and possible solutions to the p... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Cilento
Facial Plastic Surgery 25 years experience
Amphadase : Amphadase (hyaluronidase inj) is a preparation of purified bovine testicular hyaluronidase, a protein enzyme. Each vial contains 150 USP units of hyal... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Cilento
Facial Plastic Surgery 25 years experience
To : To a certain extent it depends on how extensive a procedure you require. Lifting the neck can be done in several ways including submental liposuction,... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Cilento
Facial Plastic Surgery 25 years experience
Hi : Hi there is always a small risk of infection after surgery. Talk to your surgeon at the time of your preoperative consultation about your concerns... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Cilento
Facial Plastic Surgery 25 years experience
Your : Your question is actually quite complex and the answer is not always an easy one. The process of finding a physician to perform nose surgery is a pers... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Cilento
Facial Plastic Surgery 25 years experience
When : When the base of the nose is wider than it should be, a nostril reduction may be required. This occurs more commonly among ethnic rhinoplasty surgery ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Cilento
Facial Plastic Surgery 25 years experience
Hi, : Hi, most likely...Yes.... If you were able to breathe normally prior to your surgery or if you were having surgery to correct nasal breathing... ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Cilento
Facial Plastic Surgery 25 years experience
As : As we age we are all turning from grapes into raisins... In short, we are losing volume from our tissues... The fillers used today are designed to cou... Read More
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Dec 2, 2012
I endorse this doctor. Dr. Cilento is a highly skilled and trustworthy Facial Plastic Surgeon.
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Mar 31, 2015
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
Graduated 1998MD

Residency

University of Washington Medical Center

Residency

University of Washington Medical Center

Awards

Navy Commendation, US NAVY
John Orlando Roe Award, American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Navy Commendation, US NAVY

Affiliations

American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Publications

Systematic functional assessment of nasal dyspnea: surgical outcomes and predictive ability
The case for open forehead rejuvenation: a review of 1004 procedures
Comparison of approaches for oral cavity cancer resection: lip-split versus visor flap
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