Mark Vincent Sofonio MD FACS
Top Doctor: 2020
Address : 71885 CA-111,
Rancho Mirage, California 92270
Phone : 760-341-5555
Plastic surgery and skin rejuvenation treatments in the time of COVID-19
By June Allan Corrigan
Photography by Ethan Kaminsky
The coronavirus has caused the entire world to make adjustments to time-honored norms and practices. The Sofonio Plastic Surgery Center in Rancho Mirage is no exception. Closed during the quarantine period, the conundrum was that so many of the Center’s innumerable satisfied patients and referrals found themselves with time on their hands as well. Indeed, they still do. “Our patients are telling us they can’t go out, they can’t socialize, there are no public events. It’s the perfect time to do a procedure!” Fortunately, Sofonio Plastic Surgery Center is in a unique position to deliver their much sought-after services.
In accordance with California’s four-stage plan to gradually and safely re-open, business has carefully resumed at the handsome new spa and accredited surgery center Dr. Sofonio opened in Rancho Mirage just last year. The 5,000-square-foot Art-Deco inspired building is self-contained and stands alone, separate from any larger hospital setting. It features its own operative theater and recovery area. The Sofonio Plastic Surgery Center remains a COVID-free zone and every precaution is being taken for it to remain so. “We are strictly following all protocols set forth by federal and state government agencies and the Riverside County Office of Public Health,” stated Dr. Sofonio.
Make it a Spa Day
Step inside the spacious and comfortably appointed reception area and most will think they’ve wandered into a spa. A soothing atmosphere prevails along with access to a countless array of non-surgical interventions designed to noticeably improve both face and body. Injectable fillers and neurotoxins top the list. The practice is the largest provider of Allergan products – including Botox and Juvederm — in the desert and is consistently ranked a top one hundred filler injector out of 40,000 providers in the country each year.
A variety of skin rejuvenation treatments vie for attention — including many new modalities — all designed to improve the surface of the skin or address its deeper structures. Lasers and Intense Pulsed Light devices, Ultherapy, collagen stimulation courtesy of RF microneedling — these and more are indicative of the quality of non-invasive treatments available in the serene setting.
Overall body image is always a hot topic and indeed, Vanquish – the newest body contouring and fat reduction technology — utilizes heat but with no accompanying discomfort or downtime. Vanquish, as well as CoolSculpting are available as is a full menu of esthetician services including facials, chemical peels and microdermabrasion treatments.
Committed to embracing the changing nature of his chosen specialty, Dr. Sofonio has seamlessly folded many of the truly remarkable non-operative procedures available today into his practice. But he remains, first and foremost, a surgeon. Widely published and having lectured extensively, Dr. Sofonio is recognized as one of the top plastic surgeons in the country. He is consistently named one of the top doctors in the Coachella Valley year after year.
Dr. Sofonio is proud to perform all his cosmetic surgical procedures in his independent and completed accredited facility in Rancho Mirage. “Patients are opting for simpler, faster procedures — they really don’t want to go to the hospital. We’ve met that need by creating an outpatient facility. We only use Twilight I.V. sedation which is the one everyone prefers,” he said. During surgery, a board-certified anesthesiologist administers this mild anesthesia. Overnight stays are generally not required but can be arranged in an adjacent facility if a patient so desires.
Dr. Sofonio and his team of professionals have always been committed to providing the utmost in patient care. A global pandemic has undeniably created special circumstances, but the Sofonio Plastic Surgery Center has stepped up to the challenge competently and most assuredly. Patients can feel confident that every measure safety measure has been taken.