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Archive for January, 2013

Is Your Botox Made In America?

Recently, the FDA has urged physicians across the U.S. to use Botox bought only in the U.S. In fact, hundreds of surgeons received letters from the FDA demanding that they cease use of all Botox and similar products obtained from foreign sources. This has become something of an epidemic in recent months and it’s important […]

Are different peels used for different types of scars?

Question: I’ve heard chemical peels can improve the appearance of scars. Are different peels used for different types of scars? Answer: In my opinion, chemical peels have very little role for scars compared to laser modalities such as Broadband Light and fractional resurfacing.

What are some of the risks associated with getting either Botox or Dysport?

Question: What are some of the risks associated with getting either Botox or Dysport? Answer: In the hands of a board certified plastic surgeon, I would say the risks are minimal and mostly that of bruising, undesirable cosmetic outcome, headache that can last a day or two.  In more sensitive areas of the face, improper […]

What should I do pre-op for a forehead lift?

Question: As a healthy 38-year-old man, what do I need to do to achieve the best outcome for my upcoming forehead lift? Answer: The best 2 things are a stable weight and good medical skin care, including Retin-A or a synthetic retinoid.

Is it necessary for the body lift to be performed in a hospital?

Question: Is it necessary for the body lift to be performed in a hospital? Answer: Really any surgery planned over 6 hours should stay overnight, and that usually requires a hospital.  Almost always, body lifts meet that criteria, so I always do mine at the hospital – safety first!

What age is too young to receive liposuction?

Question: What age is too young to receive liposuction? Answer: There is not really an age, but the patient should be done growing.  Also, we need to be sure that general weight-loss is not a better answer, that motivations are appropriate, that the patient is mature and realistic about the procedures as well. Also, younger […]

How long after breast surgery will my nipples return to normal?

Question: I’m a week past my breast lift and my nipples look like pieces of pepperoni slices sewed on my breasts. When with they look normal again and like a natural part of my breasts? Answer: Wow – I have never heard of them described like that – but you are right! That is exactly […]

Would Eyelid surgery remove crow’s feet?

Question: I am a 54 year old woman from Hilton Head. My upper eyelids are droopy and I have deep wrinkles at the corners of my eyes. Will an upper blepharoplasty help both of these conditions? Answer: An upper blepharoplasty may help by itself, but you could be describing a problem at the outer edges […]

Should a 15 year old get breast reduction?

Question: I’m only 15, but my breasts are already huge. I’m tired of everyone staring at me, and it makes me very self-conscious. Is it a good idea for me to get breast reduction surgery? Answer: Breast reduction can change peoples’ lives, and too-large breasts can really make teenagers suffer. For this reason, I think […]

Is tissue expansion always required for breast reconstruction?

Question: Is tissue expansion always required for breast reconstruction? Are there any techniques in which it’s not needed? Answer: No- it is not always required.  Usually when your own tissue is used for reconstruction, or if there is enough skin available for even a breast implant reconstruction, then tissue expansion is not needed.  It is […]

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