May 2, 2003
Welcome to the 9th issue of my ezine. This is intended to be a free and a fun way to learn about plastic surgery. I am still overwhelmed by the tremendous number of questions I keep receiving. Once again, I picked out a few that I think are interesting and let you see how I answered them. I again thank everyone for their interest and ideas. Keep emailing your questions…
THANKS – our Yahoo Store is has really taken off and we would simply want to thank everyone for their support!
Our first question is from SA:
Email Question – I was browsing through the net
looking for a permanent solution to the mole
Most moles can benefit from Fotofacial. But do not think it will get rid of 100% of everything! With enough treatments, yes, it usually does. I would need to examine you to be sure, but it sounds like your mole was deeper than a shave excision or IPL laser can remove. I would probably recommend excising it.
As a general rule, something raised usually needs to be shaved, cut out or lasered (destructive laser). Flat things can usually be lasered (non-ablatively ie. IPL). The problem with the non ablative laser is you can require several treatments (1-8) and need to be good about maintenenance (sun block, skin care etc.). This does provide the best option with regards to scarring as usually there is none.
That's the best I can do by email unfortunately. I hope this made sense and I would be happy to help you if you decide to go that route. If you do not like the distance, I would refer you to the Lumenins website at www.lumenis.com where you can look up all doctors in your area who use IPL and have the machine. I would also refer you to the ASPS website at www.plasticsurgery.org where you can look up all board certified plastic surgeons in your area if you decide to have your mole surgically removed. Thanks for your question.
Our next question is from RD:
Email Question – I am interested in having breast augmentation however I have an autoimmune disease called vitiligo. Can you comment on any contraindications?
Email Answer - There is no contraindication to
breast implants with any autimmune disease -
AGAIN, thank you all for your questions!
Thinking of visiting a plastic surgeon??
I think a great place for you to start is the 7 critical questions on our site at http://www.prplastic.com/7_critical_questions_to_ask_any_plastic_surgeon.htm. These are the things you should look for in your selection process. I think they will be helpful.
The ASPS site at www.plasticsurgery.org will also give you a list of board certified plastic surgeons in your area.
I am always available if you decide you would ever want a consultation with me. I frequently see patients from out of town and we try to make special provisions.
Remember, knowledge is power.
By the way, Happy Mother’s Day. I hope you all have fun but stay healthy…
Email me – ask whatever you want. You are the ones that will help make this ezine fun and exciting. What do you want to know?? Ask anything! Ask away…
Dr. Sam Speron
Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon
P.S. I want everyone to remember I’m doing this for you. I want everyone to become a well-informed consumer. But, I also want it to be easy and fun to read. I want you to look forward to getting it. Email me. What’s boring? What’s exciting to you? Let me know. You are the heart and soul of this newsletter. Are we still having fun??