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Ezine 6 February 2003

Dear Friend,

Welcome to the 6th issue of my ezine. It is amazing how many more people keep signing up. Keep telling all your friends and neighbors! It’s free and a fun way to learn about plastic surgery. I am absolutely overwhelmed by the tremendous number of questions I keep receiving. Again, I will pick 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…

Our first question is from JS:

Email Question - I have a port wine stain on one side of my face, that is a rasberry color. And I have been doing laser treatments for a while and I was wanting to know if that is all there is to get rid of it or is there something better? Thank you for your time. I look forward to hearing from you.

Email Answer - Yes, laser is the preferred treatment. Surgery will leave you with scars and right now, laser is the best treatment. It has the least risk of permanent scarring. Unfortunately, it can take 3-8 sessions. It really is your best option right now. Thanks for your question.

For a better understanding of vascular lesions as well as some pictures, check out our web site at

Our next question is from LM:

Email Question – I plan on getting a nose job before summer 2003. I know what I want done, but I don't know what the best alternative is based on choosing the right doctor, the right time, the right place and the right price. What is the best way to find a doctor/location that fits my needs? Should I call the official board of Plastic Surgeons and ask their advice? I live in California. Any information in this area would be of great help. Thanks.

Email Answer - I think a great place for you to start is the 7 critical questions on our site at These are the things you should look for in your selection process.

The ASPS site at will give you a list of plastic surgeons in your area. We are always available if you decide you would ever want a consultation with Dr. Speron. He frequently sees patients from out of town. Thanks for your question.

Remember, no other plastic surgeon I know has ever had an ezine. They don't know how to tell others about what they do, what they should ask other surgeons etc. Some have a boring stuffy newsletter that is preprinted and they just add their name or something. This is not like that! You will not find useless stuff intended to get you to come in and see me and spend money in my office. Just help. Information. Remember, knowledge is power.

By the way, Happy Valentine’s Day. I hope Cupid finds you all (whether you’re married or single)…

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…

Best regards,

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??