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Padma Lakshmi Scar Question from Reader Laura

Posted Aug 26 2009 12:00am

Glamour / Pics

Reader Laura Comments:

Padma Lakshmi is an example of a famous person who doesn’t seem to be afraid to show her scars. She seems to have a wide scar and I was wondering it be possible to make her scar smaller?

Sure, her scar seems opportune for scar revision as it is wide and appears thick. She interestingly enough may consider her scar as a character trait that makes her notable .

Best Regards,

John Di Saia MD

Posted in Maybe Needs Some?

Reader Question:

ABC News Arizona

Another patient beware story. It is scary that a Gyno can perform plastic surgery. I’m not sure why the medical establishment hasn’t addressed this yet since so many people are being harmed by doctors that are not trained to perform plastic surgery. What are the rules in CA? Can a Dentist perform plastic surgery as well?

There are relatively few solid rules here. There are plenty of gynecologists performing liposuction. Most of these cases are performed outside of regulated surgical facilities and hospitals. It is hard to regulate surgery performed in a medical office.

This just goes to once again underscore the importance of patients doing their own research on a given surgeon before allowing him or her to operate upon them.

Best Regards,

John Di Saia MD

By the looks of things, Lindsay Lohan just got a lip fill. I wonder which filler she uses.

Best Regards,

John Di Saia MD

Posted in Lip Filler

Reader Question:

I have lost about 100 pounds and am looking at having a tummy tuck. What is a Fleur-de-lis Tummy Tuck? It it what I need?

A “Fleur-de-lis or Inverted T Tummy Tuck” is a version of the tummy tuck operation in which there is a vertical incision (and later a scar) to take in some of the extra skin in the lower abdomen. These procedures have good points and bad points. On the good side, they do allow more skin to be removed allowing tightening especially in extreme weight loss patients. They also interrupt the circulation more than the alternative procedure increasing the chances for poor wound healing and skin loss (skin necrosis.) It is your surgeon’s judgment as to the risk/benefit ratio here.

Best Regards,

John Di Saia MD

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Reader Question:

Asian Week

There have been multiple stories of people getting plastic surgery to help them when they go out for job interviews. It seems that it just isn’t happening in the US. Do you think that this will really help with a job search? Have you had an increase in patients who are unemployed looking for some refreshing to help with their job search?

This is a topic is similar to that presented on the radio show “Better Times Over 50″ upon which I was interviewed recently. In a competitive job market, there is a drive to look younger and more energetic and some low key plastic surgery can provide “tweaks” that may at times help the potential job seeker competing with younger applicants. It is all as usual a matter of degrees. Good plastic surgery is a must. Going overboard and looking it would be counter productive.

In my practice I have had a few unemployed patients who said the time off provided time to have surgery, but not many who said the search was the reason for the surgery.

Best Regards,

John Di Saia MD

BUENA PARK, Calif. An ex-model found stuffed in a bloodstained suitcase without fingers or teeth was so badly mutilated that authorities had to use breast implants to identify her body, prosecutors said Friday.

This is definitely an unusual use for a silicone breast implant. I say “silicone” because they have unique serial numbers. Saline-filled implants do not at present. These are sad, but unusual forensics here.

Best Regards,

John Di Saia MD

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