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Arm Lift Surgery Options

I do a lot of body contouring. In my earlier years I was very possibly the most experienced plastic surgeon in New York City when it comes to post bariatric body contouring for loose skin. Times have changed, but I’m still glad that I have these skills, and I still do a fair number of arm lift cases…just not quite as many as I used to. Yesterday, I had yet another patient come in asking about her loose arm skin. She is a young woman and is still in the process of losing weight, so I suggested that she complete … Continue reading  

Honest Plastic Surgery Photography

Medical photography online seems not to adhere to any set of standards. This is for the most part because doctors are trained in medicine and surgery, not photography. On the other hand, I have noticed a few websites that post pictures that I simply don’t believe are honest. They are not typically altered outright, but there is so much more to the story than photoshop alone. Continue reading  

Tattoo Removal Procedures Getting Better, But Still Not There

I came across an article claiming that tattoo removal is getting better with the use of various lasers. While this may be true, I’m concerned because many patients don’t understand how difficult it is to completely remove a tattoo. Even in what doctors call “good” outcomes, there is many times a “ghost” of the tattoo left behind when treatment is complete. The fact is that we need to use different lasers for different tattoo colors, which can prolong andcomplicate the process. Furthermore, treatments can be quite uncomfortable. For all of these reasons, I caution my friends to avoid getting inked … Continue reading  

FDA Report on Breast Implants and Possible Lymphoma Risk

Last week the FDA announced that it was investigating a “possible association” between a very rare form of lymphoma and breast implants (both saline and silicone).  Before I go much farther let me point out a few details: Breast implants have NOT been proven to cause cancer The FDA does NOT recommend that women with implants have them removed The questions raised involve BOTH silicone AND saline implants I have taken a little time to look into this and find it very intriguing.  I tracked down the actual report from the FDA itself and am attaching a link for anyone … Continue reading  

Non-invasive ways to remove fat

There are a couple of new gadgets available today which claim to remove fat from your body while being completely non-invasive. One uses some fancy lights that sort of spin around over your body and is supposed to induce digestion of fat cells. The other one cools the fat cells to the point where they die and your body then cleans them out over the course of a few weeks. I remain skeptical of any new technology in general. I’m sort of a “prove it to me” kind of guy. Not sure I believe the spinning light idea is going … Continue reading  

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Dr. Thomas P. Sterry

Thomas Sterry, MD, is a board-certified New York City plastic surgeon with over a decade of experience. At his inviting, boutique-style practice in Manhattan, he focuses on each patient's unique needs and aesthetic goals so that he can provide the most attractive and natural-looking outcomes possible.

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