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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  

Tummy Tuck Removes C-Section Scars

I have been asked many times if a tummy tuck scar would be made above or below a C-section scar. Patients seem to think that they will end up with two separate scars from the procedures. That’s not how it works. The truth is that I routinely make my tummy tuck incisions below the C-section scars and remove any evidence of the C-section all together. That is to say, the C-section scar is completely removed, and the patient is left with only the tummy tuck scar. This may be longer than the original C-section scar, but it is closed by … 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  

“I heard that if you have liposuction and then gain weight, the fat will go somewhere else” – Oh My!

This is a topic that continues to come up time and time again.  I am continually asked not only what happens to liposuctioned areas with weight gain, but also what happens  to non-liposuctioned areas.  There seems to be a fear out there that if one has liposuction and then gains weight that other areas of your body might become disproportionately larger or even freakish. First, let’s put this into perspective.  Liposuction is best performed on patients who are overall in pretty good shape, but just have an area or two that is stubbornly large.  The classic example is the woman … 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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