The best source would be the web site for the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) since most cosmetic dermatologists are members of this society. You can log on and find dermatologists in your area that perform a variety of cosmetic procedures on this web site. Check out their practice web sites and look at the before and after pictures. Also read the biographies on the web site carefully. Those dermatologists who lecture and teach cosmetic procedures at meetings are among the most skilled and highly regarded. I think it's okay to ask friends for recommendations as long as you also check out their credentials. Make sure you are seeing a physician who is board certified in dermatology and who has considerable experience in the practice of cosmetic dermatology.
B Donald. Sklansky, MD
Specialty: Plastic/reconstructive Surgery
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Great Neck, NY 11021
- CIGNA HealthCare
- HIP Health Plan
- Glen Cove Hospital
- Long Island Jewish Medical Center
- Mercy Medical Center
- Mercy Medical Center
- North Shore University Hospital at Manhasset
- St Francis Hospital The Heart Center
- Syosset Hospital
- Winthrop University Hospital
How can I find a cosmetic dermatologist?
Patricia K Farris, MD, Dermatology, answered
How long do breast implants last?
Erik Hoy, MD, Plastic/reconstructive Surgery, answered
The implants themselves will last forever. They are not biodegradable.However, the question is better posed as, "How long can the structural integrity of breast implants be trusted?" Here, the type of implant comes into play, as does the volume of fill within it.All silicone containing implants are filled to their manufacturer recommended volume (since they are filled by the manufacturer).While a silicone breast implant rupture has more implications than does a saline-filled implant, there are more variables with the act of saline filling of the implant. "Saline-filled" implants is often a misnomer.Since the surgeon fills the saline implant during the operation, he or she determines how much volume to add. They may decide to under- or over-fill the implant for reasons related to final size of the augmented breast, desired texture of the breast, and the avoidance of rippling or creasing of the implant. This last feature is most important, since an underfilled implant is more prone to wrinkle, fold and eventually fail due to mechanical stresses called "fold-flaws". Manufacturers do not recommend underfilling of the implants for this reason.While the exact timing of breast implant replacement is controversial, most would probably agree that they should be replaced every 10 years or so.
What materials are used in chin implants?
Arthur Perry, MD, Plastic/reconstructive Surgery, answeredMost chin implants today are made of silicone rubber, although some surgeons use other materials, such as Gore-Tex (polytetrafluoroethylene), Medpor (polyethylene), and a bone-like hydroxyapatite. Chin augmentations with silicone rubber implants are examples of a low risk, high-benefit procedure.
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