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I need to have surgery on my nose to repair damage I did when I broke it about 6 months ago. I was pregnant at the time so I could not go under general anesthesia to get it fixed before it set. Because it broke in 3 places, I will have to have it rebroken in those places to realign the septum etc. Essentially, I am now going to have a "nose job" because it has new bumps and is a bit lopsided (although my husband says I am the only one who is really aware of it). I saw Dr. Drury in Oakland when it first happened and was wondering if anyone has experience with him or his partner, Dr. Moyce for surgery of this kind. I am also wondering if I should consider going to a board certified plastic surgeon to fix it instead since Drs. Drury and Moyce are ENT specialists and not board certified plastic surgeons. My insurance is with Alta Bates Medical Group so it would help to have someone in that group. Three doctors I saw that are in that group are Michael Carstens, Richard Kahn and Shain Javaheri. Any thoughts on these doctors would be appreciated. I have seen the recommendations on the website already but they focus on hand surgery and skin issues rather than fixing the bones in the nose. Any experience with nose surgery that people have had would be great! Thanks.
I'll appreciate any recommendation regarding Plastic Surgery (M.D.) that has experience with burns. LK
Our daughter was born with a cleft lip and palate. She will be having her surgery at Kaiser (Oakland). We are in the process of choosing a plastic surgeon - Does anyone know a fantastic surgeon w/lots of experience with this specific type of surgery? We would be willing to travel to a location other than Oakland. Christina
For a small cyst, I need a plastic surgeon. My insurance covers Michael Carstens, Michael Cedars, James Langham, Harold McDonald, Andrew Moyce, Douglas Patton, Joseph Togba. Do you know about any of these??
I want to have some lipomas (benign fat tumors) removed. My insurance will not cover the procedure, which means that I'm not limited to surgeons who happen to accept my insurance. I've heard that some surgeons use liposuction for this type of surgery in order to minimize the scar. Can anyone recommend a surgeon who's good at removing lumps without leaving big scars?
Re: Ear Pin (July 2002)
I would recommend Dr. William Hoffman, M.D. at UCSF. He is a ped. plastic/cranio-facial surgeon who is ''it,'' in the field of ped. cosmesis, trauma, and congenital abnormalities. He excised a benign cyst (pea and a half size) from my nine-year old daughter's lower cheek. He did a beautiful job, and because she had to undergo general anaesthesia we were relieved to have some of the best ped. anaesthesiologist(s) in the country working on her. Even though many competent plastic surgeons could have excised my daughter's little cyst, we chose Hoffman because there are nerves in the area of excision.
We also had the good fortune of seeing some of Dr. Hoffman's work--a child on whom he constructed a forehead, another child on whom he constructed an outer ear, and his receptionist on whom he had done beautiful! lidwork--very natural. We are a physician-family so I feel that we can judge. Additionally, we rec'd Dr. Hoffman's name from physicians in L.A. and Boston, as well as from a local dermatologist and pediatrician. Great endorsements, no?
Finally, this is elective surgery you are talking about. I wouldn't let price guide your choice; it will be expensive You are not only talking about major surgery but also your child being in what amounts to a ''drug-induced coma'' for the duration of the surgery.
I applaud you for getting this done for your child. I know someone with a lot! of money who will not let her 12 year old son, thus far, get his ears done when he's older. His ears are so profoundly stuck out, it pains me, and he has been teased about them. She says that she wants him not to be so stuck on the way he looks (?), so good for you.
Tell Dr. Hoffman, if you use him, that the Pascals recommended him. He's superlative. Danna
Re: Lipomas (Oct 2002)
You want an excellent plastic surgeon, esp. if lipoma is large or in a ''cosmetic'' place--William Hoffman, M.D. and/or Dr. Mathes at UCSF are both superlative. I have seen their work. Good luck
Does anyone have any experience with the plastic surgeon Shahin Javaheri? I need to have a cyst removed and would like to have some feedback on this individual or another plastic surgeon that is recommended. thanks.
Re: Broken Nose (Jan 2002)
Dr. Richard Kahn is a great surgeon. I have used his services. I would make an appointment and look at the photos of has taken of similar surgeries. He is very conservative and honest. You are fortunate if your insurance covers him, mine didn't and I had to pay the bill. Good luck. Joyce
Re: Cyst (March 2001)
A while ago I had Dr. McDonald do a skin graft from the back of my ear to my nose where a basal cell issue had developed and was removed. He was quite good. I particularly liked that he explained things so thoroughly. He was absolutely right that the ear would hurt far more than the nose! I was negatively impressed by his office staff, however. Nori
The doctor is east-indian herself, so she specializes in hair removal for dark skin types. I found out that there is a special type of laser called a Lyra laser that works on dark skin types - and that only a few doctors in the area have that type of laser.
My experience was great - her staff were all very caring and knowledgable, and they were open evenings and weekends. I ended up having laser hair removal on my chin, lip and underarms and it only took me 8 treatments. I've had a little bit of growth on my upper lip - but I just go back once every 3 or 4 months and get it zapped again. It's been 3 years and I am so satisfied.
Anyways, you should check out Dr. Rajagopal's website - it explains the laser proccess better than I can. Its http://www.sfcosmeticsurgery.com/procedures/laserprocedures/laserhairremoval.htm
Also, they're phone number is (415) 392-3333. They are right by union square so it's very easy to get to - you can take the Muni to Powell St. Station and just walk up Powell to post.
Good luck! Kristiane
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