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Dr. Richard Baxter

Plastic Surgery
Blanchard, WA

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Dr. Baxter is a board certified plastic surgeon, author of the award winning book "Age Gets Better with Wine," Past President of state and regional plastic surgery societies, artist, and nationally recognized expert on anti-aging and emerging technologies in plastic surgery and aesthetic medicine. He has lectured and published extensively and has been featured in Allure, WebMD, Elle, AOL, as well as broadcast media. Dr. Baxter is currently the Chief Medical Officer for Calidora Skin Clinics, and serves on the Emerging Trends Committee of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

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Plastic Surgery

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English

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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Baxter
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Yes but not common: Other than reconstruction after mastectomy, an adjustable implant is used only in rare cases where the tissue needs to be expanded. It is a saline im... Read More
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Baxter
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Lift vs lipo: Liposuction removes localized areas of excess fat, and in order for it to be successful the skin tone in that area has to be elastic enough to shrink ... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Richard Baxter
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Laser : Laser liposuction is more invasive than traditional liposuction, despite marketing hype that implies otherwise. To begin with, both involve tiny incis... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Baxter
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Improved shape: Most often abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) is done after pregnancy or weight loss. When there is loose skin, especially with stretch marks, that cannot be... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Richard Baxter
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Before : Before considering facelift surgery (brand name and heavily marketed or not) it is wise to consult more than one plastic surgeon so you can get a more... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Baxter
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Ultrasonic lipo: There are several technologies that can be used with liposuction, with the intent of improving the results. Laser-assisted lipo is one, and there are ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Baxter
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Depends: The most common reason for breast reconstruction is mastectomy for cancer, though there are other situations. Since these situations are all unique, i... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Baxter
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Bizarre question: Abdominoplasty, commonly known as a tummy tuck, is a popular procedure that is performed to correct changes not treatable with diet and exercise alone... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Baxter
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Tighten and tone: There are three things you can't do with exercise and diet alone: tighten loose skin, repair a muscle separation after pregnancy, and remove localized... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Baxter
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
It depends: There are a lot of things to consider such as the size of the puncture wound and whether it is clean or not. In many cases it would be best to let it ... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Baxter
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Too much, yes: This is a controversial topic, but most major studies agree that heavy drinking increases risk by about 10% for each daily drink. It is extremely diff... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Baxter
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Before not during: Having had prior liposuction will not interfere with pregnancy. It will not guarantee against weight gain however.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Baxter
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Benefits > risks: Every surgery has risks and benefits, so it comes down to what we call the risk/benefit ratio. Silicone breast implants have been studied more than an... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Baxter
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Before surgery: Your pre-operative visit will include details on pain management including which medications to use. Most patients rely on them for 3-5 days and you w... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Baxter
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Weeks to months: You will see the tightened and smoother skin soon after a tummy tuck, but there is often an area of numbness or reduced sensitivity in the lower abdom... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Baxter
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Usually minimal: When properly done liposuction does not usually cause much discomfort- typically some soreness similar to after having a vigorous workout at the gym. ... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Baxter
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
No: Breast augmentation with implants produces a predictable and stable change in breast size and shape, while response to hormone therapy is highly varia... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Baxter
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Somewhat: Uv radiation (part of sunlight) is typically divided into uva and uvb. Uva wavelengths are associated with hastening aging of the skin, and they pass ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Baxter
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Liposuction/tuck: Body contouring procedures such as liposuction and tummy tuck are not for weight loss but rather for reshaping the body by reducing localized areas of... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Baxter
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Yes: Although liposuction is still the gold standard for removing localized areas of fat that don't respond to diet and exercise, there are 2 technologies ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Baxter
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Yes: Though there is not universal agreement on what the weight limit should be, plastic surgeons do agree that a tummy tuck is not a subsitute for diet an... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Baxter
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Ask your surgeon: Your plastic surgeon will give you a detailed list of the risks for your abdominoplasty. In general, the odds of serious complications are increased i... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Baxter
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Laser for spots: A facelift is a 3-dimensional reshaping but does not correct changes in the skin such as brown spots. It would also not make them more prominent, but ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Baxter
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Go for it: We have patients in their 60's and even 70's requesting breast implants. If you are in general good health there is no reason why you should not consi... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Baxter
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Before mastectomy: It is very important to have complete information about your reconstruction options before the mastectomy is done. In many cases an immediate reconstr... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Baxter
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
They get smaller: A variable percentage of the breast tissue is fat, which will diminish with weight loss. That is one reason why we recommend that patients get close t... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Baxter
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Not a good idea: Although hormones can stimulate breast tissue and cause some enlargement, there are risks too. This is true whether the hormones are natural or not.
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Baxter
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
It depends: Wrinkles under the eye are caused by many factors but most often it is aging and the cumulative effects of sun damage. Chemical or laser peels would o... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Baxter
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Board certification: Plastic surgery encompasses cosmetic and reconstructive procedures, and surgeons cerified by the american board of plastic surgery have comprehensive ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Baxter
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Minimal discomfort: There are several approaches to anesthesia for liposuction. Small areas can often be done under local "tumescent" anesthesia without medication. Most ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Baxter
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Latisse (bimatoprost): Latisse (bimatoprost) is the only fda-cleared product that grows eyelashes longer, darker, and fuller. It is a precription product that is applied dai... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Baxter
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Breast lift: Breasts go through many changes after breast feeding, with the most common being some degree of sagging and volume loss. If you are happy with the siz... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Baxter
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Wrinkle treatments: There are several options for improving wrinkles, and choosing the right one depends on specific things. Wrinkles caused by hyperactive facial muscles... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Baxter
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Lipo with tummy tuck: A tummy tuck does 3 things that you can't do on your own with diet and exercise: remove and tighten loose skin, repair muscle separation (called a dia... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Baxter
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Lasers are better: There is no simple answer because there are so many different laser treatments available and everyone's skin is different. In general though lasers ar... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Baxter
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Maybe forever?: There are several interesting botanical products for skin rejuvenation and some of them may prove to be quite effective. However, cellulite is a chall... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Baxter
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Scars usually heal : Scars are a normal consequence of injury, and usually heal without extra help. Several things encourage scars to heal optimally. One is to tape the ar... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Baxter
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Breast reduction : A breast reduction typically lifts and reduces the size of the breasts. Often it is done because of physical symptoms such as back pain due to the wei... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Baxter
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Keloid scar options: Keloids are scars that grow outside the boundaries of the original scar and usually require more agressive treatment such as surgery and injections. S... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Richard Baxter
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Tummy tuck options: The best answer for you would require a personal consultation with a plastic surgeon experienced in all of the procedures. Liposuction is not a good i... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Baxter
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Lipo not weight loss: Liposuction is not a weight loss shortcut, but a body shaping procedure for localized areas of fat that don't change with exercise and diet. From what... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Richard Baxter
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Breast : Breast implants made with today's standards should be very durable and the manufacturers that distribute in the U.S. Have a lifetime replacement polic... Read More
A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Baxter
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Yes if full spectrum: It is important to remember that spf only measures protection against burning, caused by the uv-b wavelengths; most aging of the skin and skin cancers... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Baxter
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Rare for cosmetic: A special boxed warning that patients are supposed to read before receiving Botox injections lists several very serious side effects, but these are ge... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Baxter
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
It depends: Drugs or supplements taken orally will first be exposed to digestive enzymes, then the highly acidic conditions in the stomach. As they are absrobed t... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Baxter
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Dedication: There are different ways to describe what constitutes a great plastic surgeon, but i would offer that completing accredited residency training and ach... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Richard Baxter
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Chin lipo vs lift: Liposuction to the area under the chin will effectivel remove fat, but if there is any laxity to the skin or a large volume of fat, then the result wi... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Baxter
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Depends where placed: When placed in the nasolabial folds - the grooves that run toward the corners of the mouth from the nose - 6 months or so is about average. In the lip... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Baxter
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
May be worth a try: Body dysmorphic disorder or bdd is a psychological condition characterized by obsessive dissatisfaction with appearance. Cosmetic surgery is not usual... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Baxter
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Risk factors for CC: Hematoma is one of the risk factors for capsular contracture after breast augmentation, though if it was treated early it could be ok. Capsular contra... Read More

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May 3, 2015
Great doctor. Consistently gives thoughtful, insightful and expert advice.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Baxter is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Baxter is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you for pointing out that these things lower your risk and are not a prevention.
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I asked my plastic surgeon as suggested and he does not put much stock in the herb, but said its not going to hurt.
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful!

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Impact of local administration of liposome bupivacaine for postsurgical analgesia on wound healing: A review of data from ten prospective, controlled ...
Long-term follow-up with AlloDerm in breast reconstruction
Safety and tolerability of high-intensity focused ultrasonography for noninvasive body sculpting: 24-week data from a randomized, sham-controlled stud...
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