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Dr. David Yan

Plastic Surgery
Fairfield, CT
21 years experience male

Locations

Office

Fairfield, CT

Address

140 Sherman Street, 3rd Fl, Fairfield, CT
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Office

Fairfield, CT

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Specialties
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Plastic Surgery

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

50 Answers
9 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Yan
Plastic Surgery 21 years experience
Yes: Radiation can have adverse effects on both implant based reconstruction as well as flap based reconstruction. Radiation can result in wound complicati... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Yan
Plastic Surgery 21 years experience
Can be: Whether or not a skin cancer is curable depends on the type of skin cancer and the stage of the tumor. Things like basal cell carcinoma are very curab... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Yan
Plastic Surgery 21 years experience
Yes: Reconstructive surgery may be needed following mastectomy, lumpectomy, and sometimes for congenital defects. Tissue expanders and implants are common... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Yan
Plastic Surgery 21 years experience
Usually surgery: Most skin cancers are treated initially with surgical excision. In some cases, depending on the type of tumor, other modalities may be employed. These... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Yan
Plastic Surgery 21 years experience
No.: An actinic keratosis is a premalignant lesion that may progress to develop into a squamous cell carcinoma. A melanoma is a malignant tumor involving t... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Yan
Plastic Surgery 21 years experience
Depends for how long: Depending on the location of your ganglion cyst, it's possible that some sensory nerve branches may have been stretched, causing a temporary numbness.... Read More
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Yan
Plastic Surgery 21 years experience
Varies: Pain is varies from patient to patient. Some factors that may influence the postoperative discomfort may include the location of the implant, the siz... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Yan
Plastic Surgery 21 years experience
Depends: It is not unusual to notice a lump over your surgical site after a repair of a hand fracture. This is usually part of the normal inflammatory response... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Yan
Plastic Surgery 21 years experience
Usually one: A carpal tunnel release is a pretty straightforward procedure, so one surgeon is the norm. If your surgeon is part of an academic institution, it is p... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Yan
Plastic Surgery 21 years experience
Changing size: People often get studies which show them problems they weren't expecting. If your dad was incidentally diagnosed with an aortic aneurysm, the doctor m... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Yan
Plastic Surgery 21 years experience
It's debatable: Although it can generate fine results, there are still some issues that create concerns with this technique. The injected fat may cause some scarring ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Yan
Plastic Surgery 21 years experience
Eventually: I always tell patients that implants will not last forever. They typically have a 10 year warranty. Some people need replacement sooner, while others ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Yan
Plastic Surgery 21 years experience
Yes, but: Although you can get implants after breast cancer and radiation, the results may be unpredictable. Radiation may cause some soft tissue fibrosis which... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Yan
Plastic Surgery 21 years experience
Surgery: Drainage of a ganglion cyst tends to have a pretty high rate of recurrence. If the cyst is causing symptoms such as pain or discomfort, i think surger... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Yan
Plastic Surgery 21 years experience
No.: Moles are lesions within the skin. A moisturizer will not help it disappear.
A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Yan
Plastic Surgery 21 years experience
Another form of lipo: Traditional liposuction uses a cannula to physically break up some of the fatty tissue and then suck it out. Newer technologies have been developed in... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Yan
Plastic Surgery 21 years experience
Yes: Surgical removal of a keloid is associated with a very high recurrence rate. However, when you combine surgery with other treatments, success rates ar... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Yan
Plastic Surgery 21 years experience
Depends: The answer to your question depends on the size of the burn and the depth of the burn. A 3rd degree burn is a full thickness burn involving all layers... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Yan
Plastic Surgery 21 years experience
Yes: Skin cancers that are more advanced (higher stage) are associated with lower survival rates.
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Yan
Plastic Surgery 21 years experience
Surgery: Skin cancers is usually treated by surgical excision. This allows you to assess that the margins are clear and will allow you to stage the tumor appro... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Yan
Plastic Surgery 21 years experience
Restore breast shape: Usually, when someone needs reconstructive surgery for their breast, it is to help restore the natural shape and contour. Sometimes this is after a ma... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Yan
Plastic Surgery 21 years experience
Yes: People may develop skin cancers wherever there is skin. The ears tend to be exposed to a fair amount of sun, so it is not unusual to find premalignant... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Yan
Plastic Surgery 21 years experience
No: It would probably heal faster with stabilization and/or immobilization. If it is a small, trivial fracture (like a small chip fracture), then it proba... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Yan
Plastic Surgery 21 years experience
Most likely: As others have pointed out, if your blood pressure is controlled, there should be no problem undergoing a breast augmentation. Ultimately, this is som... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Yan
Plastic Surgery 21 years experience
Not quite: I think what you are talking about is something called percutaneous collagen induction therapy or micro needling. It looks like a wheel with a series ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Yan
Plastic Surgery 21 years experience
No real association: There isn't a well-defined association between weight loss or gain and someone having a breast augmentation.
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Yan
Plastic Surgery 21 years experience
Apples vs. Oranges: These are 2 very different procedures and are used for very different reasons. Gastric bypass is done in an effort to lose weight and to correct many ... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Yan
Plastic Surgery 21 years experience
Maybe: After having a nail (finger or toe) removed or torn off, you need to know the status of the underlying nail bed. If the nail bed has been badly damage... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Yan
Plastic Surgery 21 years experience
Not much: Unfortunately, as your waistline starts to shrink, your skin stays pretty much where it was. This results in significant laxity of your skin. Your ski... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Yan
Plastic Surgery 21 years experience
Treatment: Basal cell carcinoma is a very common type of skin cancer. Once you have been diagnosed, the lesion is typically removed. This is commonly done by der... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Yan
Plastic Surgery 21 years experience
Depends: Depending on the size, type, and location of the mole, different treatments may be available. In some cases, it can be surgically removed. If it is to... Read More
A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Yan
Plastic Surgery 21 years experience
Direct removal: After someone loses a massive amount of weight, the skin retracts to a limited degree. Often, you are left with hanging, excess skin. People had tried... Read More
A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Yan
Plastic Surgery 21 years experience
Usually: Having some form of anemia doesn't necessarily exclude you from having plastic surgery. As with any surgery, you want to be sure that you are medicall... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Yan
Plastic Surgery 21 years experience
You shouldn't: Although you can smoke after bariatric surgery, it doesn't mean you should. Smoking puts you at risk for complications and other medical problems. Sin... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Yan
Plastic Surgery 21 years experience
Not a lot: One of the good things about bariatric surgery is that it leads to rapid weight loss. Unfortunately, this also leads to poor retraction of the skin. P... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Yan
Plastic Surgery 21 years experience
See a dermatologist: If you have a concern about a skin lesion that is changing in appearance or is behaving differently (bleeding, ulcerating, etc...), then you should ge... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Yan
Plastic Surgery 21 years experience
Various techniques: Techniques for breast reconstruction have changed over the years. Most reconstruction is implant based -- either using a tissue expander to help stret... Read More
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Yan
Plastic Surgery 21 years experience
Maybe: The reconstruction after excision of a melanoma depends on the size and depth of the lesion as well as the location. Small lesions may be closed prima... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Yan
Plastic Surgery 21 years experience
You can't: Scars tend to fade with time, but never really go away. Some areas of the body tend to scar worse than others. Sternal wounds tend to scar a bit more ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Yan
Plastic Surgery 21 years experience
Usually: Depending on what your goals are, the reconstructed breasts can be made bigger, smaller, or may be kept the same size. This is something that can be d... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Yan
Plastic Surgery 21 years experience
Yes, but...: Assuming that this is an elective tubal ligation, it would be fine to get a tummy tuck at the same time. If you were to get a tubal ligation in the im... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Yan
Plastic Surgery 21 years experience
Yes, but...: There is increasing scientific literature showing how fat can be used for breast augmentation, but there are some valid concerns about the doing so. S... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Yan
Plastic Surgery 21 years experience
See plastic surgeon: Breast implants have been shown to be extremely safe. If you still have significant reservations about implants, you should talk to a plastic surgeon ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Yan
Plastic Surgery 21 years experience
See a hand surgeon: A 5th metacarpal fracture is a relatively common fracture. Certain features of the fracture may dictate whether something needs to be done or not. At ... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Yan
Plastic Surgery 21 years experience
X-ray: X-rays are still considered the standard for diagnosing fractures of the hand.
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Yan
Plastic Surgery 21 years experience
Shoulder & neck pain: Generally, those who have symptoms such as upper back and shoulder pain, bra strap grooving, and skin irritation in their skin folds tend to have favo... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Yan
Plastic Surgery 21 years experience
No: Compartment syndrome occurs when a fixed space is subjected to increasing amounts of pressure, causing altered perfusion or organ dysfunction. With ab... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Yan
Plastic Surgery 21 years experience
Combination therapy: Studies have generally shown that surgery alone doesn't work well. Keloids tend to come back. Combining treatments with surgery often show much better... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Yan
Plastic Surgery 21 years experience
Sometimes: Melanoma is often treated initially by surgical excision. If the lesion is superficial, surgery can be curative. If the lesion is deeper or has involv... Read More
A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Yan
Plastic Surgery 21 years experience
Limited options: After bariatric surgery, patients often lose a significant amount of weight. With massive weight loss, the skin doesn't retract back enough, leaving l... Read More

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Thank you notes
Dec 2, 2012
I endorse this doctor. He is very bright, makes excellent decisions and is a technically excellent surgeon.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Yan is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Yan is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

State University of New York Health Science Center At Syracuse
Graduated 2001MD

Medical/Graduate school

State University of New York Upstate Medical University, NY
Graduated 2001MD

Residency

Nassau University Medical Center

Residency

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Residency

Pennsylvania Hospital

Awards

Top Plastic Surgeon , Second Place, Connecticut - Summer
2014
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