Dr. Barry Press

Plastic Surgery
San Jose, CA
46 years experience male

Locations

Barry Press, M.D.

Los Gatos, CA

Address

14830 Los Gatos Blvd. , Suite 300, Los Gatos, CA, US
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
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Practice website

Fax

8884513128

Insurances accepted

Medicare

About

Bio

<ul><li>Resident: general surgery at University of Minnesota Hospitals 1977-85 </li></ul><ul><li>Resident: plastic surgery at NYU Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery 1985-87. </li></ul><ul><li>Certified Am. Board of Surgery 1989-2009 (general surgery no longer practiced.) </li></ul><ul><li>Certified Am. Board of Plastic Surgery 1989: lifetime certificate + participation in the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program. </li></ul><ul><li>Certified/recertified in Subspecialty of Surgery of the Hand (1990-2019.)</li></ul><ul><li>Full-time Stanford faculty member 1987-1995. </li></ul><ul><li>Adjunct Clinical Faculty Member at Stanford 1995-present. </li></ul><u

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Plastic Surgery

Aesthetic Medicine

Cosmetic Surgery

Hand Surgery

Wound care

Licenses

United States: California

Doctor Q&A

789 Answers
108 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
Get it removed: Most of the time these need to be completely removed, including the entire cyst wall...Or they will recur. See a surgeon certified by the american boa... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
It will improve: Scars are permanent but almost all fade with time. Protect the scars from sunlight while there is any pink left in them; they will burn easily and, if... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
Keep it clean: My recommendation is to always remove blisters. This will allow any topical medication to reach the actual wound. Also, the presence of a blister deno... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
You cannot: muscle is deep to skin, fat and fascia so increasing muscle size will have only a minimal skin tightening effect.
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A 47-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
Need more info...: about time course. If this is within a week or so of the IV insertion, it may represent an infection, and you should seek medical care.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
Muscle tightening: A panniculectomy removes the "apron" of excess skin and fat in the lower abdomen, which is usually (but not always) caused by large weight loss. An a... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
See a hand surgeon: Trigger finger is very common and can be treated with steroid injections. These can be done in the office and have a very good chance of resolving the... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
I don't think so: The abdominal muscle tightening that is an integral part of an abdominoplasty requires the same postop care as a hernia repair: no heavy lifting for 6... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
Maybe: The "state of the art" in fat transfer keeps improving, but (in my opinion) the results are unpredictable: sometimes the fat lasts for months-years, o... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
Be aware that...: Scars cannot be removed, they are permanent. They can, however, be improved. Beware of anyone who tells you that he/she can remove or erase your scars... Read More
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
No specific limit: Agree fully with dr. Pollard. But it is generally agreed that the older one is when he/she has a facelift, the longevity of the results will be less. ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
Must be patient: Sprains of the hand, especially sprains of the small joints of the fingers, are typically stiff and sore for a number of months-it sometimes takes a y... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
Yes: Especially common with skin of the palm; it is so thick that the upper layers adjacent to any incision will dry up and peel off, leaving the deeper la... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
3-4 days: Unless it is done immediately, a broken nose will swell so quickly that its normal position can't be appreciated. Best to wait 3-4 days for the swelli... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
Joint fluid hernia..: Ganglion cysts are filled with joint fluid, usually from one of the wrist joints, that has been expressed from the joint to form a cyst under the skin... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
Sometimes...: But it depends on their depth. Some will not heal if they are very deep. Even the best operation, however, cannot prevent the recurrence of pressure s... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
Sometimes: A broad question, because there are many ways a nerve can be damaged: compression (carpal tunnel), crush, cut, etc. A "bruised" nerve can heal itself;... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
Ten days or so: Should be resolved by 10-14 days. Elevation of the operated hand above the heart will hasten the resolution of swelling.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
Depends:: Swelling of the fingers and hands is the rule, not the exception, after hand surgery. The degree and duration depends on what kind of surgery it was a... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
Could be, but....: It is most likely a ganglion cyst--a benign cyst that originates from (usually) the wrist joint and is filled with joint fluid. To be sure, see a hand... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
Not that long: Upper eyelid surgery is generally associated with very little swelling. Sutures are removed at 4-5 days postoperatively and almost all swelling is gon... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
Well...: Gangrene simply means dead tissue. An infected gallbladder can become gangrenous and perforate if not properly cared for.
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
A day or two: Most people are a little groggy after general anesthesia for any reason. This can last 1-2 days. If you have changes after this, you should contact yo... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
I would think so: This really comes down to an issue between you and your employer. One thing to remember, however, is that the muscle repair in a tummy tuck is similar... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
Depends on the break: It depends on the location of the fracture and how much comminution there is. Hand fractures are a little different from other fractures, as non-heali... Read More
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
Yes: Especially in men, liposuction is an excellent treatment for love handles or excess fat in the flanks. These fat deposits tend to be hereditary, more ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
When desired, but...: Please be aware that facelift is a vague term, and usually only rejuvenates the face from the lower eyelid to the base of the neck. Facelifts are not ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
Most probably: Most of the time septal surgery to improve breathing will not change the shape of the external nose. The opposite is also true: the nose can be reshap... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
Improve, yes...: But get rid of, no (this applies to all scars.) true keloids can be very difficult to deal with. They are more common in people with darkly pigmented ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
Almost never: I have seen this one time in 26 years of practice, and that was in a "street person" who had neglected the bcca on his face so long that it had grown ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
Full thickness burns: Or 3rd degree burns can only heal by scarring. This may take several months, or, if the burn is large enough, may never occur. These are serious injur... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
Surgery: Male breast enlargement is usually of unknown cause and the best treatment is surgical. This is generally a combination of liposuction (ultrasonic, in... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
About 10-14 days: The incision around the umbilicus in an abdominoplasty should be healed in 10-14 days. It will not reach its maximum strength, however, for about 6 we... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
Many treatments....: There are many treatments for keloids: surgical removal, usually accompanied by steroid injection postoperatively, low dose radiation, and pressure (u... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
Try diet first, but.: You can't lose weight from one area selectively, but you should be within 10-15 pounds of your target before going ahead with breast reduction. If you... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
Yes: Endoscopic browlifts, carefully done, can yield very nice results without appreciable elevation of the hairline. This is because unlike open browlifts... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
Confusing, huh?: Most plastic surgeons do both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. Reconstructive surgery starts with an abnormal feature and attempts to bring it clo... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
Near to or 100%: Bcca are generally slow growing skin cancers that very rarely metastasize. They can be removed with several techniques and generally have a very low r... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
Not exactly.: Most breast reductions are done for back and neck pain caused by the weight of large breasts, and these often reduce back pain. A breast lift is done ... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
Maybe, maybe not...: It is not uncommon to have bruising after a breast augmentation, but a large bruise above the sternum (i am assuming in the midline) would be unusual.... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
That's a good start: But if it persists or becomes unresponsive to those kind of over the counter drugs, then it is time to find out what the cause of the pain is. It is g... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
Yes--: That's the kind of thing I do very frequently. Small skin cancers on the nose can be removed and reconstructed with local tissue giving an excellent c... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
A common combination: Eyelid surgery (upper and lower) is very commonly performed with facelift. This is not necessary, however.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
See a burn doctor: Deep partial thickness (2nd degree) burns act like full thickness (3rd degree) burns, so it doesn't make any difference. Generally, any burn that does... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
Improve, not remove: Scars are permanent. That being said, they will improve with time, usually taking 6-12 months to mature fully. They can also be revised and improved ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
The usual...: There are risks that are common to all operations: bleeding, infection, anesthesia problems and death. Complications specifically associated with face... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
Just like others...: Breast implants, whether placed immediately behind the breasts or under the pectoralis major muscles, should not interfere with breast feeding at all.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
Possibly: If the upper lid decreases the superior visual field, its correction may be covered by insurance. This usually requires a formal visual field test by ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
Well thought of: The regional burn center at harborview hospital in seattle is very well thought of. Many advancements in burn care have been developed there and their... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
Depends on...: Lots of different things, most of which can only be defined when you are examined by a knowledgeable physician. You need to make sure your tetanus imm... Read More
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Testimonials
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Apr 7, 2013
Answers patient's questions in a timely manner. Very knowledgeable!
Dec 3, 2012
Dr. Press is an insighful physician who gives great advice
Oct 10, 2013
Great answers. Great doctor. Highly recommend.
HealthTap member
Thank you, I saw the surgeon that did the surgery and he prescribe antibiotics but said that the cut looked good that it still hadn't heal thou. But thank you for answering my question
HealthTap member
This was very helpful. Thanks! this made my stress about all five fingers being burned. sausage grease. I would like to talk more about it. please contact me: rosehannahj34@gmail.com
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Thanks for your quick reply!i' met doctor in my country and she said to me the same. But im quite shy to ppl around me bcoz my breast look l

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, IA
Graduated 1977MD

Residency

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA MEDICAL CENTER, FAIRVIEW

Awards

Most Influential, Third Place, San Jose, CA - Winter
2013
Top Plastic Surgeon , First Place, San Jose, CA - Winter
2013
Top Plastic Surgeon , First Place, California - Summer
2014

Affiliations

American Association of Plastic Surgeons
American Society of Plastic Surgeons
Americian Society for Surgery of the Hand
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