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Dr. Alex Lechtman

Plastic Surgery
Visalia, CA
31 years experience male

Locations

Office

Visalia, CA

Address

5530 Avenida de los Robles, Visalia, CA
Directions

Insurances accepted

Blue Shield CA PPO

About

Bio

I was born and raised in California and currently live in Visalia with my wife and three children. I went to UC Berkeley for my B.A. in Genetics, UC San Diego for Medical School and UC Davis for General Surgery and Plastic Surgery. I am certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and have been since 2000.

Specialties
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Plastic Surgery

Licenses

United States: California

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

211 Answers
54 Agrees
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alex Lechtman
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
MRI is the best test: Currently, a breast MRI with a dedicated breast coil in a 1.5 tesla MRI is the best test we have to look for gel leak. I would consider speaking with... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Lechtman
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Brachioplasty: A brachioplasty is the operation to remove excess skin from the upper arms. It involves removing the skin but leaves a scar.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Lechtman
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Yes: Changes in hormonal levels cause many things including breast sensitivity.
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A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alex Lechtman
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Consider a rupture: It's possible that your saline implant broke. I would recommend you see a plastic surgeon. Please bring any information regarding your implants to t... Read More
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alex Lechtman
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
We don't really know: Why someone gets a keloid. There needs to be some sort of injury or reason for irritation in a person with that tendency. Treatments include, steroi... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Lechtman
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Won't work: There's no medicine to cure bed sores (aka pressure sores). Only relief of the pressure that caused the sore in the first place and then some very la... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alex Lechtman
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Brava: There used to be a system called brava that increased the size of the breast with a vacuum device. I don't know if it's still available but there was... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Lechtman
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Odds are..: Against it. Research suggests that between 33 & 45% of women will be able to breast feed after reduction (defined as breast getting for 6 weeks after... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Lechtman
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
They Don't Exist: Any pill that says it will enlarge your breast will either not work; or you might see some mild increase but you've just increased your risk of breast... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Lechtman
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Yes: People have operations during their period all of the time. The surgery center or hospital will have extra pads if you need them. Good luck with you... Read More
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A 76-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alex Lechtman
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Something Special: More than likely, your cancer is larger than you have extra skin for an easy closure. For these cancers, an operation such as a skin graft or a skin ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Lechtman
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Difficult Problem: Best option is not too get them in the first place. Once present, they can be very difficult to treat. Bottom line is the patient must reduce the ti... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Lechtman
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Tummy Tuck: Obviously a firm recommendation could only come after a thorough evaluation but the only treatment for stretch marks is to cut them out.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Lechtman
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
No: Spend your time and money on keeping them out of the sun. Otherwise your scars will heal as you are genetically programmed. Massage may help speed u... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Lechtman
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Good wound treatment: Followed by moisture and pressure. A lot depends on the severity. Keep them out of the sun. See a dermatologist or plastic surgeon to check on you... Read More
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alex Lechtman
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
? Thrush: Thrush is a fungal infection of the mouth and could be what you have. Please see your regular doctor as soon as possible.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Lechtman
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
See a surgeon: Depending on the size and location, it's a simple surgery.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Lechtman
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
The Tightest One: The tighter the smaller.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Lechtman
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Injections or time: There is an injection called wydase which dissolves the juvederm. The alternative is to wait till it goes away on its own, usually 6-12 months.
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Lechtman
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Maybe: More than likely you'd need to come off your medications in order to have three operation. Discuss this with your rheumatologist.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Lechtman
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Depends: On where you get it, who does it, saline vs. Silicone, etc. Call a number of places where you live to see what the prevailing rate is. I charge abou... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Lechtman
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Not Often: Upper arm lift (aka brachioplasty) is an operation to remove excess upper arm skin. It works very well for people who have a lot of extra skin, like ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Lechtman
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
No more than any....: No more than any other implant. There has to be a scar to place the implant. Silicone implants can require larger incisions because they are pre-fil... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Lechtman
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
No: The old story that pec exercises make your breasts bigger is simply not true. Don't waste your money or your time.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Lechtman
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Question?: I'm not sure what the question is but guessing you need help with breast asymmetry. There are lots of options out there so talk with a local board c... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Lechtman
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
TALK WITH A PS: Lots of things. Talk with a local plastic surgeon. They won't be perfect after surgery but they can be made a whole lot better.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Lechtman
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Depends: The scar itself is waterproof in 2 days but most surgeons don't recommend swimming or soaking in water for 2 weeks. Scar maturation however ( the pro... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Lechtman
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Yes for at least 2..: Weeks. After that, I have my patients wait till they are comfortable enough to have sex.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Lechtman
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Yes, but...: No more than any other operation. Go to a board certified plastic surgeon at an accredited facility and you should be fine.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Lechtman
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Discuss with a PS: Spend some time with a plastic surgeon. They can help you with a size that best fits you and gets you where you want to be. If you value your boy fr... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Lechtman
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Not necessarily: They can be done together or apart depending on what you are looking for and your finances. There also may be health issues so you should talk with y... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Lechtman
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Most likely: Obviously you need to be examined but ddd breasts that are causing back, neck, and shoulder pain are good candidates for reduction.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Lechtman
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Sweating relief: Some people have a sweating condition that can affect the hands, feet and armpits called hyperhydrosis. Botox can decrease or eliminate this sweatin... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Lechtman
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Can be either: If they change from soft to firm, i'd see your doctor asap. Firm breast tissue is a sign of youth and it softens as you age.
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Lechtman
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Yes: Any operation has risks. Communicate with your plastic surgeon and your cardiologist ahead of time. Ask your surgeon to help you set up a meeting wi... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Lechtman
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Many: Botox was developed to treat a condition called blepharospasm, or uncontrolled twitching of the eyelids. Now it's used to treat migraines, muscle spa... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Lechtman
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Very well...: But it's important to know that while the vast majority of women with implants can breast feed, it can't be guaranteed so if this is really important... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Lechtman
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Hard to know...: What most people think. However, those that do know about breast augmentation will give patients all the good and the bad so patients have the inform... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Lechtman
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Skin from one area..: Is taken off and put down somewhere else. There is a lot of technical stuff but that's the basics.
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alex Lechtman
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Most likely Yes.: Sounds pretty normal. Obviously without seeing you it's impossible to know for sure. Call your surgeon if you have any questions.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Lechtman
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Very Well!: It's important to realize that no one can create a normal appearing breast, but sometimes the results can be quite good. Talk with a plastic surgeon ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Lechtman
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Yes: Most of the skin cancers we see are due to sun exposure. Minimize your unprotected exposure to the sun and ultraviolet light.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Lechtman
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Doubtful: Skin cancer is mostly due to sun exposure. The lasers used for hair removal don't use that kind of light to do the job.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Lechtman
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Everyone's different: Each patient experiences pain differently. Most people are off of narcotics by a week or so.
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alex Lechtman
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Risky, no.....: But potential problems later, maybe. I'm going to assume you're a woman. The most likely issue would be a future pregnancy. You may want or need a ... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alex Lechtman
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Yes: Yes, there are scars after any operation. Mostly it's dependent on genetics on how you heal but a good surgeon will put your incisions at the best pl... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alex Lechtman
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Medical treatment: Is limited to pressure relief, minimize moisture and contamination (urine and stool), and dressing changes. Best treatment is surgical but most patie... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Lechtman
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Potential issues: Since with a breast augmentation you will need additional operations over your lifetime, it is possible that a future development of diabetes could ca... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Lechtman
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Several months: Wow, that is hard to do! they must have put in a ton of juvederm. Your area of redness will heal like any scar. General scar healing times are 12-1... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Lechtman
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Thrown Away: I've tried to get it used for medical purposes but no one wanted it. So it's incinerated.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Lechtman is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Lechtman is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Dr. Lectman, thanks for your quick response. I am using SPF 50. I am hoping the redness will go away soon. I am schedule for some fraxel restore next week. You think i should have the procedure applie...Read More
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Thanks for your quick reply! Just needed to double check, it feels weird lifting. Was hoping its just because they are pretty new.
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This made me feel good. Thanks! I feel much better Thank you a million

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

UC San Diego School of Medicine, CA
Graduated 1991MD

Awards

Top Doctor, Third Place, Bakersfield, CA - Winter
2013
Most Influential, First Place, Bakersfield, CA - Winter
2013
Top Plastic Surgeon , First Place, Bakersfield, CA - Winter
2013

Affiliations

American Society of Plastic Surgeons
Aesthetic center
Kaweah delta healthcare district
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