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Dr. Marguerite Barnett

Plastic Surgery
Sarasota, FL
43 years experience

Locations

Office

Sarasota, FL

Address

1715 Stickney Pt. Rd., Sarasota, FL
Directions

About

Bio

Dr. Barnett was born in Japan and came to the US as an orphan immigrant, adopted by an Army Chaplain at age one year old. She grew up in military bases all over the world. Because she was a sickly child, she wanted to be a doctor although it could've been genetic as she tracked down her natural father who was a doctor too! She paid for Harvard/MIT with a military scholarship and spent eleven years on active duty (and several more in the reserves) as a trauma surgeon before leaving the army and becoming a plastic surgeon. She is active in medical politics on the local, state and national level and also has another life as a professional dancer in such unique styles as ethnic dance to fire spinning. She lives in Southeast US with her partner, a musician.

Specialties
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Plastic Surgery

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

339 Answers
44 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
Take care: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure so try to stop scarring before it starts. Protect your skin with gloves, long sleeves or protective c... Read More
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
Many causes: There are many causes of weight loss including endocrine, metabolic, structural and psychologic issues. You've only listed three causes when there c... Read More
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
See your doctor: Pain in the left upper quadrant can come from many different organs including the stomach, colon, kidney or even the back. The only way to determine ... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
Maybe nothing: It could mean you just overdid things and it is a little swollen but if you have any signs of infection like increasing redness or fever or heat, you ... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
Get active: Your biggest problem is not the eyesight or white hair, it's the excess weight. There are two ways to lose weight: eat fewer calories or burn more. ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
It's possible: There is precedence for scar turning into cancer. On the skin, long-standing scars can develop cancer so it's not out of the realm of possibility. C... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
Mental illness: People who obsessively pick at their skin and cause scars suffer from a type of obsessive-compulsive disorder (ocd) which can be very hard to treat. ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
Many options: The simplest is to use a good make-up designed for this such as covermark or dermablend. Some people hide scars by tattooing over them or wearing cle... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
Yes: If you didn't have any problems during your last pregnancy with your umbilical hernia, you probably won't have them with a subsequent hernia. Pregnan... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
Possibly: All tests have false negatives and a pregnancy test is no exception. If you are having no symptoms, i would wait a week and repeat. If it's still ne... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
You have PIH: It sounds like you have post-inflammatory hyper -pigmentation. Try to minimize any inflammation such as pimples. Gentle cleansing, use of benzoyl pe... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
It is but...: There's much consider before having surgery to improve the appearance of your breasts. For one thing, what is your developmental process? If you are... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
Folliculitis: From the description, it sounds like you may be having outbreaks of folliculitis or infection around the hair roots. Even when the infection clears, ... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
See doctor: If he has never had another sexual partner, then it is unlikely you have genital herpes. However, there are two other possibilities: 1) he could be l... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
Probably not: It could be scar tissue on the cervix but don't go trying to diagnose yourself. There are other things it could be. You should go see your gynecolog... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
So?: She's trusting her life & her unborn child to the midwife but she doesn't trust the woman to be able to handle self-injury scars? Maybe she has the w... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
Six weeks: Most dissolvable sutures will dissolve around 6 weeks, by which time your own body's scar tissue will have formed enough that you do not have to worry... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
Normal: Any cut will leak until enough tissue "glue" or fibrin forms that it will seal. Typically this is within 1-2 days of an injury but any area that move... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
There is none: Even laser hair removal performed in the doctor's office cannot claim to be permanent and total. We counsel our patients that it is permanent "reduct... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
Anything: I have seen breast cancer present as an itch, a lump or a discharge. Sometimes it has no symptoms at all! just be aware of your body and if there is... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
It may: Nothing remains the same in living faces. Things sag, thin and otherwise change depending on many factors. Ask your experienced surgeon what changes ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
Variety: Variety is the spice of life, they say. If i knew the answer to that question, i'd probably get a nobel prize.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
It depends: In some states, nurses are not allowed to inject Botox and fillers; in others, they are allowed if under a physician's supervision. If you want to kn... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
Non-healing wound: Don't mess around with this one. See a doctor to make sure it is not a cancer. Things should heal after a few weeks so any non-healing wound needs t... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
Increase eating: If you can't cut down activity, then increase your food intake, particularly high calorie items with healthy fats. I loved milkshakes and ice cream w... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
When to tummy tuck.: Unfortunately, this can't be answered without knowing what you think needs "done" or at least seeing it. It's like a paint job on the car. You may t... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
Yes: If the tumor and artery are in the lungs this can happen. The blood can clog the bronchus (air tube) and it can be so much the person literally drown... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
Penis "pox" removal: There is usually a scar generated when anything is removed, whether by knife or laser, however, excisions on the penis tend to heal really well compar... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
What is Basal cell.: Basal cell carcinomas (bcc) are the baby bears of skin cancer. Nevertheless, if neglected, they can kill. They can start out as a small pink or whit... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
When to worry: Most puncture wounds heal rapidly with first aid treatment but there can be exceptions. If you have reason to believe that a foreign body is lodged i... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
Not necessarily: To better answer your question, one needs to know why it is enlarged. Many enlarged livers have no symptoms and may not cause death. Any enlarged li... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
It depends: Depending on the degree of protrusion, the recovery can be very simple with just a few days of rest and soreness or it can be very complicated, requir... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
Don't know.: There can be many reasons a stomach is upset ranging from viruses to food poisoning to disease such as inflammatory bowel or celiac or even from emoti... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
Inequity: You have choices in life- you can choose to close your eye (denial/repression) or you can accept by rationalization (others have no motivation/it's go... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
Yes: To better answer your question, one needs to know why it is enlarged. Many enlarged livers have no symptoms and may not cause death. Any enlarged li... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
Yes: Plastic ear speculums should be cleansed/sterilized in between patients.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
It could: Most chin implants are placed to make the chin protrude more, not make the face longer. There are many different shapes and models of chin implants a... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
Multiple benefits: Sit-ups take some energy to do and that means you use calories. If you use more calories than you take in, you will "burn fat." it's that simple. C... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
Somewhat: After any surgery on the chin, there will be some numbness, especially when it is swollen. However, there are some nerves for sensation in the area w... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
It depends: Plastic surgeons usually want to wait until the bones have stopped growing in the face before placing a chin implant and when the patient is mature en... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
Bulimia: Bulimia leaves signs but not usually in the colon on colonoscopy. Typically, besides weight loss and hair/skin/nail changes from malnutrition, there... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
Yes: This is a pretty common concern because most of them are worried they have cancer when they find a lump in their groin or scrotum.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
Thyroid scars: All well-trained thyroid surgeons will "hide" the scar in a natural skin crease of the lower neck. Even if you don't have a crease, it will be hard t... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
Old ways best?: You might do just fine treating yourself but sometimes people don't which is why we now have doctors. Centuries ago many people died of preventable t... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
No: Spermatoceles are not a danger to health. Rarely they cause discomfort if they are large and they can then be removed.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
Facial fat: Small cannulas are used to remove fat selectively from areas in the face where it is not wanted such as under the chin. Chin straps are then used to ... Read More
A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
No: Surgery is the only way to shrink breasts. Sorry!
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
How to cure scars: There is never a way to cure a scar; we can only make it less noticeable. I am unaware of a "natural" scar cure other than tincture of time (which r... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
Surgery: Aspirating the spermatocele with a needle won't work because it will fill up again so the best treatment is surgical removal which is a minor outpatie... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
Yes: Milk ducts empty into the nipple so if you have a nipple piercing it is possible for the scar tissue from the piercing to obstruct a duct. This prese... Read More

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Mar 27, 2015
Great doctor. Consistently gives thoughtful, insightful and expert advice.
Apr 11, 2013
Dr. Barnett offers compassionate and concise medical wisdom. Well done!
Mar 11, 2014
Great answers. Very helpful. Thank you!
HealthTap member
I've tried everyone. My thyroid meds have been adjusted but there's been little change. Adrenal glands are functioning normal. All at a loss
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I really appreciate you taking the time to respond, thanks so much :)
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! THANK YOU DOCTOR. YOUR TIME IS SO IMPORTANT AND I JUST WANT SAY THANK

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Harvard Medical School, MA
Graduated 1979MD

Awards

Top Doctor, Castle Connelly
Physicians' Recognition Award
Most Influential, Second Place, Sarasota, FL - Winter
2013
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