Dr. Marguerite Barnett

Plastic Surgery
Sarasota, FL
44 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
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 44 years experience
Embryonic origins: A hydrocele develops from an out pouching of the peritoneum (lining of the abdominal cavity) as it follows the testis into the scrotum during fetal de... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 44 years experience
Yes: They may scar even if you don't scratch but it is much worse if you do. So don't!
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 44 years experience
It depends: Aromasin (exemestane) is generally taken by women who have developed breast cancer and have hormonally sensitive tumors. If they have metastases or a... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 44 years experience
Diagnosing D&C scars: Sometimes a simple pelvic examination by your gynecologist can determine what is stopping you from having your periods. Other times it is more compli... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 44 years experience
Non-surgical scar Rx: Plastic surgeons can lessen scars by a variety of methods including some non-surgical methods. For example, dermabrasion or lasers can lessen scars a... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 44 years experience
Not necessarily: Sometimes the bite of the teeth are fine and only a chin implant is needed. Other times both have to be addressed. Too many times plastic surgeons j... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 44 years experience
It depends: The amount of radiation used may be high enough that there will not be regrowth. You should ask your radiation oncologist whether they think this wil... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 44 years experience
No: Spermatoceles are often painless. They just make a lump. They won't kill you but they can be uncomfortable if they are large and causing pressure. ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 44 years experience
Spinal puffiness: It is very common to have fatty deposits (lipoma) at the base of the spine in spina bifida. Another cause can be collections of spinal fluid under th... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 44 years experience
Not enough info: I'm assuming there is concern regarding the thickened uterus but we don't know enough about things like risk factors. This is too complicated for a ... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 44 years experience
Painful ejaculation: It's probably normal to experience pain for a while after your testicle is removed when you ejaculate because the testicles draw up into the scrotum j... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 44 years experience
LS risk: Yes! any surgery carries the risk of death. This can happen from anesthesia but if very unlikely if you are healthy and your anesthesiologist is tra... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 44 years experience
Yes: For starters, all scars will be permanent. That means you will have an unpleasant reminder on your body when you are a grandmother, long after the pa... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 44 years experience
It depends: Scars from mosquito bites may improve with time but if they are still visible after 6-12 months, a plastic surgeon can help. Lasers, injections or su... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 44 years experience
Use precautions: The fluid coming out of any area of gangrene has some nasty bacteria in it which is why it smells so bad. If you get bacteria on normal skin, you are... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 44 years experience
Yes: Avoid getting surgery or cuts if you have the tendency, especially in areas known to keloid like the bans areas (back of arms, neck and shoulder). If... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 44 years experience
No: Unless the wax has caused a burn, there should not be cause for concern. But laser hair removal works best when there is some hair in the follicle an... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 44 years experience
Yes: Depending on how bad the wrinkles and the cause, laser or peels can really help wrinkles. Some wrinkles may be better treated with Botox if they are ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 44 years experience
Unclear: It's pretty hard to stop the scarring process unless you die or use some unusual drugs which interfere with the complex body response to wound healing... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 44 years experience
It depends: Wrist pain can be caused by many things. Doctors are trained to make a diagnosis and treat. The treatment for pain of arthritis (anti-inflammatants)... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 44 years experience
Ongoing pain: If a patient continues to have pain months after implantation, a good examination must be done. This is not usual and maybe there is abnormal scar fo... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 44 years experience
Informing the pt: Informed consent is exactly what it sounds like- the process of explaining what a procedure is expected to accomplish, the details of how it will acco... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 44 years experience
Diabetic Ulcers: First, if diabetes has been diagnosed(fasting blood sugar), the diagnosis of a diabetic ulcer is usually made from the location (lateral aspect of the... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 44 years experience
Different rates: All of us develop at different rates. This is both genetic and environmental. That is why some of us age faster than others and it applies to preemi... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 44 years experience
Most Do: If you go to a plastic surgeon, especially one with facial plastic expertise, s/he should have experience with facial liposuction. But beware! most ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 44 years experience
Of course!: A scar means you caused damage! some damage doesn't leave a scar but you caused enough to scar. Didn't your mother tell you not to pick?! this shou... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 44 years experience
It's possible: If your hearing hasn't changed, then you're probably ok. To be sure, you might want to have your doctor examine the eardrum. This is a good time to ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 44 years experience
Not usually: Spermatoceles are usually a by-product of development of the genital tract, meaning one is born with it. It may not become noticeable until the perso... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 44 years experience
Not necessarily: "baby carrots" are actually regular carrots which have been trimmed to resemble baby carrots. There is no health difference but there may be a conven... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 44 years experience
It is effective: Every individual has very unique responses to treatment. Some respond better than others and it may be difficult to know how well someone will respon... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 44 years experience
Usually: Chicken pox causes pustules which itch intensely. The pustule damages the skin but the scratching makes it really worse. That's why your mother (and... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 44 years experience
Use cortisone cream: Cortisone cream can really help with the itching and redness but do not use it longer than a week or two. If you are still having a problem after tha... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 44 years experience
Itchy rash: Typically one gets a very itchy blistering rash in the areas which contacted the poison ivy. But one can even transfer the oils to other parts of the... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 44 years experience
Maybe: If you have celiac disease, then you will be sensitive to anything with gluten which includes wheat. This can cause bloating. But many things can ca... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 44 years experience
Many reasons: Some people can be allergic to ingredients in the pizza such as the tomato sauce. Some people have a lactose negative condition and cannot digest mil... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 44 years experience
Yes: If it comes from a head cold, let the congestion settle. But if you're not smelling again in six weeks or if no congestion preceded the loss of smell... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 44 years experience
Yes: Obviously, the more extensive (i.e. Higher degree) the vaginal tear, the harder it is to repair and recover but with modern surgical techniques, it sh... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 44 years experience
More testing: Once hodgkin's has been confirmed, further testing is done to "stage" or determine the extent of disease (exam, ct/pet scans, etc). There are 4 stage... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 44 years experience
It Depends: Whether a doctor or nurse must have formal training in cosmetic injectables depends on the laws of the state in which they practice. In my state, for... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 44 years experience
Unknown: First, the cause of anosmia (inability to smell) must be determined. If air is not getting into the nose, that can be surgically corrected but if the... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 44 years experience
Yes: Breast reduction by liposuction can reduce the breast by removing only fat cells and not the milk ducts. However, it will not tighten the skin. Wear... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 44 years experience
Several risks: Besides the chance of reacting to anesthetic, bleeding or developing an infection, there is the risk of skin loss/slow healing. Nerve damage can caus... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 44 years experience
There is an effect: In the old days women wore corsets and sometimes their breathing was so restricted they would faint. This was known as "the vapors." nowadays, corse... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 44 years experience
Probably not: Unless you were markedly overdoing the sprays, it is unlikely that it is causing your stomach aches. You need to see your doctor to find out what is ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 44 years experience
It can be done: Female-to-male gender reassignment is harder than male-to-female because of the external genitalia and the need for erection during sex. What's harde... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 44 years experience
Doctor not magician: When you have a sex change, the goal is to make a reasonable facsimile of the gender genitals that the patient needs, especially in regards to functio... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 44 years experience
Several: Besides the usual operative risks such as blood loss, anesthesia and infection, another risk is that the patient may not have the maturity to deal wi... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 44 years experience
It depends: The best treatment is prevention by relieving pressure which can also help heal early ulcers. If there is significant necrotic tissue or the ulcer is... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 44 years experience
Better not: There are increased risks for both mom and baby. The biggest risk is increased chance of prematurity and that can leave the babies with undeveloped h... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 44 years experience
It might: Armpit hairs can slow down sweat evaporation and trap oils and smells. But even if you shave closely, if you don't keep the armpit clean, you can hav... Read More
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Testimonials
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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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