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Dr. Steven Harris

Plastic Surgery
Washington, DC
38 years experience male

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Plastic Surgery

Cosmetic Surgery

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193 Answers
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Harris
Plastic Surgery 38 years experience
After wound healing: Sometimes, after stitches are removed the wound is still not healed completely. If there are scabs or any drainage, apply Bacitracin ointment or vasel... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Harris
Plastic Surgery 38 years experience
Surgery!: I am going to assume you mean the organ "stomach" and not just the area of the body "stomach." A gunshot wound to the stomach would be repaired in the... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Harris
Plastic Surgery 38 years experience
Usually very safe: Certainly it is "safe," if done on the right patient by the right doctor for the right reasons! The right patients are mature (not old) and have thoug... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Harris
Plastic Surgery 38 years experience
Sun and smoking: The three likeliest causes are too much sun (or tanning bed), smoking or other tobacco use, and overactive forehead muscles (the ones that raise your ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Harris
Plastic Surgery 38 years experience
Fairly: The diaphragm, itself, can be injured without deadly consequences. However, since it is located literally in the center of the body, (immediately next... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Harris
Plastic Surgery 38 years experience
Depends on depth!: Wounds need evaluation and repair if they go all the way through the skin and are of any significant length. If the yellow fat is showing or you can't... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Harris
Plastic Surgery 38 years experience
No and yes.: "Tags" under the tongue are not normal and certainly could be a sign of human papilloma virus infection. An oral surgeon can inject one or two with lo... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Harris
Plastic Surgery 38 years experience
Yes. : Any break in the skin puts the injured person at risk for infection because there is now an opening that can allow bacteria (or, rarely, fungi or para... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Harris
Plastic Surgery 38 years experience
Bruise, probably: If you can bear weight, it is probably just a bruise. Barring something really rare, it is pretty hard for a young person to break your hip or your pe... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Harris
Plastic Surgery 38 years experience
Vaseline!: In my opinion, gently removing the scab with Vaseline over a few days and then keeping it moist with more Vaseline and a bandaid while it heals withou... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Harris
Plastic Surgery 38 years experience
Pain!: Skin tags are odd growths on the skin caused, we think, by friction (under the arms, around the neck, under the breasts, between the thighs). Pulling ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Harris
Plastic Surgery 38 years experience
Who says it works?: The only way to really know if a treatment works or not is to test it against a standard treatment in such a way that neither the patient nor the doct... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Harris
Plastic Surgery 38 years experience
Can be difficult: Cocoa butter massage of the scar would be my first treatment. You probably have a hypertrophic scar and not a keloid and so it will respond to this. A... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Harris
Plastic Surgery 38 years experience
Depth!: Dermaplaning: scraping the skin with a scalpel blade held perpendicular to the skin so as to remove dead layers only. Microdermabrasion: a rotating bu... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Harris
Plastic Surgery 38 years experience
Needs good exam: This "wound" should be evaluated promptly by someone with experience in treating leg ulcers. It may be a skin cancer (easily cured by simple surgery),... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Harris
Plastic Surgery 38 years experience
Usually: There are exceptions, but not many. Welders get them under the chin, for example, where the uv light thrown off by the torch strikes unprotected skin.... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Harris
Plastic Surgery 38 years experience
Open sores: True diabetic ulcers occur on the shins, usually. Often, people refer to neuropathic ulcers as "diabetic ulcers." these occur on the weight-bearing ar... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Harris
Plastic Surgery 38 years experience
Couldn't hurt: Obtaining more than one surgeon's opinion can be helpful in difficult or unusual cases, or if the first sugeon's opinion does not make sense to you. G... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Harris
Plastic Surgery 38 years experience
Abdominoplasty!: The only real answer here (after triplets) is abdominoplasty (tummy tuck). This can remove the extra skin, but more importantly, repair the stretched ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Harris
Plastic Surgery 38 years experience
Yes!: Any changing mole needs checking. It could save your life.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Harris
Plastic Surgery 38 years experience
Tummy tuck?: Some tightening of skin will occur naturally after weight loss or pregnancy; in younger patients more than in older patients. If this is not enough, t... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Harris
Plastic Surgery 38 years experience
Definitely!: Facelifts ( not mini-facelifts) usually include lifting the neck so as to tighten and smooth neck muscle and skin. Prominent "cords" (platysma muscle ... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Harris
Plastic Surgery 38 years experience
Surgical removal: The excess skin can be removed from the face and neck, breasts, arms, abdomen, buttocks and thighs. How many of these areas can be safely addressed at... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Harris
Plastic Surgery 38 years experience
Scary thought!: Any laser powerful enough to help would be powerful enough to hurt you, especially your eyes! leave this to a licensed professional! (it really does w... Read More
A 52-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Harris
Plastic Surgery 38 years experience
Electrodessication: In my experience, these clumps of overactive oil glands are best treated with electrodessication. The area is numbed with local anesthetic and then th... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Harris
Plastic Surgery 38 years experience
Good helmet lesson!: Unsightly only, not contagious! caused by injuries to ears, usually when not wearing head gear, during wrestling or boxing. Not caused by bike or skat... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Harris
Plastic Surgery 38 years experience
Least serious skin c: Basal cell cancer (bcc) is a very common type of skin cancer which is usually caused by sun exposure. There are several kinds, all of which are cured ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Harris
Plastic Surgery 38 years experience
Not true!: For centuries some "children and adults did ok…". The rest died horrible deaths of tetanus or lost limbs to terrible infections. As long as y... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Harris
Plastic Surgery 38 years experience
Probably not: I would not expect much improvement with this product.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Harris
Plastic Surgery 38 years experience
Me: not recommended: Breast reduction is all about pushing up and abdominoplasty is all about pulling down so they can be difficult to combine. These can both be sizable ... Read More
A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Harris
Plastic Surgery 38 years experience
No: Sorry, but, to my knowledge, there is no way to prevent breast growth other than maintaining your normal weight. Breast reduction surgery may be an op... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Harris
Plastic Surgery 38 years experience
Texture: Actinic keratoses, which are pre-malignant skin lesions caused by exposure to ultraviolet light (sun or tanning bed) , have a characteristic "scratchy... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Harris
Plastic Surgery 38 years experience
Yes: Yes, under the microscope. Unfortunately, eye melanoma is often not discovered as early and the results of treatment may not be as good in this locati... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Harris
Plastic Surgery 38 years experience
Yes: The goal of the surgeon is to leave them in inconspicuous areas and to try to make them as short and narrow as possible, with no suture marks (dots on... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Harris
Plastic Surgery 38 years experience
Yes, temporarily: Often, nipple sensitivity is increased initially. This can be way too much, at first. Within few weeks, this subsides toward normal. Unfortunately, br... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Harris
Plastic Surgery 38 years experience
Usually not: This is the major reason we try to get women to wait until their family is complete to undergo breast reduction. Some times this is not possible, as t... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Steven Harris
Plastic Surgery 38 years experience
Varies enormously!: In my opinion, the best candidates for facelifts look older than their chronological age (40 years old, but look 50, for example). The next best candi... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Harris
Plastic Surgery 38 years experience
Maybe: Without knowing more about the wound, it is very difficult to say with certainty. Often, white tissue in the base of a wound is slough, which is dead ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Harris
Plastic Surgery 38 years experience
Silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) cream: This has been used since at least the 1940's and works very, very well. Apply it once a day after washing the area gently with soap and water, and app... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Harris
Plastic Surgery 38 years experience
Absolutely: Unfortunately, the only other way involves traditional weight loss by getting the patient to exercise to burn more calories than the patient is taking... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Harris
Plastic Surgery 38 years experience
Absolutely!: It shrinks the blood vessels in the septum which slowly melts away allowing the bridge to collapse, essentially destroying the shape of the nose and t... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Harris
Plastic Surgery 38 years experience
No, but: Are you asking if insurance will pay for a tummy tuck at a certain bmi? If so the answer is definitely "no." insurance never pays for a tummy tuck. If... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Harris
Plastic Surgery 38 years experience
Surgical excision: Only one way is known and that is surgical removal of the excess skin. Many areas can be treated, but not all at once. Typically, we begin with the ar... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Harris
Plastic Surgery 38 years experience
Sun, bad luck: Melanoma can result from exposure to ultraviolet light (sun, tanning beds) or from spontaneous conversion of a long-standing mole. Rarely, people get ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Harris
Plastic Surgery 38 years experience
"minor"=self-healing: Obviously, the important word here is "minor." whoever told you the fractures were "minor" would be the best person to answer this question, as they h... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Harris
Plastic Surgery 38 years experience
"picker's nodules": These are inflamed bumps that are the result of a vicious cycle: they itch or burn and the patient scratches or picks at them and this causes more itc... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Harris
Plastic Surgery 38 years experience
Type of cancer?: 3 common types: basal cell, squamous cell and melanoma. No one would recommend ignoring melanoma. Squamous cell can spread to lymph nodes and beyond s... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Harris
Plastic Surgery 38 years experience
Certainly, but why?: A pretty good study has shown them to be equivalently effective, so why use both? Save your money and just use the vitamin e.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Harris
Plastic Surgery 38 years experience
Hole in trachea: This is a surgical procedure where an opening is made in the front of the neck into the trachea to make it easier and safer to help a patient breathe ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Harris
Plastic Surgery 38 years experience
Help her stay off it: Hard to cover in 400 letters! stay off sore (no sitting, if true tail bone; no lying on back if at sacrum (top of "crack")) good nutrition, with incre... Read More

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Mar 8, 2012
been trying to figure out what degree of bur is it for a while. this guy just answered in the first sentance
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Harris is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Harris is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Your answer was very helpful! Thanks :) thank you very much, you made things so much easier to understand.
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it popped open yesterday (5days after). no redness,nothing. i guess everything is ok:). thanks buddy
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you I will if it doesn't get better

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Duke University School of Medicine, NC
Graduated 1984MD

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