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Dr. J David Holcomb

Facial Plastic Surgery
Sarasota, FL
30 years experience male

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Sarasota, FL

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1 S. School Ave, Ste 800, Sarasota, FL
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Bio

Fellowship-trained, board certified (American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery) innovative facial plastic and cosmetic laser surgeon. Past president of Florida Society of Facial Plastic Surgeons and Sarasota County Medical Society. Website www.srqfps.com

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Facial Plastic Surgery

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90 Answers
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. J David Holcomb
Facial Plastic Surgery 30 years experience
Very safe: But it is surgery that involves some form of anesthesia. Find a board certified (eg abfprs or abps) facial plastic surgeon with current hospital privi... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. J David Holcomb
Facial Plastic Surgery 30 years experience
Several options : A thin face may be related to underlying bone structure, atrophy (gradual loss) of soft tissue (eg fatty tissue, muscle) and the aging process where s... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. J David Holcomb
Facial Plastic Surgery 30 years experience
Several months +: Although initial healing and resolution of most of the swelling and bruising takes place in the first 2 weeks it can take several months (6 weeks +) f... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. J David Holcomb
Facial Plastic Surgery 30 years experience
Cold: Warm compresses cause blood vessels to dilate (enlarge) and this may lead to both increased swelling and increased bruising. Warm compresses are not ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. J David Holcomb
Facial Plastic Surgery 30 years experience
4 + months: Hyaluronic acid fillers such as Restylane (dermal fillers) and Perlane may last at least 4 months and up to 12 or more months depending on location an... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. J David Holcomb
Facial Plastic Surgery 30 years experience
Nose surgery: Septorhinoplasty is surgery to improve the nasal airway (generally to straighten the nasal septum (which normally divides the nasal passage into rough... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. J David Holcomb
Facial Plastic Surgery 30 years experience
Best approach: Unless the nose has obviously changed in appearance the doctor is correct that a fracture may not show up on an x-ray. Nasal fractures are displaced ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. J David Holcomb
Facial Plastic Surgery 30 years experience
Common: Internal nasal splints are also called septal splints. They are used to stabilize the nose and septum after septoplasty or septorhinoplasty surgery. ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. J David Holcomb
Facial Plastic Surgery 30 years experience
Involuntary response: Pain or even the anticipation of pain can cause a temporary imbalance of the autonomic nervous system which normally keeps the heart rate and blood pr... Read More
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. J David Holcomb
Facial Plastic Surgery 30 years experience
Several: Retinoid containing formulations are readily available. Retinoids are vitamin a derivatives that are metabolized to form retinoic acid (also known as ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. J David Holcomb
Facial Plastic Surgery 30 years experience
Depends: If you have acne scars surgically removed then no bleeding expected. If you have dermabrasion or ablative fractional laser resurfacing (e.g. Co2 or e... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. J David Holcomb
Facial Plastic Surgery 30 years experience
~12 months; maybe: Revision rhinoplasty can be a very challenging operation, even for a skilled surgeon. Attempting revision surgery before the tissues have settled fro... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. J David Holcomb
Facial Plastic Surgery 30 years experience
Your choice: Several different specialist groups commonly perform eyelid surgery including facial plastic surgeons, oculo (eye) plastic surgeons and plastic surgeo... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. J David Holcomb
Facial Plastic Surgery 30 years experience
Yes: Occasionally rhinoplasty and sinus surgery can be done in the same session. Unless you find a surgeon who you want to do both procedures you will hav... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. J David Holcomb
Facial Plastic Surgery 30 years experience
Unlikely: Improvement of acne scarring following treatment(s) (e.g. Fractional laser skin resurfacing) ranges from subtle to dramatic. Generally incremental im... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. J David Holcomb
Facial Plastic Surgery 30 years experience
Improvement: Rhinoplasty surgery enables significant improvements in symmetry. Achieving nearly perfect symmetry, however, is difficult and is the exception rat... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. J David Holcomb
Facial Plastic Surgery 30 years experience
Options: A number of treatments may be helpful but it depends on what the primary cause is. This appearance may be related to puffy lower eyelids and/or volum... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. J David Holcomb
Facial Plastic Surgery 30 years experience
One week +: The initial recovery period is one week. At that time sutures are removed, swelling will have started to go down and the skin will be far along toward... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. J David Holcomb
Facial Plastic Surgery 30 years experience
YES: 9 out of 10 patients in my practice choose to undergo facelift and often other procedures with local anesthesia and oral + intramuscular sedation. I ... Read More
A 60-year-old member asked:
Dr. J David Holcomb
Facial Plastic Surgery 30 years experience
Not unusual: 6 weeks is still very early in the healing process. Mild swelling and inflammation are associated with tenderness to touch. Generally this should su... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. J David Holcomb
Facial Plastic Surgery 30 years experience
Yes: An over-rotated (turned up too much) nasal tip can be lowered into a more normal position during nose reshaping surgery.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. J David Holcomb
Facial Plastic Surgery 30 years experience
Area treated : A lower facelift is different from a brow lift or mid face lift with regard to the tissues that are manipulated. A lower facelift includes work at th... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. J David Holcomb
Facial Plastic Surgery 30 years experience
"Duration" varies: Artefill has two components - pmma (polymethlymethacrylate) microspheres (permanent) and bovine collagen (temporary). The bovine collagen component w... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. J David Holcomb
Facial Plastic Surgery 30 years experience
Options: Certainly placement of the incisions and execution of a meticulous closure are of paramount importance. After that some people heal better than other... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. J David Holcomb
Facial Plastic Surgery 30 years experience
NO: Restylane (dermal fillers) is an injectable filler and sculptra is a facial volumizer. Other methods of adding volume to the face include Radiesse or... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. J David Holcomb
Facial Plastic Surgery 30 years experience
Not the same: "microabrasion" actually refers to a dental procedure to treat the outer enamel of the teeth. Microdermabrasion is a skin procedure that uses man... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. J David Holcomb
Facial Plastic Surgery 30 years experience
Ear contouring: Otoplasty is an outpatient surgical procedure for reshaping of prominent ears. Risks include anesthesia, infection, under-correction, over-correctio... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. J David Holcomb
Facial Plastic Surgery 30 years experience
Age isn't main issue: Generally ablative laser treatments that remove tissue are recommended after active acne breakouts have stopped. This often doesn't occur until late t... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. J David Holcomb
Facial Plastic Surgery 30 years experience
Contouring: Re-shaping the nose during rhinoplasty may involve removing tissue from the dorsum (top) of the nose, narrowing the nose (often requires a controlled ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. J David Holcomb
Facial Plastic Surgery 30 years experience
Retained splint?: It is possible that one of the splints used during the first week to stabilize the septum was inadvertently left in the nose.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. J David Holcomb
Facial Plastic Surgery 30 years experience
1 - 2 + weeks: Generally most of the swelling subsides in 1 - 2 weeks but in some patients it may last longer.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. J David Holcomb
Facial Plastic Surgery 30 years experience
Simulation: An experienced rhinoplasty surgeon will have before and after photos to show you and may be able to offer simulation of the possible result with surge... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. J David Holcomb
Facial Plastic Surgery 30 years experience
Varies: Really depends on geographic market, type of surgical approach, type of anesthesia and choice of facility. Surgeons fees will vary ranging from a lo... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. J David Holcomb
Facial Plastic Surgery 30 years experience
Depends on cause: "droopy" eyelid may refer to sagging of the brow, excess skin of the upper eyelid, a condition of the upper eyelid called "ptosis" (shifting downward ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. J David Holcomb
Facial Plastic Surgery 30 years experience
Yes: Ptosis (drooping of the upper eyelid) is a relatively infrequent complication of upper blepharoplasty - if this occurs the visible portion of the open... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. J David Holcomb
Facial Plastic Surgery 30 years experience
Early treatment!: Cancer cells gradually invade and replace normal tissue. When skin cancer is more aggressive and fast growing the tumor can outgrow its blood supply. ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. J David Holcomb
Facial Plastic Surgery 30 years experience
Yes: The best compliment that a plastic surgeon can have from a happy facelift patient: "it looks so natural no one knows why i look so good!" achieving... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. J David Holcomb
Facial Plastic Surgery 30 years experience
No: Microdermabrasion is a superficial treatment that may leave your skin glowing and may even cause a slight thickening of the dermis (thick layer of ski... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. J David Holcomb
Facial Plastic Surgery 30 years experience
Tailored : The type of facelift approach should be based on your concerns & condition of your tissues. If little tissue laxity then a less extensive procedure ma... Read More
A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. J David Holcomb
Facial Plastic Surgery 30 years experience
Several options: Collapse of the nostril is known as nasal vestibular stenosis at the external nasal valve. A temporary method for opening the airway is to wear... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. J David Holcomb
Facial Plastic Surgery 30 years experience
Yes: Men, women, boys and girls (generally age 14 and up) commonly undergo rhinoplasty (nose job) and chin augmentation during the same operative session. ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. J David Holcomb
Facial Plastic Surgery 30 years experience
Not a long list: A few examples: 1) after trauma with fracture of the nasal bones and septum with resulting deformity and nasal airway obstruction; 2) insufficient str... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. J David Holcomb
Facial Plastic Surgery 30 years experience
Heat: Traditional liposuction uses mechanical force to push a steel instrument (cannula) through the tissue and then negative pressure to pull fatty tissue ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. J David Holcomb
Facial Plastic Surgery 30 years experience
Sometimes: As we age fat in the mid & lower face descends creating fullness of the smile fold and prominent jowling. Laser assisted facial contouring (lafc) can ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. J David Holcomb
Facial Plastic Surgery 30 years experience
Depends on treatment: Preparation for laser skin resurfacing (lsr) takes longer than actual treatment. Often topical anesthetic is placed on the skin for an hour or more pr... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. J David Holcomb
Facial Plastic Surgery 30 years experience
Temporary: If you like the effect the main downside is that it is temporary. Request a lip block before the Restylane (dermal fillers) is injected for a more co... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. J David Holcomb
Facial Plastic Surgery 30 years experience
Yes: Coolsculpting uses cold therapy (cryolipolysis) to cause permanent elimination of fat cells in the fatty layer below the skin. During the treatment th... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. J David Holcomb
Facial Plastic Surgery 30 years experience
Yes: However, intravenous sedation or oral/intramuscular sedation are also great options.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. J David Holcomb
Facial Plastic Surgery 30 years experience
Both: The ear(s) is/are carefully supported and a gauze head wrap is placed to protect the ears during the first night after surgery. After that a headband... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. J David Holcomb
Facial Plastic Surgery 30 years experience
Known outcome: Neck contouring may involve initial use of a fat melting (lipolysis) laser and/or surgical separation of the skin in this area from the underlying str... Read More

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Apr 16, 2015
Great doctor. Consistently gives thoughtful, insightful and expert advice.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Holcomb is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Holcomb is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, TX
Graduated 1992MD

Awards

HealthTap Founding Doctor

Affiliations

Holcomb Facial Plastic Surgery, PLLC
American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Florida Society of Facial Plastic Surgeons
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