Dr. Barry Handler

Plastic Surgery
San Diego, CA
34 years experience male

Locations

Office

San Diego, CA

Address

6699 Alvarado Road, Suite 2305, San Diego, CA
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About

Bio

I am a board-certified plastic surgeon in private practice in San Diego, California since 1999. I specialize in both cosmetic and reconstructive procedures.

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Plastic Surgery

Doctor Q&A

212 Answers
138 Agrees
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Sort of....: Cosmetic surgery=changing something that was "normal." reconstructive surgery=changing something diseased or traumatized to ake it look more normal. ... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Agree with others: If i can determine there is a hernia before surgery i will recommend a general surgeon repair it at the time of the tummy tuck. If a small one i'd fo... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
When Needed: Agree with those who say replace implants when needed. This usually means at the time of treatment for capsular contracture if the implants are old, ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Options: First if all get back to your pre-pregnancy weight. Then start a regular exercise program, perhaps with the help of a professional trainer. If that ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Depends: I think i've redone 2 tummy tucks (witch hazel) in 15 years and i didn't do the first one in either of them. Usually it is a one-time event though i ... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Yes: It is advisable to have some help around the house for at least a few days to help you recover.
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A male asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
I : I have to agree with the other responders regarding endoscopic tummy tuck. The method is not new having been described by a plastic surgeon in atlant... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Not a need: Breast implants are never a need. They are a want and should go with a certain level of social and emotional maturity. They cost money. The surgery... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Minimum 6 mos: Ideally you should be at your ideal body weight or back to your pre-pregnancy weight. Also, the inflammation from the c-section should have settled d... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
The difference: Between a tummy tuck and liposuction is a tummy tuck uses a larger incision to remove loose skin and excess fat from the tummy while tightening the lo... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
I : I agree with dr. Skourtis that the term "mammaplasty" refers to shaping the breast. Typically, enlarging the breast with implants is an augmentation ... Read More
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A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Options: Go see a plastic surgeon about options. It sounds like you may benefit from a tummy tuck and/or liposuction.
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A member asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Maybe: First, do you know the dog and has it had rabies shots. If not then i'd have the dog quarantined or euthanized and examined for rabies. Rabies is un... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Caution: There have been many penile enhancement procedures over the years that have come and gone leaving some unhappy patients. I work with a urologist fixi... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Possibly..: Why don't you go to the drug store and buy one of those inexpensive urine pregnancy tests. They aren't 100% perfect but close enough that hospitals r... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Improve: Stretch marks are permanent changes to the skin from rapid expansion either due to rapid growth or weight gain. We don't have anything to get rid of t... Read More
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Depends: On where the problem is & how much scarring is left from previous procedures. Liposuction uses a hollow wand to vacuum fat from under the skin. If re... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Black Skin: Extreme cold is directly toxic to the skin cells and the blood nourishing the cells. The skin dies and dead skin is black.
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A member asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Dieting?: The double chin is caused by excess fat. If you are overweight you could try dieting. Some places offer injection lipo lysis or mesotherapy. I don... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Blepharoplasty : Blepharoplasty is the surgical procedure to remove excess skin and/or fat from the upper and/or lower eyelids. When excess skin forms on the upper ey... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Diet: Stay away from fried veggies and watch your caloric intake. Anything, even fruits and vegetables can cause weight gain if consumed in large enough qu... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
No: Agree with dr. Holcomb's answer.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Several: Breast implants are imperfect devices. They may settle unevenly, too high or too low. They may get infected (rare). They do not last forever and the ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Implants: Most women love their implants but i think they don't think about the fact that they aren't going to last forever and eventually they will need to be ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Usually: Not all women successfully breast feed-with or without implants. There are ways of doing the operation to minimize the risk of having trouble though.... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Divider: The wall of bone and cartilage that separates your right nostril from your left is the septum. It should be roughly in between the two sides. When it... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Hard to say: It depends on the particulars of the situation. Most women who remove their implants will look as they would have if they never put them in except fo... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Not Much. Just....: Hypertension, heart attack, stroke, overdose, cardiac arrhythmia.
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A member asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Yes: Botox injected in the skin is effective for temporary reduction of sweating. It is commonly used in armpits but also in the palms and soles. As previ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Uncertain: Other things besides cancer can cause lymph node enlargement but it certainly warrants being checked out by you primary care physician. They may elec... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Risk: All surgery carries some risk but that can be minimized by pre operative screening. The length of time a breast reduction takes is roughly double tha... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Few Options: There is a vacuum pump called brava that will create a minimal increase in size with weeks of use. It used to be stand alone but lately folks have be... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
No Magic: Unfortunately scars are permanent. With that said we can do things to make them less noticeable. First any active components should be treated medic... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Absolutely!: Having seen an occasional child who didn't have their cleft lip/palate repaired eve the worst repair is better than no repair. Speech and nutrition a... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Acne Treatments: Standard acne treatments include benzoyl peroxide and salacylic acid. Others will require a prescription from a physician.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Piercing Scar: You can never completely get rid of all scarring after a piercing but perhaps a physician can help minimize the scarring through advice, injections of... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Scar removal: Is a very popular topic with lay people. When you remove a scar it leaves a wound which heals with another scar which is hopefully more appealing tha... Read More
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A 60-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Definitions: First, medicare won't pre-authorize any procedure. Either you had surgery and the bill submitted was denied or your doctor warned you it may not be ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
None: Microdermabrasion is a fancy way of exfoliating dead skin and will do little for acne scars.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Very little: Except possibly clog the pores more.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Risks are few: While all lasers have the potential to burn and no treatment is 100% effective laser hair removal performed by experienced hands is safe and effective... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Depends: Gynecomatia is physical breast development in a male and can lead to a psychological self-image problem. The gynecomastia should first be evaluated b... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Breast Reduction: I have done over 300 breast reductions with all but two of those patients winding up happy they had the surgery. Most find the discomfort transient, ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
6 weeks: In general, most surgeons advise patients to wait 6 weeks after any major surgery before vigorous activity, including sex. Scars get about 80 % of th... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Good Luck: You can try titan or thermage which both tighten skin with light to gently heat the deep layers but i don't think they are very effective. Certainly... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Advice: It sounds like you have a complex medical history and a potentially complicated situation. The best advise i can give is to ask the doctor who ordere... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Probably not: The person with truly excessive breast size will have an over abundance of glandular tissue which doesn't respond well to anything other than removing... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Difficult ProblemS: Whenever there are multiple solutions to any problem the chances are that none will yield a perfect result. Look over the credentials of the surgeons... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
None: Nothing will "eliminate" a scar but you can care for it in a way to maximize the chance of a good scar. Minimize sun exposure to the scar, moisturize... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Allergy?: Is that medicine an antibiotic? Could you possibly be allergic to it? Call the doctor who cut open your cyst now and inform them.
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Testimonials
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Handler is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Handler is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Although I take shower every day, and use deodorant, and everything, but nothing helped! Thank you so much doctor I appreciate your time.
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I think that having faith is so important. so many good doctors.
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That was a perfecfly clear answer! The best! Thanks!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Saint Louis University School of Medicine, MO
Graduated 1989MD

Awards

HealthTap Founding Doctor

Affiliations

American Society of Plastic Surgeons
American College of Surgeons
California Medical Association
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