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Dr. Barry Handler

Plastic Surgery
San Diego, CA
33 years experience male

Locations

Office

San Diego, CA

Address

6699 Alvarado Road, Suite 2305, San Diego, CA
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Insurances accepted

Aetna Life Insurance Company

Anthem BC Life & Health Insurance Company

Blue Cross of California

CIGNA Health Care

Cigna

Great-West Healthcare

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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.

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Plastic Surgery

Doctor Q&A

212 Answers
138 Agrees
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Not likely: Gangrene is dead flesh. It can happen due to lack of blood supply or severe infection. Ear lobes are rich in blood supply and though piercings can g... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Smart Lipo: Is a trade name for laser assisted liposuction. A laser is used to melt the fat. It also claims to tighten the skin. I'm new to the world of smart ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
I : I am not sure what "anti" pain is or how it relates to an IV in the left hand. Discomfort a week after surgery may or may not be normal. It all depe... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
No: A scam is something that doesn't do what it claims to do. An abdominoplasty most definitely tightens the abdominal wall and removes extra skin. The ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Pressure earrings: In conjunction with steroid injections before or after surgical removal pressure earrings are thought to help prevent recurrence of keloids on the ear... Read More
A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Facelift: The value a surgeon places on their cosmetic services is partly based on real expense and partly subjective. A rolls royce and a toyota will both get... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Depends: As a plastic surgeon I have my biases but what really matters is whether you think you have sinus problems or sleep apnea also. Everybody has strengt... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
100%: If someone cuts into your flesh for whatever the reason 100% guarantee you will beta scar.
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Biopsy: Nothing better than getting a tissue diagnosis. If benign then it will be reassuring. Otherwise the earlier treatment is started the better the outco... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
No: According to the literature the lesions from molloscum usually go away on their own but it may tak 12 months. Curetting or freezing usually leads to ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Count your calories: Giving up soda is a great start as it has little nutritional value but is loaded with sodium and sugar. Choose foods with high nutritional value and w... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Breast Reduction: Breasts are composed of largely fat with some glands covered with skin. As one ages the glands atrophy and breast size is mostly determined by the amo... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Ask your surgeon: In general stop all medications that may thin your blood such as aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, plavix, coumadin, (warfarin) vit. E, fish oil, garlic p... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
It would hurt.: It would also be swollen, possibly crooked and bruised.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Possibly : But only if you are having a problem with them.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Depends: On what type of work you do, how much you like your work and what your pain tolerance is. Most people take advantage of the family medical leave act ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Pros/Cons: Spanx can be found at most local department stores so people can actually see them and try them on before buying. They aren't inexpensive. Medical g... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
See a professional: If you think you broke your finger the smartest thing to do is get examined by a professional and probably have an x-ray taken. If it is broken and h... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Immature scar: First, check with your surgeon to make sure it is healing properly. Most immature scars will be red and take 6-18 months to mature. As long as noth... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Not new: Laser liposuction or smartlipo has been around five or more years. First generation machines were no better than traditional liposuction but the newe... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Sure it is possible.: But that is not the same as getting your insurance to pay for the procedure. Breast enlargement in the us is always considered a cosmetic procedure n... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Depends: Pediatric surgeons fix hernias in kids and occasionally urologists will fix a groin hernia if associated with a varicocele. I occasionally repair a h... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Sort of: Rhinoplaasty can be done under general anesthesia or "local anesthesia". Usually when done under local anesthesia fairly heavy IV sedation is given. ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Depends: On the surgeon. In most of the competitive markets there are usually quite a few surgeons willing to offer complimentary consultation.
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Maybe: Bigger isn't always better. As previously stated the 40 cc probably won't make a huge difference either way as 30cc is a tablespoon. Be careful of ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Scars: If you control your acne it will minimize the long-term scarring. Basic steps include regular hygiene with a mild soap and water, the use of topical ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Depends: On what your definition of natural is. Sagging breasts are an imbalance of too much skin and/or too little tissue. Depending on then particular circ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Flush/Rosacea: Flushing simply refers to a reddish hue, usually transient, to the skin such as when someone is embarrassed. Flushing is just one symptom of one type... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
No insurance: This is becoming increasingly common in the us today unfortunately. It is distressing to both physicians and patients as we only control the cost of ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Hair Transplants: Hair transplants work by moving excess hair follicles from the back of the scalp where they are more resistant to the effects of testosterone to the f... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Breast Reduction: Your question is too vague. Breast reduction surgery removes excess skin and breast tissue from select areas of the breast so as to permit reconstruc... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Keloid: Keloid scarring looks unsightly, it can grow and it can also itch and hurt. It is not cancerous but treatment can be frustrating and less than 100% s... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Give it time: Scars take 6-18+ months to mature.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Yes: A chemical peel is a controlled acid burn of the skin designed to allow the skin to heal in a cosmetically acceptable way. Any attempt to do good can... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Plastic surgeon: Some general surgeons are experimenting with a reconstructive technique they call oncoplastic surgery for minor reconstruction of small partial mastec... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Options: While mohs surgery is an option for removing basal cell carcinoma on an ear it certainly isn't the only option. Excision with frozen section by any o... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Bathe and deoderize: There is no substitute for good hygiene. That smell comes from sweat gland secretions and the simplest way to treat it is by bathing and using deodor... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Not my experiencece: I've been treating patients with ipl for about 5 years and have not seen what you describe. As with all light-based therapies if one is too aggressiv... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Elastin: Elastin is the substance in skin that give it the ability to stretch and snap back. Unfortunately as we age our skin loses much of it and the skin be... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Application : There has been some mention in the news lately that spray on sunscreen uses alcohol as a carrier and if one does not allow it to dry thoroughly there ... Read More
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Perhaps: Every insurance plan is different but in general breast reduction is covered in women with substantially large breasts who have symptoms and have fail... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Not likely: Anything is possible but laser hair removal has been very popular worldwide for over ten years and with the number of people enjoying it we haven't ob... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Sort of: Most birth control pills are synthetic female hormones, estrogen and Progesterone like the female body makes in a normal menstrual cycle. Just like ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Absolutely: Small or large we can remove them or work with a dermatologist and rebuild the nose after the cancer has been removed.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Usually obvious: Gangrene means dead tissue. When infected it is called wet gangrene because the pus makes it wet and smelly. This is an absolute emergency and these ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Suggestions: You can stay out of the sun-particularly during the midday when the uv rays are strongest. Try using hats and clothing that offers uv protection.
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Depends: The cost of a breast augmentation will vary widely depending on what country you have it in, what type of implant you choose, any associated lifting t... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Why?: Removing a scar is not possible. You simply replace it with a new one. Why do you ask?If the scar causes pain with erection perhaps you need to open u... Read More
A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Ask first: You had surgery inside you nose 10 days ago and you want to put something in there. It would be advisable to ask your surgeon rather than an internet... Read More

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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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