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Dr. James Ridgway

Facial Plastic Surgery
Seattle, WA
male

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Facial Plastic Surgery

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73 Answers
59 Agrees
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A male asked:
Dr. James Ridgway
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery
Is it painful: The amount of postoperative discomfort is minimal with some incisional burning for a period of 24 hours. Many of my patients are able to manage this w... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. James Ridgway
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery
Primary : Primary rhinoplasty (the first nose surgery) has a revision rate of 3-5%. Of course there are multiple factors to consider in these numbers, but that ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. James Ridgway
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery
The : The simple answer is no. Often if an otoplasty is performed then there may be a slight hearing reduction as very prominent ears catch more sound from ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. James Ridgway
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery
This : This is a natural fear, but not a natural outcome. The eyelash line is entirely preserved during a blepharoplasty. Sometime lid trauma can occur with ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. James Ridgway
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery
Commonly : Commonly for a brow lift to be covered by insurance there needs to be a documented visual field deficit. This would be performed by an ophthalmologist... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. James Ridgway
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery
This : This is a good question. The only visible scar is across the narrowest part of the columella, under the nasal tip and between the nostrils, and well c... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. James Ridgway
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery
There : There is a statistical risk for injury to the facial nerve which provides the ability to raise the eyebrow. There is also the risk of injuring the sup... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. James Ridgway
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery
This : This is a good question. Anticoagulants are a culprit for bruising, but not a complete contraindication. These are in the form of over-the-counter and... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. James Ridgway
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery
It : It is very uncommon to develop a bruise after a botulinum toxin injection if proper technique is used. To decrease the risk further, you should avoid ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. James Ridgway
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery
Rhinoplasty : Rhinoplasty is unable to directly affect your voice production in your larynx. However, if you have nasal obstruction after surgery you could sound hy... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. James Ridgway
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery
This : This is a broad question as multiple sites of the face can be treated with permanent make-up (eyebrows, eyeliner, lips, etc). However, i my personal o... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. James Ridgway
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery
Juvederm : Juvederm is a hyaluronic acid that acts as a normal, space occupying, substance found in your body. Sculptra, Radiesse (dermal fillers) and even artef... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. James Ridgway
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery
Liposculpture : Liposculpture commonly refers to liposuction in which you are decreasing volume in a given area. The reduction in size of a region is related to fat r... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. James Ridgway
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery
Otoplasty : Otoplasty is a cosmetic procedure despite the life altering benefits that can be seen in some patients. More advanced procedures involving auricular r... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Ridgway
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery
IPL: Ipl is great for pigmentary spots, but your condition sounds like rosacea. This is a chronic skin condition that makes your face turn red and may caus... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ridgway
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery
Pros of eyelift: The health benefits include improved visual field, lessened eye fatigue, repair of droopy lid (if present) and eye rejuvenation. Be healthy and be... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ridgway
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery
Crepey skin: If this is skin under the eye - then laser or chemical treatments can help. The upper and lower eyelids may also require additional removal. Be hea... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. James Ridgway
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery
This : This is a good question that has recently seen a considerable amount of attention. The forehead lift itself is not directly responsible, but the separ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. James Ridgway
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery
After : After injection there is a window where aggressive manipulation can cause motion in the product injected. However, after healing the product is common... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. James Ridgway
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery
The : The most important element that relates to your question is the area of desired interest (site of desired liposuction). If the area is directly under ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. James Ridgway
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery
This : This is determined by the presence of a visual field deficit. You will need to contact you insurance plan to review their guidelines for coverage. Oft... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. James Ridgway
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery
Your : Your friends experience is not common, but possible if there was minor nerve injury at the time in placing the radiesse (dermal fillers). As the senso... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. James Ridgway
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery
I : I agree with the other physicians as ear come in all shape and sizes, often on the same head, and greater symmetry is often achieved from an otoplasty... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Ridgway
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery
Facial Acne: You should see a dermatologist as this may represent a local infection or an inclusion cyst. The inclusion cyst will need to be removed in its entiret... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ridgway
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery
Should get help: Better for you to have some help on this and to make certain that the mole is a mole. Be healthy and be well, james m. Ridgway, md www.Larrabe... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. James Ridgway
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery
Ear twitch: Muscle fatigue of the superior auricular muscle above the ear. There are muscles in front, above and behind the ear that can cause motion. Be healt... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. James Ridgway
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery
Vessels: We all have inferior and superior labial arteries. These can cause the pulsations. If there are any irritating factors to the lips and they become swo... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. James Ridgway
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery
I : I always perform a brow lift under general anesthesia. General anesthesia is a safe approach when patients are appropriately evaluated and the anesthe... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. James Ridgway
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery
Any : Any external sutures are removed around 7 days after surgery. After 2 weeks you will begin to feel like yourself again and at 3 weeks you can resume r... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. James Ridgway
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery
Timeline: One should be able to expect a 7-10 year result. Variation is related to technique and your inherent aging (who you picked for mom and dad). Be hea... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. James Ridgway
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery
During : During an MRI tattoos (permanent makeup) can cause swelling or burning in the affected areas. This is very rare. The pigments of tattoos are fairly un... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. James Ridgway
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery
If : If your are referencing the eyelash extensions that are on each individual hair - this should not be an issue. It is reasonable to let your physician ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. James Ridgway
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery
Touch : Touch up procedures are not common as these procedures are tattoos. However, there will be some fading or spreading of pigment over time as your body ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. James Ridgway
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery
This : This is a very good question for several reasons. Often these risks (primary versus revision) become nearly equal when you have a provider who special... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. James Ridgway
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery
This : This is a good question as the answer depends on your specific needs. In periocular rejuvenation one needs to consider the eyebrow position. If your e... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. James Ridgway
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery
There : There are multiple surgical techniques to elevate the brows. These range from endoscopic to trans-cutaneous (cutting and removing of skin). Any time t... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. James Ridgway
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery
Unfortunately : Unfortunately without an image an accurate answer is not possible. For the average individual, more than one syringe is required. Be healthy and be w... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. James Ridgway
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery
Yes, : Yes, there have been reported cases of threads breaking, being palpable (you can feel it), extruded (being pushed out of the skin), limited results (d... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. James Ridgway
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery
This : This is a good question. It is important to look for a well reputed surgeon who specializes in rhinoplasty and secondary rhinoplasty (revision). It is... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ridgway
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery
I : I agree with the previous comment. Your daughter should be seen by a specialist for evaluation and treatment. There appears to be an impasse in the du... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. James Ridgway
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery
This : This is a common question among patients with nasal obstruction. Often nasal obstruction is the result of structural (bone, cartilage), soft tissue, o... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. James Ridgway
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery
This : This is a good question. Total fx laser resurfacing (co2 laser) vaporizes the soft tissues of the face to eliminate/reduce sun spots, decrease and rem... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. James Ridgway
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery
The : The limitations of submental liposuction are set by the amount of fat, skin, location of your hyoid bone, submental gland location and the expertise o... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. James Ridgway
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery
For : For our patients a bolster dressing is removed in one day, sutures removed in 1 week, work activities made commence at 2 weeks, and slow introduction ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. James Ridgway
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery
Commonly : Commonly many people like to use products like juvederm in the regions that you mentioned because it is a reversible product. Other products that work... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. James Ridgway
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery
This : This is a good question. Commonly our patients do not have much pain after this procedure, but a minor headache due to tissue elevation off of the bon... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. James Ridgway
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery
Stated : Stated simply, juvederm ultra plus is a more crosslinked and sturdier version of juvederm ultra that is used for deeper lines and greater volume loss.... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ridgway
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery
Darkness around eyes: Without seeing an image it is hard to determine the exact condition you have, but thin skin, a pronounced nasojugal fold with aging, dehydration, alle... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. James Ridgway
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery
Like : Like any other injection, the injection of Dysport can cause bruising. This substance does not promote bruising, but it does not prevent it either. Ho... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. James Ridgway
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery
Yes, : Yes, the entire palate of colors are available for tattoo placement, but i would recommend consideration in placing something permanent on your face t... Read More

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Nov 27, 2012
I endorse this doctor. I have known Dr. Ridgway for years, and have seen many times the thoughtful, planned and skilled manner with which he treats patients and interacts with other healthcare profess...Read More
Nov 27, 2012
I endorse Dr Ridgway. Dr. Ridgway provides an outstanding service to the public through his thoughtful and knowledgable response on AVVO.Com. He provides exceptional medical information and guidance.
Dec 2, 2012
I endorse this doctor. Dr. Ridgway is a highly accomplished Facial Plastic Surgeon. He is also a dedicated educator of plastic surgeons in training.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Can I use creams or anything else over the counter?!
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Awards

Top Facial Plastic Surgery, Second Place, National - Winter
2013
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Publications

In Vivo Optical Coherence Tomography of the Human Oral Cavity and Oropharynx
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