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Dr. Earl Ferguson

Plastic Surgery
San Antonio, TX
28 years experience male

Locations

Health Crave Medical Center

San Antonio, TX

Address

21 Spurs Lane, Suite 320, San Antonio, TX
Directions

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About

Bio

Dr. Earl E. Ferguson, M.D., is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon with nearly 20 years of surgical experience. During his tenure in the military, he has gained a reputation as a physician dedicated to the highest quality patient care with exceptional outcomes. A Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Dr. Ferguson's exceptional experience in his training and career as an attending surgeon make him an extraordinary asset to the Orthopaedic and Spine Institute. Dr. Ferguson received his commission in the United States Air Force in 1990 through the University of Illinois ROTC program, where he was a Distinguished Graduate. He graduated from Loyola Medical School inChicago, IL in 1994 and completed his residency in General Surgery at Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland Air Force Base, TX in 1999. After serving in Japan for three years as a general surgeon, Dr. Ferguson went on to complete his plastic surgery residency at Lahey Clinic in Boston, Massachusetts, in 2004. Upon arrival at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio in 2004, Dr. Ferguson was appointed Commander of the Plastic Surgery division, and over the course of the next six years, he steadily advanced as a leader in his field. In his remaining four years in the military, Dr. Ferguson led the Plastic Surgery Department at the Department of Defense's largest military medical center and served as the chief advisor to the Air Force Surgeon General in all matters concerning Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

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Plastic Surgery

Doctor Q&A

73 Answers
14 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Earl Ferguson
28 years experience
Have it excised: A sebaceous cyst will follow a vicious cycle of filling with sebum, becoming infected, draining, then starting over. If infected now, may require inc... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Earl Ferguson
28 years experience
No: Diverticulosis is a function of colonic motility, not increased intra-abdominal pressure as is created during valsalva maneuvers while lifting.
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Earl Ferguson
28 years experience
See a surgeon: It sounds like this is a serious burn. Risk of infection as well as future scarring can be significant if not managed appropriately in the early stag... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Earl Ferguson
28 years experience
They can: While most burns that are partial thickness, or 2nd degree, will heal, changes in pigmentation are nearly universal. Thickened scars can occur in deep... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Earl Ferguson
28 years experience
24hrs: Technically no clear number, but usually best to wait until next day.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Earl Ferguson
28 years experience
Mostly by 3 wks: The worst of the swelling and discomfort should be gone in 2-3 weeks, but full resolution of swelling may require 6-8 weeks or longer.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Earl Ferguson
28 years experience
No: Although a number of surgeons are willing to do a combined procedure, it is not standard. You should also understand that there is an increased risk ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Earl Ferguson
28 years experience
Delivery: Unfortunately with the increased venous pressure created by pregnancy and the associated hormonal changes, there is no great answer to this problem. ... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Earl Ferguson
28 years experience
Highly variable: Cash pay costs vary widely from surgeon to surgeon, even in the same part of the country, so i would encourage you to see a surgeon locally for an est... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Earl Ferguson
28 years experience
Difficult to say: If they are small and widespread, cellulite is the most likely diagnosis. If only 1-2 larger lumps, may be fatty tumors. This can be readily distingu... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Earl Ferguson
28 years experience
Depends on work: It depends on the nature of your work, but if it involves any strenuous activity, i would plan on two weeks with limited activity for six weeks post-o... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Earl Ferguson
28 years experience
Yes: You can actually have even more than that, though rare! accessory breast tissue and nipples are common and occur along what is known as the 'milk line... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Earl Ferguson
28 years experience
Check with your dr: If truly a sebaceous cyst, it will follow a vicious cycle of filling with sebum, becoming infected, draining, then starting over. If infected now, ma... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Earl Ferguson
28 years experience
Should stop: If adequately drained by the rupture, it should no longer smell. If smell persists, the abscess is probably not completely drained. See your doctor f... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Earl Ferguson
28 years experience
Can't hurt: "man boobs", or gynecomastia, are usually due to a combination of glandular tissue and fat. Of the two, fat contributes far more to the problem in m... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Earl Ferguson
28 years experience
Seek a professional: While skin tag removal is quick and relatively straightforward, sterile technique with the appropriate instruments is always your safest bet. Don't ri... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Earl Ferguson
28 years experience
Diet and exercise: While diet and exercise are your best bet for losing the excess fat, you may be left with excess skin as well. The skin excess usually requires surgi... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Earl Ferguson
28 years experience
Contact recruiter: Your local recruiter should have a list of disqualifying conditions. These conditions may vary between services, so if not acceptable to one branch, ... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Earl Ferguson
28 years experience
Too soon: Although injury to the buccal and zygomatic branches are less common, they do occur. The good news is that there is a great deal of redundancy in tho... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Earl Ferguson
28 years experience
Pediatric surgeon: These are what are known as branchial cysts or sinuses and are a remnant of fetal development. A pediatric surgeon (general, plastic or ent) can gener... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Earl Ferguson
28 years experience
Sometimes: The mammographer will usually make a recommendation as to the best modality for further workup of a suspicious area on mammogram. If unable to defini... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Earl Ferguson
28 years experience
No cure: Stretchmarks are a difficult problem. They represent small tears in the dermis that nothing really repairs. Lasers can be beneficial in blending the... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Earl Ferguson
28 years experience
Repeated trauma: The cause of skin tags is not entirely clear and some have a genetic predisposition. They are usually found in skin folds (neck, axilla, groin) and ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Earl Ferguson
28 years experience
Have it excised: If truly a sebaceous cyst, it will follow a vicious cycle of filling with sebum, becoming infected, draining, then starting over. If infected now, ma... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Earl Ferguson
28 years experience
Unlikely: A double chin is usually due to a combination of factors to include fat deposits, lax skin and lax muscle. The muscle, which one would assume would ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Earl Ferguson
28 years experience
Have it excised: If a sebaceous cyst, it will follow a vicious cycle of filling with sebum, becoming infected, draining, then starting over. If infected now, may requ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Earl Ferguson
28 years experience
Yes: The wound vac only makes noise when active suction is required. In a vac with a good seal, this means it will only run periodically (every 1-2 min). ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Earl Ferguson
28 years experience
Probably increases: A major risk for the development of many types of skin cancer is sun exposure. Presumably the duration and intensity of sun exposure would be higher ... Read More
A 60-year-old male asked:
Dr. Earl Ferguson
28 years experience
Not likely: Forehead wrinkles tend to be deep furrows rather than the superficial wrinkles for which laser is best suited. The only way to eliminate the furrow i... Read More
A 52-year-old male asked:
Dr. Earl Ferguson
28 years experience
See dermatologist: Any lesion that is present for several months, especially in an area of heavy sun exposure, should be checked by your dermatologist. If it appears su... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Earl Ferguson
28 years experience
Steroids or revision: Generally the best ways to improve established scars are either with steroid injections or surgical revision. Sometimes a combination is required. S... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Earl Ferguson
28 years experience
Yes: In fact they are usually done at the same time. Cartilage taken from the septum is often used to reshape the nasal tip, straighten the nose, or open t... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Earl Ferguson
28 years experience
No: Definitely not. While it is theoretically possible that the trauma of the exam could cause temporary swelling, it would be very transient in nature.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Earl Ferguson
28 years experience
Healthy habits: Cellulite is caused by the bulging of fat within spaces created by fibrous connections between the skin and deeper structures. Because the space is c... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Earl Ferguson
28 years experience
Several options: There are many ways to treat varicose veins including sclerotherapy (injections of various chemicals) and laser. Choices are based on the underlying c... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Earl Ferguson
28 years experience
Watch closely: If a sebaceous cyst, it will follow a vicious cycle of filling with sebum, becoming infected, draining, then starting over. If infected now, may requ... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Earl Ferguson
28 years experience
Depends: No one answer for everyone, but in general, sensory nerves can take anywhere from 3mos to a year to recover after surgery. Pins and needles are a comm... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Earl Ferguson
28 years experience
No: Breast implants cost the same no matter the size. The procedure to place them is the same, so there is no cost variation there either. Costs vary wi... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Earl Ferguson
28 years experience
No easy answer: Hypertrophic scarring involves a thickened scar that remains within the borders of the injury, unlike a keloid, which extends beyond the original marg... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Earl Ferguson
28 years experience
Can be: Those at greatest risk will be people who have formed keloids elsewhere in the past. In general, darker complexions are at greater risk than the gene... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Earl Ferguson
28 years experience
Recommended: Discoloration of skin tags or other skin lesions can have many causes (trauma, sun exposure, etc.). Not all color changes are benign, however, so eva... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Earl Ferguson
28 years experience
Causes are the same: Cellulite is caused by the bulging of fat within spaces created by fibrous connections between the skin and deeper structures. Because the space is c... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Earl Ferguson
28 years experience
Causes are the same: Cellulite is caused by the bulging of fat within spaces created by fibrous connections between the skin and deeper structures. Because the space is c... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Earl Ferguson
28 years experience
No: While there are several risks associated with Botox on which your plastic surgeon can educate you, lumps on the head is not one!
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Earl Ferguson
28 years experience
Maybe: The age of the scar is less important than your skin color or the nature of the scar. Consult with an experienced plastic surgeon or dermatologist to ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Earl Ferguson
28 years experience
Physical exam: Cleft palate is a failure of fusion of the midline palate during fetal development. It can be readily diagnosed on physical exam by a doctor at any ti... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Earl Ferguson
28 years experience
Really no limit: As long as you don't have other medical conditions which preclude surgery, there really is no time limit. I would encourage you to seek care from an ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Earl Ferguson
28 years experience
Be careful: While it may treat lesion, it's more likely to cause unfavorable scarring or color changes in skin than having them quickly and safely removed by your... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Earl Ferguson
28 years experience
Variable: It depends on the depth of the injury. A superficial injury involving only the skin can be expected to resolve in 10-15 days. Deeper tissue injury m... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Earl Ferguson
28 years experience
Can be done: As long as you have a surgeon qualified in each of those procedures, i would see no reason why not.

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Ferguson is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Ferguson is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thanks for your quick reply! Droopy eyelids with botox so full face lift. Bye!
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful!
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, IL
Graduated 1994MD

Residency

Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center

Affiliations

American Society of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
American College of Surgeons

Publications

Innovations in military handling of facial trauma
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