Dr. Emily Ridgway

Plastic Surgery
LEBANON, NH
23 years experience

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Plastic Surgery

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

60 Answers
18 Agrees
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Emily Ridgway
23 years experience
Yes: Both silicone and saline breast implants can be seen on a chest x-ray.
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Emily Ridgway
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AHAs: Alpha hydroxy acids are good options found in many products. Also a clarisonic mia is an option. Do it twice a week to begin.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Emily Ridgway
23 years experience
Breast reduction: This is one of the most common surgeries we do. It can be done with liposuction or with excision. Contact your local plastic surgeon.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
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A gynecologist: I would recommend checking in with your gynecologist. I am not sure of the etiology of the laceration but someone who specializes in this area should ... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Emily Ridgway
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Avoid arsenic: I would not use any product that contains arsenic. Arsenic is carcinogenic. http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/eh/chemfs/fs/arsenic.htm.
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A 19-year-old female asked:
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No: A deviated septum does not cause asthma but it can also cause trouble breathing.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
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Yes, just be gentle.: Avoid very hot water and use a gentle wash cloth not any exfoliant or scrub for a few days.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
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Yes: Any change whether it be size or color or texture of a pigmented skin lesion is suspect for melanoma. You should get anything that changes checked eve... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
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Meticulous: Meticulous oral hygiene is a must.
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A 36-year-old male asked:
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Do: Do your kegel exercises frequently and do a log of events and food and drink.
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Emily Ridgway
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ENT: I would recommend making an appointment with your primary care doctor to have him look in your ear. Potentially you have a tympanic membrane rupture a... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
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Nerves: Nerves grow about 1 millimeter a day.
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A 36-year-old male asked:
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Aquaphor!: Aquaphor! i love it. If your feet get dry in the winter, use aquaphor ; put on socks before sleep:).
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A 36-year-old male asked:
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Try: Try washing your hair less often. You can rinse with warm water daily but use shampoo less often.
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A 21-year-old female asked:
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Infection: It sounds like an infection and like the mesh may need to be removed.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
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Ask your doctor: We would typically have patients wait until wounds are closed. I would ask your doctor. Your incision should not be open.
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A 16-year-old female asked:
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Infection?: Is it red? Do you have a pierced ear? If so, it sound like an infection.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
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Both can help : Both plastic surgeons and dermatologists can improve scars. Dermatologists stereotypically use modalities like dermabrasion or laser and surgeons typi... Read More
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Emily Ridgway
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Where?: It could be arthritis or a trigger thumb. See a hand doctor.
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A 19-year-old male asked:
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Hydroquinone: It sounds like melasma. Tretinoin and hydro quinone are a great combination for this.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
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History: Keloids don't happen spontaneously. They result from some kind of skin trauma; a cut, a tattoo or a surgery. If there is no history of these type of e... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
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Rare: That would be incredibly rare. I can't think of any likely scenarois unless some small piece of tooth had been in there all that time and you now bec... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
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Generally : They can round or oval and all sizes.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
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Mentor website: Look at the websites for the three implant companies approved in the us- mentor, allergan and sientra.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Emily Ridgway
23 years experience
With a risk: Any skin trauma can cause keloids. Even tattoos. Keloids are more common on upper chest, back, shoulders and ears.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
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Some: It depends how careful you want to be. I would simplify all products and speak with your OB doctor.
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Emily Ridgway
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Likely ok: Try not to bend the knee if that opens the wound. Also pick up some steristrips and use those to cover the incision unless it looks infected.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Emily Ridgway
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No: Botox should wear off after 3-6 months.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
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Sometimes: But once they become a chronic problem with infections, it is rare. Incision and drainage won't cure it either. The whole cyst must be removed.
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A 52-year-old female asked:
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Nutrition: Nutritional deficiencies, over brushing, loss of natural hair oils, aging, other metabolic diseases can all cause changes in hair texture to a more ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
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Yes: Unfortunately you can get skin cancer anywhere. Most often skin cancer is caused by sun exposure but also sometimes caused by chronic wounds or inflam... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Emily Ridgway
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No guarantee : Ask your pediatrician and even maybe a geneticist if there is something generic that caused the cleft.
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A 31-year-old female asked:
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Any changes?: Look at your day-to-day routine. Has anything changed? The type of soap or lotion you use? Your diet?
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A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Emily Ridgway
23 years experience
Completely: Make sure the surgeon does not only open or lance the cyst. You need the lining of the cyst removed too.
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Emily Ridgway
23 years experience
Difficult : I don't know of any way to actually get rid of stretch marks once they have occurred. They are actually a stretching of the dermal layer of your skin.... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
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Cold: Cold water does not help nail polish dry.
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A 36-year-old male asked:
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People: People used to use silicon as a filler. Don't try that even if its a deal!
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Emily Ridgway
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Aquaphor!: Aquaphor! i love it. Put it on your hands and feet twice a day or more if you are easing frequently.
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Emily Ridgway
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Do: Do your kegel exercises frequently and do a log of events and food and drink.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Emily Ridgway
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I doubt it: I can't imagine how this could help but there are numerous anecdotal reports of it helping sebaceous cysts to drain. Chronic sebaceous cyst frequently... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
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Clean : I have never heard of taking care of a keloid in this way. It may actually come back bigger. That would be my expected result. I would just keep it cl... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Emily Ridgway
23 years experience
See your doctor: If you are well hydrated and use aquaphor and sunscreen on your lips frequently, your lips should not be dry still. I would ask your primary doctor o... Read More
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A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. Emily Ridgway
23 years experience
Listen to your docto: Your doctor examined you and knows your situation best. If you don't want to use the medication recommended, i would talk to him or her and ask if tha... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Emily Ridgway
23 years experience
No: Skin tags won't go away unless they are removed.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Emily Ridgway
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Lipoma: Fatty tumors, lipomas, can rupture with trauma to the actual lesion. They will often recur though. This is not a treatment. Liposuction has also been ... Read More
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Emily Ridgway
23 years experience
Yes: Botox would not change the way something looks on a scope. But with attempting an action it could change the amount of movement that you try to achiev... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Emily Ridgway
23 years experience
A long time.: The numbing medicine should wear off by the next day. Nerves grow back 1 mm a day so it can be slow.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Emily Ridgway
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I don't think so: This is a great question. I have never heard of the septum being used for plasma donation but i would refer you to http://www.Donatingplasma.Org.
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Emily Ridgway
23 years experience
Anti-fungal medication: You should see your doctor to verify that this is the source of the infection. Bacteria is a more common cause of super infection of a sebaceous cyst.
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Ridgway is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Ridgway is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank You for your answer. It is concerning aneurysm to retina
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Thanks for your quick reply! I hope it's just a blister but I think it may be a nodular melanoma
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, NY
Graduated 2000MD

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