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A 66-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ross Blagg
Plastic Surgery 16 years experience
Get it checked: Hard to say what this is. It could be a cyst that has become infected or an ingrown hair. Either way, it should be seen by your doctor. These are typically removed after the acute inflammation has stopped (No longer seeping) and can be sent to pathology for a definitive diagnosis. However, more serious things can present like this so please have it evaluated by your family doctor. Best wishes.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ross Blagg
Plastic Surgery 16 years experience
Compression/Comfort: I have not heard of Medi, but the goal after liposuction is to have a compression garment that allows your skin to "stick" back down appropriately. You want something that is compressive but also comfortable. In our practice, we typically use Veronique garments, which tend to fit well because they are based on patient measurements. They are typically comfortable, as well.
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ross Blagg
Plastic Surgery 16 years experience
See a doctor: You should see your doctor to be sure. Blisters on the arm could occur from a severe sunburn. If so, these should resolve as the burn heals. Scaly, red areas over the arms can be actinic keratosis, a pre-cancerous condition. However, there are many things, including infections, that can cause red blisters, so it is best to see either your family doctor or a dermatologist.
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ross Blagg
Plastic Surgery 16 years experience
Look at other scars: This is best determined by examining your other scars. If you tend to develop raised, red scars, you are more likely to continue. Areas on the central chest tend to have more tension when closed, meaning the scar is more likely to spread a bit (creating a slightly wider scar). You can decrease scar hypertrophy by massaging it beginning at 2 weeks after healing and by wearing sunscreen.
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ross Blagg
Plastic Surgery 16 years experience
See another doc: The most common causes are hemorrhoids or an anal fissure. If there is extreme pain with bowel movements (like sharp glass cutting you) it's likely a fissure. If not, it's more likely hemorrhoids. You are young, so a rectal/colon cancer is less likely, but you need to have an exam to definitively determine this. Start with your family doctor. If no answers, ask for a referral to colorectal.
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ross Blagg
Plastic Surgery 16 years experience
Possibly : It depends on what type of skin lesions these are. It is best to see a dermatologist. Some lesions will respond to topical creams or can be 'frozen'. These treatments typically leave less scar. However, some will require excision (cutting) and this will leave a small scar for each area. You can minimize scarring by always wearing sunscreen/avoiding excessive sunlight to your face.
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ross Blagg
Plastic Surgery 16 years experience
No: Male pattern baldness is typically genetic. Though certain environmental effects likely contribute to the rate of hair loss, I don't know of any evidence suggesting hair styling products contribute to this. Products such as Minoxidil can slow hair loss in those with male pattern baldness.
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ross Blagg
Plastic Surgery 16 years experience
It depends: Smoking anything is necessarily 'healthy' for your lungs, but smoking a hookah is likely less damaging than cigarettes, with or without the nicotine. Cigarettes have other carcinogens that are more harmful than nicotine. The nicotine component creates addiction. Smoking anything can contribute to wrinkles because it is the action of pursing the lips that most leads to those wrinkles.
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A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ross Blagg
Plastic Surgery 16 years experience
Be more specific: Please be more specific with your question. Having gas and burping can be due to many things, and it is best to see your family doctor for a diagnosis. In the interim, using over the counter medications, such as Tums (calcium carbonate) may alleviate some symptoms. Also, remember to avoid Ibuprofen or any non-steriodal anti-inflammatory drugs (nsaids) as these can lead to ulcers in those with gastric issues.
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ross Blagg
Plastic Surgery 16 years experience
A Long List!: Many things can cause pain in the palm of the hand. More common things would include a muscle sprain or tendinitis (inflammation). These should improve with rest, icing, and elevation of the hand. Other possibilities include a mass (growth), such as a ganglion cyst, or carpal tunnel syndrome. If it doesn't improve with rest in 7-10 days, see your family doctor.
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