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Ask the Doctor: Thyroid Ultrasound


Q: Should I have a thyroid ultrasound? A: Not unless you notice a mass, swelling or discomfort in your lower neck. Otolaryngologists, dentists, and primary care physicians routinely examine the neck for evidence of head and neck cancer.  In the absence of obvious tumors, there is no evidence that specifically screening the thyroid for cancer […]

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Ask the Doctor: Anesthesia Safety for Young Children


Q: Is it safe to give anesthesia to my young child? A: I have often heard anesthesiologists compare the safety of general anesthesia to that of driving an automobile. Driving or riding in an automobile could result in an unexpected, life-threatening accident through no fault of our own. Nevertheless, the chance of such an accident […]

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Ask the Doctor: Robotic Surgery


Q: Will you take it out with the Robot? A: Robotic surgery was introduced in 2009 and has recently become popular for removing certain types of head and neck malignancies, including cancers in the base of the tongue, cancers in the tonsil and oropharynx, and cancers in the thyroid. Robotic surgery is most useful in […]

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When should I stop my anti-coagulation before surgery?


Anticoagulants are commonly prescribed to prevent blood clots in the heart, leg veins and lungs, especially in patients with a history of atrial fibrillation, artificial heart valves, deep venous thrombosis or pulmonary embolism.  Anticoagulants will increase the risk of bleeding with any surgical procedure.  The need for anticoagulation should be balanced against the risk of […]

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A Suspicious Mole


I have a mole on my face that has started to bother me and I’m wondering if I should just get it removed. What are my options? Any sudden color change, pain, or bleeding of a mole should warrant a visit to your doctor for full evaluation. The color, size, and depth of a mole, […]

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How do I improve the skin tone of my face?


I would like to improve the skin tone of my face, what are my options? Your facial plastic surgeon may recommend rejuvenating the tone and texture of your skin through topical creams with antioxidants, retinoid (vitamin A derivative), or vitamins C or B5, which can offer slight improvement with regular use. Additionally, there are minimally […]

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What is a Fat Dissolving Injection?


I heard that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning places not to use a fat dissolving injection. What is this and why isn’t it safe? The FDA is alerting consumers about false and misleading claims being made about products used in lipodissolve. Recipients of lipodissolve get a series of injections intended to dissolve […]

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How can I Minimize the Appearance of Acne Scars?


My daughter is severely self-conscious about her acne scars. What are her options to make them look less noticeable? Make an appointment with your facial plastic surgeon for a consultation. Your daughter’s skin tone, skin type, and the extent of the scarring will be evaluated and considered when formulating a treatment plan. For superficial scarring, […]

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Reducing the appearance of a double chin


I have a double chin. Is it possible to get rid of this by liposuction? How likely is it that my double chin could re-appear even after surgery? You can reduce the appearance of a double chin by liposuction. It is effective in lessening the excess fat accumulation beneath the jawline. It does not address […]

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What foods promote healthy, glowing skin?


Eat a balanced diet full of foods rich with vitamin C, vitamin E, beta- carotene, selenium, and omega-3 fatty acids. These nutrients work to defend your body’s cells against the damage of oxidation, a chemical process where free radicals (unstable molecules) strip electrons from healthy cells, thus aging the skin. The most oxidative stressors that […]

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