Notes from Dr. Allan

LUMPS AND BUMPS

June 1, 2014
Beautifier

Most people associate plastic surgery with cosmetic surgery, with surgery for birth defects, burns, face, hands and restoration of form and function lost to disease and injury. This, is true but it represents the higher profile part of the speciality….

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KINDER, GENTLER MEDICINE

May 26, 2014
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As part of the campaign to cut medical costs, Americans are exhorted to return to the days of yesteryear, i.e., pre-high technology specialized medicine. We are asked to forego, if not forget, the benefits medicine has given us in the…

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INSURANCE MATTERS MATTER

May 19, 2014
Beautifier

When is an operation considered “reconstructive?” When is it “cosmetic?’” Who decides? Who cares? policies uniformly do not cover cosmetic surgery, while they usually cover reconstructive surgery, so the disitiction is important. From the point of view of the plastic…

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THE LIMITS OF MEDICAL CARE

May 12, 2014
Beautifier

The debate on health care reform ought to make us consider the role and limits of medical care. Legislative initiatives such as the “Death With Dignity’ referendum, which would allow physicians to prescribe lethal doses of drugs to terminally ill…

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HOSPICE CARE – QUALITY OF LIFE AT THE END OF LIFE

May 5, 2014
Beautifier

At first glance, plastic surgery and hospice care might seem to have nothing in common. After all, of what use is plastic surgery to the terminally ill? From the point of view of values, however, they share much. While neither…

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High-Brow Surgery

April 28, 2014
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As if sagging upper eyelids and bags under the eyes did not do enough to detract from a person’s appearance, loose and relaxed temples, forehead, and eyebrows contribute to the problem. To counter this sad and tired look, many elect…

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The Cost of Defensive Medicine

April 21, 2014
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What is defensive medicine? As in defensive driving, in which you treat every other vehicle as a potential accident, in defensive medicine the physician treats the patient not only as someone who is ill, but as a potential plaintiff. This…

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Seperating Fused Fingers

April 14, 2014
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The term “syndactyly” refers to a congenital defect of the hands which features two or more fingers fused together. Because this condition limits the use of the hand, plastic surgeons like to surgically repair the fingers when a child is…

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Ear Surgery

April 7, 2014
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Most often, the candidate for ear surgery is a young child who is ridiculed for having protruding ears. A child as young as age four may undergo the procedure known as otoplasty to correct the problem. When first performed over…

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Of Rabbits and Children

March 27, 2014
Beautifier

Clefting of the upper lip with or a cleft of the palate is among the more common birth defects. It runs the gamet from a dimple in the upper lip seems like a trench extending through the lip, upper jaw…

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