POSTED ON THURSDAY, MARCH 28, 2013 AT 10:13 AM by Dr. Darrick Antell
Spring into a new you this season, and discover a variety of minimally invasive reconstructive options at the office of Dr. Antell! With summer only a few months away, it’s time to start thinking bikinis, shorts, and tank tops! While many prepare their look with liposuction and breast implants, sometimes all you may need is a minor change to make a big difference in the way you look and feel about your body. In fact, procedures such as earlobe repair, mole removal, and scar revision have increased tremendously in popularity and have helped patients achieve a look they love. Read more about each procedure below, and learn how you can enhance your look and your life!
Earlobe repair: Sometimes, unexpected injuries occur in life. An innocent tug on the ear, heavy earrings, or childhood accidents may cause a ripped or torn earlobe. Earlobe repair in NYC can repair both simple tears of the earlobe and extensive damage, such as earlobes that have been stretched by gauges or are missing a chunk of tissue. Repairing earlobes can be immediately performed or delayed depending on if the tissue is inflamed. If a piece of the ear is completely missing, dead tissue is removed from around the site of the rip. The two sides are then stitched together to allow the ear to heal slowly. Since the earlobe consists of only skin and fat, it is more prone to tearing than other parts of the ear.
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Mole removal: While many people are born with moles, you should be wearisome of newly formed moles or any moles that begin to change in appearance. Suspicious signs to look for when examining your mole include changes in asymmetry, border, or color. In some circumstances, patients choose to have their moles removed simply for appearance reasons. Whatever your motivation, Dr. Antell can help you safely and effectively remove your moles.
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Scar revision surgery: Scar revision has helped patients re-claim their beautiful skin by minimizing the appearance of scars. Scar revision surgery can address scars from injury, as well as past surgeries, including Mohs Reconstruction. One scar revision option includes the injection of a certain steroid medication, leaving patients with little to no scarring. Dr. Antell would be more than happy to discuss these options with you.
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Now is the perfect time to enhance your appearance, repair some of the marks left from living life and to prepare for summer! Dr. Antell and our staff welcome any questions you may have about your cosmetic needs, including earlobe repair, mole removal, and scar revision surgery. Contact our NYC office at 212.988.4040, or request your appointment online today!
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POSTED ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 18, 2012 AT 12:37 PM by Dr. Darrick Antell
As the summer sun shines longer and hotter every day, so do its damaging rays. Not only do the sun’s harmful rays age your skin’s appearance, but they also increase your risk to develop skin cancer. If the worst happens, & you find yourself diagnosed with skin cancer, trust the plastic surgeon who doesn’t hold back on honesty, Dr. Darrick Antell. Dr. Antell knows that with skin cancer, comes a lot of uncertainty and questions. When not performing plastic surgery in NY, Dr. Antell is helping patients better understand their recovery options, & in doing so, has recently published his own candid piece entitled,“Secrets of a Plastic Surgeon: Saving Face After Skin Cancer."
When skin cancer strikes, “it is always better to undergo treatment before the cancer grows larger,” explains Antell. Being diagnosed with skin cancer may not be the easiest diagnosis to grasp, but when treated at the first signs, can increase the chance of a successful recover. Many times, a dermatologist will work with a plastic surgeon in New York City to remove the cancerous cells, and aid in scar revision surgery. “Teamwork is the cornerstone to good medicine,” says Antell. That type of attitude not only brings hope to patients, but also provides a feeling of security that they are in the right hands.
After skin cancer removal, patients have three recovery options; one of which is a natural recovery. “Sometimes the best plastic surgery NYC is the one you don’t perform,” says Antell. Smaller wounds may heal on their own, but when patients are left with a bigger wound, they can opt for skin grafts, or skin flaps. Both skin grafts and flaps use tissue from another area of the body, but unlike skin grafting, skin flaps utilize underlying fat and muscle.
Dr. Antell and his staff are always open to any questions or concerns you may have regarding skin cancer treatments in NY. Feel free to request an appointment online, or call our office at 212.988.4040.
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POSTED ON THURSDAY, JULY 12, 2012 AT 2:39 PM by Dr. Darrick Antell
With summer upon us, getting caught up in the rush of heat and soaking up the sun’s rays can be easy. As school lets out and awaited vacations to the beach take place, reapplying that SPF may take a backseat to more pressing and enjoyable summer activities. After riding some waves and making sure Jimmy’s ice cream doesn’t fall in the sand, many of us forget that it is time to lather back up. Unfortunately, the sun can be both a best friend and enemy. According to the National Cancer Institute, 76,250 men and women will be diagnosed with Melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, this year alone. If that’s not enough to get you running for the sunblock, think about this: every hour, one person dies from Melanoma.
The most common type of skin cancer, Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) disrupts the lives of 2.8 million Americans annually. Though the least alarming of the skin cancers, it can easily spread if left untreated. With Mohs Surgery, skin cancer can be readily removed, however, an unsightly scar can be left behind, blemishing once beautiful skin. Depending on how your body heals may determine the extent of your scar. Patients can have Post Mohs Reconstructive Surgery, however, to further remove the scar, patients may want to consider Scar Revision Surgery in NYC. There are many types of scar revision options, including the injection of certain steroid medication, leaving patients with little to no scar. Dr. Antell would be more than happy to discuss these options with you.
Taking the right steps in recognizing skin cancer is important. Do you have any moles, sores, or patches on your skin? These could be the early signs of skin cancer, sending you an alert. A good technique to judge an apprehensive marking is the ABCD method developed by the American Cancer Society. Is the lesion Asymmetrical or uneven? Is the Border rigged rather than smooth? Is the Color uneven, or has the shape of the mark changed in Diameter? These are all warning signs that you should see your plastic surgeon to get them examined and removed.
Hearing the word, “Cancer,” can be scary, but Dr. Antell works to alleviate any concerns to make your recovery from Skin Cancer smoother. Dr. Darrick Antell, M.D., F.A.C.S. understands that nobody wants to be diagnosed with skin cancer. In addition, no one wants to be left with a dreaded scar from treatment. Through Scar Revision/Scar Removal in NYC signs of treatments from skin cancer can be diminished. Dr. Antell and his staff would be more than happy to discuss Scar Revision Surgery in NYC with you. Schedule an appointment online or call 212.988.4040 to get started today!
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POSTED ON MONDAY, DECEMBER 05, 2011 AT 11:23 AM by Dr. Darrick Antell
Scars are an inevitable occurrence. Whether they’re caused by skin cancer, surgery, trauma, or just plain living, they can have a huge impact on the way you look and feel about yourself. While it is impossible to completely remove a scar, advances in medicine make it possible to drastically improve its appearance. Dr. Darrick Antell, one of New York’s best plastic surgeons, offers scar revision surgery in his Manhattan plastic surgery practice.
The way a scar develops depends on your body’s natural healing process, the cause of the injury, and its location on the body. Other variables, such as the size and depth of the wound, the thickness of your skin, and the direction of the wound can also affect the way an injury heals and a scar develops.
Plastic surgeons in New York have undergone specialized training to improve the appearance of scars. While the scar is never truly “gone,” Dr. Antell can use surgical and non-surgical scar revision techniques to help manage scars. Non-surgical options include injecting steroids into the scars, applying steroid creams, and a technique called needling. In some cases, however, non-surgical techniques are not enough. In these cases, scar revision surgeries can be performed to narrow the width of a scar, improve thick, raised scars, and flatten the indentations caused by stomach scars.
Based on certain conditions, is some cases Dr. Antell may suggest post operative radiation to the scar to suppress keloid formation. When radiation is suggested, it is coordinated with a second doctor who typically performs the radiation to the wound on the day of the scar revision surgery. While a bit more complicated to arrange, Dr. Antell has had dramatic improvement in complicated keloids using this technique.
Dermabrasion can be an effective method of minimizing the appearance of facial scars. Dermabrasion is a cosmetic procedure that can improve the look of facial skin that is scarred by an accident or injury. During dermabrasion, the top layers of skin are carefully removed through a method of controlled surgical scraping. It can be performed on small areas of the face to smooth out irregularities or on the entire face to give the skin a smoother, softer appearance. A similar technique called dermaplaning can be used to minimize the appearance of old acne scars. Dr. Antell offers dermabrasion and dermaplaning in New York.
Revisional techniques are available for many troublesome scars, including keloid scars, hypertrophic scars, contractures, and facial scars. Dr. Antell is trained to perform surgical scar revision using z-plasty, skin grafting, and flap surgery. Z-plasty is a surgical technique used on scars that are not positioned well. When scars are positioned in a way that does not conform to the natural lines and creases of the skin, they often heal conspicuously. During z-plasty, the original scar is excised and new incisions are made on each side, creating small triangular flaps of skin. The flaps are then rearranged at different angles depending on the skin’s lines and creases, giving the scar a “z” pattern. The incisions are closed using very fine stitches, which are removed within a few days.
Skin grafting and flap surgeries are used for more serious scar revision. Skin grafting uses healthy grafts of the patient’s skin to cover the injured area. Flap surgery is when a flap of skin, fat, blood vessels, and sometimes muscle is removed from a healthy part of the body and transplanted to the site of the original injury. While skin grafting and flap surgery are often successful at improving the function of the area, they are sometimes less cosmetically appealing because the donor skin or flap may not perfectly match the skin at the transplant site.
Every scar is different. If you’re interested in improving the appearance of a scar with scar revision in New York City, please contact Dr. Darrick Antell. To schedule a consultation, please call his New York office at 212-988-4040 or visit his website at http://www.antell-md.com.
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