Review Internet Chat Transcripts with Dr. McKenna

Tue Jun 04, 2002 08:26:52 AM

MODERATOR:Welcome to the FOX19.com chat with Dr. Peter McKenna.  Today we will be discussing Cosmetic Surgery.  Please feel free to ask any questions you may have.

tina:i was thinking about botox surgery but i was worried how safe it is?

SPEAKER SPEAKER_Dr_Peter_McKenna: Botox has been used for many years and is a safe product

MODERATOR:If you are just joining us, welcome to the FOX19.com chat with Dr. Peter McKenna.  Feel free to ask any questions you may have about cosmetic surgery.

ginagirl2020:Hello Dr. McKenna. I have been considering having my breasts lifted but there are also some other types of surgeries that I would like to have done. I have an overbite so I would like to have it corrected. I also have spider and varicose veins and I want to have my breastslifted. I guess my question is in your opinion, should i finish lising weight before I have any of these surgeries and also Idon't think I can afford all of them so which do you think I should have done first? I am very self conscious.

SPEAKER SPEAKER_Dr_Peter_McKenna: If you are planning on losing more than 20 or 30 pounds do that first or otherwise do the surgery first, regarding what to do do first have the surgery on the area that bothers you most

casey88:How often do I have to use botox? i hear it wears off

SPEAKER SPEAKER_Dr_Peter_McKenna: Usually we recommend every 3 months to maintain improvement

ginagirl2020:Thank you :)

Operations:I have been considering laser hair removal on underarms.  How affordable is this, and will it help with ingrown hair problems?

SPEAKER SPEAKER_Dr_Peter_McKenna: Lasers do remove hair permanently the cost is usually a few hundred dollars and may help prevent ingrown hairs

MODERATOR:If you are just joining us, welcome to the FOX19.com chat with Dr. Peter McKenna.  Feel free to ask any questions you may have about cosmetic surgery.

Operations:Thank you.

casey88:what are your "botox days"?

SPEAKER SPEAKER_Dr_Peter_McKenna: Usually the middle of the mont

SPEAKER SPEAKER_Dr_Peter_McKenna: Usually the middle of the month but call 513-793-5772 and they will give specific dates

ginagirl2020:How painful is the breast lifting surgery?

SPEAKER SPEAKER_Dr_Peter_McKenna: Breasts lift involve removing extra skin and is usually not very painful recuperation is uasually less than a week

fruitytuity:I want to get an eyelift, but don't want to be in hiding all summer.  How long will this procedure take?

SPEAKER SPEAKER_Dr_Peter_McKenna: Recuperation is about 5 to7 days

ginagirl2020:Thanks again! :0

mike:I had surgery as a baby from being born premature for and i have scars on my side and on my chest is there a reconstructive procedure for this and what is the recovery time?

SPEAKER SPEAKER_Dr_Peter_McKenna: Scar revision may be possible to improve the appearance however remember you will always have scars there

fruitytuity:Ohh Great!  Thanks for your help!

MODERATOR:If you are just joining us, welcome to the FOX19.com chat with Dr. Peter McKenna.  Feel free to ask any questions you may have about cosmetic surgery.

Angel:Are there risks in getting lipo and then getting pregnant?  What do you recommend?

SPEAKER SPEAKER_Dr_Peter_McKenna: No they are two separate events. Lipo suction has a short recovery period and improves contours effectively

betsy:Varicose veins ... they are definitly from my mom and although not terrible or painful do make me feel self conscious.  Is a laser treatment advisable when it is just for cosmetics?  Thanks.

SPEAKER SPEAKER_Dr_Peter_McKenna: Leg varicose veins respond well to injection sclerotherapy but not lasers it is not painful procedure. Lasers work well on facial veins.

Angel:What is the cost range for lipo?  Do you find that insurance covers any majority of the procedure?

SPEAKER SPEAKER_Dr_Peter_McKenna: Insurance does not cover any of the cosmetic procedures. Lipo suction runs anywhere from less than 2,000.00 to 5,000.00 depending on the number of sights and the length of time to do the procedure.

fruitytuity:What type of payment do you accept for surgery? Do you have any type of financing?

SPEAKER SPEAKER_Dr_Peter_McKenna: Besides the standard cash or credit card we have a financing service that is very helpful

beth:i was thinking about rhino platy but don't have much vacation from work what is the average recovery time i don't want every on to know?

SPEAKER SPEAKER_Dr_Peter_McKenna: An average would be 5-7 days. After that makeup would probably cover the residual bruising swelling would take longer to go away.

Sally:How much weight would you lose or how many sizes if you did a lipo on your butt and legs?

SPEAKER SPEAKER_Dr_Peter_McKenna: Fat itself does't weigh m,uch but reducing dress or pants sizes is a resonable measurement for results it obviously depends on your current physique

Sally:Is lipo painful?

SPEAKER SPEAKER_Dr_Peter_McKenna: It is like working hard and then being sore the next few days

Angel:In addition to Sally's question, is a tummy tuck better or lipo for the tummy better?  What is the difference?

SPEAKER SPEAKER_Dr_Peter_McKenna: Lipo suction removes fat and requires the skin to shrink over the new contour. Tummy tucks remove extra skin, fat, and tightens the abdominal wall.

Lily:Good Morning Doctor...I have inherited the gift of droopy eyelids from my mother!   Can you tell me what the cost is to have that "fixed" and if it's something that, well, hurts?  (I am a pain wimp!)

SPEAKER SPEAKER_Dr_Peter_McKenna: Eye lid surgery is not terribly painful usually only a day or two of pain medicine the cost is roughly 4500,00 for hospital and anasthesis and surgeon fees

javabambino:I had a congenital eye disease that resulted in the removal of an eye at age 32.  Although that surgery went well, is there anything I can do about the drooping eyelid and brow to make my appearance look more natural and not make the prosthesis look obvious?

SPEAKER SPEAKER_Dr_Peter_McKenna: A brow and or eye lid lift can probably improve the asymetry between the two sides

Sally:Would you recommend for someone to try to get to their target weight then get lipo or get lipo first if you're trying to lose weight?

SPEAKER SPEAKER_Dr_Peter_McKenna: Again if you are planning on losing 20-30 pounds it worth while to diet and exercise. Less than tha it probably does'nt make a difference by havng the lipo suction first.

sarah:Is it possible to see photos of your before and after surgeries?

MODERATOR:sarah, to clarify, do you mean pictures of yourself before and after surgery?

cali:Hello  - do most of your surgical procedures require a hospital stay?

SPEAKER SPEAKER_Dr_Peter_McKenna: The majority are outpatient. The only ones that would require an overnight stay would be tummy tucks and large face lift and lipo suction procedures.

sarah:Actually, pictures of others, since I am still considering...

SPEAKER SPEAKER_Dr_Peter_McKenna: We do have before and after photos of my patients to give you an idea of actual results.

MODERATOR:If you are just joining us, welcome to the FOX19.com chat with Dr. Peter McKenna.  Feel free to ask any questions you may have about cosmetic surgery.

Angel:Do you provide references?

SPEAKER SPEAKER_Dr_Peter_McKenna: We can previous patients call you to discuss their surgeries.

MODERATOR:To expand on an earlier question, there are "before" and "after" pictures on Dr. McKenna's website.  You can link directly to the site here on FOX19.com

MODERATOR:If you are just joining us, welcome to the FOX19.com chat with Dr. Peter McKenna.  Feel free to ask any questions you may have about cosmetic surgery.

BUGHERE:Dr McKenna, I had a full tummy tuck 3 years ago and now after no weight gain am having drooping again.  I also have a very red scar still and there is a lump that has formed to the left side at the scar line that my ob-gyn thinks is related to the surgery.  He did suggest that I go back to the Dr. that performed the surgery but I'm not sure I trust him since the results are not what he told me they would be.  What would you suggest?

SPEAKER SPEAKER_Dr_Peter_McKenna: I beleive it is a good idea to visit your original surgeon and discuss this. If you still not have it resolved to your satisfaction then seeing another surgeon is a good idea. It is hard to comment on your specific scars without an examination.

TonyG:I am thinking of lip on my "love handles" but didn't know if that was a procedure  you do that often?

SPEAKER SPEAKER_Dr_Peter_McKenna: Lipo suction of tummy and love handles is one of the most common procedures we do on men. Recuperation is modest and can usally be done over the weekend.

WASHDAWGS@AOL.COM: Dr. McKenna I seriously need a breast reduction . What steps should I take to have the procedure done to ensure coverage under my medical plan. also if i couldnt have procedure covered how much is it.

SPEAKER SPEAKER_Dr_Peter_McKenna: Coverage by your insurance depends on the severity of the mammary Hypertriophy and symptoms. If insurance does not cover it the cost is about 5500,00.

beth:I  have spider vains and want them removed what is the usual procedure and is it painful?

SPEAKER SPEAKER_Dr_Peter_McKenna: Injection sclerotherapy works well on leg spider veins. It is done in the office with minimal discomfort.

Moderator: If we don't get to answer your question during our chat this morning, you can email your question to Webmaster@fox19.com .  Dr. McKenna will answer your question by return email.

BUGHERE:How often do you see patients that have a tummy tuck then have the skin start to droop again?  Is this something that happens often?  I am very active and only 34.  I had this done because of I had 3 children close together and  the skin could not recover.

SPEAKER SPEAKER_Dr_Peter_McKenna: Everyone continues to age once you leave the operating room. It is hard to say why you have extra skin. Perhaps a minimal revision would improve your appearance.

Samantha Stevens: What is scarring like in a breast procedure?

SPEAKER SPEAKER_Dr_Peter_McKenna: Darin says just wiggle your nose. But seriously it depends on what procedure and how involved it is.

MMMM:how long does it take to heal from a tummy tuck,  i am asking because i am a single mom. and how muche is it??

SPEAKER SPEAKER_Dr_Peter_McKenna: Recuperation usually takes 5-10 dyas to return to day to day activities. I would recommend someone to help you the first few days. The cost runs between 4500.00 and 6000.00 depending on the extent of the surgery.

MODERATOR:Thank you for joining us today.  We are running a little short on time.  If we do not get to answer your question during our chat this morning, you can email your question toWebmaster@fox19.com .  Dr. McKenna will answer your question by return email.

TonyG:What procedures are more popular for men?

SPEAKER SPEAKER_Dr_Peter_McKenna: Lipo suction, eye lids, and face lifts are the most common procedures for men.

Moderator: Thank you for joining us today.  We are running a little short on time.  If we do not get to answer your question during our chat this morning, you can email your question toWebmaster@fox19.com .  Dr. McKenna will answer your question by return email.

SPEAKER SPEAKER_Dr_Peter_McKenna: Samantha, breast augmentation usually has minimal scarring, breast lifts vary according to how much extra skin is present and breast reductions have the longest scars.

TonyG:Thanks Dr. McKenna!  I am going to check out your section on this site!

tina:is a tummy tuck recomend after lipo suction for the extra skin?

SPEAKER SPEAKER_Dr_Peter_McKenna: Yes not only will it remove the extra skin but tighten the bulge of a lax abdominal wall.

MODERATOR:For more information, log onto FOX19.com and click on Ask The Expert or call Dr. McKenna's office at 513-793-5772

MODERATOR:Thank you for joining us today.  I am afraid that is all the time we have this morning.  If we did not get to answer your question during our chat this morning, you can email your question to Webmaster@fox19.com.  Dr. McKenna will answer your question by return email.  You can also log onto FOX19.com and click on Ask The Expert or call Dr. McKenna's office at 513-793-5772.

Tue Jun 04, 2002 09:51:46 AM