Does Dr. Sterling perform reconstructive surgery?
Yes, I have an active skin cancer reconstruction practice treating all types of cutaneous malignancies. I also treat non-cancerous skin conditions such as seborrheic keratosis, actinic keratosis, solar elastosis, age spots, hyperpigmentation, and scars to name a few.
Lesions under the skin such as lipomas and sebaceous cysts are also routinely removed. Traumatic wounds from burns and motor vehicle accidents may also require reconstructive surgery.
What is the difference between cosmetic surgery and reconstructive surgery?
Cosmetic surgery is performed on healthy patients who are looking to correct, improve or enhance a body part that is either abnormal or that they are unhappy with.
There is absolutely no reason to feel guilty or ashamed for wanting to improve your physical appearance and the way you feel about yourself. It is purely your desire that is the motivation for cosmetic surgery.
Reconstructive surgery is performed to correct a physical abnormality causing a problem in terms of function and form. The cause for the abnormality may be from a birth defect, cancer, trauma or infection and surgery may be required to restore normal function.
Is financing available for plastic surgery?
Yes, we have worked with Care Credit for a number of years and patients have been extremely satisfied with the service they provide. We have provided a link to their website to facilitate the process for you. Any other questions you may have about financing are readily answered by our staff at the time of your consultation.
What types of plastic surgery are covered by insurance?
For purely cosmetic surgery, insurance will not cover you. When the surgery is required for reconstructive purposes your insurance will almost always cover at least part of the cost.
Some examples of procedures that are usually covered are breast reduction (if causing significant symptoms such as neck or back pain, shoulder notching or skin infections), rhinoplasty (aka nose job, for breathing problems) and eyelid surgery (to correct vision problems).
What is the right age to have plastic surgery?
There is no "right age" for plastic surgery since everyone has problems or concerns that are specific to them. Many women elect to have breast augmentation in their late teens or early twenties while others have breast surgery after childbirth.
Weight loss surgery has become so popular and effective that patients of all ages are having body contouring of multiple body parts after massive weight loss.
In years past there were fewer options to treat facial aging but now women (and men) are electing to begin botox, fillers and skin care at a younger age to delay any need to consider surgery.
Prominent ears can be optimally corrected at age 5. So as you can see there is no such thing as a "right age".
Where is plastic surgery performed?
The majority of my cosmetic procedures are performed at an ambulatory surgery center where you are discharged several hours after surgery. For lengthy procedures and patients with other medical problems I perform procedures at the main hospital with either discharge on the same day of surgery or a short inpatient stay. Certain procedures not requiring any type of sedation or anesthesia are done right in my office.
What should I ask my surgeon?
Here are several questions which I am happy to answer for you at any time:
Are you board certified? Yes, I am double-board certified by both The American Board of Plastic Surgery and The American Board of Surgery.
What associations are you a member of? I am a Fellow of The American College of Surgeons, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the New Hampshire Medical Society, the New England Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, the Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons, and the American Society of Bariatric and Metabolic Surgeons.
What is your safety record? I have an outstanding safety record since my primary concern for all of my patients undergoing elective surgery is their safety.
Feel free to ask any other questions at the time of your consultation.