Put Your Best Face Forward

Dr. David Stoker

Los Angeles

Actress Mandy Moore recently made entertainment news headlines when she “lost a fight” with a shower door handle just 2 weeks before the Emmy Awards. At such a late hour, many people would head to the ER for stitches, but Mandy called me, and I was happy to help. I was also grateful for her kind shout-out on Instagram. All’s well that ends well, because she looked absolutely flawless on the red carpet.

As a Los Angeles plastic surgeon, it’s not uncommon for me to treat A-listers—but it’s certainly not the norm. My typical patient is a woman who wants to look her best every day, as well as for big events. Although most of us don’t deal with newsworthy injuries, it can still feel like big trouble when something unexpected crops up shortly before special day or evening. Many people don’t realize that a plastic surgeon is specially trained to treat lacerations, blemishes, and wounds that might otherwise leave unsightly scars.

Plastic surgeons use meticulous suturing and wound closure techniques to minimize scarring, and we also offer excellent options for scar therapy. Whether they were caused by surgery, illness, or injury, I offer a variety of products and services to reduce the appearance of scars of all ages. Although laser- and light-based therapies are popular options for more significant scars, they typically require multiple treatments and may not be the ideal “quick fix.” For patients with limited time and less significant scars, silicone sheeting is a nice option because it requires minimal time in the office and no downtime.

You don’t have to be undergoing a major surgical procedure to enlist the services of a plastic surgeon.  We can be a great resource when it comes to dealing with the little aesthetic annoyances that can cause big headaches. These can include scars and injuries, as well as wrinkles and skin laxity. If you’re trying to boost your self-esteem for a wedding, job interview, or high school reunion, a plastic surgeon is the best provider of nonsurgical skincare options for a quick pick-me-up. You may not be attending the Emmys, but you’ll look and feel your best for your big moment, and all the little ones, too.

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