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Dr. David N. Clayton, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Plastic Surgeon

Dr. David N. Clayton M.D., F.A.C.S. is a top Plastic Surgeon in Salt Lake City, . With a passion for the field and an unwavering commitment to their specialty, Dr. David N. Clayton M.D., F.A.C.S. is an expert in changing the lives of their patients for the better. Through their designated cause and expertise in the field, Dr. David N. Clayton M.D., F.A.C.S. is a prime example of a true leader in healthcare. As a leader and expert in their field, Dr. David N. Clayton M.D., F.A.C.S. is passionate about enhancing patient quality of life. They embody the values of communication, safety, and trust when dealing directly with patients. In Salt Lake City, UT, Dr. David N. Clayton M.D., F.A.C.S. is a true asset to their field and dedicated to the profession of medicine.
Dr. David N. Clayton, M.D., F.A.C.S.
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What should I do to prevent an infection after plastic surgery?

Fortunately, infections after nasal surgery are rare. This is at least in part because the blood supply to the nose is very robust. If you follow your surgeon's instructions carefully READ MORE
Fortunately, infections after nasal surgery are rare. This is at least in part because the blood supply to the nose is very robust. If you follow your surgeon's instructions carefully you should have little problem with infection.

The risk of infection after nasal surgery is dependent on several factors - whether you are a carrier of certain harmful bacteria, whether the nose has been operated previously (scar tissue doesn't have as rich a blood supply as virgin tissue), and whether or not you smoke, since smoking restricts blood flow into the nose and increases the risk of infection. Your general state of nutrition and health also are factors. As always, follow your surgeons instructions carefully.

Can burn marks for a 5 year old be treated with plastic surgery?

The degree of improvement a plastic surgeon can offer your daughter depends on the extent and location of the scar. Burn scars of the hand often involve contractures, or shrinkage READ MORE
The degree of improvement a plastic surgeon can offer your daughter depends on the extent and location of the scar. Burn scars of the hand often involve contractures, or shrinkage of the scar which can cause limitation of movement Such scars are usually treated with Z-plasties or flap surgery to improve the function of the hand. If the scar is mostly cosmetic in nature, then the degree of improvement available to her may be more limited. But even in those cases, some improvement is often possible.

How do I prepare my body before undergoing liposuction?

The best preparation for having liposuction is to be in generally good health and avoid aspirin or ibuprofen for about a week before surgery. While some surgeons may recommend READ MORE
The best preparation for having liposuction is to be in generally good health and avoid aspirin or ibuprofen for about a week before surgery. While some surgeons may recommend being near your "ideal" weight, in my 35 years of doing liposuction, I have found that if you are about 10 - 15 lbs OVER your ideal weight, it is easier to give you an accurate correction since the fat cells are expanded, and the true extent of the deformity is more apparent.

Liposuction brings your body into better proportion - it is NOT a weight loss tool. As you gain or lose weight, the fat cells that you already have just get bigger or smaller. Liposuction permanently changes the number of fat cells that live in the problem areas, so after your surgery, you don't selectively gain weight there any more. It is a wonderful and long-lasting solution to the problem.

It is also very important to follow your surgeons recommendations and instructions in the immediate post-operative period. It can make a significant difference in the quality of your outcome how well you obey your surgeon's instructions.

What are the risk factor associated with a plastic surgery?

Breast augmentation is a very common surgery. As with all surgeries, there are risks. The most common complication after breast augmentation is called capsular contracture. Our READ MORE
Breast augmentation is a very common surgery. As with all surgeries, there are risks. The most common complication after breast augmentation is called capsular contracture. Our bodies have only one way to heal after a surgery - by forming scar tissue. There is a thin layer of scar tissue that forms around any breast implant, whether over or under the pectoralis muscle. A contracture happens if the natural scar tissue that surrounds your implants begins to shrink, squeezing on the implant and making it feel too tight. It may feel like the implant is going hard, but the implant itself never goes hard, it's just the scar tissue that may squeeze on the implant. If that happens, there are nonsurgical things that can be done, but it sometimes requires a surgery to reopen the scar and restore natural softness. If capsular contracture occurs, it will usually happen within the first year, although it can happen at any time. The exact reason why the scar tissue contracts is not fully understood. Capsular contracture rates may vary, but in general, there is at least a 10% or greater chance that an uncomfortable degree of firmness may develop sometime in the implant's lifetime.

Immediately after surgery, the most common complication is bleeding. Perhaps a small vessel which was controlled at the time of surgery would reopen and begin to bleed after you get home. What you would notice is a dramatic swelling of the affected breast. Even the nipple may turn blue, and pain increases. This complication is usually not dangerous, but if left untreated, it would not heal properly, so surgical intervention is usually required. This is a simple opening of the affected breast, removing the implant for a moment while the vessel is controlled, then replacement of the implant, and closing the incision. This complication will happen to about one patient in 60. While many surgeons offer correction of a hematoma (blood around the implant) without additional charge, there is usually a cost involved with the use of an operating room, or for an anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist to put you to sleep for the procedure. These costs are usually outside the control of your surgeon.

Infection is a rare complication after breast augmentation. Most surgeons use antibiotics during and for a short period after the surgery as a preventative. Also, many surgeons place a disinfectant solution around the sterile implant at the time of surgery to further minimize this risk. Although extremely rare, if a significant infection were to occur around the implant, oral antibiotics may have a hard time eliminating the infection, and it may require that the implant be removed. Then the infection is cleared, and several weeks later, the implant would be placed again. I stress that such a complication is rare. I have been in practice for 37 years, and have seen a significant infection after augmentation surgery only once.

Placement of breast implants may stretch or damage sensory nerves to the nipples or areolae causing numbness. Usually the sensation returns, but occasionally, longer lasting numbness of the tissues can persist. This complication is also quite uncommon. To a degree, this risk is greater the larger the implant that is placed, since larger implants put more stress on the nerves. Most surgeons are careful to watch out for those nerves, and minimize this risk.

This risk of implant rupture has largely gone away these days with the advent of highly cohesive gel which doesn't leak out, even if an implant becomes ruptured. Have your doctor demonstrate for you the characteristics of the gel in the implants you are going to have placed. I often show patients a gel implant that has been cut in half. Holding it upside down, nothing leaks out! Modern implants are also very strong, and the risk of rupturing an implant during even contact sports or having a mammogram are extremely small. Of course, if you choose a saline filled implant, there is a greater possibility that such an implant could eventually fail, in which case the breast would simply deflate overnight as the saline leaks out and is absorbed. This is not a medical emergency, but it IS a cosmetic emergency!

I hope this information has been helpful. I wish you All the Best!