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Dr. Harris will answer all your questions about facial plastic surgery for African-Americans and people with skin of color, including rhinoplasty (nose job), facelift, eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), lasers, dermal fillers and all other types of facial plastic surgery.

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Postby HuckFinn » Fri Aug 22, 2008 1:52 am

Dr. Harris, I am a 22yr old Black male who suffers from acne. Most of my acne derived from whitedheads (about 90%). I have tried almost evey name brand product items out there. But no product seem to effectively eliminate my acne. Is there regimen that can eliminate my whitehead problem?

Thanks for your response
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Postby drharris » Wed Aug 27, 2008 7:50 pm

Dear Huck Finn,

I must be honest, as a facial plastic surgeon . . .I'm not an acne specialist. However, I have had extensive experience over the years through my medical spa in DC (Cultura) seeing patients with a variety of skin/complexion concerns.

Your success in clearing whiteheads may be limited without the benefits of a physician directed regimen. Key components should include an exfoliating agent to remove dead skin cells such as a glycolic acid facial wash. I am a big fan of medicated antibiotic pads such as Rosula sulfa pads or clindamycin. Retinoids such as Retinol or Retin A are also quite effective in reducing oil production.

With this in mind, I would strongly recommend visiting a dermatologist in your area with experience treating patients with skin of color for an evaluation. I'm happy to suggest a possible referral physician . . if I know of any in your area. I hope this helps.

Good Luck,

Dr. Harris
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Postby HuckFinn » Fri Aug 29, 2008 2:14 am

Thanks for the response Dr. Harris.

Actually I reside in the Cleveland OH area. I know you attended school in this area. Is their anyone in the area who has experience with treating acne for people of color? I am also interested in rhinoplasty too. is their anyone who can help with that as well?
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Postby drharris » Wed Sep 03, 2008 7:21 am

I do not know off hand of any dermatologist in Cleveland. One option would be to contact the National Medical Association, the largest association for African American physicians, and ask for a list of dermatologist in your area. If you Google, National Medical Association, their info should pop up.

As far as your interest in rhinoplasty, I'd be happy to help you along the pathway of defining your surgical goals.

All the Best,

Dr. Harris
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Postby HuckFinn » Thu Sep 04, 2008 9:59 pm

Thank you Dr. Harris. I will definitely take a lok at that website. If I decide to move forward with the rhino, you will be one of the first physicians I contact.
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Postby drharris » Fri Sep 05, 2008 6:09 am

Good luck!
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Postby HuckFinn » Fri Oct 03, 2008 7:19 pm

Thanks Dr. H.
I wanted to know what do you normally charge for a rhino consultation?
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Postby drharris » Tue Oct 07, 2008 1:50 pm

Consultations are typically $100. We have a phenomenal imaging tool here in the office which allows me to take a 3-D image of your face. We can then analyze your nose together looking at it from every possible angle. I can also generate computer simulations of potential surgical results. It's a wonderful way to make sure that we are on the same page with respect to your post rhinoplasty aesthetic expectations.

Take Care,

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digital imaging

Postby loveobama » Wed Oct 08, 2008 3:22 pm

sorry to intrude in this post. hi monte harris. re: digital imaging, how often do the potential planned surgical results match the actual results? just want to know how effective digital imaging is and whether it does give a realistic portrayal of what to expect post surgery. thank you sir
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Postby loveobama » Tue Oct 14, 2008 11:34 pm

hi monte harris. also a question re: the pinched look?? is this easily avoided.all the black folk whove ever had nose surgery seem to always come out with the pinched look! janet jackson, MICHAEL JACKSON, erik king from dexter (i thought his nose had that cosmetic pinched look and then i googled him and found out he had a nose job) vivica fox, even tyras lookin a bit overdone now. the list goes on & these are all celebs who ud think would want to have the most natuiral results possible as there in the public eye and go to the most expensive surgeons in beverley hills or wherever. is this just something we blakc folk have to accept? thank you sir
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Postby drharris » Wed Oct 15, 2008 10:02 am

Dear loveobama,

To answer your first question, I use digital imaging primarily as an educational tool to help my patients visualize how specific modifications result in a change in appearance. It is not intended to give a patient a realistic portrayal of their postoperative result. I would strongly suggest that prospective patients make sure that their plastic surgeon has an aesthetic sensibility that is consistent with their own sense of beauty. Having an engaged honest discussion with your surgeon and critically reviewing their before and after photos is a much better way of predicting outcome than banking on a digital simulation.

As far as the "pinched look", I do agree - a number of celebrity rhinoplasty clients have an overdone aesthetic outcome. But I would encourage you to review my before and after photos . . .it is possible to achieve a natural balanced aesthetic result in patients of African descent. Lastly, just because a surgeon is "expensive" does not necessarily equate with quality of work.

Take Care,

Dr Harris
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thank you

Postby loveobama » Sun Oct 26, 2008 5:07 am

thank you dr. monte harris for your reply. im from virgina so ill phone up and book a consultation. ive just logged on to your wesbite and your before and afters seem very natural. if you can tell someones had cosmetic surgery then its been overdone?...do you agree? but re: that point personally for yourself is it difficult to ensure that your results are always natural looking? in your opinion do some surgeons just go overboard or can it sometimes just not be helped? my last question is when i come for my consultation are there more before and after pics that id be able to look at? maybe some that compare to my nose. thank you sir

p.s. do you do consults on weekends or just mon - fri?
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Postby drharris » Mon Oct 27, 2008 6:35 am

My patients want to look like themselves, but BETTER! So you should be able to see a change, it just has to be natural, balanced with the other facial features . . . and ideally look like the nose you could have been born with.

I'd be happy to review more before and after pictures with you at your consultation. Unfortunately, I do not perform consultations over the weekend. I look forward to meeting you and discussing your aesthetic goals.

Take Care,

Dr. Harris
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Postby loveobama » Mon Nov 03, 2008 3:36 pm

thank you dr harris. i will book a consult
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