Scar Revision NOT - Tampa, FL

Horrid experience. Why? I am convinced the plastic...

Horrid experience. Why? I am convinced the plastic surgeon just did what made him the most money and NOT what would be the most effective.

My scar was bound down, but the surface was otherwise smooth thanks in large part to my doing my own peels. But it was horribly bound down. Three times I asked the surgeon DO YOU think this will IMPROVE MY SCAR? Any trained professional would have recognized the type of scar and treated it appropriately. After the scar revision all I had was more scar tissue.

When I was referred to a dermatological surgeon, he said subcision is the best for your type of scar, then possibly follow up that with Co2 laser to soften. Well that WAS the thing to do, not cutting open again which just made another incision. But it's all about the money. And that is the sad truth. Too many surgeons tend to just recommend what they are comfortable doing, not necessarily what is the best approach.

About three months after the surgery my scars were just as bound down only worse: I had more incisions. I begged the plastics guy to just try to release, or do, subcision. He did though he acted like it was beneath him. Well he released my right side so well and I was extatic. But within two weeks it bound down again. My dermatologic surgeon used ephinephrine to cut down on the bleeding and bruising, a special subcision instrument and knew what "plane" in the skin to cut it to mitigate the chances of them tacking down again.

Well, the difference is amazing.

Please know these scars are a nightmare as they are on my FACE and effected my speech. Money, not my best interests, governed the "recommendatons" of the three plastic surgeons I saw. Last thing, when my scar revision did not turn out so well, the surgeon's attitude was snotty. He also acted like doing the subcision was beneath him. It also cost $350 and done in the office under local. No general anesthesia risk.

Please email me if anyone needs specifics of who and where. The care at the clinic was disgraceful; my surgery was at 9:30 but I did not go back until 11:30.

Please do not publish this if realself is going to edit my comments to avoid upsetting the plastic surgeons on this board. They need to have their eyes opened to the realities of what people go through.

Tampa Plastic Surgeon

My surgery was scheduled for 9:30 am; I arrived at 8:30 per clinic instructions. The surgeon did not roll in until 11 am, which is his habit; I also wait intolerable times in his overbooked office; he also became irritated with me when the surgery obviously did not improve and he was loathe to do any aftercare to remedy the situation. Overall, this plastic surgeon has not stayed abreast of the times. He is a cutter and probably very good at that, but has extremely limited knowledge of HA fillers, options to surgery such as fillers, fat transfers etc., the surgeon is chronically late so people wait hours after their appointed times and he is completely insensitive to the impact of this on his patients; if he has a bad day he lets it effect his attitude in the office ie: he was angry at a clinic he was going to start using in a neighboring county (this was June, 2010) and I waited in an exam room while he raged and raged to his office staff and this ate into my time, MY TIME that was supposed to be for me after I paid a gouging fee for a filler and then he rushed doing it. He and his staff are not up on the latest techniques because during a discussion on what filler would be best his nurse said "oh I'd be more comfortable with Sculptra in my lips" and got irritated with me when I said Sculptra is never meant to be put into the lips. (They no longer do any fillers at all, just as well). I would love to upload before and after photos however, the doctor did not provide them when I requested copies of my records to bring to another doctor. It is my firm belief this surgeon would benefit greatly from sensitivity training; running and maintaining an office; seminars and personal training about fillers and the latest techniques and the global approaches to correcting defects using fillers and needs a change in the one nurse who ill-serves him and his patients. Oh yes, they'll take your money: check, credit card, etc.

1 out of 5 stars Overall rating
1 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
2 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
1 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
1 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
1 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
1 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
1 out of 5 stars Wait times
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Comments (8)

Can someone please, please, email me with a legit doctor that will help me acne scaring. L****

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It was Dr. Leanne Cross at Lecada. Please mention I gave you her name.
I don't get anything for it, but I'd like her to know I recommend her.
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I think you said it was Dr. Cross correct?
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Can you send me the name of the 'person' who you went to who was able to really help?

Thanks so much for the information:)
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none of these, not the plastic surgeon or derm surgeon helped. What actually is helping is a fractional laser, a gradual softening of scar tissue and tightening of the skin that was stretched. I think any doctor worth his or her salt would have to know more cutting would only make it worse, but they did this to make the money. A lot of people are having laser resurfacing for acne scars, too, with good outcomes. I will email you the name of the doctor I am seeing now who has done both subcision and laser, and after two years of misery she has finally brought me improvement.
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Hello. Can you please email me the name of the Dermatologic Surgeon that you ended up using and were happy with as well as the Plastic Surgeons that you do not recommend? k**** Thank you.

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Hi Just, 

I agree with madison before and after pictures would be great help for the community. And your review is also very useful. I can't believe your doctor didn't make it in until 11 and made you wait. That always bothers me too. Please keep us updated. 



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Thanks for your post! Very imformative. If you do get those before and after pics plz post them! I have acne scarring and been to various surgeons for consultations and had juvaderm injected in one scar. I was impressed with the results but there temporary..which was part of the plan cuz i wanted to start off with that and see how i liked it. Then he mentioned doing subcision later down the road so im looking forward to seeing your photos! thanks!
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