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Real Self Top 100 Plastic Surgeon Dr. Barry Eppley

Saturday, May 4th, 2013

 

The internet is full of information on plastic surgery and many other beauty treatments. But how reliable is it? Can you trust what you read and would you go under the knife based on information that you have ‘Goggled’? Everyone’s knows that just because it is found and indexed highly on a web search does not necessarily make it gospel.

Thus the role of reliable information on a topic is internet gold if you can find. When it comes to plastic surgery, nothing would be more reliable than information provided by a board-certified plastic surgeon. And what if you can ask a question and get 10 or 15 plastic surgeons to answer that very question. That could be the equivalent of a mini-educational seminar.

This is the role that the website, Real Self, plays for plastic surgery. Started in 2006, it has over 3 million visitors each month and several thousand doctors of different educational backgrounds poised to answer patient questions from all over the world. The answers are based on each doctor’s own clinical experience and no two answers may be the same.

The decision to get a breast augmentation, tummy tuck or rhinoplasty for example are big ones for each person considering them. They require a big commitment of time and money and everyone is counseled to do their research. The opportunity to talk to get feedback from multiple plastic surgeons and to other people who have had the procedure or are considering it makes the whole experience more transparent.

Although they may be as many as 5,000 physicians who are enrolled on Real self to help answer patient questions, the 80:20 rule applies just like it does in many situations in life. The vast majority of information is provided by a minority of physician participants. Dr. Barry Eppley, Indianapolis board-certified plastic surgeon, was recently honored as a Real Self top 100 doctor by the company. Having answered over 2,500 patient questions, this places Dr. Eppley in the top 100 of all Real Self physicians. Answers have been given to a diverse number of primary and secondary plastic surgery problems.

Contemporary Thoughts on Fat Grafting in Plastic Surgery

Sunday, April 14th, 2013

Reshaping faces and body through a ‘recycling’ approach by fat transfers is not necessarily a new technique. Fat grafting has been around for over 100 years but never gained much popularity until the past decade. As new techniques and research have revealed insights into how to improve the survival of fat grafts, the regenerative capabilities of the fat cell and its accompany growth factors and stem cells has become realized. But it is a very technique-sensitive procedure that is still plaqued by cell survival and volume retention issues.

In a recent published article in the March/April 2013 issue of the magazine MedEsthetics, Dr. Barry Eppley and other physicians skilled in fat transfers were interviewed about how to achieve safe and aesthetically fat grafting outcomes. On many important fat grafting issues, Dr. Eppley made the following statements.

HARVESTING FAT

‘The fact that fat is a natural and that most everyone would love to give some up does not make injectable fat grafting a completely reliable treatment method. It is important to understand that the biologic behavior of fat cells and the stem cells that accompany them is not well understood. The techniques we use are based on what we know today – and that will likely change significantly a decade from now.’

‘Fat that is being removed for transfer must be handled differently than fat that is being removed and discarded. Most doctors believe that low-pressure vacuum extraction perserves fat cell structures and improves their viability after transfer. Whether this is done through syringe extraction or a traditional liposuction machine that generates less then 720mm/HG (- 1 atm) negative pressure depends on how much fat is needed.’

PREPARING FAT FOR TRANSFER

‘There are several techniques currently employed to prepare harvested fat for re-injection, all of which strive to separate the liquid fractions – blood, free lipids and injectate – from the cellular component.These include straining and washing, free-standing decanting, machine centrifugation, hand-held separation using centripetal force and low-pressure forced staining using low-micron filters. Much debate surrounds which, if any, of these offers a superior number of viable fat cells for transfer.’

INJECTING FAT

‘Placing the fat grafts into small aliquots, say 0.1cc for the face and .5cc to 2ccs for the body, is well known to allow for the best survival rates. Fat graft retention is related to how quickly the fat cells can be nourished by blood vessel ingrowth and the delivery of oxygen. Bog globs of fat are hard to get perfused, while small droplets interspersed about the tissues allow the best opportunity for nutrient perfusion.’

LONGEVITY OF RESULTS

‘The longevity of fat grafts remains a topic of debate. The retention of fat grafts, both short- and long-term, is not a completely well known issue. It is believed, and considerable experience shows, that what survives at three months after injection is what will be ‘permanent’. But whether this same fat survives five or ten years later is not precisely known, and it may depend on what specific condition is being treated.’

A NEW APPRECIATION OF FAT

‘Fat as long been reviled as the unsightly side effect of weight gain or natural genetics, but is a critical component of many of the body’s key functions. What was once thought to be a useless and unwanted tissue has ironically turned out to be a depot of regenerative material. Plastic surgery has just scratched the surface of what fat has to offer, and a whole new generation of research and clinical experience will take us much further than what we know today.’

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana

Face The Facts – An Inside Look At Plastic Surgery (German Translation)

Monday, October 15th, 2012

 

The popularity and interest in plastic surgery of the face continues to grow. With a wide variety of surgical and non-surgical procedures available and tons of marketing and promotions all over the internet, it can be very hard for potential patients to figure what they need and what the risks and recovery may be. Such confusion led to the creation and publishing of my first e-book in 2008 entitled “Face The Facts – An Inside Look At Plastic Surgery’.

Face The Facts takes a hard look at many of the most well known facial procedures and provides insight into what is real and what really works. It is chocked full of helpful insights that provides a unique educational perspective. For example, learn that a facelift doesn’t change much of the face above the jawline. Eyelid lifts often are the best value for the money in facial rejuvenation. Browlifts can lengthen or shorten your forehead. Nosejobs done through an open approach have lower risk of revision. There are seven different styles of cheek implants. Thin lips can be made bigger permanently without the use of injectable fillers. Chin implants are not the only place to enhance the jawline. Botox sometimes is better than surgery. Ear pinning doesn’t involve any pins and makes a dramatic difference in less than an hour. And much more….

While hope may live eternal, happy patients come from being informed with realistic expectations and feeling that they have gotten a good return on their investment of time, money, and discomfort. Thus the popularity and success of ‘Face The Facts’.

Working with plastic surgery colleague, Dr. Arno Schleich located in Graz Austria , Face The Facts has been completely translated into German and turned into a new e-book also available on Amazon and Google.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana

Doc Chat Live – Online Plastic Surgery Consultations with Dr. Barry Eppley

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

As plastic surgeons we think little about what it takes for a patient to come in to see us. Whether it is a first time consultation or even a follow-up visit, patients have to take time out of their schedule and make the effort and transportation expense to come in to see us. As we go from room to room to see different patients (hopefully on time), it takes minimal effort for us covering that distance in a few short steps.

 

While follow-up visits for after surgery evaluation are inevitable, initial consultations and just seeking information can be done in a more efficient manner. Many people have interest in plastic surgery and may or may not be ready to undergo the operation(s). While a tremendous amount of information is available on the internet about hundreds of cosmetic procedures, how any of it applies to oneself is the missing link in this sea of web information. Do I need a mini- or a full tummy tuck? Do I need a lift with breast implants to get the look I want? What happens to my loose skin after liposuction? Should the tip of my nose be lifted if my hump is removed? These and many other questions can only be given qualified answers by historically seeing a plastic surgeon.

 

Can’t find the time in your busy schedule to get in to see a plastic surgeon? Not sure which plastic surgeon to go to or whom to ask? Do you just have a few basic questions about plastic surgery and don’t want the hassle of making an appointment and waiting just to get a few quick answers? Even though you may live in Indianapolis and across town is not that far, wouldn’t it be great if you didn’t even have to leave the house to get more information about plastic surgery?

 

As the internet has changed, and continues to change, all of our lives, so should it be for plastic surgery. Not everyone needs or is ready for a formal plastic surgery consultation. This is where DocChatLive makes it simple and convenient. Simply fill out the consult request box on the DocChatLive page and let us know when is a good time to talk. We will then contact you to confirm or find another convenient time for your schedule when Dr. Eppley is available. We can then talk by phone or even Skype for a live conversation with a board-certified plastic surgeon….all at no cost to you. Save gas…..save time….and get what you need to know with just a few clicks of the mouse.

 

Off-site plastic surgery consultations are one-on-one conversations, whether they are done by phone or webcam. Their purpose is purely educational and they are not guarantees that the specific procedures are the right ones for you or that a good outcome would be obtained if they were ever performed. No conversation can ever replace an actual in-person evaluation and examination by a  board-certified plastic surgeon. Such an online consultation is meant to be the first step in an informational process that will have you better prepared if you move forward with a formal plastic surgery consultation.

 

Dr. Eppley is one of the few plastic surgeons to offer online consultations which can be done in the convenience of your own home. Whether it is done by phone or if you have a webcam on your computer, you can sign up and talk to Dr. Eppley to get your questions answered. DocChatLive is the closest you can get to a plastic surgeon without actually being there.

Ask My Cosmetic Surgeon iPhone App

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

Since the release of the iphone in 2007, over 50 million units have been commercially sold. One of its many features has been the availability of third-party applications which were launched in mid-2008 and now has well over 200,000 approved by Apple. These apps have diverse functionalities, one of the most common is that of reference. Medical reference apps are particularly popular and hundreds of them exist.

Plastic surgery apps for the iphone have lagged behind the rush for medical reference apps. Only a handful exist, some of which are reference and others which are more like games with photo uploading and limited morphing features.

Ask My Cosmetic Surgeon is a new plastic surgery application for the iphone and is available through iTunes. For those individuals considering or just curious about what can be done to change or improve their appearance, Ask My Cosmetic Surgeon has the answers. Covering over 50 of the most commonly performed cosmetic treatments and surgery, this iphone app provides straightforward and detailed answers from an experienced plastic surgeon. It separate the myths from the facts on what cosmetic surgery can and can’t do for you. Taken from the over 1,000 articles on the blog, Explore Plastic Surgery.com, Dr. Eppley provides direct answers on many of the perceptions and misperceptions about plastic surgery.

Ask My Cosmetic Surgeon is divided by navigation into two sections, Face and Body. The Face section covers such topics such as Botox, Rhinoplasty, Facelifts, Perioral Rejuvenation and Jawline Enhancement. The Body section covers such topics as Breast Augmentation, Liposuction, Bariatric Plastic Surgery, and Scar Revision.

Besides frank information, one of the features of the Ask My Cosmetic Surgeon app is the ability to be directed to a link where questions can be asked to Dr. Eppley. As the internet is full of plastic surgery information,  much of it is marketing and promotional in nature. Patients want to know the answers to many questions and reading an information site like this app will undoubtably cause one to want to know more. Dr. Barry Eppley, an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon from Indianapolis, answers all questions within 24 hours. Use this app to get answers to your questions about cosmetic surgery and get a personalized answer back…fast!

Skype Plastic Surgery Consultations with Dr. Barry Eppley

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

In order to better educate and serve many patients in the United States as well as outside of the country, Dr. Barry Eppley and Eppley Plastic Surgery has instituted the use of Skype to do phone and webcam consultations. While e-mail can be an effective source for answering some basic questions, an actual verbal and visual consultation is much more personal and informative.

Skype is a free online webcam phone service. Whether you are in the USA, Europe, Asia or anywhere in the world, you can use it to schedule a virtual, web cam consultation. If you are not familiar with Skype, it is software that enables conversations to be had around the world using a computer or iPhone. Millions of individuals and businesses use Skype to make free video and voice calls, send instant messages and share files with other Skype users. Besides how easy it is to use, it is also free if you are talking to another Skype user. Talk as long as you want for free!

Dr. Eppley is available to do free phone consultations when it can be arranged between your and his schedule. If you would like a free phone consultation, please e-mail info@eppleyplasticsurgery.com with the date and time that you desire. We will reply with a confirmation e-mail within 24 hours which will include an attached personal and medical history form for you to fill out and e-mail back. Remember that we are on Eastern Standard time in the United States and you must be a Skype member. Signing up for Skype is free and easy. Just go to the Skype website to sign up. Dr. Eppley’s Skype contact name is dr.barry.eppley.

This online webcam consultation is a service provided by Dr. Barry Eppley, a plastic surgeon in Indianapolis Indiana USA.. The participants in an online consultation should understand that the information provided by Dr. Eppley is general information only and is not a substitute for an actual “in-person” consultation which is absolutely necessary prior to any surgery. Participants in this consultation agree not to hold any parties liable for the opinions provided. The consultation is not recorded or stored and is not therefore available for future reference.

Los Angeles Plastic Surgery on Indianapolis Doc Chat Radio Show

Saturday, April 11th, 2009

On this week’s Doc Chat Radio show on WXNT 1430AM in Indianapolis from 1:00 – 2:00PM on Saturday afternoon, hosted by Dr. Barry Eppley Indianapolis plastic surgeon,  a west coast flavor of plastic surgery will be discussed. Most everyone knows the TV shows Dr. 90210 and Nip/Tuck and have seen lots of tabloid and magazine stories on plastic surgery, but is what we see and read real? Is plastic surgery in California really like that? On today’s show, Dr. Eppley’s guest will be an Indianapolis trained and LA plastic surgeon. We will discuss how plastic surgery is different between Indianapolis and Los Angeles and what is new out there that we might be seeing here in Indianapolis in the future.

Expert Author Status on Plastic Surgery at Ezine Articles

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009

Ezine articles.com is a large electronic  article website which matches up expert authors with electronic publishers around the world. Dr. Barry Eppley, plastic surgeon of Indianapolis, has reached expert author status with over 300 submissions. This places Dr. Eppley in the top 400 of thousands of submitting authors and #2 for articles relating to cosmetic and plastic surgery.

Plastic Surgery for the Far Away Patient with Dr. Barry Eppley

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

I regularly get contacted from people out of town and out of the country in regards to their plastic surgery concerns and problems. This is not a surprise as the internet has made the accessibility of information available at the click of a mouse. Since information on the internet spans the globe in a matter of seconds, it is no surprise that patients will seek and travel to a plastic surgeon whom they feel offers expertise in what they desire.Traveling a long distance for plastic surgery can make sense and be a good experience if it is a well organized process and thoroughly planned out in advance.

 

The first step in the process, which everyone initially does, is to send me your initial inquiry either through my consult form on my website (www.eppleyplasticsurgery.com) or e-mail me at info@eppleyplasticsurgery.com. You will receive an initial response back within 24 hours, answering your basic question(s). If you desire to go further, it will be necessary for you to send more detailed information on yourself, your plastic surgery concerns, and photographs directly to me. Based on a review of this information, my concierge Camille will contact you and arrange for a phone or Skype consultation where we can extensively review your needs. Once a thorough discussion has occurred and we are both satisfied, plans can be made to visit me in Indianapolis. Most commonly, this may be in one trip for consultation and surgery at the same time, or it may be split into two visits based on your level of comfort.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana

Doc Chat Radio Show Airs in Indianapolis with Dr. Barry Eppley

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

Beginning February 8th, Dr. Barry Eppley is hosting a new radio show, ‘Doc

 Chat’, on News Talk WXNT 1430 in Indianapolis. This is a new show concept and the first medical show of its kind in Indiana. The focus of the radio show is about becoming more confident through changes…changes that can make you look, feel, and live better. Covering familiar, and many not so familiar,  topics such as plastic surgery, weight loss, anti-aging, cosmetic dentistry and much more, Dr. Eppley and his guests separate the myths  from the facts on these popular lifestyle changes. The show will air on Saturday afternoons from 1 to 2 PM. Questions will be answered on the show and they can be called in on the station line or emailed in advance to info@eppleyplasticsurgery.com.

Podcasts of past shows will be available on Dr. Eppley’s website, www.eppleyplasticsurgery.com.


Dr. Barry EppleyDr. Barry Eppley

Dr. Barry Eppley is an extensively trained plastic and cosmetic surgeon with more than 20 years of surgical experience. He is both a licensed physician and dentist as well as double board-certified in both Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. This training allows him to perform the most complex surgical procedures from cosmetic changes to the face and body to craniofacial surgery. Dr. Eppley has made extensive contributions to plastic surgery starting with the development of several advanced surgical techniques. He is a revered author, lecturer and educator in the field of plastic and cosmetic surgery.

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