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Frequently Asked Questions

The following articles are Dr. McCollough's reponses to consumer questions regarding cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. No part of these publications may be reproduced or distributed in any form or by any means without prior written permission from Dr. E. Gaylon McCollough

Consultations

Dear Dr. McCollough: What could I learn from a consultation with a facial or plastic surgeon? Click Here to Read Article

Board Certification

What The Term “Board-Certified” Really Means: And How It Is Often Misused Click Here to Read Article

The Cost of Surgery

Dear Dr. McCollough: I desperately want to have a facelift, but I am a teacher on a meager salary. Will I be able to afford it, or should I just give up the thought? Click Here to Read Article

Concerning Anesthesia

Dear Dr. McCollough: I am a 56 year old female physician. I believe I need a neck lift and possibly a cheek lift. However,
I am concerned about anesthesia; I prefer NOT to have a tube in my throat. What type of sedation do you use?
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Family Eating Habits

Dear Dr. McCollough: Do I have the ability to influence my child’s tendency toward being overweight? Is there anything I can do to
keep it from happening? Click Here to Read Article

Skin Cancer

Dear Dr. McCollough: I like to have a tan, but keep hearing so much about how sun exposure can cause
skin cancer and premature wrinkling. Are tanning beds safer than lying in the sun?
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Ultimate Makeover

Dear Dr. McCollough: I just learned that the McCollough Institute was featured on the “Ultimate Makeover” on WEAR-ABC TV. I have
followed the progress of the Institute, am impressed by your approach to health and well-being. I am curious as to why you chose to
participate in this program.Click Here to Read Article

Head & Neck Procedures


Allergies

Dear Dr. McCollough: Lately, I just don’t seem to have the energy to get through the day. I have been told that this could be
caused by allergies. Is this true? Click Here to Read Article

Blepharoplasty

Dear Dr. McCollough: How do I know if I need a “brow lift” or “eyelid surgery”? I am also interested in finding out
more information on each. Click Here to Read Article

Chemical Skin Peels

Dear Dr. McCollough: You did a phenol peel on my friend which was very successful. She does not have the ghostly pallor one
often sees with a deep peel. She has very fair skin, as do I, so I think I could expect a similar result. Please send me more information.
Click Here to Read Article

Scar Revision

Dear Dr. McCollough McCollough: Recently my son was bitten by a dog on the face. What can be done
with the resulting scar? Click Here to Read Article

Rhinoplasty

Dear Dr. McCollough: I am interested in having my nose reshaped, however, I don’t want a “celebrity nose” or a “cookie cutter” nose.
I just want a “natural” nose – my nose, but a bit smaller. Is that possible? Click Here to Read Article

Ear Lobe Lifts

Dear Dr. McCollough: I just saw something on Good Morning America about using some sort of filler for sagging ear lobes.
What can you tell me about that? Are there any alternatives that are more “permanent”? Click Here to Read Article

Lines Around the Mouth

Dear Dr. McCollough: I received one of your books and certainly learned much. I have recently quit smoking and I have the
"smoker’s lines" above my upper lip. What kind of procedure would help this? Click Here to Read Article

Beware Non-Licensed Practioners

Dear Dr. McCollough: Recently I was approached by a friend to attend a “botox party”. There was a man coming to her home to do
the injections and my friend was serving cocktails. For some reason, it didn’t sound right, so I opted not to go. Is this type of
gathering safe? Click Here to Read Article

Quick Lift

Dear Dr. McCollough: I recently saw something advertised on TV called a "quick lift"---jowls & neck only---local anesthesia only.
Is this available? Click Here to Read Article

Sun Spots

Dear Dr. McCollough: I am interested in having sun spots or age spots removed from my cheeks. I'm also interested in
different chemical peels and dermabrasion for ongoing skin care. Click Here to Read Article

Prevent Wrinkles

Dear Dr. McCollough: What causes wrinkles and how can I prevent them? Click Here to Read Article

Thread Lifting

Dear Dr. McCollough: I am interested in a new procedure that claims to eliminate wrinkles, just as well as a traditional face
lift but with less down time and lower cost…I think it’s called the “thread-lift”. Click Here to Read Article

Body Procedures


Adominoplasty

Dear Dr. McCollough: I have had Gastric Bypass surgery and after my weight loss I now have lots of excess
skin in my stomach area. What can you do to help?
Click Here to Read Article

Breast Augmentation without General Anesthesia

Dear Dr. McCollough: I recently read where women in the U.K. are paying less for quick-fix breast implant surgery that
takes just an hour. They are given a local anesthetic and are awake throughout. With the recovery time, women can be going
home with new breasts just four hours after walking in. Does your Clinic offer this type of surgery? Click Here to Read Article

Breast Augmentation

Dear Dr. McCollough: I have set a goal for myself to lose 57 lbs. And when I do, I would like breast implants to reward myself for
a job well done. But I am very scared about the pain. I was wondering if you could send me info about the pain and healing process.
Click Here to Read Article

Minimally-Invasive Cosmetic Procedures

Short Term Fixes For Long Term Conditions Click Here to Read Article

Multiple Procedures at Once

Dear Dr. McCollough: I am familiar with your work in the facial area. I am interested in the following: eye lift, chin liposuction,
tummy tuck, liposuction of legs and arms, and breast lift. I am in the process of losing weight. I have lost 14 pounds but would like to
lose about 40 more before my surgery. I remember that from a prior phone call, I can send a picture of my facial profile and he can
give me a general idea of what would need to be done. I saw that other doctors in your practice do breast and body work.
Does your firm handle all of the things I'm considering having done? Click Here to Read Article

Walking Tips

Dear Dr. McCollough: I used to do daily walks every morning. Lately, however, I've lost the will to get up at 5:30 in the
morning and walk. The weight and the inches have creeped up on me again. I wake up with a heavy feeling in the morning and can’t get
enough sleep at night. I really would like to find the willpower to restart my walking program even for three times a week.
Click Here to Read Article