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Scot Lance, M.D., F.A.C.S.


Board-certified ophthalmic plastic surgeon Scot Lance, M.D., is one of fewer than a dozen surgeons on Florida's west coast to specialize in cosmetic and

reconstructive surgery around the eye. A Notre Dame graduate, Dr. Lance received his medical degree from Northeastern Ohio University and did his residency in Ophthalmology at the University of Pittsburgh before completing a fellowship in Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Texas in Houston.

Because the skin around the eyes is the thinnest on your body, the first noticeable signs of midlife are baggy eyelids, crow's feet and droopy brows. Additionally, years of sun exposure alter the once-youthful vigor of teen-age skin.

State-of-the-art laser skin rejuvenation to gently remove eyelid and facial wrinkles and "no-stitch" blepharoplasty to effectively eliminate eyelid bags can turn back the hands of time. Botox and collagen wrinkle therapy can further soften and smooth facial contours.

Perhaps this is why so many men and women of varying ages and lifestyles seek Dr. Lance's expertise in ophthalmic plastic surgery and facial rejuvenation. Numerous health and personal benefits can be gleaned from these relatively uncomplicated procedures, which are done on an outpatient basis, involve a short recovery time and are safe and affordable.

Dr. Lance frequently conducts local educational seminars open to the public about facial rejuvenation and "no-stitch" blepharoplasty. Additionally, Dr. Lance is a clinical assistant professor at the University of South Florida Medical Center and lectures nationally and locally to other surgeons and health care professionals. Dr. Lance is a Fellow of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American College of Surgeons. He is also an active Fellow of the American Society of Facial Plastic Surgery.

Other techniques for spider veins include laser therapy and light therapy. Laser therapy essentially uses laser light to target and destroy red blood cells. In the past, it has been problematic because skin pigment can interfere with absorption of the light and can leave the patient with light and dark areas. In essence, the more tanned a patient is, the higher the chance of discoloration, says Vitale-Lewis. Most physicians, therefore, use laser therapy to touch up spots that were difficult to reach through schlerotherapy.

Light therapy - or Photo-Derm - is the newest kid on the block and some doctors, including Sarasota's Dr. Joseph Pecoraro of the Cosmetic Vein Clinic of Florida, are quite excited about its possibilities and effects. "I've had very good results with this," says Pecoraro, who performed close to 500 last year. Instead of using one wavelength from the spectrum as in laser therapy, light therapy uses the full spectrum of light. The doctor passes a bright light over the veins, and through a process called photothermolysis, the veins disappear over time. The procedure requires no anesthesia, although the sensation can range from a pinprick to a slight burning. It often takes three or four sessions for best results. Light therapy can be used alone, or most often, in conjunction with schlerotherapy. Patients must wear compression hose and refrain from sun exposure immediately before and 24 hours after treatment. As always, find a physician who is experienced in its use.

Scot Lance, M.D., F.A.C.S. Waldemere Medical Plaza 1921 Waldemere St., Suite 801 Sarasota, FL 34239 (941) 917-2345 and 1840 59th St. W. Bradenton, FL 34209 (941) 761-8888 e-mail:
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Publication:Sarasota Magazine
Date:Nov 1, 1998
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