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Q&A with Doctor

Doctor Enevdolsen’s Corner
Questions and Answers
September 2021 Edition

 

Q. If you could tell patients to use one product, what would it be?

A.  That’s an easy one.  Hands down it would be sunblock.  Next on the list would be to quit smoking tobacco products.  The damage that UV rays and cigarette smoking do to your skin is significant.  If you are seeing a plastic surgeon to look your best it makes no sense to spend money on products and treatments if you cannot do those two things.  While we have some great treatments that can undo some of the damage from past sun exposure, some damage is permanent and continued exposure to the harmful UV rays and cigarette smoke will only undo what we have accomplished.

 

Q: Did you always want to be a plastic surgeon growing up?

A. I always knew I wanted to be a doctor.  When I was in high school I got to know a plastic surgeon who was the father of one of my classmates.  I was fascinated by what he did, especially the fact that he travelled to underserved countries to perform reconstructive surgery on children.  I did go through a brief period in college when I thought it would be cool to be a neurosurgeon but that notion went away during med school when I was fortunate to be exposed to some of the worlds best plastic surgeons which only reinforced my desire to pursue my career in plastic surgery.

 

Q: Out of all the procedures that you routinely do what is your favorite?

A. This is always a difficult question to answer because I really like doing everything that I do.  If I didn’t like it, I wouldn’t do it.  As I sit here and try to think of an answer I really can’t think of one thing that I routinely do that stands out above all the others.  That being said, my favorite to perform would have to be cleft lip repair, something that I haven’t had the opportunity to do for several years.  Cleft lip deformity is fortunately rare around here and children who are born with it get referred out of town for treatment.  In the past I have travelled to places like Chile, Venezuela and Peru where there is a much higher incidence of cleft lip and palate and a much greater need for surgeons to treat them.  That has become more difficult to do with the demands of a busy practice and school age children.