Written by Jason Hilford and Michelle Alford for Scars1
Richard A. D’Amico, MD, FACS, has treated scars and stretch marks for over twenty years. He is on the Board of Directors of the Society of Plastic Surgery Skin Care Specialists and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. He serves on the ASAPS Innovative Technology Committee, which evaluates and makes recommendations on the latest procedures and techniques performed in cosmetic surgery. In 2008, he served as President of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the largest association of plastic surgeons in the world.
Dr. D’Amico earned his medical degree at the New York University School of Medicine, interned at Georgetown University, did his surgical residency at the University of Rochester, and completed his plastic surgery fellowship at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City. He is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor of Plastic Surgery at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine and is the Chief of the Department of Plastic Surgery at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center.
He was named as one of the best doctors in New York and New Jersey by New York Magazine and New Jersey Monthly. He lectures extensively and provides expert commentary on plastic surgery to national and international media including The Today Show, CNN, FOX News, and BBC.
Dr. D’Amico decided to become a doctor when he was a kid. “It seemed incredibly useful,” he says. “I saw people who had accidents where everybody’s standing around and in those days it was a doctor who showed up and did something.” It took him longer to decide to go into cosmetic surgery. “I started out wanting to be a trauma surgeon, but then I realized I wanted to do something that was refined and elegant and could really make a difference in people’s lives. I liked what I saw in the eyes of cosmetic surgery patients. You can see confidence again. You can see the smile on their face. You can see it in their step.”
Scarring is a natural process, but that doesn’t mean that people should be stuck with scars. According to Dr. D’Amico, "Scarring is a fundamental component of the healing process. However, scarring that leads to obvious physical abnormalities, or even impaired movement, goes beyond the scope of what's natural and necessary.” He encourages patients to look into treating excessive scarring.
Dr. D’Amico is an expert in laser scar removal. As a member of the America Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery’s Innovative Technology Committee, he evaluates and makes recommendations on the latest procedures and techniques performed in cosmetic surgery. He currently uses laser skin resurfacing for treating scars. Using a focused beam of light, the laser resurfacing procedure destroys the thick outer layers of skin on the scar. The result is healthier, more elastic skin at the scar site.
New developments in the medical world are changing how scars are currently treated and how they’ll be treated in the future. Researchers are developing ways to prevent scarring before it occurs. “The possibility of topically impeding the natural scar mechanism has the potential to bring about some major strides in scar research,” says Dr. D’Amico. “[It’s] an exciting development in the field of scar reduction.”
He believes that scar treatments will change significantly in coming years. "Laser resurfacing has proved to be highly effective for scars," Dr. D'Amico says. "If the research on topical inhibition continues on its current course, the possibilities of scar revision and prevention through the use of these techniques should evolve considerably in the next decade."
Dr. D’Amico believes in the importance of giving back. He donates his time and reconstructive surgical skills to the needy, both in the United States and abroad. As the surgical director of Healing the Children – Midlantic Chapter, he frequently travels to developing countries in Central America, Asia, and Africa to perform surgery on children who suffer with deformities as a result of birth defects, accidents, or disease.
He thinks it’s important to have a world-view of plastic surgery. “We can’t just see what we’re doing here,” he says. “We need to reach out to what they’re doing in Asia, Europe, and Africa, so that plastic surgery around the world is one profession.”
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