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Plastic Surgeon On A Mission To Help Elephant Man-Like Deformity

Tue, 04/03/2012 - 5:51am

(PR Newswire) Dr. Oleh Slupchynskyj, Director of The Aesthetic Institute of New York and New Jersey, has begun a humanitarian effort to help a Kenyan man afflicted with massive, painful facial tumors known as keloid scars (see images here). Due to his impoverished situation and the lack of qualified medical care for this condition in Kenya, this patient has been unable to find help. Late last year, he reached out to Dr. Slupchynskyj, a Manhattan-based facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon with extensive experience in correcting facial and body deformities resulting from keloids.

Dr. Slupchynskyj reports, "Keloids are tumor-like scars growing out of the regular confines of a skin injury. They can grow to sizes where they are extremely debilitating to a patient both physically and emotionally." Keloid scars predominantly affect patients of African descent but are also seen in patients of Indian and Asian descent, but less commonly in Caucasians. Keloids can become chronically infected, cause pain and persistent bleeding. "In rare instances, keloids can degenerate into malignancies and their appearance can cause significant psychological stress and social stigma. I've seen it first-hand," states Dr. Slupchynskyj. This patient has been unable to provide for his family due to the ongoing debilitation caused by his scars. "Unfortunately, few surgeons are experienced in treating keloid scars and/or are willing to tackle the issue," continued Dr. Slupchynskyj.

Dr. Slupchynskyj has agreed to treat this patient free of charge. However, due to additional expenses associated with his care, including travel, lodging and some hospital facility fees, the doctor is reaching out to others who can provide financial assistance to help bring this patient here and make his surgery a reality. Interested donors can contact the Patient Care Coordinator Cara at cara@facechange.org.

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