Local plastic surgeon assists community during pandemic by providing emergency services

A local dad has been providing small emergency services like stitches for Frederick County residents out of his plastic surgery practice. Dr. Guy Cappuccino sat down with ABC7’s John Gonzalez to discuss why he made a switch during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It was actually my wife’s idea”, he says.

“She said people are so scared to go to the E.R, why don’t you open your office to bring people in for what we call lumps and bumps.”

The Maryland doctor of plastic and reconstructive surgery, Dr. Cappuccino, was forced to shut down his office during the peak of the coronavirus. He quickly scrambled to assist his community.

For months now, he has been providing small emergency services for residents who are fearful of hospitals and to help free up beds in emergency rooms.

“It’s not the typical when you fall off the monkey bars at school. It was more like we built a slide from a piece of plastic off the ottoman down the stairs. I’m not kidding, that’s a true story,” he chuckles.

Social media and word of mouth proved powerful. The loving husband and father of four, who is also the band director at his church, found himself very busy.

But he knows how important these services are for families.

“In light of what we see going on in the world, a lot of us feel powerless between the social issues and the pandemic. The one thing we always have control of is how we raise our family. And so I’m very proud to be a dad who is trying to raise children who are good loving members of the community.”

Dr. Cappuccino’s office is up and running again, but he plans to continue these medical services.

“It’s so efficient, we are going to keep doing it.”

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Frederick County residents who need stitches on a small laceration might feel wary to go to the emergency room during a pandemic – for fear of spreading or contracting the virus, or simply trying to ensure the hospital are not overwhelmed.

Now they can go to Dr. Guy Cappuccino, who has been providing small emergency services for Frederick County residents out of his plastic surgery practice.

Cappuccino’s practice had been mostly quiet in the last several weeks, after Gov. Larry Hogan ordered all elective surgeries to be postponed until further notice. The vast majority of Cappuccino’s procedures are elective, so he suddenly found himself with a lot of time on his hands.

“So it really effectively shut my practice down which… that was bad enough, but I really felt like I wanted to help,” he said.

Cappuccino sent out an email blast and posted on Facebook about his emergency services. While he didn’t have many clients at first, as the weeks went on, he found himself giving stitches to about a person per day.

“People are really happy to have this service. because they’re rightfully scared to have to go to the hospital at this point,” he said. “Especially for something minor.”

Most of the clients had heard about Cappuccino’s services through their neighbors and friends, not through social media.

“If you have a message that is worth sharing, it will be shared,” he said. “It’s very impressive, the power of it.”

Cory Watson, 6, needed stitches after the family dog scratched his cheek. The laceration was pretty deep, and his mother, Lisa Watson knew he would need stitches.

She had seen Dr. Cappuccino on Facebook and called his office to ask about bringing Cory in. Even with Dr. Cappuccino back at work with regular patients, they found time to tend to Cory, who received 13 stitches.

Cappuccino has a setup in his office that allows the patient, many of whom are children, to watch Netflix while he completes the procedure.

“The staff was amazing, Dr. Cappuccino was amazing, and for a 6-year-old to be able to walk into an office, get stitches, smile when he comes out, and be excited about a follow up is pretty unheard of,” Watson said.

Dr. Cappuccino’s office does not take health insurance besides Medicaid, but he has set up a system where he charges what the lowest out of pocket cost would be for an emergency room visit for the patient’s insurance.

“Honestly the care that we received was 100 percent worth everything that we paid out of pocket for,” Watson said. “The staff was amazing, Dr. Cappuccino was amazing.”

Dr. Cappuccino said he will continue to offer service as long as he feels necessary. For him, it’s been a rewarding experience.

“It had kind of reintroduced this element of trauma, and acute plastic surgery care that I hadn’t really done in a few years and I really missed,” he said. “So for me it’s been very fulfilling to be able to help people, and especially people in my own community where I live and work.”

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Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a Mount Airy plastic surgeon is providing emergency services to help some of the traffic flow and taking patients into his own hands, literally.

Dr. Guy Cappuccino wanted to find a way to help after his practice, Guy Cappuccino, M.D. Plastic and Reconstuctive Surgey, died down heavily since most of it is elective surgery. Before the pandemic, Cappuccino’s practice focused on cosmetic surgery of the face and body along with non-invasive procedures like Botox.

“After March 24, all elective surgeries and procedures were postponed in Maryland. So, the majority of my practice is elective, so I pretty much had to shut down operations,” said Cappuccino. “I felt pretty useless and I really wanted to be able to help, but as a plastic surgeon, there just isn’t a whole lot that I can do in a pandemic like this.”

It was then that Cappuccino said that he got the idea to offer his services to prevent people from going to the emergency room for things such as cuts, bruises, lacerations or broken bones as a way of preventing exposure to the COVID-19 virus, especially with children and the elderly.

Cappuccino posted on Facebook and sent an email blast to inform the public and he’s gotten a positive response from patients since then.

“It’s been great,” said Cappuccino. “People will often just text me and I’ll say send me a picture, tell me what happened and we can meet them at the office, usually within a half-an-hour, in and out. It’s just me, there’s nobody there. We keep everybody clean and safe and happy and it’s worked out to be a really nice situation. I’ve met a lot of really nice people and hopefully help keep people safe.”

What Cappuccino is doing has mainly been word of mouth.

Cappuccino set up a system where people can text his office number and it will go to his cell phone so he can respond back to them immediately without delay. He can see them fairly quickly since he only lives 10 minutes from the office.

Lyndsay Kuzmak, a dentist and mother of four, has seen Cappuccino’s work first hand. Cappuccino helped her 5-year-old son, Jonathan.

According to Kuzmak, on April 19, her husband made a homemade sliding board with a plastic slide from outside going from a sofa to a chair in their living room. She had just finished saying, “This isn’t going to end well,” when her Jonathan careened off the homemade sliding board and hit his head on the ottoman.

Being in the medical profession, after cleaning it, she saw that it was going to need stitches. She only thought about doing it herself for about two seconds before deciding against it.

“Once it goes past the lips, that’s where my expertise ends,” said Kuzmak.

Even still, she was apprehensive about going to an emergency room in the middle of the pandemic. She remembered someone telling her about Cappuccino and what he was doing, so she gave him a call and met him at his office with Jonathan.

“I’m so grateful to him that he could see [Jonathan] right away. I mean, it was probably 4 or 5 p.m. Sunday evening,” said Kuzmak. “So kudos to him for being a great doctor in general and for seeing someone on a a Sunday evening who isn’t even a patient of record.”

Not only did Cappuccino see Kuzmak’s son on a Sunday evening, he left the birthday party of one of his own four children to help.

“It was my son’s birthday and we took a little break in the middle of the party; we had dinner and cake,” said Cappuccino. “I said, ‘We’ll take a little break and then we’ll come back and open presents later.”

Cappuccino said the whole thing only took about an hour.

According to Kuzmak, Cappuccino was very good with keeping her son calm and let him watch Netflix while he was getting stitched up.

“I do everything I can to put every patient at ease because I know how intimidating and scary it is, because there’s something sharp involved,” said Cappuccino. “Whenever I have young patients, especially, first thing I do is bring them in, I usually sit them down, I let them play with the power chair themselves and go up and down, and let them get a comfortable position. Then, I have a giant 50-inch TV right in front of the chair and I have Netflix and Hulu.”

Kids get to watch whatever their favorite show is and they’re relaxed and distracted, according to Cappuccino.

Jonathan’s wound has healed nicely, according to Kuzmak.

Even though his practice has basically been shut down, he still has been able to do a lot of remote consultations and will have them send photographs ahead of time, all through his HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) compliance server.

Aside from the remote consultations, Cappuccino’s practice has changed in multiple other ways since the COVID-19 pandemic.

“While we usually do things like clean trays and clean exam tables and chairs, now we sort of took that to the next level,” said Cappuccino. “We would sanitize any contact surface, for example, any doorknob, any handle, any light switch, even the hand sanitizer, the counter tops, the keyboard the pens patients would use if they need to write something down.”

Cappuccino doesn’t accept all insurances but in the case that he doesn’t accept someone’s insurance, he finds out what the minimum charge for that procedure is at an emergency room is and charges them that.

“It might be a quarter of what I normally would get paid,” he said, “but I just accept whatever that reduced payment is so that they wouldn’t actually be charged anything more than if they went to the hospital.”

Cappuccino’s office is located at 1304 S. Main Street. The office number is 301-829-4110.

We have recently introduced Silhouette InstaLift, the breakthrough facial rejuvenation procedure that lifts sagging facial skin without the need for surgery, or general anesthesia.

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It is a minimally invasive, in-office procedure to re-contour your face by lifting the deeper layers of your skin. We will insert fine Silhouette InstaLift sutures to lift the deeper layers of the skin in your mid-face or cheek area. The treatment is well tolerated by patients, no general anesthesia is required, and takes approximately 45 minutes. You will see immediate lifting with gradual volumization. There may be some mild swelling, pain, bruising or redness for a few days, and you can get back to your normal routine with minimal downtime.

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Contact us now to schedule a consultation to find out if Silhouette InstaLift is right for you. 301-829-4110 WWW. DrCappuccino.com

Breast Implants: Cleavage Never Goes Out of Style


Breast augmentation is the #1 cosmetic surgical procedure performed in the United States, and has increased 30% since the year 2000. As an experienced board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Guy Cappuccino uses a variety of  implants, in a full range of shapes and sizes. We’re able to enhance the size and shape of the breasts to the unique needs of our patients. Our September Special is all about cleavage! Let’s talk about breast implants.

Saline & Silicone

We offer both saline and silicone implants, in different shapes, profiles, and textures. The implant may have a round shape, or a teardrop shape. Some of the decision for choosing round or teardrop is based on a patient’s personal preference. The round implant is most commonly used, and it comes in different profiles. Profiles vary by the diameter of the implant base becoming smaller. The breast is projected out further with a smaller diameter, which indicates a higher profile or projection. Most women that have a certain amount of existing breast tissue do very well with the round implant, and it gives a natural appearance.

The teardrop-shaped implant can work well for women that tend to have less natural breast tissue to start with or a breast shape deformity. The profile that is best for the patient is dictated by the existing breast size, the amount of natural breast tissue, the implant size chosen, breast shape, and chest wall shape.

Size

The biggest decision for women tends to be the size of the implant. In addition to the amount of natural breast tissue, size selection also depends on the quality of the breast tissue, and dimensions of the breast. The size of a breast implant is measured in cubic centimeters (cc), and typically varies from 200 ccs to 800 ccs. The cubic centimeters don’t necessarily correlate to a specific cup size, due to the fact that every woman starts with a different amount of natural breast tissue. The most important factor is that our patients choose an implant size that is comfortable, and that creates the type of proportion desired.  We offer New Look Now before and after visualization software free with each consult so women can virtually see their results of breast implants on their body before surgery.

Come in for a private consultation, and we’ll use measurements and an analysis of body shape to help determine which implants will achieve your desired look. Call today to schedule at 301-829-4110.

Dr. Cappuccino’s Summer Skin Care Approach

Summer Skin CareNow that it’s summer, we should consider skin care strategies to protect our skin as well as improve the health, quality, and appearance of our skin. When it comes to summer protection, I take a three-point approach: block UV light, hydrate, and use antioxidants.

When blocking UV light we should make wearing sunscreen a daily routine.   If you are going to be out in the sun remember to reapply at least every several hours, especially if you are in the water or sweating.  Wear a hat, a big hat.  I wear a ridiculously oversized hat when I play golf.  I know I stand out a bit, but I don’t care since I know my face, neck and chest are being protected from future wrinkles and skin cancer.  Try to avoid being exposed to midday sun (10am-2pm), and if you are, try to seek some shade.

Water intake and topical moisturizers are two forms of hydration for proper skin care.  Both are important.  Eight 8-ounce glasses of water are recommended each day to help maintain the critical fluid balance of our body and skin and assist in detoxification.  Topical moisturizers to hydrate skin before and after sun exposure are a good idea, especially ones that contain hyaluronic acid.

I use several different topical antioxidant skin care products yearly, but especially in the summer.  UV light causes creation of free radicals in our skin which can lead to photoaging and skin cancer. Use of topical products which contain antioxidants such as vitamin E, ubiquinone, and glutathione can help minimize this damage.

To learn more about summer skin care, contact Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Guy Cappuccino in Mt. Airy at 301-829-4110. For more information visit www.DrCappuccino.com, or our Facebook Page.

Lose the Lines this Summer with Botox® / Dysport®

Infini sweat gland ablationHow about a Botox or Dysport treatment for summer? Typically in this sunny season we love to look our best. We’re in natural light and on the go, making memories with family and friends. A refresh to tired eyes or forehead lines might be just the perfect brightening lift you need to boost your confidence. Both of these treatments provide an easy way to lift brows and lose the lines without downtime. You won’t have to take a hiatus from your busy lifestyle.

Botox and Dysport are well-known neuromodulators manufactured by different companies. Both products use botulinum toxin, and are very comparable. Much like the difference between Coke and Pepsi, it’s a preference by the patient and Dr. Guy Cappuccino as well as his wife Dr. Rachel Cappuccino our experienced and licensed RN Injectors Angel and Renee.

The repetition of muscle contractions create the wrinkles that patients like to reduce. Over time, squinting and smiling results in crow’s feet, forehead lines, and lines between brows. Injected Botox or Dysport diminishes the appearance of these lines, and provides a subtle lift to the brow. These neuromodulators temporarily reduce muscle contractions, which causes the muscles to relax. Relaxed muscles aren’t able to fully respond to nerve impulses. This results in eyes that look refreshed and awake, a smooth forehead, a lifted lip, or a softened chin.

Botox and Dysport can give you a youthful, natural result. As we say in the aesthetics world, fresh not frozen! Come in for a consultation with Dr. Cappuccino, Angel, or Renee and we’ll customize a treatment plan for your desired result. Follow us on Facebook to stay current on our Botox specials and more. 301-829-4110

Infini: Radiofrequency & Anti-Aging for Summer Skin

shutterstock_134521247-(1) (1)Patients often ask me if there are any good treatments for their skin that can be done in the summer when they know they will be exposed to UV light. This is the perfect time to try Infini. What if we told you this radiofrequency technology tightens skin, treats wrinkles, and corrects acne scarring? Infini provides anti-aging results similar to a non-invasive facelift. Now we have your attention!

For the month of June at Guy Cappuccino, MD we are offering a free syringe of Bellafill filler with your Infini Face & Neck series purchase. Bellafill also helps keep our skin smooth and is perfectly safe any time of year. Many anti-aging treatments like lasers can’t be performed on summer skin, or on patients with darker skin tones, because certain lasers and light treatments are attracted to the darker pigment in your skin. If you have a suntan, or darker skin tone, you can safely have Infini treatments. Unlike lasers, radiofrequency energy is not attracted to the darker pigment. Infini is safer than a laser, with less downtime.

Infini is a revolutionary radiofrequency energy device that tackles aging skin by tightening and treating wrinkles. It also corrects acne scarring. The device sends high intensity radiofrequency energy deep into the dermis of the skin and stimulates collagen production for wrinkle reduction. We lose collagen as we age, so this stimulation of collagen turns the clock back on our skin. Think of it like an anti-aging controlled ‘injury.’ The collagen ‘fights’ back by strengthening and producing 3-D volumization, and this results in more youthful skin.

Since the treatment targets the dermis as opposed to the surface of your skin, it maximizes results with very minimal discomfort and downtime. You might be a little pink the day after treatment, with the potential for some swelling the first 24 hours. You can apply makeup the day after your treatment. Infini is ideal rejuvenation for treating face, neck, and hands. Depending on the number of areas we are treating, your appointment should be 45 minutes to one hour, with an additional hour for pre-treatment numbing.

Call today to schedule your Infini consultation, and we can customize a treatment plan for your desired goal. LIKE us on Facebook to stay up-to-date on Facebook exclusive giveaways and promotions for Infini—and more!

 

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Look Great Now and Later with Bellafill

Bellafill provides beautiful, natural-looking volume to soften smile lines and acne scars. It is proven to be safe, effective, and long-lasting with minimal to no downtime. Unlike hyaluronic acid fillers that are temporary and require repeat touch-ups, Bellafill is a unique FDA-approved collagen based filler that works in two ways. This means less time spent at appointments, and less time under the needle. Let’s talk about the beautiful benefits of Bellafill.

How is Bellafill unique?

Bellafill is unique from other fillers because it works in two ways. Immediate volume takes place as the smooth collagen gel filler lifts depressed skin to the level of the surrounding skin in smile lines and acne scars. Long lasting improvement takes place as the polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) microspheres also create a matrix to support your body’s own collagen production. As we age, our bodies naturally produce less collagen. This support structure from the microspheres gives lasting improvement by restoring your skin as opposed to temporarily filling it. The result is a smoother, more youthful appearance.

How long will it last?

Results are proven to last through 5 years in smile lines, and 1 year in acne scars. At the 5-year mark 83% of patients were still satisfied with their smile lines results. At the 1-year mark 90% of patients were still satisfied with their results for acne scars. Bellafill creates natural-looking, enduring results. Your body naturally metabolizes and absorbs the collagen over time, but the volumizing results of the support matrix from the PMMA microspheres lays the foundation for long-term smoothness.

Bellafill can be used alone or in combination with other treatments.  Contact us and get your own beautiful benefits with Bellafill!