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In Practice Since 2006

About Earl Stephenson Jr., MD, DDS

Earl Stephenson, Jr., a board-certified plastic surgeon in Atlanta, GA, blends his talent and “eye” as a fine artist with his unique surgical skills and cutting-edge technology to create beautiful, lasting outcomes for his patients.

Education & Training

B.S., Microbiology. University of Oklahoma
D.D.S., University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry
M.D., Eastern Virginia Medical School
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Residency, University of Oklahoma Medical Center
General Surgery Residency, Atlanta Medical Center
Plastic Surgery Fellowship, University of Tennessee-Chattanooga


Practice, Earl Stephenson Jr, MD, DDS, FACS

3096 Peachtree Industrial Blvd
Duluth, GA 30097
United States

Questions Answered

Asked 2023-01-30

Should I now have eye corners stitches after 2 failed eye lift and revision? 1st eye lift Aug 2022. Second was Oct 22 due to eye medical issues. Now the ectropion eyes are not improved and he now wants to stitch the corners. Eyes never healed. Still having tears, dry eyes and light sensitivity…

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Earl Stephenson Jr., MD, DDS
Answered: 2023-04-18
I am sorry to hear about your current situation. The issue of ectropion (eck-tro- pee-on) can be painful to endure as well as frustrating to correct. Ectropion is a term that describes loosening or laxity of the lower eyelid. This loosened lower eyelid most commonly results from aging, medical conditions such facial nerve paralysis, heaviness from swelling or a mass, and final it can be due to scarring either from injury and or surgery. Understanding the cause of Ectropion leads to best chance at successful correction. Treatment may involve any or all of following: 1. Tightening and restoring the shape of the corner of the lower lid by detaching and reattaching the ligaments, placing them in their correct positions. This is called canthoplasty (can-tho-plas-tee) 2. Lifting the corner of the lower eyelid to support and reposition the ligaments without detaching and reattaching them. This is best accomplished with stitching techniques beneath the skin at the corner of the eyelid. This is called canthopexy (can-tho-pecs-ee). 3. Lower eyelid shortening procedure where the lower eyelid has become loose and elongated. Excess amounts of loose lower eyelid is removed to reposition and tighten the lower eyelid. 4. Adding skin, cartilage or mucosa (pink inner lining of eyelid) to the lower eyelid that has been affected by scarring from injury and/or surgery. Successful repair should be undertaken to prevent the ever present threat to the surface of the globe (eyeball) such as dryness , irritation, and redness. These issues along with the abnormal position of the lower eyelid causes excessive watering known as epiphora (e-pif-ora) Successful repair of your ectropion may require one of more of these techniques. Please seek professional recommendations from several board certified plastic surgeons or oculoplastic surgeons.
Asked 2020-05-03

I am 5'3, 120 pounds, and wear a 32DDD or 32E. I'm concerned that not enough CC's will be removed because in the grand scheme of breasts, mine are not that big, but they're too big for my frame, which is pretty slim. I would like to go down to a 32B or maybe 32C, but I am just not at the financial…

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Earl Stephenson Jr., MD, DDS
Answered: 2020-06-12
Helllo, I’m sorry to hear that you are suffering with this issue. The majority of insurance companies should cover your breast reduction typically if the following can be documented: 1. Failed non surgical treatment such chiropractic care or physical therapy 2. Failure of prescribed medications such as muscle relaxants and/or NSAIDS (non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs) 3. Changes in your activities of daily living (ADL) such as the inability to care for your self or family due to pain, inability to participate in physical activities and/or use of specialty bras 4. Neck pain, back pain, shoulder grooving and/or skin changes by physical examination Seeking out a primary physician first for a general exam to exclude other potential problems that could cause neck and back pain is the first step followed by referral to a board certified plastic surgeon for final evaluation and treatment. I hope you find this helpful. Best wishes. Earl Stephenson, Jr, MD, DDS
Asked 2018-06-05

Hello Dear Dr. Is it possible to have subglandular implant when I want to change A-cup to B-cup (estimated implant volume 250-270 cc ) ? As I know sub glandular technique has more natural look results Looking forward for your reply

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Earl Stephenson Jr., MD, DDS
Answered: 2018-06-10
It is certainly possible to have an implant exchange and have the implant placed the sub glandular space if you meet the criteria. One of the most important criteria is that you need at least 1.5 cm of tissue at the upper aspect of your breast to camouflage the implant.
Asked 2017-09-14

My health history is 3 pregnancies (2002,2006,2014), breast reduction 2008, and gastric bypass surgery 2012 resulting in 140lb weight loss. What is recommended for breast augmentation in my case? When using larger implants 600cc HP under the muscle what is needed for this to be a successful surgery?

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Earl Stephenson Jr., MD, DDS
Answered: 2017-09-29
Techniques vary between plastic surgeons but the outcomes are often very similar. In the case of Breast augmentation after weight loss, selecting an implant of appropriate size is the most critical factor.

Additional Information

Experience with Specialized Conditions or Skin Types
Sliding Genioplasty
African-American Skin Care
Nasal Reconstruction after MOHS (skin cancer) Surgery
Brands Offered

Board Certifications
American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS)
Society Memberships
The Aesthetic Society
Hospital Affiliation(s)
Northside Hospital-Duluth
Piedmont Eastside Hospital
Surgical Facilities
Perimeter Surgery Center
Northside Duluth Hospital
Piedmont Eastside Hospital

How Dr. Stephenson goes beyond

Renowned for his warmth, compassion and ability to communicate even the most complex medical information in terms any layman can understand. “My goals are listen to my clients’ concerns, provide exceptional care, and produce exceptional outcomes.”

Earl Stephenson Jr., MD, DDS

Practice, Earl Stephenson Jr, MD, DDS, FACS

3096 Peachtree Industrial Blvd
Duluth, GA 30097
United States