Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Services
Our surgeons offer a full spectrum of plastic, reconstructive, hand surgery, and cosmetic procedures, including but not limited to:
- Pressure sore reconstruction
- Mohs defect reconstruction
- Vascular malformations
- Microvascular surgery
- Pediatric hand
- Congenital hand
- Facial trauma
- Breast reconstruction
- Burn Reconstruction
- General reconstruction
- Pediatric craniofacial anomalies
- Hand trauma
- Elective hand conditions
- Facial rejuvenation & Laser treatments
- Body contouring
- Breast augmentation
- Rhinoplasty, Facelift
Reconstructive surgery can help repair the parts of your body that are damaged, whether the damage has occurred by birth defect, developmental abnormality, disease or trauma. These problems can affect your day-to-day life, including your job, your relationships, and your self-esteem. Today, due to improved treatment options for so many disfiguring conditions, the emotional and physical results of the damage to your body by disease or trauma are very different from what they were in the past. New, improved reconstructive surgery options also mean better choices. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, more than 1 million reconstructive surgery procedures are performed each year.
Microsurgery is a procedure in which the surgeon uses a microscope for surgical assistance in reconstructive procedures. Typically, microsurgery is done when the structures being operated upon are so small that the surgeon requires a microscope in order to see them well enough to operate. These structures include nerves and capillaries, the tiniest blood vessels, and additional parts of the body when necessary. By using a microscope, the surgeon can actually sew tiny blood vessels or nerves, allowing him or her to repair damaged nerves and arteries. This may also be a method to relieve facial paralysis or reconstruct breasts. Microsurgery is frequently used with reconstructive surgical procedures such as the free flap procedure.
Reconstructive breast surgery — Rebuilding hope after mastectomy or lumpectomy
Reconstruction of a breast that has been removed due to cancer or other disease is one of the most rewarding surgical procedures available today.
Each year more than 200,000 American women face the reality of breast cancer. Today, the emotional and physical results can be very different from what they were in the past. New medical techniques and devices have made it possible for surgeons to create a breast that can come close in form and appearance to matching a natural breast.
To many women, the loss of a breast is still a devastating occurrence, one that strikes at their very sense of self. They may feel less feminine without a breast, find it awkward to have a missing breast or breasts under clothes, and find using a prosthesis, or rubber breast form, difficult, and will choose to undergo breast reconstruction after mastectomy.
Breast reconstruction (surgery to rebuild a breast’s shape) is often an option after mastectomy. Some health insurance plans pay for all or part of the cost of breast reconstruction and, also, for surgery to the other breast so that both breasts are about the same shape and size. The breast reconstruction process can also entail reconstruction of the nipple, including tattooing to define the dark area of skin surrounding your nipple (areola).
Although the reconstructed breast will not have natural sensation, the surgery can create the look of a breast. Breast reconstruction options should be discussed by the patient, the breast surgeon and the plastic surgeon prior to the mastectomy, even if reconstruction is planned for some months post-mastectomy. Two or more operations may be required in order to achieve a correctly positioned and natural-appearing breast.
Click here to read about options in reconstructive breast surgery
What is the difference between cosmetic and reconstructive surgery? (Information from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons)
- Breast reconstruction using microsurgical or implant techniques
- NIH – Health info on breast implants/breast reconstruction
- Facial and jaw reconstruction due to trauma or cancer
- Reconstruction of the head and neck, trunk, and extremities
- Skin cancer surgery
- Birth defects of the face, skull, hand, and skin
- Cleft lip and palate
- Scar revision
- Treatment of burns and burn scars
- Treatment of wounds
- Hand and replantation surgery
- Plastic Surgery Information Service, sponsored by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation
- Craniosynostosis – www.craniosynostosis.net