Plastic surgeons perform more than one million reconstructive procedures every year. Reconstructive surgery helps patients of all ages and types – whether it’s a child with a birth defect, a young adult injured in an accident, or an older adult with a problem caused by aging.
Reconstruction of a breast is one of the most rewarding surgical procedures available today. New medical techniques have made it possible for surgeons to create a breast that can come close in form and appearance to matching a natural breast.
Medical professionals have made great advances in treating children with clefts and can do a lot to help your child lead a normal, healthy, happy life. Children born with a cleft lip or palate may need the skills of several medical professionals to correct the problem.
Major advances have been made treating patients with hand injuries, degenerative disorders, and birth defects of the hand. Plastic surgeons undergo intensive training in hand surgery, and they treat patients with a wide range of hand problems.
Reconstructive surgery is performed on abnormal structures of the body. It is generally performed to improve function, but may also be done to approximate a normal appearance.
In the past decade, laser technology has revolutionized many areas of plastic surgery. The laser’s allure comes from its ability to “blast” away or diminish imperfections or growths with minimum bleeding, bruising, and scarring.
Plastic surgeons can often improve the appearance of a scar, making it less obvious through the injection or application of certain steroid medications or through surgical procedures known as scar revisions.
Skin cancer is diagnosed by removing all or part of a skin growth and examining its cells under a microscope. It can be treated by a number of methods, depending on the type of cancer, its stage of growth, and its location on your body.
Tissue expansion enables the body to “grow” extra skin for use in reconstructing almost any part of the body. A silicone balloon expander is inserted under the skin and gradually filled over time, causing the skin to stretch and grow.
While your plastic surgeon may repair a wound with a direct closure, reconstruction may also include a skin graft, flap surgery, tissue expansion or microsurgery. The type of trauma and wound you exhibit will determine how you are treated.