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.
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.
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.
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.
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.