It's estimated that plastic surgeons perform over one million reconstructive procedures each 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 that has been removed due to cancer or other disease is one of the most rewarding surgical procedures available today. 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.
Major advances have been made treating patients with hand injuries, degenerative disorders, and birth defects of the hand. Plastic surgeons have been at the forefront of these advances, with their interest is improving both function and appearance. Plastic surgeons undergo intensive training in hand surgery, and they treat patients with a wide range of hand problems.
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 is a relatively straightforward procedure that 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 near the area to be repaired and then gradually filled with salt water over time, causing the skin to stretch and grow.
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.
Wound care is important for any reconstructive surgery that seeks to correct damage caused to nerves muscles, the skeleton, or skin. Plastic and reconstructive surgeons select methods to address wound care based on the size, severity, and features of the wound. Examples of approaches to wounds include skin grafts, tissue expansion, and flap and microsurgery.
Laser technology has made a tremendous impact in many areas of medicine, and especially in plastic surgery. A medical laser allows your surgeon to blast away imperfections or growths with minimum bleeding, bruising, and scarring.