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Reconstructive Procedures

Reconstructive Procedures

Breast Implant Removal

Breast implant removal is an invasive procedure that’s performed when a woman decides she no longer wants her implants.

The surgery can address a variety of concerns, including implant malfunction, capsular contracture, and dissatisfaction with breast size. If a woman chooses not to replace her implants, a breast lift can be performed to address skin that may have been stretched.

Breast Reconstruction

Breast reconstruction surgery is intended for women who have undergone a mastectomy due to cancer or any other reason. Although breast reconstruction can rebuild your breast, the results are highly variable:

  • A reconstructed breast will not have the same sensation and feel as the breast it replaces.
  • Visible incision lines will always be present on the breast, whether from reconstruction or mastectomy.
  • Certain surgical techniques will leave incision lines at the donor site, commonly located in less exposed areas of the body such as the back, abdomen or buttocks.

General Reconstruction

General reconstruction surgery is generally performed to correct or remove either congenital deformities (birth defects) or acquired deformities (deformities which are often obtained by extraneous situations such as disease, accidents, infections, and/or aging). Depending on the patient’s circumstances, a surgeon may perform many different procedures including, but not limited to: direct closures, skin grafts, tissue expansions, excisions, and laser surgery.

Scar Revision

Scar revision surgery is a cosmetic procedure used to reduce the visibility of a scar or attempt to make it less conspicuous so that it blends into the surrounding skin tone and texture. Although no scar can be removed completely, scar revision surgery can make scars less obvious. Scar revision surgery can be used in order to treat several different types of scars, including: keloids, hypertrophic scars, contractures, and facial scars. The type of surgery performed will differ depending on the severity of the scar. For smaller scars, treatments can include: topical treatments, injectable treatments (such as dermal fillers), and surface treatments (such as: dermabrasion, laser/light therapy, chemical peal solutions, and skin bleaching agents). For deeper, and more serious scars, treatments can include: skin grafting, layered closure, flap closures, tissue expansion, and W-plasty or Z-plasty techniques.

Skin Cancer

A cancer diagnosis is very difficult to accept. Understanding that treating your skin cancer may result in scars or disfigurement can also be troubling. Your plastic surgeon understands your concerns and will guide you through treatment and explain the resulting effect on your health and appearance.

Skin cancer, much like any form of cancer, may require surgery to remove the cancerous growth. Your plastic surgeon can surgically remove cancerous and other skin lesions using specialized techniques to preserve your health and your appearance.

Vascular Malformations

Vascular malformation is a general term that includes congenital vascular anomalies of only veins, only lymph vessels, both veins and lymph vessels, or both arteries and veins:

  • Only veins: venous malformations (VM)
  • Only lymph vessels: lymphatic malformations (LM)
  • Both veins and lymph vessels: venolymphatic malformations (VLM)
  • Arteries connected directly to veins without any capillaries in between: arteriovenous malformations (AVM)

Why do these vascular malformations occur?

These are all present at birth and become apparent at different ages. We are just beginning to understand how malformations occur. The pulmonary arteriovenous malformation, when associated with Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia (HHT), is inherited genetically. There is currently much work being done on the possible genetics of other malformations. Most are only known as something that occurs during development of the arteries, veins, and/or lymph vessels, but without specific cause.

Financing Your Procedure

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Patients shouldn’t feel anxious about asking financial questions. Cosmetic Surgery should be a rewarding and positive experience, and you should be as comfortable with the financial aspect of your procedure as you are with the surgeon you choose. Financing is available through Care Credit.