“We restore, rebuild, and make whole those parts which nature hath given but which fortune has taken away not so much that it may delight the eye but that it might buoy up the spirit and help the mind of the afflicted.”
–Gaspare Tagliocozzi, “The Father of Plastic Surgery”
The quotation above eloquently summarizes the goal of reconstructive surgery among plastic surgeons today.
Reconstructive plastic surgery differs slightly from cosmetic surgery because its goal is to restore natural appearance and function to children and adults who have abnormal features caused by trauma, heredity, or disease. Patients come to the Hunstad Center for Plastic Surgery for reconstructive plastic surgery procedures to repair skin cancer damage, restore devastating scarring and loss of function from severe burns, to restore the natural breast after mastectomy, and to revise breast reconstruction procedures.
The Hunstad Center for Plastic Surgery offers a range of reconstructive procedures. Although not comprehensive, the list below outlines reconstructive surgery issues addressed by our practice. Information regarding these services is included, but for an in-depth consultation for these or any reconstructive or cosmetic surgery options, please our office today.
- Pediatric and Adolescent Plastic Surgery
- Breast Reconstruction
- Breast Reconstruction Revision
- Scar Revision
- Otoplasty/ Ear Surgery
- Skin Cancer Reconstruction
Breast reconstruction is achieved through several plastic surgery techniques that attempt to restore a breast to near normal shape, appearance and size following mastectomy.
Also known as reduction mammaplasty, breast reduction removes excess breast fat, glandular tissue and skin to achieve a breast size in proportion with your body and to alleviate the discomfort associated with overly large breasts.
Hand surgery can treat diseases that cause pain and impair the strength, function and flexibility of your wrist and fingers. Surgery seeks to restore to near normal the function of fingers and hands injured by trauma or to correct abnormalities that were present at birth. Specifically, hand surgery can treat carpal tunnel syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis and Dupuytren’s contracture.
Scar revision surgery is meant to minimize a scar so that it is more consistent with your surrounding skin tone and texture. Although scar revision can provide a more pleasing cosmetic result or improve a scar that has healed poorly, a scar cannot be completely erased.
Understanding that treating your skin cancer may result in scars or disfigurement can be troubling. Your plastic surgeon will guide you through treatment and explain the resulting effect on your health and appearance. Your plastic surgeon can surgically remove cancerous and other skin lesions using specialized techniques to preserve your health and your appearance.