Reconstructive plastic surgery is used to correct conditions related to traumatic accidents, cancer, birth defects, or disease. These debilitating and sometimes disfiguring illnesses and injuries are often unexpected and their victims may find their quality of life impaired for a time.
Our plastic surgeon at McKay-Dee Dermatology and Plastic Surgery can perform a variety of procedures to improve function and appearance to areas of the body affected by these types of conditions, helping our patients regain confidence, self-esteem, and quality of life.
Reconstructive procedures available at our facility most often relate to hand and facial injuries, breast reconstruction, and skin cancer surgery.
Hand surgery is a general term used to describe a variety of procedures that help restore function to the hands, wrists, and forearms following a traumatic injury or disease. Hand surgery may also include procedures that correct congenital abnormalities and/or conditions that affect strength, function, or flexibility in the lower arms and hands.
The main goal of hand surgery is to restore functionality while creating an aesthetically pleasing result.
Facial fractures resulting from traumatic injury can be corrected through various surgical procedures. These fractures may affect the skull, face, or jaws. Many times, this type of reconstructive surgery involves other cosmetic procedures such as rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery, or otoplasty (ear surgery).
In many cases, cosmetic surgery can dramatically improve the final results following a traumatic facial injury.
Part of diagnosing melanoma includes a process called staging, which determines the thickness of the tumor, and how far the cancer has spread (to the regional lymph nodes or beyond). Melanoma surgery varies depending on the stage of the disease. In many cases, this procedure includes surgical removal of the melanoma, an evaluation of the lymph nodes, and prevention of melanoma recurrence.
Malignant melanoma is a very serious type of skin cancer that affects hundreds of thousands of Americans each year. Treatment for melanoma often includes excising, or removing the effected skin. The effected area may be as small as a mole, or possibly several centimeters in diameter. After a dermatologist removes melanoma, our plastic surgeon can restore the aesthetic appearance to the effected area using a variety of techniques.