Reconstructive surgery is typically performed to restore correct form and function following abnormalities caused by birth defects, injury, disease, or aging. Its goal is typically to improve body function.
Cosmetic surgery, however, is a type of plastic surgery performed to enhance or change body shape or appearance and is not considered medically necessary. In some cases, a procedure thought to be cosmetic in nature can be performed to achieve a reconstructive goal as well.
The Summa Health plastic and reconstructive surgery team consist of board-eligible, fellowship-trained surgeons with experience in a broad range of techniques and procedures, such as virtual surgical planning (VSP) for head and neck reconstruction and microsurgery.
In addition to correcting cuts and other surface wounds, our reconstructive surgeons regularly treat both cancerous and non-cancerous growths and issues with supporting structures beneath the skin.
With our innovative and collaborative approach to treatment, Summa Health plastic and reconstructive surgeons collaborate with interventional radiologists, anesthesiologists and other specialists in lymphatic disorders to treat disorders.
Patients who have had surgery as part of their breast cancer treatment may choose oncoplastic and breast reconstructive surgery to rebuild the shape and look of the breast.
Summa Health surgeons are specially trained in the most sophisticated and precise techniques, including microsurgery, tissue substitutes, and the latest in wound care.
Nerve damage due to trauma or other conditions, such as Bell’s palsy, can lead to an inability to move the muscles of the face on one side or both. Facial paralysis can make it difficult to smile, blink, swallow or smile.
Cosmetic plastic surgery includes surgical and nonsurgical procedures that enhance and reshape structures of the body to tighten and improve the appearance of skin, adjust facial features, and much more.
The expertise of plastic and reconstructive surgery is often needed by other disciplines to “close the loop” of treatment. A plastic surgeon’s special skills can improve healing and reduce scarring when a wound is large, jagged or cannot be covered with the skin currently at the site.
Summa Health plastic surgery services are available at four convenient locations in Akron, Green, Hudson and Wadsworth.
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