Plastic surgery is a broad field that encompasses both cosmetic (aesthetic) and reconstructive procedures. 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 is usually performed to enhance or change body shape or appearance and 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.
Regardless of the type of plastic surgery, patients should ensure their surgeon is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. The entire Summa Health plastic surgery team consists of board-eligible, fellowship-trained cosmetic and reconstructive surgeons who have experience in a broad range of techniques and procedures, such as virtual surgical planning (VSP) for head and neck reconstruction. Using microsurgical techniques, our surgeons can transfer large tissue segments, whether soft tissue or bone, to distant sites in the body by connecting very small blood vessels and nerves. These techniques are particularly useful in breast, head and neck, and lower extremity reconstruction.
Offering a multidiscipline approach, Summa Health’s cosmetic and reconstructive surgery experts work in close collaboration with otolaryngology (ENT), the breast center, dental and orthodontia, orthopedics, vascular, weight management and general surgery to offer simple-to-complex treatments, like Post Mohs excision surgery to remove skin cancer, breast reconstruction and nerve and tendon transfers to address paralysis of the face.
In fact, the expertise of reconstructive plastic 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 cosmetic and reconstructive services are available at multiple locations throughout the community. Call us to schedule an appointment or refer a patient today.
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.
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.
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.