Unlike cosmetic plastic surgery, in which the goal is improving the appearance of facial features, reconstructive surgery corrects abnormal structures and tries to restore normal function, with a simultaneous goal of preserving or restoring the aesthetic appeal of the face. These abnormalities may be due to birth defects, such as cleft lips and palates, or they may be acquired in life—the result of diseases like skin cancer, auto accidents or other traumatic events.
Facial plastic surgery can help these patients achieve a more normal appearance and erase the stigma associated with these conditions.
Below are some of the reconstructive procedures that we perform.
Skin Cancer Reconstruction
Removal of skin cancers can result in noticeable wounds. While this may be more acceptable in some parts of your body, it’s another story when the scar is located on your face, neck or ears. Facial plastic surgery techniques can reduce the signs of skin cancer removal and keep you looking like yourself.
The techniques vary with the nature of the cancer removal and its location. In cases of large cancers, skin or muscle from another part of the face or body may be used to fill the facial defect.
Auto accidents, dog bites, bike accidents and other injuries are hard enough to handle. When they cause damage to the face, the emotional toll is even greater. Facial plastic surgery techniques can reduce the signs of injury and restore normal function to your eyes, nose and mouth. Incisions can often be totally hidden to minimize post-reconstructive scarring.
Cleft Lip and Palate Repair
Cleft lip (in which the two sides of an infant’s upper lip don’t fully meet) and cleft palate (when the sides of the roof of the mouth don’t meet) are particularly devastating conditions for the children born with them. Fortunately, the child’s quality of life can be vastly improved through plastic surgery. Additional benefit includes better speech development. Cleft lip repair is typically conducted when the child is between three and six months of age, while cleft palate repair is recommended for children between 9 and 12 months old.
Older children and adults will often require—and have functional and cosmetic improvements—from revision cleft surgery.