According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the five most commonly performed reconstructive plastic surgery procedures of 2014 were tumor removal, laceration repair, maxillofacial surgery, scar revision, and hand surgery. What are the specifics of these procedures, and why are they performed so frequently?
When cancer grows in the body, tumors can affect both bone and soft tissue. Once the tumor has been removed, the task ahead is to rebuild the affected region. Surgical reconstruction can be necessary to repair function and restore the body’s appearance. Typically, this is best accomplished by using a combined approach that takes into account both structure and aesthetics.
A laceration is essentially a cut or tear to the skin, and can happen anywhere on the body. Reconstruction and repair of laceration begins with proper cleaning and wound care, after which the laceration edges can be rejoined using intricate suture techniques to help ensure as inconspicuous a scar as possible.
Maxillofacial reconstructive plastic surgery is specific to the anatomical area of the mouth, jaws, face, and skull. A specially-trained maxillofacial surgeon can perform reconstructive surgery that repairs both bone structure and soft tissue.
Scar revision is a specialized surgery that’s designed to greatly minimize the appearance of scar tissue. The goal of the surgery is to make the site of your scar more consistent with surrounding skin tone and texture for a much smoother, much subtler look.
Because our hands are essential tools for daily living, the conditions that negatively impact them can seriously diminish our quality of life. Hand surgery can be performed to address specific concerns related to hand function or aesthetic, helping you regain your hand health again.