What is Reconstructive Surgery?
- Posted on: Jun 23 2015
Reconstructive surgery is performed to correct or enhance a previous surgery or treatment. It may be performed for both cosmetic and medical reasons. Reconstructive surgery is often more complex than the original procedure, which is why it is imperative to select a plastic surgeon that is highly experienced in reconstructive procedures. Dr. Christopher Kovanda offers a variety of reconstructive surgical options at his Edina office to help patients meet their final aesthetic goals.
Types of Reconstructive Surgery
There are many different types of reconstructive surgery that may be performed, but three of the most common include:
- Breast Reconstruction Surgery – often chosen after breast cancer surgery and treatment to restore a full and natural look to the breasts, may also be required after complications from breast augmentation surgery that negatively impact the appearance of the breasts
- Revision Rhinoplasty – may be necessary after an original rhinoplasty to provide further aesthetic enhancement or to improve function of the nose that was affected with the original surgery
- Skin Cancer Reconstruction – used to restore appearance after a significant amount of skin and tissue is removed to treat skin cancer or recommended to improve the appearance of facial features affected by skin cancer and subsequent treatment
Benefits of Reconstructive Surgery
Specific benefits derived from reconstructive surgery will depend on the type of surgery performed and the reason it is done. However, there are some general benefits of any reconstructive surgery, which might include:
- Improved function, such as revision rhinoplasty that corrects issues that might have arisen from the original surgery that impact breathing or nasal function
- Enhanced appearance, which could include correcting asymmetries or other issues that appeared after the initial surgery
- Correction to possible complications after the original surgery, such as infection or poor healing
- Increased self-esteem and healing, particularly if the reconstructive surgery was performed after a cancer diagnosis and treatment
- If revision surgery is deemed medically necessary or is linked to cancer treatment (such as breast reconstruction), insurance may cover at least a portion of the procedure
Are You a Candidate?
Candidates for reconstructive surgery also vary, based on the type of surgery considered. Breast reconstruction is an option for many women that undergo mastectomy as a part of breast cancer treatment. Skin cancer reconstruction can also be performed on most patients that suffer disfigurement as a result of skin cancer surgery and treatment. Revision rhinoplasty is an option for a patient that is unhappy with the result of the initial procedure, either from an aesthetic or functional standpoint.
Reconstructive surgery is typically performed on patients in relatively good health with realistic expectations about the outcome of their procedure. Dr. Kovanda will work with you to determine if reconstructive surgery is the right choice for your aesthetic goals and tailor your procedure to your specific needs. To learn more about reconstructive surgery options, contact Kovanda Plastic Surgery at 855-337-4367.
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