Reconstructive cosmetic surgery can change the way you look while boosting your confidence.
A vast number of illnesses and injuries can alter your appearance. When you want to restore your image and improve both your normal function and self-confidence, you may undergo reconstructive surgery.
Surgeons perform millions of reconstructive procedures each year.
Breast Reconstruction Surgery
Breast reconstruction is a procedure that restores the size, symmetry, appearance, and overall shape of the breasts. It is typically performed in conjunction with or after other breast surgeries like a mastectomy or lumpectomy. It also is performed to correct congenital deformities.
The surgery involves placing a silicone or saline implant under the tissue in the chest. The surgeon will make an incision along and under the breast before removing the upper portion of the skin and tissue. The implant will then be placed and shaped under the muscle before the incision is sutured or stapled closed.
Because of its invasive nature, breast reconstruction is performed under general sedation. The typical recovery time for this type of surgery is three to four weeks. During your recovery, you can expect to change your bandages frequently and have the drainage tubes in your breast tissue monitored and removed after a week to 10 days.
Breast reconstruction surgery remains popular with women who want to look and feel better about themselves and their appearances. They may feel like they have regained an important component of their identities. They also may appreciate that their clothes fit better.
Cleft Reconstruction Surgery
Reconstruction surgery is often performed on children who are born with cleft palates. This condition afflicts millions of infants each year. It is often the result of a congenital deformity that is immediately evident after an infant is born. In some cases, it can also be detected before with an ultrasound.
As common a defect as it is, it is also just as easily repaired. To repair the cleft palate, a surgeon will first put the child under general sedation. Next, the surgeon will make an incision on the sides of the cleft to free up skin, muscle, and tissue that will be used in the repair process.
The tissue, skin, and muscles are drawn together and stitched closed to create a typical looking upper lip and nose. Parents are often alarmed at the amount of scarring on their child’s face after the surgery. However, this scarring is normal and will fade quickly as the child grows. He or she will also enjoy greater normal function of the mouth, lip, and nose as the scars heal.
Prompt repair of a cleft palate can be crucial for everyday functions like eating, breathing, and talking. Infants with cleft palates often have difficulties breastfeeding or taking a bottle. Toddlers with cleft palates often struggle with normal language and speech development. Cleft palate reconstruction surgery gives children with this condition the normal functions they need to grow and develop properly.
Scar Revision or Removal Reconstruction Surgery
Scar revision or removal reconstruction surgery is a procedure that improves or eliminates the presence of scars on the body. When patients develop scars from prior surgeries, illnesses, or injuries, they may want to have their normal appearance restored by having the scars surgically minimized or removed. The type of scar revision or removal surgery that a patient undergoes will depend on the depth, color, and texture of the scar as well as the person’s overall health.
Surgeons use different procedures to address scars. They can minimize or eliminate scar tissue with:
- Laser therapy
- Dermal fillers
- Surgical removal (for deep scars)
- Skin bleaching
- Skin grafts
The procedures are performed on an outpatient basis. Most of these operations are also easy to recover from and require minimal care afterward. The most basic precautions that patients should take when healing from scar revision or removal surgery include wearing sunscreen, avoiding direct sunlight, avoid using cosmetics until their skin is healed, and watching for signs of infection like redness or bleeding.
These are just three common surgeries in the wide scope of reconstructive cosmetic procedures. Reconstruction surgeries help patients regain their normal appearances and improve their self-confidence in the way they look and function. Surgeons across the country perform millions of these operations on patients of all ages each year. As an added benefit, many of these procedures are minimally or non-invasive and quick from which to recover