Reconstructive techniques can be used to correct congenital imperfections or acquired conditions that occur due to age, trauma, disease, tumors, and infection. Some examples of reconstructive plastic surgery are breast reconstruction, treatment of skin cancers, ear surgery, repair of cleft palate and cleft lip, scar revision and breast reduction.

Different Types of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery in Massachusetts

There are many indications for reconstructive plastic surgery in Massachusetts.

Breast Reconstruction - Congenital breast deformities or partial or complete removal of the breast for treatment of breast cancer is common indications for breast reconstruction to help restore form and symmetry to the breast. Techniques for reconstruction after mastectomy or lumpectomy include implants, and flap techniques utilizing the patient‘s own tissue from the abdomen or back for example. Often the opposite breast must be reshaped by procedures such as breast reduction or breast lift to achieve more symmetry with the reconstructed side.

• Ear Reconstruction Can be done for reconstruction of the inner and/or outer ear.
• Scar Revision A procedure carried out on a scar to improve the appearance of the scar.
• Skin Cancer Removal and Reconstructive Surgery After removing skin cancers such basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and malignant melanoma, the remaining defects need to be closed. Sometimes this can require more advanced reconstructive techniques such as the use of local tissue flaps or skin grafts. Ultimately, the goal is not only to remove the cancer, but also to restore form and function in the most aesthetic way possible.

Keep This in Mind for a Worthwhile Surgical Experience

Before proceeding with the surgery, it is important that you discuss your goals in detail with your reconstructive plastic surgeon so that you can have realistic expectation of what you can achieve. Often many different reconstructive techniques are available. The specific technique ultimately recommended may depend on the extent or location of the defect or deformity, the patients‘ health and medical history, and patient‘s desires and lifestyle issues. Also, while these procedures are very safe, it is important to remember that no procedure is without potential risks which could include infection, bleeding, wound healing problems, or anesthesia problems. By completely understanding the recommended procedure and the potential benefits and possible risks of that particular procedure, you will be able to make an informed decision whether to proceed with your reconstructive plastic surgery. Hopefully, this process will result in a successful, worthwhile, rewarding surgical experience.