Reconstructive Surgery

Reconstructive plastic surgery corrects physical abnormalities caused by trauma, infection, developmental dysfunction, congenital anomalies, disease and aging. While the primary goal of reconstructive surgery is to improve body function, it can also have psychological benefits for the patient by restoring a more natural appearance, thereby improving self esteem.

Emory Reconstructive Plastic Surgery is a local, regional and national referral center for the following reconstructive procedures:

Abdominal Wall Reconstruction

Reconstructive surgery can restore the integrity of the abdominal wall fascia, muscle or skin that has been adversely affected by trauma, tumors or hernia. Procedures may include using synthetic mesh, local sliding muscle and fascial flaps, or transferring vascularized tissue from another part of the body.

Thoracic Reconstruction

Many of the muscle flaps pioneered by Emory plastic surgeons can be used to cover and reconstruct chest wall defects following resection for cancer, wound healing problems or radiation damage.

Breast Reconstruction

Depending on the patient's overall health, breast reconstruction can either be part of the original mastectomy procedure or performed later.

Reconstruction Following Surgery for Skin Cancer (Including MOH's Surgery)

Depending on the location and severity of the skin cancer, the consequences from surgery may range from small scarring to permanent changes in facial structures. In the latter case, the plastic surgeon can be an important member of the treatment team. Reconstructive techniques ranging from simple scar revision to the complex transfer of tissue flaps from elsewhere on the body can often repair damaged tissue, rebuild body parts, and restore acceptable appearance and function.

One of the more common procedures for combating skin cancer is MOH's surgery, in which cancerous skin is shaved away by a dermatological specialist. As each layer is removed, the surgical margins are checked for abnormal cells. Emory plastic surgeons are often involved in reconstructing any defects that occur as a result of such tumor removal in the facial area.

Facial Scars

While scars can't be completely removed, it is possible to modify them and restore bones to their normal position. Facial scars are often repaired with tiny sutures, leaving a thinner, less visible scar that can be made even more indistinguishable with dermabrasion or laser resurfacing.

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Reconstructive Plastic Surgery