The Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery performs general reconstructive surgery on abnormal structures of the body that may be caused by congenital defects (present at birth), developmental problems, trauma, infection, tumors or disease. This surgery is done to improve function and offer patients a more natural appearance.
Surgical care offered includes individualized treatment plans for:
Cancer reconstruction – Reconstruction surgeries are available to restore and rebuild body structures after illnesses such as skin cancer and breast cancer.
Facial paralysis – This condition occurs when a person is no longer able to move some or all of the muscles on one side of the face. It is often caused by:
- Damage or swelling of the facial nerve, which carries signals from the brain to the muscles of the face
- Damage to the area of the brain that sends signals to the muscles of the face
In people who are otherwise healthy, facial paralysis is often due to Bell's palsy. This is a condition in which the facial nerve becomes inflamed. Nerve and muscle grafts can be used to restore a more natural looking smile and the ability to close the affected eye.
Nasal obstruction and allergy – There are numerous causes of obstruction, or some kind of blockage, in your nasal cavity. Our surgeons will determine the best course of treatment for your needs. This may require straightening out your septum and can often be combined with a cosmetic rhinoplasty.
Sleep apnea and snoring – Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder that occurs when breathing is interrupted during sleep. Snoring is a loud way of breathing during sleep that can indicate more serious problems. Our surgeon can offer various techniques to help open the airway and relieve symptoms from sleep apnea.
Trauma and wounds – These are cuts, lacerations (deep cuts or tears) or burns that have caused damage to both the skin and underlying tissues. Fine scars can be obtained using our advanced suturing (stitching) techniques.