Reconstructive Surgery in Augusta, GA
Plastic surgery is not only performed for purely aesthetic reasons. In some cases, reconstructive surgery is used to restore functionality to an area of the body affected by illness, injury, surgery, or hereditary conditions. Our team of skilled plastic surgeons includes Dr. Manuel Medina and board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. Troy Austin and Dr. Matthew Isakson, perform reconstructive surgery and serve residents of Augusta, Evans, Columbia County, and nearby areas in Georgia. We are also happy to provide our services to residents of Aiken and the neighboring communities in South Carolina.
What Is Reconstructive Surgery?
Reconstructive surgery is performed to repair damaged or undeveloped tissue, and reshape areas of the body that have been damaged or malformed by illness, injury, prior surgery, or genetic conditions to restore normal function and appearance.
How common is Reconstructive Surgery?
It’s estimated that more than one million reconstructive procedures are performed by plastic surgeons every year. Reconstructive surgery helps patients of all ages and types – whether it’s a child with a birth defect, a young adult injured in an accident, or an older adult with a problem caused by aging.
What is the goal of Reconstructive Surgery?
The goals of reconstructive surgery differ from those of cosmetic surgery. Reconstructive surgery is performed on abnormal structures of the body, caused by birth defects, developmental abnormalities, trauma or injury, infection, tumors, or disease. It is generally performed to improve function, but may also be done to create a normal appearance. Cosmetic surgery is performed to reshape normal structures of the body to improve the patient’s appearance and self-esteem.
Although no amount of surgery can achieve perfection, modern treatment options allow plastic surgeons to achieve improvements in form and function that were thought to be impossible 10 years ago.
Who should consider Reconstructive Surgery?
Patients may be divided into two basic categories: those who have congenital deformities, otherwise known as birth defects, and those with developmental deformities, acquired as a result of accident, infection, disease, or aging.
Some common examples of congenital abnormalities are birthmarks; cleft lip and palate deformities; and abnormal breast development. Burn wounds, lacerations, growths, and aging problems are considered acquired deformities. In some cases, patients may find that a procedure commonly thought to be aesthetic in nature may be performed to achieve a reconstructive goal. For example, some older adults with redundant or drooping eyelid skin blocking their field of vision might have eyelid surgery. Or an adult whose face has an asymmetrical look because of paralysis might have a balancing facelift. Although appearance is enhanced, the main goal of the surgery is to restore function.
How should I plan for Reconstructive Surgery?
The size, nature, and extent of the injury or deformity will determine what treatment option is chosen and how quickly the surgery will be performed. Reconstructive surgery frequently demands complex planning and may require a number of procedures done in stages. Because it’s not always possible to predict how growth will affect the outcome, a growing child may have to plan for regular follow-up visits on a long-term basis to allow additional surgery as the child matures.
Everyone heals at a different rate, and plastic surgeons cannot pinpoint an exact “back-to-normal” date following surgery. They can, however, give you a general idea of when you can expect to notice an improvement.
What Reconstructive Procedures do you provide?
- Breast Reconstruction
Breast reconstruction restores natural-looking breasts in patients who have lost a breast due to surgery or illness. The goal of the procedure is to restore the appearance, shape, and size of the breast to resemble the patient’s natural breast as closely as possible.
- Scar Revision
While no scar can be removed completely, plastic surgeons can often improve the appearance of a scar, making it less obvious through the injection or application of certain steroid medications or through surgical procedures known as scar revisions.
- Skin Cancer Treatment
In addition to correcting cuts and other surface wounds, plastic surgeons also regularly treat both cancerous and non-cancerous growths and problems with the supporting structures beneath the skin. Tumors, both cancerous and benign, vary widely in type, severity, and recurrence. The removal method chosen will depend largely on the type of growth, what stage it’s in, and its location on the body. Skin cancers and growths are usually removed by excision and closure, in which the growth is simply removed completely with a scalpel, leaving a small thin scar. If the cancer is large or spreading, major surgery may be necessary, using flaps to reconstruct the affected area.
- Transgender Breast Augmentation
We offer transgender breast augmentation with the goal of helping you achieve a natural feminine bustline as you develop the figure that represents your true self.
- Laser Reconstruction
Laser surgery is effective at removing or diminishing scars, imperfections, or growths with minimum bleeding, bruising, and scarring. Laser surgery may be used to treat a variety of other conditions such as birthmarks, spider veins, rosacea, melasma, uneven color or texture, and a number of other skin conditions.
Many individuals require reconstructive surgery to restore functionality as well as to remove scars from an area of the body affected by illness, injury, surgery, or hereditary conditions. Our team of skilled plastic surgeons includes Dr. Manuel Medina and board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. Troy Austin and Dr. Matthew Isakson, perform reconstructive surgery in the vicinity of Augusta, Evans, Columbia County, and nearby areas in Georgia and South Carolina. Contact us today!