When people hear the words “plastic surgery,” they often think of cosmetic surgery. But reconstructive plastic surgery isn’t the same as cosmetic plastic surgery. While both surgeries can affect your appearance, they have different goals.
Cosmetic surgery isn’t medically necessary and is performed to improve your appearance and help you feel better about yourself. However, suppose the consequences of an injury, illness, or birth defect affect the functionality or appearance of your body. In that case, reconstructive plastic surgery works to restore the normal function and form of the damaged tissues.
At Carl N. Williams Jr. M.D. Hand and Plastic Surgery in Las Vegas, Nevada, we specialize in helping patients restore their bodies through different types of reconstructive surgery. If you’re ready to reclaim your body, learn why this could be your year for reconstructive surgery.
What do I need to know about reconstructive plastic surgery?
Surgeons perform reconstructive plastic surgery to correct body or facial abnormalities related to injury, disease, or birth defects. Some of the most common causes of these abnormal body structures include:
- Birth abnormalities (e.g., cleft palate, webbed fingers)
- Breast abnormalities
- Breast cancer surgery
- Arthritis or hand trauma
- Traumatic injuries and chronic wounds
Surgeons perform nearly 1 million reconstructive surgeries each year, and what’s involved in the surgery depends on which part of your body is affected and the type of surgery you require. Some reconstructive surgeries can be performed as outpatient procedures, while others may involve a hospital stay.
What kinds of reconstructive plastic surgery are there?
Any plastic surgery focusing on restoring the appearance and function of the body is considered reconstructive plastic surgery, and as such, there are many types. At Carl N. Williams Jr. M.D. Hand and Plastic Surgery, we offer different reconstructive plastic surgery options, including:
- Breast reduction to reduce breast tissue and ease physical and emotional discomfort
- Breast reconstruction to restore the breasts after breast cancer surgery or other trauma
- Chronic wound care for help with wounds from traumatic injuries that affect the look or function of the affected body part
It’s important to discuss your situation with the team at Carl N. WIlliams Jr. M.D. Hand and Plastic Surgery. Reconstructive surgery is usually considered medically necessary, and most health insurance plans cover some or all of the procedure.
Is reconstructive plastic surgery right for me?
If you have a birth defect or body or facial abnormality, this could be your year to reclaim your body with reconstructive plastic surgery. The only way to know for sure whether you’re a candidate for the procedure is to meet with a reconstructive specialist.
The team at Carl N. Williams Jr. M.D. Hand and Plastic Surgery evaluates your current condition and your medical history to determine if reconstructive plastic surgery is right for you. We explain what you can expect before, during, and after your surgery, answering any questions you may have.
Make 2022 the year for reconstructive plastic surgery by contacting Carl N. Williams Jr. M.D. Hand and Plastic Surgery in Las Vegas. You can also request an appointment online at your convenience.