Scar-Free Plastic Surgery Now a Reality

Sunday, November 29th, 2015

A group of surgeons in Toronto, Canada became pioneers as they completed a certain groundbreaking medical procedure that will change the face of plastic surgery forever.

They proclaim it as the first facial reconstruction procedure without the added scars. The team was led by Daniel Borsuk from Hospital Maisonneuve-Rosemont, an infirmary based in Montreal. In a span of 8 hours, the team worked and completed the process on an adult patient.

By making use of modern technology like 3D modeling and virtual surgery, the doctors carried out the entire facial reconstruction procedure by taking away a vascularized hunk of pelvic bone and restructuring it so it will acclimatize to the rest of the patient’s face, prior to resettling the bone within the mouth’s insides.

Years before this achievement, this kind of method would have taken several intrusions and would have left a number of scars on the patient, the doctors commented.

This undertaking sends a hopeful message to people with disfigurements and would need reconstructive operations to treat deformities. Nowadays, they won’t have to detach themselves and feel bad about their appearances.

Plastic surgery minus the scars can greatly improve one’s self-esteem and self-confidence, thereby improving the value of a patient’s life. This healthy outlook will direct individuals to a life of satisfaction and contentment.

It’s observed that people who are contented with their appearances will be subsequently positive in other aspects of life like work and relationships with other individuals. Thus, this important undertaking in the world of reconstructive surgery is a plus in this industry.

Plastic surgery is here to stay, and accomplishments like this one will make the whole industry stronger. Solutions for a better you are now easily accessible because of the tireless efforts of surgeons to better their craft.

Increasing Support: More Timing Choices for Breast Reconstruction Candidates

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

One of the biggest proofs of the benefits of plastic surgery is seen in the area of breast reconstruction after mastectomy or lumpectomy. In the previous years, having a breast cancer and mastectomy meant permanently losing one’s breast. This prospect often added to the anxiety of the patient, who did not only face death but also losing part of their womanhood.

Although prosthetics had always been an option, the tedious process of maintenance and putting it on and off discourages cancer survivors. The entry of plastic surgery for the breast as an option brought so much light and promise in making thousands of women feel whole as they start anew after their staggering battle.

The better news is that surgeons are relentless in improving this technology allowing for more alternative procedures that patients can choose from, such as the location of donor areas from which the fat and muscles of the reconstruction would come from.

Another important option is the flexibility of the timing of the breast construction operation. Although results are still better the nearer it is performed to the mastectomy or lumpectomy, new technology allows for improved outcomes for operations performed latter down the line. Here are the timing options available:

  • This requires the coordination of the mastectomy/lumpectomy doctor and the cosmetic surgery doctor. Although this ensures that the breast construction considerations are incorporated into the mastectomy procedure (such as where to make the cut) leading to superior results, this also brings a lot of pressure to the patient who has to make two concurrent decisions regarding the two procedures.
  • After mastectomy/lumpectomy. The decision for breast reconstruction could be made further down the line, when the patient has recovered and is thinking more clearly. This is applicable even to patients who had initially decided to go “flat”. Downside is there would not be much flexibility on the plastic surgeon’s side as he has to work with the scars and constraints of the earlier operation. This could be remedied by already having consultations between the cancer and cosmetic surgeon early on.
  • By stage. Some of the reconstructive surgery could be started with the mastectomy procedure and then finished at a later time. A tissue expander is first placed allowing for a space for the reconstructed breast that would be placed later. This saves the shape and skin of the breast. This is usually done when the patient needs further procedures to defeat the cancer and a full breast reconstruction procedure would impede healing.

Having these timing options is amazing. This takes a lot of tension from decision making by giving women a lot more time to contemplate their lives after the horrific cancer encounter. They can choose to have their breast backs right away if it will make them recover emotionally faster, they can also choose to have it later when they have lesser objects on their plate.

The hope is that would further advance and provide more effective support to survivors.

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Sydney Plastic Surgeon Changing Children’s Lives

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Not all people are created equal. Not all were born to have a good pair of eyes, a well-figured nose, perfect lips, five fingers in a hand. There are children who were born with deformities and if left unchanged may cause them unpleasant social and psychological functioning when growing up.

Plastic surgery becomes the best option when correcting physical deformities among children. The earlier the intervention is, the better it will be for the child. So, what does a plastic surgeon can do to change children’s lives?

  • A plastic surgeon corrects physical deformities in children which are either acquired from birth, illness or trauma. When the procedure is done, children can live their lives normally.
  • Plastic surgeons that specialize in children’s deformities are especially skilled. Children, unlike adults cannot fully express what they really feel and may be uncooperative. Plastic surgeons have the ability to incorporate both a relaxing and cooperative environment while performing the procedures.
  • A plastic surgeon sees the best for every child they treat. According to some of the best plastic surgeons who perform surgeries for children, the most rewarding part of their occupation is to see how the procedure can actually change a child’s life in an instant.
  • Plastic surgery may be done on an outpatient basis. If you are worried of your child having confined to a hospital, then you should cast your worries as most plastic surgeries may be done as an outpatient procedure. You can take your child home after the procedure and just do regular visits with the surgeon to check the aftermath of the procedure.

If your child is prescribed to undergo a plastic surgery, don’t fret. It is not the kind you’d see with older adults that have had plastic surgeries that went wrong. Plastic surgeries for children are actually meant to change their lives forever.

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Plastic Surgery Gives Newborn Baby Girl Her Nose

Sunday, June 14th, 2015
Tessa Evans

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Arhinia is a very rare condition where there is congenital partial or complete absence of nose at birth. This is the exact condition of Tessa Evans when she was born two years ago in Maghera, Ireland.  There have only been 47 reported cases of this in the whole medical history. Basically, the newborn does not have sense of smell and no sinuses but can still catch a cough or a cold.

What sets Tessa Evans from the rest of 47 cases reported is because with the help of plastic surgery, she is the first person to have cosmetic nasal implant. As of writing, the 2-year-old little girl underwent a pioneering operation where a nose-shaped mould was inserted into her face which should stretch the skin and slowly build a nose.

No one knows if this pioneering start will become successful as Tessa still needs to undergo quite a few operations later on as the nose grows into her face and as deemed needed by the plastic surgeons who are working on her. The final prosthesis that will complete her nose and overall facial look, however, is set to be received once she becomes a teenager. She will also have tattoos by then to make the engineered nose look like a real one.

Please do note that sometime in a teenager’s life, the nose stops growing, which makes this phase the best time to put in the final prosthesis for Tessa. Experts say that this is the exact reason why they do all kinds of nasal procedures once a person is at least a teenage and not on the younger ones. However, Tessa’s parents decided to do it earlier as they think their beloved daughter would benefit from it the soonest time possible.

We all still have to wait for the final outcome of this first ever cosmetic nasal implant for a baby born with no nose but we do hope it will be a successful one. This should be very inspiring for everyone.

Quick Insurance Facts on Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Thursday, November 6th, 2014
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

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Plastic and reconstructive surgery may be two different areas of medical specialty but both aims to make one look good.  Plastic surgery is more focused on treating any type of either acquired or congenital physical deformity. Today, plastic surgery is a famous procedure for anyone who is in good state of health who simply wants to improve their appearance and fight off signs of aging.

Reconstructive surgery, on the other hand, is commonly done to improve function. For example, the nose may be reconstructed to improve one’s breathing or smelling capabilities. However, nowadays, both plastic and reconstructive surgery can be carried out to depending on the patient’s wishes. Granted that the patient knows the limitations of both plastic and reconstructive surgery and is financially capable, the plastic surgeon may make it happen.

Is It Shouldered by Insurance?

Unfortunately, most of the plastic and reconstructive surgery procedures are not recognized by Medicare or other health insurance partners as these are deemed to be not a matter of life and death procedures. Exemptions, however, may be feasible if the patient can prove that he/she does need either the plastic or reconstructive surgery procedure to improve his overall health.

Here are some of the known exemptions/exclusions where your insurance might still cover for your plastic and reconstructive surgery costs:

  • Congenital abnormalities that can cause health problems such as cleft palate or lips and nasal deformities.
  • Accidents such as burns or lacerations that may cause undue damage not only to the physical appearance but emotionally as well.
  • Traumatic injuries especially if it happened during the time of work.
  • Plastic and reconstructive surgery need that arises from a cancer or tumor removal.

Remember that these are just examples and it would always depend on a certain clause in the insurance policy agreement one have signed. This is why it pays to fully read every sentence in any insurance agreement especially for those who might be concerned with plastic and reconstructive surgery.

 

When Life Gives You Lemons, You Squeeze and Bring Out the Tequila

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Whatever life throws at you, it’s always best to face it with a smile. But what if you can’t even smile because of plastic surgery gone wrong? (more…)