Posts Tagged ‘reconstructive surgery’

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.


Understanding Plastic Surgery and Its Medical Application

Friday, August 1st, 2014

With the great hype about plastic surgery and the increasing Hollywood actors and actresses going for it, plastic surgery has been noted as simply for cosmetic enhancements and nothing else. If you want to look better and almost like the runway models and Hollywood A-listers, then you have to be prepared to shed some thousands of dollars.

This has been the notion for quite a long time already. The fact that plastic surgery goes far beyond than just a simple breast implant or nose lift has taken the back seat. In the olden days, plastic surgery is only used to reconstruct something that has been badly damaged either by an accident or an injury.

Today, people talk about plastic surgery so casually that we think people have forgotten the primary medical application of plastic surgery. For this, let us go back to the basics of plastic surgery, its importance, and medical uses.

Plastic surgery is actually divided into two branches – the cosmetic surgery and reconstructive surgery. Cosmetic surgery is the more popular one today as this is the one that improves the aesthetic appearance of a person. The other branch, reconstructive surgery, focuses on improving function more than just the appearance.


The Complete Scope of Cosmetic Surgery

If you are obsessed with achieving perfection in your facial or body appearance, then you should know more about the medical application of plastic surgery specifically cosmetic surgery. This is the more famous branch as most famous personalities have done it to improve their appearances. This is the type of surgery done to get a better looking nose, perfectly contoured cheeks and chin, bigger breasts, sexier waistline, and even a bigger butt.

Cosmetic surgery is more of satisfying the society. This branch of plastic surgery has been so glamorized because it can literally turn any normal-looking person into a Barbie or a Ken. However, this is not risk free. The medical application of plastic surgery specifically cosmetic surgery is still limited. It may be done to improve some physical aspects of a person’s body that he/she has always hated and could be hindering him/her from achieving self-confidence.

It must be noted, however, that cosmetic surgery cannot solve an underlying mental or psychological disorder. Expectation must also be realistic as doctors can only help improve the looks. Most people, especially the capable ones crave for perfection nowadays leading to endless cosmetic surgery procedures.


The Importance of Reconstructive Surgery

This differs greatly from cosmetic surgery because this is the branch that deals with reconstruction of facial or body features after an injury, accident, or an untoward event. This is most commonly used for burns, fractures, severe skin infections, and cleft palate among others. More than just restoring normal appearance and good facial features, this also focuses on restoring full function as may have been damaged.

A great example of the medical application of plastic surgery specifically reconstructive surgery is for burn patients. What plastic surgery doctors do is use the extra skin on other parts of the body to carefully graft it in the damaged areas to promote fast healing and growth of new skin. As a result, burn patients can have a normal look weeks or months after.

Other medical application of plastic surgery or reconstructive surgery are for those involved in motor vehicle accidents where a nasty cut could totally ruin your face or body parts and for infants born with birth defects. In such cases, plastic surgery in the form of reconstructive surgery does wonders in giving people a new shot at life without being ridiculed because of their appearance.

If you are considering either, know all of the medical application of plastic surgery to educate yourself more. This will lead to a better decision once you know the pros and cons of what you are about to do and everything it can and cannot do for you.

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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…)