Plastic surgery includes both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. Board-certified plastic surgeons are trained, experienced and qualified to perform both cosmetic and reconstructive procedures on the face and all areas of the body.
Free Flap Breast Reconstruction Surgery
Reconstructive surgery after mastectomy is the most common plastic surgery performed at Sacred Heart. Reconstruction can be done at the same time as mastectomy or later, as a separate procedure.
This procedure uses muscle, fat, skin and other tissue from different parts of the body to shape a new breast.
"Free flap" refers to the type of tissue flap surgery where blood vessels are cut in the tissue before it is reattached to form the breast. The blood vessels are then connected to the blood vessels in the chest.
Breast Enlargement Surgery
Clinically referred to as augmentation mammoplasty, the procedure is used cosmetically to:
- Enlarge a naturally small breast
- Restore breast volume lost following pregnancy
- Achieve better symmetry
Breast Reduction Surgery
Also known as reduction mammoplasty, breast reduction surgery removes excess breast fat, glandular tissue and skin to achieve a breast size in proportion with the body and to alleviate the discomfort associated with overly large breasts.
Clinically known as abdominoplasty, the procedure removes excess fat and skin, and in most cases restores weakened or separated muscles, creating an abdominal profile that is smoother and firmer.
Skin Lesion Excision
Excisions remove cancerous lesions and other tissues. Usually performed under local anesthesia, skin excisions can be done for different types of cancer, including squamous cell and basal cell carcinoma.
Grafting is a surgical procedure used for skin cancer. Healthy skin is removed from one area of the body and relocated to the wound site.
Microsurgery is changing the lives of trauma victims and cancer patients. During this complex procedure, surgeons take bone, muscle and skin from one part of the body to fill a defect in another area. The blood vessels from this “flap” are reattached and the transplanted tissue lives on in its new location. Cancer patients and trauma patients see the most benefit from this type of surgery.
Though all surgeons close wounds, there are times when the special skill of a plastic surgeon is needed. Their expertise can improve healing and reduce scarring when a wound is large, jagged or cannot be covered with the skin currently at the site.