Reconstructive Plastic Surgery
Is there more to Plastic Surgery than just Cosmetic Surgery?
Like some other surgical specialties within medicine, Plastic Surgery is not confined to a specific organ system or type of procedure. Plastic Surgery attempts to restore both form and function once lost be it secondary to a birth defect, injury, disease or aging.
Plastic Surgery can be divided in to procedures that are “reconstructive” and those that are “cosmetic”, but this classification is artificial. For example,there are many conditions which appear to be both reconstructive and cosmetic in nature such as the repair of a newborn’s cleft lip and the reconstruction of a new breast following a mastectomy. The basic surgical principles and techniques of Plastic Surgery were developed out of necessity in an effort to manage traumatic injuries, but it is these same principles and techniques that allow us to perform safe and effective cosmetic surgery.
In addition to their cosmetic practice, our surgeons enjoy a busy reconstructive practice that treats a wide variety of conditions. Some of the common services we provide include:
- Breast cancer reconstruction
- Breast reduction surgery
- Male chest contouring for Gynecomastia
- Skin cancer excision
- Biopsies of various soft-tissue nodules and tumors
- Scar revisions
- Management of burns and complex wounds
- Treatment of Facial fractures and other facial injuries
- Hand surgery
Some of the more common hand conditions that we treat are:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Trigger fingers and tendinitis
- Dupuytren’s Contracture
- Ganglions and other nodules, cysts and tumors
- Traumatic hand fractures, tendon lacerations and other injuries
The consultations and surgery provided for these and many other conditions is usually insured by our provincial health care system. If you feel as though you might benefit from seeing one of our doctors please discuss it with your Family Doctor and have them make a referral.