Reconstructive Surgery

 reconstrAfter cancer surgery, injury or somtimes from birth defects, plastic surgical reconstruction is required. No one wants to look disfigured. Fortunately, reconstructive surgery can be undertaken to minimise scarring and assymetry. There is no one-type of surgery which is performed, as it will vary depending on the cause, severity and duration of damage or disease. This is quite complex, particularly in the region around the eyes. 

The aims of reconstructive surgery

In broad terms, reconstructive surgery aims to:

1) Restore function to the area involved

2) Restore appearance to the area involved, to as close to normal and symmetrical as possible.

What to expect after surgery

Initially, an overcorrection will be present. This is planned, and as healing occurs, the final shape and position will become established. The initial overcorrection is an important part of surgical planning

Swelling and bruising is a natural part of any surgery. It is particularly evident on the face, and will settle over time

Results of reconstructive surgery

Outomes of surgery will depend on many factors including type of injury/surgery, extent or severity of injury/surgery, time elapsed since injury/surgery, previous attempts of reconstruction, health of skin and soft tissues, blood supply, and coexistent disease such as diabetes. 

Recommendations

Reconstruction should be undertaken as soon as possible after injury or surgery, and the time period will depend on the type of injury or surgery. EyePlastic surgery specialises in reconstructive repair after injury, birth defects or cancer removal. Dr Anthony Maloof recommends Mohs surgery for skin cancer removal where possible to ensure the highest success rate of reconstruction. The best way to achieve a level of understanding of reconstructive surgery is to visit our gallery

 

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