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What is reconstructive plastic surgery?
Reconstructive surgery is performed to correct facial and body abnormalities caused by birth defects, trauma, disease, or aging.
More than one million reconstructive surgeries are performed each year in the US. Usually, the goal of reconstructive surgery is to improve body function. However, reconstructive surgery may also be performed to create a more normal appearance and improve self-esteem (this may also be called cosmetic surgery). Abnormal structures of the body may be caused by:
Who are candidates for reconstructive surgery?
Generally, two types of patients have reconstructive surgery:
What are the possible complications associated with reconstructive surgery?
Any type of surgery carries some risk. Patients differ in their anatomy and their ability to heal. Some complications from surgery may include:
Risk of complications may increase if a patient:
How to prepare for reconstructive surgery:
The type of surgery will be determined by your physician(s) based on the following:
Reconstructive surgery may require multiple procedures done in several stages.
There are a number of areas in plastic surgery that may be either or both reconstructive or cosmetic, depending on a patient's situation. For example, eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) may be a procedure performed for cosmetic improvement, as well as to correct eyelids that are drooping severely and obscuring vision.