Plastic Surgeons are specialists in procedures that improve the appearance of normal tissues or restore the appearance of damaged tissues. It is a very broad specialty which encompasses a multitude of techniques and skills. Scroll down the list to read a brief description of each category.
NON INVASIVE COSMETIC PROCEDURES
FACIAL COSMETIC PROCEDURES
Non Invasive procedures refer to all treatments which do not involve surgery. These treatments include injectables (like Botox and Juvederm), fat reduction technologies (like Cool Sculpting), skin tightening treatments (like Ultherapy), and laser resurfacing (like CO2 Laser).
Cosmetic Facial Procedures include nose re-shaping (rhinoplasty), eyelid surgery, facelift, neck lift, facial fat grafting, chin augmentation, cheek enhancement, cheek reduction, ear surgery (otoplasty) and liposuction of the face and neck.
BREAST COSMETIC PROCEDURES
BODY COSMETIC PROCEDURES
Cosmetic Breast Procedures include breast augmentation, breast augmentation with lift (augmentation mastopexy), breast lift alone without an implant (mastopexy), breast augmentation using fat grafting, and breast revision.
Cosmetic Body Procedures include tummy tucks (abdominoplasty), liposuction, buttock augmentation (using implants or fat grafting), body lifts and thigh lifts.
Plastic surgeons are specialists in the diagnosis and treatment of burn injuries. These injuries can range from minor burns to very complex burns requiring advanced equipment and techniques in a burn center. Patients may require a range of procedures including skin grafting, tissue rearrangements, tissue expanders and flap reconstruction.
Breast reconstruction is a subspecialty of Plastic Surgery. Plastic surgeons are trained extensively in the surgical techniques used to reconstruct defects created by breast cancer. These techniques involve the use of tissue expander/ implants, pedicled tissue flaps and free tissue flaps.
HEAD AND NECK RECONSTRUCTION
Defects and injuries of the head and neck area may be due to a variety of causes. These include trauma and the removal of tissue affected by cancer. Procedures to reconstruct the head and neck are among the most complicated of reconstructive surgeries. These include everything from local tissue rearrangements to delicate free tissue transfer.
Hand surgery is a subspecialty of Plastic Surgery. Plastic surgeons are trained in the diagnosis and treatment of hand related problems such as carpal tunnel syndrome, hand fractures, tendon injuries, nerve compression injuries, lacerations, and replantatations.
Craniofacial Surgery is the subspecialty that involves the reconstruction of the soft tissues and the facial bones of the skull. Many of the procedures are focused on improving the appearance of genetic defects. These include the repair of cleft lips, cleft palates, and a variety of skull deformities.