What is Plastic Surgery for the Everyday Person?


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The needs of the everyday person for the skills of a plastic surgeon are much more common than people think.  Cosmetic surgery actually is a small (but significant) part of what plastic surgeons do.  The reason why plastic surgeons are the best cosmetic surgeons is because of the technical surgical skill and judgment that is learned over many years of training and experience in both cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery.  If you have a mole on your face or a mass on your leg, a plastic surgeon would be the one to best take care of this problem.  Why? Plastic surgeons are known for their understanding of the human anatomy, create harmonious relationships of the face and body, improve the aging face, reconstruct breasts for breast cancer, perform microsurgery, repair facial fractures, reshape the skull and create the best scars.  We reconstruct mangled arms and legs, reattach amputated fingers, and straighten out deformed noses.  We can remove anything (within our domain) and give you the best chance of looking as if nothing had been done, depending on how simple or difficult the problem is.  Obviously, we are not magicians.  We do not perform miracles.  Any operation will lead to a scar.  However, we have extensive training and experience in knowing how to surgically manipulate and restore the human face and body.  What we are able to deliver is to leave the least amount of surgical footprint as possible while treating the medical problem and giving you the best possible scar.  Consider a board certified plastic surgeon for the following problems in addition to what is written elsewhere in this website:

  • Moles, especially on the face
  • Scars
  • Skin and soft tissue growth, such as a lipoma
  • Skin cancer
  • Asymmetry of face and body
  • Hand surgery for growing lesions, like a ganglion cyst or mole, and traumatic injuries
  • Deviated septum of the nose (best to do when performing a rhinoplasty or nose shaping operation)
  • Ear deformities, like prominent ears
  • Foreign bodies, like glass particles
  • Burn reconstruction