All about reconstructive plastic surgery

When it comes to plastic surgery, the main procedures that are discussed most often is facial cosmetic surgery, tummy tuck or abdominoplasty, liposuction, breast augmentation as well as other non surgical procedures such as injectables. However, plastic surgery is not centered on just aesthetic benefits. It is also performed for the reconstruction of various body parts and is termed reconstructive plastic surgery.

Based on the studies conducted by American Society of Plastic Surgeons, there had been around 4.9 million reconstructive surgeries performed in the year 2008. For this reason, reconstructive procedures are concentrating more on cancer surgery, cleft repair surgery and hand surgery.

Reconstructive plastic surgery is targeted on deformed structure of various body parts. Usually, the deformity may be caused from various reasons such as tumors, infections, trauma, developmental defect as well as birth flaws. The surgical procedures can enhance function of these deformed structures as well as improve their appearance. 

Reconstructive Plastic Surgery

Reconstructive surgery can also be a great solution when it comes to life threatening disorders. For instance, a surgery for taking away skin tumor will decrease the chances of cancer spreading to other parts as well as improve the appearance of the scar left behind.

The articles by Consumer Guide to Plastic Surgery were developed from the studies and discussions with popular reconstructive plastic surgeons as well as medical institutions. Those articles describe various concerns such as advantages, risks and prices of skin cancer, cleft and hand surgery.

When seeking the surgery, picking the surgeon is an important factor that matters the surgery quality and satisfaction. There is nothing to hesitate about asking questions to a reconstructive surgeon.

According to Scott Vooss, the director of marketing and communications at Operation Smile Norfolk, there are plenty of information online on cleft surgery that gives a brief outline of the different health problems regarding cleft palates and lips. It also explains how the surgery benefits. He also mentions that circulating this information would helps those seeking the procedure.

Darrick E Antell, MD, one of the board certified reconstructive plastic surgeons in New York City who worked as a medical advisor for skin cancer surgery says that creating awareness would aid people in clearly understanding about the prevention and treatment of skin cancers. He also adds that it would help the public know about the importance of plastic surgeons in the treatment of skin cancer.

Body dysmorphic disorder and plastic surgery

Body dysmorphic disorder refers to a psychological disorder that tends a person to seek plastic surgery frequently. Based on various studies, it is stated that people with this disorder are much concerned about their beauty as well as looks and they go for surgeries on different areas such as face, nose, chin, and chest. The recent studies reveal that nothing much can be done with surgery for improving their mental state.
Body dysmorphic disorder results from a psychological condition in people that are very anxious about their appearance, become obsessed over small defects or flaws. They tend to dysfunction in their day to day aspects since they often get confused over physical appearance. These people sometimes become addicted to cosmetic surgery.

One of the best examples is the case of reality TV star Heidi Montag, who took a number of cosmetic plastic surgery in a single day. The procedures took around ten hours to finish and she is still behind it. She is the major victim of body dysmorphic disorder diagnosed so far.


Many plastic surgeons stand for the demands of patients having this disorder, though medical provisions recommend giving a psychological counseling rather than undergoing different surgical body enhancements. It is stated that around 7 to 8 percent of people seeking plastic surgery in United States have this disorder.
A new study was conducted for finding whether taking numerous plastic surgeries can actually resolve the symptoms of body dysmorphic disorder. There were around 200 people that had been indentified with this disorder. Among them one third of patients were wanting cosmetic procedures or other non invasive treatments and one fifth of people had undergone the procedures.