Plastic surgery involves the reconstruction of facial and body tissue defects due to illness, trauma or birth disorders. Plastic surgery restores and improves function, as well as appearance, and can involve surgery on any part of the anatomy, except the central nervous system.
Crozer Health offers both reconstructive and cosmetic plastic surgery services.
Reconstructive plastic surgery is performed to correct facial and body abnormalities caused by birth defects, trauma, disease, or aging.
Usually, the goal of reconstructive plastic surgery is to improve body function. However, reconstructive plastic 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 result from the following:
- Developmental abnormalities
- Congenital (present at birth) anomalies
With advances in breast reconstruction surgery, many women undergoing breast removal (mastectomy) choose to have their breast(s) rebuilt. Breast reconstruction involves creating a breast mound that comes as close as possible to the form and appearance of the natural breast.
The goal of reconstructive surgery is to create a breast mound that matches the opposite breast and to achieve symmetry. If both breasts have been removed, the goal of breast reconstructive surgery is to create both breast mounds about the size of the patient's natural breasts.
Cosmetic plastic surgery is performed in order to change one's appearance. For some, it may mean redesigning the body's contour and shape, the elimination of wrinkles, or eliminating balding areas. Others may choose varicose vein treatment or breast augmentation. There are a number of cosmetic surgery procedures that men and women can choose from in order to create an image that makes them feel more confident and comfortable with their appearance.
Some of the most common minimally-invasive and invasive cosmetic procedures include:
- Botox injections
- Breast augmentation or enlargement
- Breast lift
- Brow lift
- Buttock lift
- Cellulite treatment
- Chemical peel
- Chin, cheek or jaw reshaping
- Collagen injections
- Eyelid lift
- Hair restoration or transplantation
- Laser skin resurfacing
- Laser treatment of leg veins
- Lip augmentation
- Lower body lift
- Nose reshaping
- Thigh lift
- Tummy tuck
- Upper arm lift