Reconstructive Surgery at Partridge Plastic Surgery in Princeton, NJ
Partridge Plastic Surgery provides reconstructive surgery, a life-changing procedure for people who have physical imperfections or injuries. Reconstructive surgery has many benefits, including improved appearance, more mobility, decreased pain, and a significant boost in self-confidence. Dr. Joanna Partridge M.D. focuses on individualized care to assist patients in achieving their desired results through reconstructive surgery. For more information, contact us today or schedule an appointment online. We have convenient locations in Princeton, NJ, and North Brunswick, NJ.
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What is considered reconstructive surgery?
What are the different types of reconstructive surgery procedures?
What is the difference between reconstruction and plastic surgery?
How long does reconstructive surgery last?
Reconstructive surgeries are vital in allowing patients who have undergone physical traumas, diseases, infections, or developmental abnormalities to live healthy, functional, and normal life. Whether they were born with a cleft lip, lost a limb in an accident, or developed arthritis in their hand, reconstructive surgeries can restore the normal strength and function back into a body part while also providing the most aesthetically appealing results to offering the patient with the confidence in their appearance that they deserve. Reconstructive surgeries are more often than not completely life-changing and can significantly improve the quality of life for all patients.
Reconstruction surgeries fall into the category of plastic surgery but consist of a wide variety of procedures in which the purpose is to restore function or form to a part of the body that has undergone trauma, injury, infection, or disease. Some methods of reconstructive surgery are used to correct birth defects or any other abnormalities that have occurred throughout development. It falls into the category of plastic surgery but is frequently used for both aesthetic and functional means to repair tissue that has been damaged or never developed properly. Surgeries performed to restore function or aesthetics can be done just about anywhere visible on the body and are done to correct abnormalities in the body or face caused by several potential factors including injury, disease, congenital defects, or aging.
Many different types of reconstructive surgery procedures are typically categorized depending on the area of the body they are treating. Some common reconstructive surgeries include breast reconstruction which consists of both augmentation and reduction, often considered to be a reconstructive procedure if it is following a breast cancer surgery or some other condition that has affected the shape of the breast and tissues within. Reconstructive surgeries performed on the hands are also fairly common and are done to improve the functionality and appearance of the hands by addressing common issues such as lost strength or flexibility, webbed fingers, carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, and any other trauma. Facial reconstruction is another category that includes several different procedures, all of which focus on repairing different abnormalities within the cranium including cleft lip or cleft palate repairs, septoplasties (to repair a deviated septum), and jaw straightening. Undergoing a surgical procedure to have excess skin and fat that remains after a significant weight loss is also considered to be reconstructive surgery.
Reconstruction surgery falls into the category of plastic surgery, meaning that reconstructive surgeries are typically performed by licensed plastic surgeons. Many people assume that plastic surgery covers predominantly cosmetic procedures, but the field of plastic surgery encompasses a very wide range of surgical procedures that correct both aesthetic and functional issues. However, the vast majority of reconstructive surgeries require the expertise of a plastic surgeon as they will have the knowledge and skills to repair and restore soft tissues, bones, skin, and essentially any other tissues within the body that can be repaired surgically, whether the reparations are done for aesthetics, functionality, or both. Depending on the procedure, it may be considered predominantly functional or cosmetic, but this distinction may determine if the procedure is considered “medically necessary” by insurance companies, so while many reconstructive surgeries provided by plastic surgeons can be at least partially covered through health insurance, coverage may be more difficult to have for procedures that are considered to be entirely cosmetic.
Depending on the complexity of the procedure, the total time that is spent in the operating room during reconstructive surgeries can vary quite a bit but can typically be completed within a few hours as outpatient procedures. The results from reconstructive surgeries will most likely be permanent and are often not performed to be reversed as they will often involve surgically altering the skin and reshaping bones. The vast majority of reconstructive surgeries are performed with the intention of the results being permanent and not requiring maintenance unless the patient is dissatisfied with the final results, but this scenario is rare.
Reconstructive surgery is a suitable option for patients who want to restore form and function to affected parts of their bodies. At Partridge Plastic Surgery, our team will provide you with the best care and treatment. For more information, contact our team of health professionals at Partridge Plastic Surgery or visit us online to book an appointment. We have convenient locations in North Brunswick, NJ, and Princeton, NJ. We serve patients from North Brunswick NJ, New Brunswick NJ, Edison NJ, Milltown NJ, Clyde NJ, Princeton NJ, Sayreville NJ, and Rocky Hill NJ.