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Learn About Reconstructive Surgery

Part of the healing process can mean easing or erasing the signs of trauma, birth abnormalities or disfigurement from disease treatment. The plastic surgery professionals at Lehigh Valley Health Network are prepared to help you consider your options and provide treatments that can correct or mask those physical reminders.

Our surgeons utilize cutting edge technologies, microsurgical techniques and offer years of experience to achieve the optimum outcome for your reconstructive surgery.

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Surgical treatment for breast cancer, or prophylactic surgical treatment for women at risk for breast cancer, can permanently alter a woman’s physique. The goal of breast reconstruction surgery is to restore the woman’s breasts to their natural shape.  Surgical options for breast restoration include using your own tissue (autologous resconstruction) or breast implants (prosthetic reconstruction) to create new breast mounds.

You and your surgeon will discuss risks and expectations, as well the pros and cons of each option and determine which approach is best for you.  Procedure time and the need for in-patient care is dependent on the procedure you select.

Cleft lip and palate surgery

Restoring oral structure and correcting the lip are the primary goals when a child is treated for cleft lip and/or cleft palate. At Lehigh Valley Health Network, your child’s care will be handled by a multidisciplinary team and coordinated by plastic surgeons who have years of experience treating these conditions.

Most infants with cleft lip will have surgical repair around three months of age.   Repair of cleft palate will occur between nine and twelve months of age—ideally before speech develops.

These surgeries take two to three hours, and will require an overnight stay in the hospital.

Earlobe repair

Eye-catching earrings or statement-making ear gauges may prove harder on the earlobes than you might expect. Over time, heavy earrings or gauges may cause the pierced hole to stretch out or even split.

Our surgeons can assess the damage and determine the best approach to repair your lobe.  Most earlobe repairs are done in our office using local anesthesia.  Often the surgery will take less than two hours.

Following an earlobe repair, our office can also take care of repiercing the lobe, if you choose to do so.

Ear reconstruction (otoplasty)

Ears literally frame the face and can either blend into the background or stand out in a way that may bother you. Otoplasty is a procedure that focuses on restoring balance and symmetry to the ears.  This is an out-patient procedure and depending on the extent of the surgery, can take one to three hours.

Facial trauma

Traumatic accidents take a toll on the human spirit, and if your facial appearance has been injured, you are coping with the loss of the “old you” with every look in the mirror or glance from a stranger. Facial plastic surgeons at Lehigh Valley Health Network will work with you to address the changes that have occurred and recommend an appropriate treatment plan, which may include resetting bones, repairing muscle or nerve damage, scar revision therapy, facial implant surgery or other restorative therapies.

Facial reanimation

Facial paralysis can take away the ability to speak, chew, close the eyes and even smile. Some plastic surgery procedures, such as brow lift or face lift, may help restore a level of normalcy in these cases. A consultation with a plastic surgeon is the best way to determine if your condition will respond to one of these procedures.

Hand surgery

Your hands hold the key to so many tasks and pleasures in life.  If you are faced with a hand injury or trauma, the plastic surgeons at Lehigh Valley Health Network will focus their efforts on restoring form, as well as function, to your hand.  This surgery may be done for many reasons, including trauma repair, correcting congenital (at birth) deformities, addressing arthritic changes to the hand, or treating infections.

Your surgeon will provide a thorough assessment of your hand problems and develop a treatment plan to maximize your results.

Scar revision

Once a wound heals, a scar can leave a lasting reminder of the injury.  Our physicians are trained in the use of several scar revision techniques that can improve the color and texture of your skin.  Depending on the cause of your scar, as well as its color and depth, your plastic surgeon will develop a treatment plan just for you.  Treatments include topical ointments and gels, injections, laser therapies and surgical interventions.

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