Accidents and trauma can damage your hands, legs, face, and other areas of your body. Receiving reconstructive surgery can be an excellent way to repair this damage. If you live in the Melbourne area, you might benefit from receiving a reconstructive procedure from Mr. Salerno at Real Cosmetic Plastic Surgery in Moonee Ponds, Victoria.
What Can You Expect From Reconstructive Surgery?
Reconstructive procedures are designed to improve body parts that were damaged by trauma, accidents, congenital defects, or other problems. These procedures can be used to restore lost functionality and improve the appearance of the affected body parts. For example, this type of procedure might be able to improve the appearance of your breasts after you received a mastectomy.
Receiving an Initial Consultation
The type of procedure that you receive, the body parts that you are trying to reconstruct, and other factors may impact the effects of your reconstructive surgery. However, you can generally expect to begin this process by getting an initial consultation with Mr. Salerno.
During this meeting, Mr. Salerno is likely to look at your affected body parts and discuss the issues that you experienced after your illness or accident. He might also ask you to discuss your medical history and describe the changes that you would like to achieve in this part of your body. This information can help him determine whether you might benefit from receiving a reconstructive procedure.
Preparing for Your Procedure
After you have scheduled your procedure, we can provide you with specific instructions about how to prepare for your reconstructive surgery. For example, we might instruct you to schedule some time off from your job and prepare a comfortable room in your house or apartment where you can rest during the beginning of your recovery period.
In addition to instructing you to set up a room in your home, we might advise you to recruit a friend or family member to help you with household tasks, childcare, and other duties for a couple of days.
Receiving Your Procedure
Mr. Salerno can use a variety of different techniques to perform reconstructive procedures. These techniques can be adapted to fit the condition of your injured body part and the degree of correction that you are trying to achieve. He can provide you with more details about this process after your initial consultation is complete.
Beginning the Recovery Process
As you might expect, the type of procedure that received, your age, health, and other factors can all impact the duration of your recovery period. For example, if you received a complicated reconstructive procedure, you might have to spend a couple of weeks recovering at your home. We may instruct you to take medications during the beginning of your recovery period.
What Is the Difference Between Cosmetic and Reconstructive Procedures?
At Real Cosmetic Plastic Surgery, we provide cosmetic and reconstructive procedures to people living in Melbourne. In general, cosmetic procedures can be used to improve the appearance of uninjured body parts. In contrast, reconstructive procedures are used to repair body parts that became damaged after an injury, accident, or illness.
Understanding Cosmetic Procedures
Reviewing some of the procedures that we offer may help you understand this difference. For example, Mr. Salerno can use implants to increase the size or shape of your breasts. This procedure is known as a breast augmentation. Since this procedure is intended to improve the appearance of your breasts, a breast augmentation is a type of cosmetic procedure.
In addition to providing breast augmentations, Mr. Salerno also performs facelifts. This procedure may be able to fix your wrinkles and other age-related changes in your face. Since a facelift is designed to address aesthetic problems, this type of lift is a cosmetic procedure.
Understanding Reconstructive Procedures
In contrast, a procedure that is used to reconstruct your breasts after an illness is a type of reconstructive procedure. If you have breast cancer, you might receive a mastectomy that alters the appearance of this area of your body. Mr. Salerno can use a variety of techniques to reconstruct your breasts. Since these techniques are used to correct the changes that you experienced after your mastectomy, this procedure is a type of reconstructive surgery.
What Types of Reconstructive Procedures Can I Receive?
Mr. Salerno has experience providing many different types of reconstructive procedures to people living in the Melbourne area.
Burns can create large, prominent scars on your body. In addition, burns may damage specific areas of your body and make it more difficult for you to complete chores and do other physical tasks. Reconstructive techniques can be used to make these scars less visible.
For example, Mr. Salerno might be able to improve scars on your nose, lips, and other areas of your face. In addition, he might be able to improve your ability to use your shoulders, legs, hands, and other body parts. Mr. Salerno might use skin grafts, donor flaps, and other sophisticated techniques to correct the damage created by your burns.
Reattaching Amputated Fingers
Under some circumstances, you might be able to use a reconstructive procedure to reattach a finger that became amputated during an accident. The chances of a successful reattachment procedure may be higher if you receive prompt medical attention for this issue.
To correct this problem, Mr. Salerno might transfer tissues from other areas of your body. He may also reconnect your blood vessels and reconstruct your tissues. Reattaching your finger may improve the functionality of your hand and enhance your ability to grasp objects with your fingers.
Reconstructive procedures can be used to treat a variety of different injuries and conditions that affect your hands, fingers, and thumbs. In particular, hand reconstructive procedures may be able to improve carpal tunnel syndrome, tendon problems, bone fractures, and other issues.
A variety of techniques are used to correct different types of hand issues and injuries. For example, Mr. Salerno might use plates, screws, and wires to correct a bone fracture in your hand.
If you have breast cancer, you might receive a mastectomy that removes a large amount of tissue from this area of your body. It’s common to use a reconstructive procedure to rebuild your breasts after you receive a mastectomy. This procedure can be a good way to restore your confidence and improve your self-esteem.
During your breast reconstruction, Mr. Salerno might use tissue from a different part of your body to rebuild your breasts. Alternatively, he might use implants to improve the appearance of your breasts.
Treating Bone Fractures
If you were in a car accident or experienced a sports injury, you might develop a bone fracture. If your bone breaks through the surface of your skin, your injury might heal in ways that could negatively impact your appearance. Receiving a reconstructive procedure may improve your body’s healing process and decrease your chances of developing large scars and other cosmetic issues.
Repairing Head and Neck Issues
If you suffered from cancer that affected your head or neck, you might lose functionality in this part of your body. In addition, cancer treatments, burns, and accidents can negatively impact the appearance of your head and neck.
Mr. Salerno can use a variety of reconstructive techniques to treat these problems. For example, he might transfer tissues from other areas of your body or reconstruct bones in your jawline and face.
Removing Loose Skin
If you lost a significant amount of weight in the past, you might have loose skin on your arms, stomach, and other areas of your body. This extra skin can make you feel unhappy about your body and prevent you from enjoying your new physique.
Mr. Salerno may be able to improve this problem by giving you a body contouring procedure. This procedure can eliminate extra skin on your buttocks, upper arms, thighs, and other places on your body.
Performing Breast Reductions
If you have very large breasts, you might have pain in your back and shoulders. Large breasts can also cause you to have difficulty exercising, playing sports, and performing other physical activities. Receiving a breast reduction procedure can be a good way to address these problems.
During this type of procedure, Mr. Salerno can use various techniques to reduce the weight and size of your breasts. He can also adapt this procedure to match your body type and preferences. Changing the size of your breasts may improve your ability to perform physical activities and reduce your back and shoulder pain. In addition, reducing your large breasts may improve your body image and self-confidence.
Am I a Good Candidate for a Reconstructive Procedure?
If you lost functionality in specific body parts or developed visible scars after you experienced an illness or received medical treatment, you might be a good candidate for a reconstructive procedure. In addition, you might benefit from receiving this type of procedure if you suffered damage during a fall or other type of accident.
That said, some health problems can prevent you from getting certain procedures. For example, you might not be able to receive a reconstructive procedure if you have a bleeding issue or other serious medical condition.
How Can a Reconstructive Procedure Benefit Me?
A reconstructive procedure may provide you with a number of physical and mental benefits.
Developing visible scars and other cosmetic problems can be a very upsetting experience. For example, a mastectomy can change your breasts in ways that decrease your self-esteem and make you feel less attractive. Similarly, developing noticeable burns after an accident can cause you to feel unhappy about the appearance of your skin.
Receiving a reconstructive procedure may undo some of the changes that are causing you to feel upset. After your procedure is complete, you might feel more like your old self.
In addition to changing your appearance, accidents and other injuries can negatively affect your ability to use your affected body parts. For example, hand injuries can cause you to have difficulty typing and performing household tasks. Receiving a reconstructive procedure may improve the functionality of your hands and make it easier for you to stay productive at your job.
Schedule a Consultation
Reconstructive surgery may be a good way to repair changes that you developed due to trauma or accidents. Mr. Salerno can use sophisticated techniques to repair your hands, breasts, and other parts of your body. To learn more about our range of reconstructive procedures, contact us at Real Cosmetic Plastic Surgery in Moonee Ponds, Victoria to set up an initial consultation.