What Can I Expect During Corrective Plastic Surgery?



What Can I Expect During Corrective Plastic Surgery?

Differing from trending plastic surgery procedures, corrective plastic surgery aims to repair and rebuild missing or damaged skin and tissue. The aim of these surgery types is to try and make the aforementioned aspects of the human body (skin and tissue) appear and function as normally as they can. Although this is probably not the first thing you think of when you hear “plastic surgery” uttered as many people deem it a fully aesthetic approach but, this is not the case whatsoever.

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There is a difference that the majority of the population do not know between plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery. What is the difference? Well, the latter is conducted to change a healthy person’s physical appearance to enable them to look how they desire in order to improve self-confidence, whereas plastic surgery is a corrective procedure.

This surgery type is available to repair a multitude of things like cleft lip and palate, birthmarks, webbed fingers, serious injuries from accidents, extensive burns and areas of the body that have been damaged because of cancerous tissue removal and the like. As you may imagine, it is usually around the face and breasts that would be damaged by taking out cancers.

It may come as no surprise that these procedures are pretty important to improving an individual’s quality of life. Why? Horrendous accidents and other events that leave people looking far different from how they used to appear can be shocking and can cause the individual to feel absolutely lost, isolated and depressed. They will probably not feel like themselves and the damage they are left with can be a PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) trigger every time they look at themselves. So, plastic surgery can lift their spirits and allow them to regain confidence and improve self-esteem.

Plastic Surgery Techniques

There are three main techniques that are used during corrective surgery which are skin grafts, skin flap surgery and tissue expansion. However, there are other methods that surgeons who specialize in plastic surgery can use like fat grafting, vacuum closure, camouflage make-up or cream and prosthetic limbs.

Plastic Surgery Risks

All surgery, regardless of the type, comes with risks and plastic surgery is no exception.

Of course, the degree and likelihood of the risks coming into fruition depend on a number of factors like the size of the area being worked on, the surgeon’s credentials and experience and the health of the patient at the time.

As corrective surgery comes in many different forms, there are specific risks associated with each one but generally, the risks are pain, discomfort, bleeding, scarring, and infection.

It goes without saying that, after you have undergone any type of procedure, you should contact your general practitioner, surgeon or other healthcare professionals if you are experiencing anything untoward.

The Real Question: How Is It Performed?

As we have mentioned previously, plastic surgery comes in many different forms and so, unsurprisingly, has various ways in which it is performed. Don’t worry, we are going to dive into the main ones so you can get a sense of what you are in for should you need these procedures.

Skin Grafts

In this procedure, healthy skin will be taken from a different part of the body to replace damaged or lost skin on the affected area. Usually, they are used for burns, large wounds, open fractures and where skin had to be removed (due to cancer, etc.).

What to Expect

Beforehand, you are given either a general or local anesthetic. Whichever one you receive will be based on how big and where the affected area is.

Glue, stitches, staples or clips will be utilized to keep the graft in place and then it will be covered with a dressing for up to 7 days to allow the skin to connect with the blood supply. The same sort of coverup will be placed on the site that the skin was taken from too.

Once the dressing is removed, it may have a red or purple hint to it, but this will go. Unfortunately, it can take around one or two years for it to settle completely and, even then, the colour may be a little different from the skin around it.

Tissue Expansion

This procedure encourages the body to grow more skin by stretching the tissue so the new skin can be used to rebuild an area nearby.

For this one, general anesthetic is the only answer as an expander will be put into the skin and then slowly filled with saltwater to stretch the tissue. It could take up to 4 months for the tissue to grow and, after this, another procedure is done to reposition the grown tissue.

Flap Surgery

This one takes a living piece of tissue from a part of the body and puts it elsewhere with all the blood vessels attached.

Either general or local anesthetic is used here, depending again on the size and location being worked on. Also, there is a lower risk of your body rejecting this type as the blood supply is still present.

Plastic Surgery Clinic Mississauga

Many clinics around the world offer these procedures and many more. Plastic surgery clinics in Mississauga like the McLean Clinic can provide you with everything you need to have you looking, and therefore feeling, like yourself again.

Contact us today!

November 11, 2019

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