Long Beach General Reconstruction
Southern California Plastic Surgery Group
Reconstructive surgery helps millions of patients each year. Dr. Hicks in Beverly Hills, Long Beach, and Los Angeles, California, specializes in several reconstructive procedures.
Reconstructive vs. cosmetic surgery
The goal of reconstructive surgery is to restore or improve function of an abnormal body part. This is quite different from cosmetic surgery which is performed to improve the appearance. Working with a cosmetic surgeon during reconstructive surgery means that the end results are more visually pleasing and often more in line with your personal goals.
Restoring your original look
After an accident, injury or medical condition has damaged an area of the body, people who seek reconstructive surgery often feel that restoring their original look is the priority. It may not be possible to look exactly the way you did before surgery, but it may be possible to get so close that only you will notice the difference. Even to friends and relatives you will look as you always have. In more extreme cases this level of matching may not be possible, but a pleasing result can still be achieved.
Congenital vs. developmental deformities
The need for reconstructive surgery typically falls into one of two categories: congenital deformities or developmental deformities. Both types can be successfully treated with reconstructive surgery.
Congenital deformities include:
- Cleft palate
- Hand deformities
- Abnormal breast development
Developmental deformities normally develop as the result of an injury or medical problem and include growths, and severe scars.
Reconstructive surgery is appropriate for patients of all ages and, unlike most cosmetic procedures, often benefits young children as much or more than adults. Patients should be in good health. If the need for surgery was caused by a medical condition, it is normally best, but not always necessary, to wait until treatment for that medical problem is complete.
Get more familiar with reconstructive surgery by viewing our Before and After Gallery.
Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Hicks in Beverly Hills, Long Beach, or Los Angeles, California, to determine if you are a good candidate for reconstructive surgery. During your consultation Dr. Hicks will evaluate your unique body type and desired results, explain all your treatment options, discuss the outcome you can realistically expect, and answer any questions you may have.