What is Reconstructive Surgery?

Reconstructive surgery and scar revision can help restore functionality and appearance to areas of the skin that have been affected by:

  • Skin cancer treatments
  • Burns
  • Skin trauma
  • Lacerations
  • Facial scars
  • Body scars
  • Burn scars

Plastic surgery is often the best approach for more extensive traumas, or for reconstructing cosmetically sensitive areas such as the face, depending on the size and depth of the injury or scar. Dr. Sands tailors every procedure to achieve the most natural-looking results.

How are Reconstructive Surgery and Scar Revision Performed?

The techniques used to perform reconstructive surgery and scar revision differ depending on the area, size, and condition of the damaged area. Dr. Sands uses multiple methods, including:

  • Tissue expansion: Tissue expansion can be ideal for more extensive scars. This treatment involves stretching the surrounding skin and tissue with a balloon-like device, called a tissue expander, under the skin near the scar. Over time, the expander is gradually filled with saline solution, which causes the skin and tissue to stretch and grow.
  • Skin grafts: Skin can be grafted from a healthy body area and transferred to cover a damaged face or body area.
  • Local flaps: A local flap stretches the nearby skin to cover the scarred area.
  • Surgical excision: This approach involves removing the scar tissue and closing the area to reduce the appearance and visibility of a scar.
  • Punch excision: This procedure involves using a small circular blade to remove the scar tissue and then closing the treated area with stitches.
  • Laser resurfacing: This involves using a laser to remove the top layer of skin and stimulate the growth of new skin cells.
  • Chemical peels: This involves applying a chemical solution to the skin to remove the top layer of skin to trigger new skin cell production.
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Reconstructive Surgery in New Orleans: Your Resource for Superior Results

The functionality and appearance of your skin after reconstructive surgery and scar revision depend on the level of expertise of the surgeon and on choosing the best technique for your procedure. Trust your skin to Dr. Sands, a leading reconstructive surgeon who has served people in the New Orleans area for over a decade.

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What can I Expect After Surgery?

The length of healing time after your procedure depends on the extent of the reconstruction and the method employed. Dr. Sands and our medical team will let you know what you can expect, how you can prepare, and how much time you should take off from work and normal activities during your consultation. We will also monitor your healing and results through follow-up appointments to ensure that you have achieved optimal results. After the initial healing process, patients experience restored appearance and functionality of treated areas. In addition, maintaining a good skin care regimen and protecting your skin from excessive sun exposure is essential after a reconstruction treatment. Contact SANDS Aesthetics + Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sands and our medical team. Dr. Sands is dedicated to restoring the natural look possible, allowing you to experience greater confidence in life’s journey.

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