About Reconstructive Surgery
There are many reasons why a person might need reconstructive surgery. For example, breast reconstruction, scar revision, and surgery for craniomaxillofacial abnormalities are performed primarily to improve body function and to create a more normal appearance. Having a developmental abnormality, traumatic injury, or disease can be devastating and even more challenging when your physical appearance is affected.
Reconstructive procedures are often life-changing and are customized to suit your specific needs. Reconstructive surgery was designed to renew and restore your appearance and provide naturally beautiful results. Like cosmetic surgery, reconstructive treatments can improve your self-esteem and help you feel more comfortable in your own skin.
Many patients suffer from unsightly scars. These may be due to facial trauma, previous skin cancer, or unsatisfactory results from previous facial cosmetic surgery. Dr. Bustillo uses the most up-to-date techniques to help disguise unsightly scars.
Reconstructive surgery Before and After Photos
* Each patient is unique and individual results may vary.
Common Reconstructive Procedures
Each reconstructive procedure is different, as each patient’s situation is unique. However, there are certain types of reconstructive procedures that are the most common. Dr. Bustillo frequently performs the following procedures:
Large scars can be unsightly and uncomfortable. A scar revision can reduce the appearance and severity of a scar, boosting the patient’s confidence and comfort.
Treatment usually begins with surgical excision of the scar under local anesthesia or mild IV sedation. The area is then closed using specialized techniques, which helps to camouflage and or redirect the scar in a direction that is more favorable and less noticeable.
Occasionally, a resurfacing technique is applied to the area approximately 6 weeks after the procedure, to enhance the results. This is carried out in the office under local anesthesia and involves either dermabrasion or a chemical peel.
Skin Cancer Reconstruction
Dr. Bustillo is an expert in the area of skin cancer reconstruction. Skin cancer often affects the face due to its constant exposure to the sun.
There are two main types of skin cancer. Non-melanoma skin cancer includes basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. The other main type is melanoma.
Non-melanoma skin cancer (basal or squamous cell carcinoma) is typically removed from the skin using a Mohs surgical technique. This is a specialized form of surgery typically performed by a specially-trained dermatologist. After the Mohs surgeon has removed the skin cancer, patients can see Dr. Bustillo for reconstructive surgery.
Dr. Bustillo uses different techniques to reconstruct the defect, depending on the size, shape, and location. They range from skin grafts to local skin flaps that may be used to camouflage the defect to help blend it into the surrounding structures.
Melanoma skin cancer is typically handled in a different manner. Because it is a more aggressive cancer, metastasis must be ruled out at the time of diagnosis.
Local metastasis may be assessed by local node mapping using radioisotopes. Distant metastasis is usually assessed using CT scans as well as PET scans. Once this has been done, Dr. Bustillo removes the lesion with margins and then reconstructs the defect using skin grafts or local flaps.
Reconstructive Surgery FAQ
It depends on the specifics of the procedure. Some facial reconstructive procedures can be performed with local anesthesia alone. Other, more invasive procedures require general anesthesia or sedation. At Dr. Bustillo’s office, general anesthesia is only administered by board-certified anesthesiologists.
Only an experienced reconstructive surgeon, like Dr. Bustillo, can assess your individual candidacy. Because each procedure is customized, a consultation is the best way to find out if surgery is a good option for you. During your consultation with Dr. Bustillo in Miami, he will discuss your goals with you, perform an exam, ask about your health, and recommend a treatment plan.
Some reconstructive surgeries are very minor, allowing patients to return to normal activities almost immediately. Others will require at least a few days of downtime. Discomfort is usually manageable with over-the-counter and prescribed pain medication.
During your consultation, Dr. Bustillo should be able to give you an idea of what to expect during recovery.
Most cosmetic procedures are elective and are not covered under insurance. However, reconstructive procedures can be an exception. It’s important to check with your insurance company to find out what is covered and what isn’t. Financing is available if your insurance does not provide coverage.
About Dr. Bustillo
Reconstructive surgery is extremely challenging and delicate work. Only a board-certified facial plastic surgeon with years of experience should take on the task of reconstructing injured or deformed areas of the face.
With over 15 years of experience, extensive training, and a track record of great results, Dr. Andres Bustillo is known as one of the best facial surgeons in Miami. Patients can enjoy peace of mind knowing that Dr. Bustillo is skilled in reconstructive surgery and is renowned for his natural-looking results.
Discuss Your Case with Dr. Bustillo
As a double board-certified plastic surgeon and expert in skin cancer reconstruction, Dr. Bustillo is a premier surgeon for reconstructive surgery in Miami. Dr. Bustillo uses the most innovative techniques to provide transformative yet natural results that help you look and feel more like yourself. If you’re searching for a skilled surgeon to perform reconstructive surgery in Miami, contact us today at 305.317.1961 to schedule a consultation.