Surgeons at The George Washington University Hospital offer innovative procedures for patients who need reconstructive surgery due to deformity, cancer treatment or other causes. They also perform functional and cosmetic procedures.
- Face lift
- Brow lift
- Eyelid surgery
- Rhinoplasty, without visible incisions
- Facial implants—cheek, chin, nose
- Botox, lip enhancement, facial fillers, fat transfer, chemical peel, skin care
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- Facial paralysis surgical treatment
- Scar revision
- Skin cancer treatment (Ablative and plastic-reconstructive surgery for skin tumors—Basal Cell Carcinoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, Melanoma of face, scalp, and neck)
- Oral cancer treatment
- Torn ear lobe repair
- Deviated septum, turbinate and sinus surgery
Nasal surgery to reshape the nose (rhinoplasty) may generally be performed using one of two methods: open nasal surgery or endonasal techniques.
During endonasal rhinoplasty, also known as closed rhinoplasty, incisions are placed inside the nose without the need for an incision on the bottom of the nose. Many times, nasal airway obstructions can be treated at the same time during a near-incisionless rhinoplasty procedure. Near-incisionless rhinoplasty offers several advantages over open rhinoplasty, including no external incisions, less swelling and less numbness.
Rhinoplasty, even for cosmetic reasons, may improve nasal function and congestion. Nasal reshaping, when performed along with a turbinate surgery, septoplasty, or sinus surgery is often called functional rhinoplasty. Functional rhinoplasty can restore nasal function, breathing and airflow.
Oral Cancer Surgical Reconstruction
Surgeons at GW Hospital use advanced surgical techniques to help restore function and appearance for patients who have had oral cancer surgery. Reconstruction may be as simple as putting tongue muscles back together after removing tongue cancer or placing a skin graft to replace a missing oral cavity lining.
In case of advanced cancers, skin and muscle can be moved from the chest to rebuild the tongue and mouth. Skin can also be moved from the wrist and used to reline the mouth and rebuild the tongue. Bone can be moved, with or without skin, from the lower leg, hip or shoulder blade and used to rebuild the upper or lower jaw.