Cosmetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery

During plastic surgery, physicians use medical procedures to alter, repair or reconstruct parts of the body. Surgeons at GW Hospital work in surgical suites that are outfitted with advanced technology, such as minimally invasive surgical equipment, to help reduce recovery times for patients and minimize scarring.

There are two types of plastic surgery: cosmetic and reconstructive.

Cosmetic surgery is an elective procedure in which normal parts of the body are reshaped to help improve a person’s appearance or reduce signs of aging. Because the treatment is elective, cosmetic surgery is usually not covered by insurance, however patients should always check with their insurance providers to be sure.

Reconstructive plastic surgery corrects physical conditions that were caused by burns, congenital abnormalities, traumatic injuries, infection and disease, developmental abnormalities or to correct scars or other issues caused by cancer or tumors. Reconstructive plastic surgery is typically performed to improve function, but it can also be performed to give the face or body a more normal appearance. This type of plastic surgery is often covered by insurance, however coverage can vary from procedure to procedure, so patients should always check with their insurance providers before having reconstructive surgery.

Cosmetic and reconstructive procedures performed by surgeons at GW Hospital include:

Treatment of skin diseases, cancer, trauma

  • Malignant and benign lesions of the skin (basal cell, squamous cell)
  • Melanoma
  • Malignant and benign lesions of the soft tissue (sarcoma, lipoma)
  • Birthmarks
  • Reconstructive flaps and grafts
  • Scar revisions

Complex wound and burn treatment

  • Acute burn management (thermal, chemical, electrical)
  • Reconstructive burn treatment
  • Difficult wound care (infections, bites, foreign bodies, chronic open wounds)
  • End-stage hidradenitis suppurativa (chronic skin disease causing inflammation) 

Surgery of the breast

  • Congenital and developmental breast deformities
  • Gynecomastia (excessive breast tissue in males)

Treatment of facial deformity, disease, trauma

  • Facial fractures (mandible, zygoma, orbits, nose)
  • Tumors of the lips, mouth, tongue, salivary glands
  • Congenital tumors and vascular malformations
  • Wound and laceration treatment
  • Nasal deformity, ear deformity
  • Cleft lip and palate

Surgery of the hand

  • Hand and forearm wounds
  • Tendon injuries and lacerations
  • Nerve injuries
  • Fractures of the hand
  • Vascular injuries of the hand
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Dupuytren's contracture (tissue thickening and tightening on the palm and fingers)
  • Trigger finger 
  • Congenital anomalies (extra digits, webbed fingers, etc.)

Surgery of the trunk and extremities

  • Chest and abdominal wall reconstruction
  • Perineal reconstruction
  • Lower extremity coverage
  • Flaps, grafts, free tissue transfer, expanders

Cosmetic surgery

  • Facelift (browlift, neck-lift)
  • Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery)
  • Cosmetic rhinoplasty
  • Cosmetic otoplasty
  • Liposuction
  • Collagen injections
  • Abdominoplasty