- Breast: TRAM flaps, DIEP flaps, tissue expansion, implants
- Free flap availability to Head and Neck surgeons
- Secondary burn surgery
- Tissue loss due to trauma, infection, cancer
Breast reconstruction is an option for women who have undergone a single or double mastectomy or lumpectomy. It may be performed at the same time as the lumpectomy/mastectomy, or at a later date. The reconstructed breast may be made from the patient’s own tissue, an implant, or both. Most reconstructions will require either a flap technique or a tissue expansion. Fat transfer is now increasingly being used to augment and refine the results of these two main techniques.
Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers. While melanoma, a type of skin cancer, accounts for just two percent of skin cancer diagnoses, it is by far the most serious and causes a majority of skin cancer deaths.
Many plastic surgeons employ microsurgery to execute surgeries such as tissue transfer from one portion of the body to another (free tissue transfer), replantation (reattachment of severed portions), and composite tissue transplantation.