FAQ

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FAQ’s

What Types of Surgery Does Reconstructive Plastic Surgery Include?

Craniofacial surgery, microsurgery, hand surgery and the treatment of burns are all types of reconstructive plastic surgery.

What Is Body Contouring?

Body contouring is a type of cosmetic surgery that involves the removal of excess fat and skin from various areas of the body. This procedure can improve the appearance of the skin’s elasticity.

What Is Microsurgery?

This type of plastic surgery generally regards the reconstruction of missing tissue. It involves transferring tissue to the reconstruction site and then reconnecting the blood vessels. Subspeciality areas of microsurgery include head and neck reconstruction, hand replantation/surgery, breast reconstruction and brachial plexus surgery.

What Is Skin Grafting?

Skin grafting is a common plastic surgery procedure and relates to the transfer of skin tissue. The skin to be grafted can be derived from a donor or the recipient themselves.

What Are the Most Common Types of Reconstructive Procedures?

Laceration repair, tumour removal, maxillofacial surgery, hand surgery, scar revision and breast reduction plasty are currently the most common reconstructive surgeries carried out.

Who Was Sir Harold Gillies?

Howard Gillies is widely considered to be the father of modern plastic surgery. The New Zealander, working in London, developed techniques for modern facial surgery as a result of his work caring for soldiers during the First World War who had sustained disfiguring facial injuries.

After the war ended Gillies, along with a colleague, opened a private practice; he travelled extensively with the aim of promoting his new techniques around the world.

When was the First Plastic Surgery Performed?

Broken noses being treated using an extremely early form of plastic surgery were first mentioned in an ancient Egyptian medical text from circa 1600 BC. This text is regarded as an early trauma surgery textbook.

Did the Romans Perform Cosmetic Surgery Procedures?

From around the 1st century BC the Romans performed cosmetic plastic surgery, such as the repair of damaged ears, using simple techniques.

Where Are Plastic Surgery Units and Centres Located?

There are an increasing number of plastic surgery units and centres located within major NHS Trusts and acute hospitals. This enables plastic surgeons to work alongside medical colleagues from a wide range of difference disciplines.

What Is Minimally Invasive Cosmetic Medicine?

There has been a widespread increase in minimally invasive alternatives to standard cosmetic surgery. These alternatives typically involve intramuscular and intradermal injectables using neurotoxins such as Botox, Xeomin, Dysport and Jeuveau.

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