What is reconstructive surgery?

Congenital and acquired defects and injuries can affect both the appearance and function of the face. Reconstructive surgery is designed to restore both of these elements as much as possible. Reconstructive surgery has different results patient to patient, as the techniques used will depend on the specific concerns to be addressed.

Why consider reconstructive surgery?

Reconstructive surgery may be performed for the following reasons:

  • Injuries to the face that distort features or effect function
  • Skin cancer treatment that leaves disfiguring results
  • Obtrusive scarring that is unsightly and physically painful

Injuries, defects and disease can take their toll on your physical appearance and psychological health. Dr. Schneider helps patients overcome those hurdles by restoring and repairing those devastating occurrences. To learn more about your options in reconstructive surgery, contact Riverview Facial Plastic Surgery.

*Individual results may vary.

How does reconstructive surgery work?

Dr. Schneider tailors each reconstructive surgery to the unique needs of his patients, so there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ formula for these procedures. This surgery may be performed under local or general anesthesia. Incisions will also vary, but Dr. Schneider always strives to ensure there will be as little visible post-operative scarring as possible.

Most reconstructive surgery can be done on an outpatient basis, but there are times when a hospitalization is necessary. Dr. Schneider will discuss the details of your procedure prior to your scheduled surgery so you know exactly what to expect. We encourage each patient to come into the consultation with any questions they may have.

What is recovery like?

Recovery from reconstructive surgery will vary, with some patients returning to regular activities within a few short days and others needing a few weeks before returning to normal activities. Follow-up appointments are critical during the recovery period, to ensure the healing process is completely successful. Post-operative instructions should also be followed carefully, to produce the best possible results after the procedure.

What can I expect from my reconstructive surgery results?

Most reconstructive surgery will yield excellent results from a single procedure. However, some patients may find they need additional surgery or other cosmetic procedures to obtain the best possible outcome. Surgery usually offers permanent results for patients.