A full range of reconstructive and corrective procedures to help you attain the body you desire.
There are times when reconstructive surgery is the only option for repairing the natural function and appearance of a body part. Dr. Bidic and Dr. Gundlapalli have the expert experience to help. Thanks to their extensive training, experience and expertise in the latest advances in plastic surgery and microsurgery technology, our surgeons offer a wide range of reconstructive plastic surgery treatments in Mullica Hill, New Jersey, to help you return to the normal, healthy and active lifestyle you deserve.
Who is the Ideal Candidate for a Reconstructive Procedure?
The purpose of reconstructive plastic surgery is to correct cosmetic or functional abnormalities that result from a birth defect or injury. The primary goal of many reconstructive procedures is to restore physical function and comfort. At the same time, the reconstruction of an area of the body or face can also improve your appearance and, subsequently, your self-confidence. To be a good candidate for plastic surgery, it is necessary to be in good health. During your consultation with Dr. Bidic or Dr. Gundlapalli, you may be asked about your medical history, health, expectations, goals, and lifestyle. Through meaningful conversation about your case, you and your doctor can determine the next best step in addressing the effects of your congenital or accidental deformity.
How Do I Know Which Reconstructive Procedure is Best for Me?
Reconstructive plastic surgery procedures are unique to each patient. You will come to know which process is ideal for you by talking to one of our experienced plastic surgeons. Dr. Bidic and Dr. Gundlapalli are trained in the most advanced plastic surgery techniques, including microsurgery. They have performed numerous procedures to repair facial, breast, and body defects caused by injury, infection, and many other factors. During your consultation and examination of your area of focus, you will learn about the techniques that can be used to achieve optimal tissue repair, contouring, and more.
Is There Any Risk Involved with Reconstructive Procedures?
Surgical risks are applicable to all reconstructive procedures simply because the skin is broken with incisions. Your level of risk will depend on the type of surgery you have done, your overall health, the type of anesthesia that is used, and other factors. Some of the risks that your doctor will discuss with you include:
- Excessive bleeding
- Inefficient wound healing
- Problems related to anesthesia
- Nerve damage
- Changes in skin sensation
- Prolonged pain
Surgical risks are managed through pre-surgical precautions such as avoiding smoking and nicotine use. Careful adherence to postoperative instructions also lowers the risk of complications or prolonged side effects.
How Long Does it Usually Take to Recover After a Reconstructive Procedure?
Your recovery expectations and instructions will be made based on the reconstructive procedure you need and your unique situation. You may be able to return to most of your normal activities in just a few weeks, or you may need to follow certain restrictions for a few months. You can expect to receive a clear outline of post-operative instructions that list activity restrictions, modifications, medications, wound care, and more. If you have questions at any time during your recovery, please do not hesitate to contact us. You will be scheduled for periodic follow-up visits so your doctor can evaluate your recovery process. During these visits, you may receive alternative instructions or clearance to resume various activities.
Do Reconstructive Procedures Leave Noticeable Scarring?
Surgery leaves scars. There is no way to prevent this. What your surgeon will do is place your incisions in the most discreet areas possible. Sometimes, the scars that result from surgery are visible due to the area that has been repaired. The goal here is to improve the overall appearance of the repaired area, knowing that perfection is not possible. Your doctor will provide their insights regarding the potential for scarring and how to manage this inevitable side effect of surgery. Over time, surgical scars naturally flatten and lighten. However, there are steps that you may take once your skin has healed to promote better tissue regeneration. This may include performing scar massage, using silicone sheets to improve the appearance of the scar, and other techniques. We understand the desire to achieve the best aesthetic outcome from reconstructive surgery. Our team will work toward that goal from the onset to the conclusion of your treatment plan.