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Plastic Surgery

Appointments: 901-866-8525


1068 Cresthaven Road, Memphis, TN  38119

Plastic surgery covers a wide variety of procedures. It is called "plastic surgery" because the term "plastic" derives from the Greek word "plastikos", meaning "to mold" or "to give form." Plastic surgery falls into two categories: cosmetic and reconstructive.  Please visit the deparment's website,,  for more detailed information.

Reconstructive surgery is performed on abnormal structures of the body (caused by injury, disease, or birth defects) to improve function or to approximate a more normal appearance and to correct deformities present from birth, such as a cleft palate, or the results of injuries, diseases, or burns. Reconstructive procedures are generally considered medically necessary and are usually covered by insurance while cosmetic procedures are not.

Burn and Wound Care
The Department of Plastic Surgery staffs the Firefighters Regional Burn Center and the Wound Center at the Regional Medical Center. The Firefighters Regional Burn Center and the Wound Center are extremely active and provide excellent care to patients. The Burn Unit, one of two in the state, is the region's only comprehensive burn care facility.

"Almost 100,000 Americans are hospitalized each year due to serious burns. The West Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas regions have one of the highest incidences of death by fire in the United States," observed Chief Executive Officer for the Regional Medical Center Sylvester L. Reeder, III.

The Wound Center is a regional referral center for wound care and hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO). The center serves as an outpatient clinic for the treatment of a wide range of acute, chronic, and non-healing wounds, including:

Dr. Bill Hickerson is the Director of our Wound Care Services, both inpatient and outpatient, in addition to serving as Director of the Firefighters Regional Burn Center and the Wound Care Services.

Dr. Stephen King is the Director of our Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Service.

Cosmetic or Aesthetic surgery is performed to reshape normal structures of the body in order to improve a person's appearance, self-esteem and self-confidence.

Our surgeons regularly perform each of the procedures listed below and are experienced and specially trained in each one. The UTMG Department of Plastic Surgery staff is also knowledgeable about these procedures and will be able to give you thorough information to help you understand the benefits as well as the risks of each one.

Patient care is our first concern. Often, illnesses affect many areas of the body and may require evaluation and treatment by several types of doctors. UT Medical Group doctors can easily call on their colleagues in other specialties for consultation.


American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)

Botox Injections to remove the appearance of wrinkles

Breast Reconstruction
Recent advances in reconstructive surgery include microvascular procedures. For example, surgeons may use microvascular techniques to reconstruct areas of the head or neck after cancer or to reattach a finger injured in an accident. Microvascular techniques are also used to reconstruct a patient's breast after mastectomy.

Collagen Injections

Cosmetic Procedures - ASPS

Pediatric Surgery for Craniofacial Disorders & Birth Defects
Children's Craniofacial Association - CCA
The following syndromes are also discussed on the CCA Syndromes web page.

Reconstructive Procedures - ASPS

Skin Cancer - Surgery to repair defects caused from tumor removal

Skin Care:


UTMG Doctors on Medical Team That Saves Conjoined Twins