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, universityplasticsurgeons.org, 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.
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.
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.
- Facial Aesthetics
(INAMED Aesthetics, formerly known as McGhan Medical)
Cosmetic Procedures - ASPS
- Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Procedures at a Glance
- Breast Lift (Mastoplexy)
- Chin Surgery (Mentoplasty)
- Ear Surgery (Otoplasty)
- Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
- Facelift / Necklift (Rhytidectomy)
- Forehead Lift / Brow Lift
- Laser skin resurfacing
- Liposuction (including Ultrasonic Techniques)
- Liposuction (Tumescent Techniques)
- Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty)
- Thigh Lift, Upper Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)
- Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
- Alpert Syndrome (Abnormal Growth of the Skull)
- Cleft Lip and/or cleft palate (separation of the parts or segments of the lip or roof of the mouth)
- Craniosynostosis (fused bones of the skull)
- Crouzon Syndrome (facial abnormalities)
- Ear Deformities such as Microtia and Artresia
- Facial Palsy (congenital deformity that dates from birth, or an acquired deformity, which causes complete or partial paralysis of the facial motion)
- Fibrous Dysplasia (Non-cancerous bone disease)
- Frontonasal Dysplasia (a condition in which the nose has a flat, wide appearance, and the eyes may be wide-set)
- Goldenhar Syndrome (condition in which the lower half of one side of the face does not grow normally)
- Hemangioma (benign tumor occuring in infancy)
- Miller Syndrome (rare condition characterized by downward slanting eyelids)
- Moebuis Syndrome (congenital developmental disorder)
- Nager Syndrome (a condition in which the facial characteristics include downward slanting eyelids)
- Pfeiffer Syndrome (a condition in which certain sutures are fused prematurely)
- Pierre Robin Syndrome (a condition in which the lower jaw is abnormally small)
- Saethre-Chotzen Syndrome (condition in which more than one suture is fused prematurely causing irregular head growth)
- Treacher Collins Syndrome (underdeveloped cheek and jawbones)
Reconstructive Procedures - ASPS
- Breast Reconstruction following Breast Removal (Mastectomy)
- Breast Reduction Surgery (Mammaplasty)
- Cleft lip and palate
- Reconstruction after traumatic injury
- Scar Revision