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  • Anatomy of the Hand

    Anatomy of the Hand The hand is composed of many different bones, muscles, and ligaments that allow for a large amount of movement and dexterity. There are three major types of bones in the hand itse...

  • Breast Augmentation

    Breast Augmentation What is breast enlargement surgery? Breast augmentation, or augmentation mammoplasty, is a procedure to reshape the breast in order to make it larger. The procedure can also be pe...

  • Breast Reconstruction

    Breast Reconstruction What is breast reconstruction surgery? With advances in breast reconstruction surgery, many women undergoing breast removal (mastectomy) choose to have their breast(s) rebuilt. ...

  • Breast Reduction in Men With Gynecomastia

    Breast Reduction in Men With Gynecomastia What is gynecomastia? Gynecomastia is a condition in which the male's breast tissue enlarges. This increase in tissue usually occurs at times when the male i...

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    Carpal Tunnel Syndrome What is carpal tunnel syndrome? Click Image to Enlarge Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition in which the median nerve is compressed as it passes through an opening from the wr...

  • Chin, Cheek, or Jaw Reshaping / Facial Implants

    Chin, Cheek, or Jaw Reshaping / Facial Implants What is chin, cheek, or jaw reshaping? Cosmetic plastic surgery to change the shape of the chin, cheek, or jaw may be performed. This procedure is typi...

  • Cleft Lip/Cleft Palate

    Cleft Lip/Cleft Palate What are cleft lip and cleft palate? Cleft lip and cleft palate are birth abnormalities of the mouth and lip. In the United States, nearly 6,800 babies are born with oral-facia...

  • Collagen / Fat Injectable Fillers

    Collagen / Fat Injectable Fillers What is soft tissue augmentation? Collagen/fat injectable fillers, also called soft-tissue augmentation, is a cosmetic plastic surgery procedure performed to correct...

  • Congenital Hand Deformities

    Congenital Hand Deformities What are congenital hand deformities? Congenital anomalies are deformities that are present at birth. Any type of deformity in a newborn infant can become a challenge for ...

  • Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Index

    Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Index Many different cosmetic plastic surgery procedures require the clinical and surgical expertise of a plastic surgeon. Listed in the directory below are some (listed by t...

  • Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Overview

    Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Overview What is cosmetic plastic surgery? Cosmetic plastic surgery is performed in order to change one's appearance. For some, it may mean redesigning the body's contour and...

  • Craniosynostosis

    Craniosynostosis What is craniosynostosis? The normal skull consists of several plates of bone that are separated by sutures. The sutures (fibrous joints) are found between the bony plates in the hea...

  • Dermabrasion / Dermaplaning

    Dermabrasion / Dermaplaning What is dermabrasion? Similar to a chemical peel, dermabrasion is a procedure that removes fine wrinkles and/or minimizes scars on the skin. The difference between a chemi...

  • Diagnosing Hand Conditions

    Diagnosing Hand Conditions How are hand conditions diagnosed? Diagnosing many hand conditions may require surgery, depending on the underlying cause of the condition. In general, diagnostic procedure...

  • Dupuytren's Contracture

    Dupuytren's Contracture What is Dupuytren's contracture? Dupuytren's contracture, also called Dupuytren's disease, usually begins with a thickening of the skin in the palm of the hand, which may deve...

  • Ear Pinning

    Ear Pinning What is ear pinning? Ear surgery, or otoplasty, is a type of cosmetic plastic surgery procedure aimed at setting prominent ears closer to the head, or reducing the size of larger ears. Ho...

  • Eyelid Lift

    Eyelid Lift What is eyelid surgery? The medical term for an eyelid lift is blepharoplasty. This procedure can remove puffiness or bags under the eyes. It can also correct droopy eyelids. In this proc...

  • Facelift

    Facelift What is a facelift? Rhytidectomy, a surgical procedure commonly known as a facelift, involves the removal of excess facial fat, the tightening of facial muscles, and the stretching of facial...

  • Forehead Lift

    Forehead Lift What is a forehead lift? A forehead lift is the surgical removal of excess fat and skin, as well as a tightening of the muscles in the forehead area. It can correct sagging brows or dee...

  • Glossary - Plastic Surgery

    Glossary - Plastic Surgery | A | | B | | C | | D | | E | | F | | G | | H | | I | | J | | K | | L | | M | | N | | O | | P | | Q | | R | | S | | T | | U | | V | | W | | X | | Y | | Z | A [return to top...

  • Hair Replacement Surgery

    Hair Replacement Surgery What causes hair loss? Hair loss is believed to be primarily caused by a combination of the following: Aging Change in hormones Illness Family history of baldness Burns Traum...

  • Hand Surgery

    Hand Surgery Problems or diseases of the hands can cause a large amount of concern, as use of the hands are a large part of carrying out daily tasks. Even a small degree of discomfort or a mild defor...

  • Home Page - Plastic Surgery

    Topic Index Preparing for Surgery Overview of Plastic Surgery Reconstructive Plastic Surgery Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Glossary Plastic surgery is the surgical specialty that deals with the reconstruc...

  • Laser Surgery Overview

    Laser Surgery Overview What is laser surgery? Laser surgery is a type of surgery that uses special light beams instead of instruments for surgical procedures. How does a laser work? The functioning o...

  • Liposuction

    Liposuction What is liposuction? Liposuction is a procedure that removes excess fat through a suctioning process. Although it is not a substitute for weight loss, it is a way of changing the body's s...

  • Management After Surgery

    Management After Surgery What can I expect after hand surgery? Recovery after hand surgery depends greatly on the type of surgery that was performed and the underlying cause of the hand condition. So...

  • Nasal Surgery

    Nasal Surgery What is nasal surgery? Nasal surgery includes any surgery performed on the outside or inside of the nose. A common type of reconstructive and cosmetic surgery, nasal surgery may be perf...

  • Nose Reshaping

    Nose Reshaping What is nose reshaping? Cosmetic nose reshaping is also known as rhinoplasty. The procedure can reduce or increase the size of the nose, narrow the span of the nostrils, change the ang...

  • Online Resources - Plastic Surgery

    Online Resources - Plastic Surgery This Web was compiled from a variety of sources including the online resources listed below, but is not intended to substitute or replace the professional medical ad...

  • Overview of Hand Surgery

    Overview of Hand Surgery What is hand surgery? Hand surgery is a broad term that incorporates a vast array of different types of surgery on the hand. Plastic surgeons who perform hand surgery attempt...

  • Overview of Plastic Surgery

    Overview of Plastic Surgery What is plastic surgery? It is a popular misconception that the word plastic in plastic surgery means artificial . Rather, the word is derived from the ancient Greek word ...

  • Plastic Surgery Statistics

    Plastic Surgery Statistics Consider the following statistics are from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS): The top five cosmetic surgery procedures in 2010 were breast augmentation, nose ...

  • Plastic Surgery Techniques

    Surgical techniques used in plastic surgery There are many different techniques used to perform cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery procedures, including the following: Endoscopic surgery End...

  • Preparing for Surgery

    Preparing for Surgery Preparing for surgery: As with any type of surgery, there are certain preparations that need to take place. Determining what preparations are necessary will depend on what type ...

  • Reconstructive Plastic Surgery

    Reconstructive Plastic Surgery Many different reconstructive plastic surgery procedures require the clinical and surgical expertise of a plastic surgeon. Listed in the directory below are some, for w...

  • Reconstructive Plastic Surgery Overview

    Reconstructive Plastic Surgery Overview What is reconstructive plastic surgery? Reconstructive plastic surgery is performed to correct facial and body abnormalities caused by birth defects, trauma, d...

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Rheumatoid Arthritis What is rheumatoid arthritis? Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic disease that causes inflammation of the joints. The inflammation can become so severe that the function and appear...

  • Scar Revision

    Scar Revision What is a scar? A scar is the body's natural way of healing and replacing lost or damaged skin. A scar is usually composed of fibrous tissue. Scars may be formed for many different reas...

  • Topic Index - Plastic Surgery

    Topic Index - Plastic Surgery Plastic Surgery Home Preparing for Surgery Overview of Plastic Surgery Statistics Plastic Surgery Techniques Laser Surgery Overview Types of Skin Conditions Reconstructi...

  • Tummy Tuck

    Tummy Tuck What is a tummy tuck? Abdominoplasty, or "tummy tuck" as it is commonly known, is a procedure that minimizes the abdominal area. With this procedure, the surgeon makes a long incision from...

  • Types of Hand Conditions

    Types of Hand Conditions M any different types of hand conditions require the clinical and surgical expertise of a plastic surgeon. Listed in the directory below are some, for which we have provided ...

  • Types of Skin Conditions

    Types of Skin Conditions Laser surgery for skin conditions There are many different types of lesions and skin conditions that can be treated with laser surgery. Your physician will decide if you are ...

  • Vein Removal

    Vein Removal What are spider veins? Spider veins, commonly found on the face and legs, are caused by the dilation of a small group of blood vessels near the skin's surface. They often look like red o...