The Anti-Aging Program
The latest and greatest cosmetic procedures.
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Cosmetic v. Reconstructive
Extreme makeover shows have led many to believe that cosmetic surgeons primarily correct or enhance our natural assets to make our appearances more pleasing. But cosmetic surgery is really rooted in plastic surgery, the area of medicine that involves reconstructing or repairing defects.
“Plastic surgery was pretty much born out of helping to repair war injuries, birth defects and facial injuries,” says Dr. Lawrence Chang, a plastic surgeon in Newark.
Though many plastic surgeons now concentrate on cosmetic procedures, most still do reconstructive work—albeit some more than others. Dr. Mehdi Balakhani, who has offices in Newark and Wilmington, does all types of reconstructive surgery, including repairing or reconstructing eyelids and noses after cancer surgeries.
Chang also does reconstructive surgery, in addition to cosmetic surgery. There is sometimes a fine line between the two. Consider post-bariatric body contouring, which performed after massive weight loss leaves a patient with sagging skin.
Like many plastic surgeons, Dr. Katheryn Warren, who has a Newark practice, takes her turn in the emergency room, where she once operated on a patient whose lip was bitten off by a horse. In her own practice, she often does breast reconstruction on cancer patients, and not only for those who’ve undergone a mastectomy. Radiation can cause breast malformations in patients who’ve had a lumpectomy.
The rules for finding a physician skilled in reconstructive are the same as for finding a cosmetic surgeon. Ask about his or her experience, review before and after photos, and ask about credentials.
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