Sometimes your natural tissues need a little help to provide enough support to keep internal body structures held in place and looking natural. When these situations arise, the plastic and reconstructive surgeons at the the UNC Aesthetic & Laser Center may recommend Alloderm or Strattice.
Repair of cleft lip and cleft palate can be performed on children and adults of any age. This procedure is ideally performed early, as this deformity can cause problems with swallowing, breathing, speaking, irregular facial development and potential psychological difficulties.
If you have suffered some sort of trauma to your hands or have a disease or defect that negatively affects use of your hands, hand surgery may be performed to correct the issue. Using techniques such as grafting, flap surgery and transplantation, hand surgery can correct injuries to tendons, nerves, blood vessels, joints, and bones, as well as burns and cuts.
Scar revision is ideal for people who have scars that inhibit function or negatively affect appearance. You may find your scar aesthetically unpleasing or perhaps it inhibits your movement or function in some way. The revision procedure basically works to replace the scar with a less visible or less inhibiting scar. Patients should first understand the expected outcome and emotional implications of such a procedure.
Women who have survived breast cancer and have suffered breast deformity or disfigurement can restore their self-esteem, confidence and sense of femininity through breast reconstruction surgery at UNC. We perform several different techniques, including the most advanced microsurgical procedures that use your own tissue. The plastic and reconstructive surgeons at UNC can help you determine which breast reconstruction procedure option will be best for you.
Skin cancer surgery is performed on melanomas and questionable moles. Melanomas are tumors that often attack the skin but can migrate to other areas. Ideally, surgery is conducted to remove stage I and II melanomas but may be performed on stage III melanomas with a lesser effect.
A ventral hernia can occur in men and women of any age. This condition is often painful and creates irregular, unsightly abdominal contours. If you are suffering from a ventral hernia, the highly trained team of plastic and reconstructive surgeons at the UNC Aesthetic & Laser Center can help you correct this complex problem with surgical intervention.
DIEP flap surgery is a breast reconstruction procedure designed to rebuild natural-looking breast mounds using abdominal skin and fat after one or both breasts have been removed during mastectomy. The procedure is named after the deep inferior epigastric perforator blood vessels that are used during DIEP flap reconstruction to provide the blood supply to the tissues that are transferred from your abdomen to your chest wall.
Latissimus dorsi flap reconstruction is a procedure that uses skin, tissue and blood vessels from the upper back to rebuild the breast mound after cancerous breast tissue is removed during mastectomy surgery. Latissimus dorsi reconstruction is especially appropriate for women who are not candidates for other flap breast reconstruction procedures due to previous abdominal surgery but do not have enough tissue remaining to support breast implants.
TRAM flap reconstruction is a breast reconstruction technique that uses tissues from the lower abdomen to correct disfigurement and re-create the breast mound. This procedure is named after the transverse rectus abdominus myocutaneous muscle that is used, along with surrounding skin and fat, to perform this breast reconstruction technique.