Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Plastic and reconstructive surgeryconcerns with surgical correction of functional impairments caused by burns, traumatic injuries, such as facial bone fractures and breaks; congenital abnormalities, such as cleft palates or cleft lips; developmental abnormalities; infection and disease; and cancer or tumours. Many plastic surgeons are also aesthetic surgeons dealing mainly with improvement of external appearance using surgery.

Reconstructive plastic surgery is usually performed to improve function, but it may be done to approximate a normal appearance.

Common reconstructive procedures are:

·         Laceration repair

·         Contracture surgery for burn survivors

Burn surgery generally takes place in two phases - acute burn surgery, which is the treatment immediately   after a burn, or reconstructive burn surgery, which takes place after the burn wounds have healed.

·         Hand surgery

Hand surgery is concerned with acute injuries and chronic diseases of the hand and wrist, correction of congenital malformations of the upper extremities, and peripheral nerve problems (such as brachial plexus injuries or carpal tunnel syndrome). The Hand surgery field is also practiced by orthopaedic surgeons and general surgeons.

·         Breast reduction

Breast reduction surgery is oriented toward women with large, pendulous breasts, especially gigantomastia, since the weight of their breasts may cause chronic pain of the head, neck, back, and shoulders, plus circulation and breathing problems. Even if physical discomfort is not a problem, some women feel awkward with the enormity of their breasts in proportion to the rest of their smaller bodies.  Except in unusual cases, this procedure is performed on individuals with fully-developed breasts, and it is not typically recommended for women who desire to breastfeed.

Males with common condition of gynecomastia may feel embarrassed and upset with their condition, usually developed during adolescence. They may get the surgery for restored confidence.

·         Breast reconstruction (after a mastectomy)

This is the rebuilding of a breast, usually in women which involves using autologous tissue or prosthetic material to construct a natural-looking breast. Often, this includes the reformation of a natural-looking areola and nipple. This procedure involves the use of implants or relocated flaps of the patient's own tissue.

·         Microsurgery

The reconstruction of missing tissues is performed through microsurgery - the transfer of a piece of tissue to the reconstruction site.  Blood vessels are and reconnected by suturing arteries and veins as small as 1 to 2 millimetres in diameter using very fine suture material, precision instruments and operating microscope.  Popular subspecialty areas are breast reconstruction, head and neck reconstruction, hand surgery/replantation, and brachial plexus surgery.

Our Doctors Specializing In Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Dr Kim K. Tan

MBBS (London), FRCS (Edin), AM, Fellowship in Cosmetic Surgery (London)
Specialty: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Aesthetic & Cosmetic Surgery, Hand & Microsurgery
Location : Pantai Hospital Kuala Lumpur