What is reconstruction?
Reconstruction refers to a range of procedures and techniques used to restore form, function, and aesthetics to areas of the body that have been affected by trauma, injury, disease, or previous surgeries. At Florida Eyelid and Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Warner provides post-trauma, post-tumor, and post-cosmetic reconstruction in order to improve both the physical appearance and the overall quality of life for our patients.
Am I a candidate?
Reconstruction treatments are typically recommended for individuals who have experienced significant damage, deformity, or loss of tissue due to various factors. Candidates for these treatments can include individuals who have undergone surgical procedures, suffered traumatic injuries, or have congenital deformities. They may have conditions such as tumors, burns, facial fractures, birth defects, or other structural abnormalities that require restoration.
Which reconstruction options are available?
Each case is unique, and personalized treatment plans are designed to address the individual’s specific concerns and optimize the outcomes of the reconstruction process. Dr. Warner provides skin grafts, skin flaps, tarsoconjunctival flap, and AlloDerm grafts.
Skin grafts are commonly used to treat severe burns, chronic wounds, large skin defects, or areas where skin has been surgically removed. The transplanted skin graft serves as a temporary or permanent covering, promoting wound healing, preventing infection, and improving the overall appearance and function of the treated area.
Unlike skin grafts, skin flaps involve transferring a segment of skin along with its underlying blood vessels, nerves, and sometimes muscle or fat. This ensures better blood supply to the flap, allowing it to survive and heal properly. Skin flaps are commonly used in complex reconstructive procedures, such as repairing large wounds, closing defects after tumor removal, or reconstructing areas with significant tissue loss. During the procedure, the flap is carefully dissected, moved into the desired location, and sutured into place.
A tarsoconjunctival flap is a surgical technique used in eyelid reconstruction to repair defects and restore the normal structure and function of the eyelid. It involves the transfer of a flap of tissue, consisting of both the tarsal plate (the rigid structure that gives shape to the eyelid) and the conjunctiva (the thin membrane that lines the inner surface of the eyelid), from one area of the eyelid to another. The tarsoconjunctival flap is an excellent option for reconstructing full-thickness defects of the eyelid, such as those resulting from trauma, tumor excision, or congenital abnormalities.
When used in eye surgeries, AlloDerm grafts can be used to repair defects, reconstruct eyelid structures, or provide support and coverage to areas that require additional tissue. The graft is typically shaped and tailored to fit the specific defect or area of concern and then sutured into place. One of the advantages of using AlloDerm grafts is that they are less prone to reabsorption compared to other graft materials, offering long-term stability and improved outcomes. Additionally, because AlloDerm is derived from human tissue, it is biocompatible and less likely to cause adverse reactions or complications.
Schedule a reconstruction consultation in Orlando
Reconstruction begins with a consultation so that you can meet with Dr. Warner (a board certified surgeon) and discuss your goals. From there, he can determine the best treatment option and go over the procedure and expectations. To get started, call 407-863-8700 or fill out the form below. We can’t wait to meet you!