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Conditions Treated by Plastic Surgeons


Sinus Headache
Sinus headache refers to head and facial pain associated with inflammation of the sinuses (called Sinusitis ). The sinuses are hollow cavities in the skull that have openings into the nose. Common Cold and Allergic Rhinitis cause inflammation of the nasal passages and can lead to sinusitis. Sinus headache is a symptom of sinusitis.

Neck Sprain
A neck sprain is stretching and/or tearing of the soft tissues of the neck. This including muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Ligaments are strong bands of tissue. They connect bones to each other. Mild sprains may involve only stretching of the ligaments. More severe sprains would involve partial tears.

Neck Fracture
A neck fracture is a break in one or more of the cervical bones (vertebrae in the neck). The vertebrae are the bones that make up the spine.

A neck fracture is very serious and can lead to paralysis or possibly death. A person with a neck injury should not be moved without competent medical care, which is needed immediately.

Oral-Facial Clefts
An oral-facial cleft is a birth defect. A cleft lip is an opening in the upper lip, usually just below the nose. A cleft palate is an opening in the roof of the mouth (hard palate) or in the soft tissue at the back of the mouth (soft palate). In the majority of cases, a cleft lip and cleft palate occur together.

Sinusitis
The sinuses are hollow areas in the skull that are arranged in pairs. Sinusitis occurs when the tissue lining the sinuses in the skull around the nose (the paranasal sinuses) becomes inflamed and infected. Acute sinusitis usually lasts about 1-4 weeks, while chronic sinusitis is diagnosed when symptoms last three or more months. The third form, recurrent acute sinusitis, occurs more than three times a year.

Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a condition in which breathing stops for brief periods of time while a person is sleeping. These episodes of interrupted breathing last anywhere from 10-30 seconds at a time, and may occur up to 20-30 times per hour. Over the course of a single night's sleep, this can mean up to 400 episodes of interrupted breathing.

Sick Sinus Syndrome
Sick sinus syndrome (SSS) is not one specific disease. It is the term is used to describe several heart rhythm disorders. Sick sinus syndrome disorders include:

Nasal Polyp
Nasal polyps are growths that develop on the inside of your nose or sinuses. Nasal polyps are benign. But, there are certain tumors that present as simple polyps and should be evaluated by a specialist. You may have a single nasal polyp. Or, you may have several clustered together. Nasal polyps are soft and pearl-colored, with a texture like jelly. Nasal polyps can be treated. Contact your doctor if you think you have this condition.

Skull and Facial Fracture
Skull and facial fractures are broken bones of the head and face.

There are two major types of skull fractures:

Open skull fracture-part of the scalp is torn Closed skull fracture-the scalp is intact Facial fractures can occur in any of the face's bones. This includes:

Plastic Surgeon Frequently Asked Questions


What Does Plastic Surgery Involve?

Plastic surgery includes both reconstructive and cosmetic procedures. Plastic surgery includes many types of reconstructive surgery, hand surgery, microsurgery, the treatment of burns, as well as the repair, reconstruction, or replacement of physical defects of form or function. Normally, reconstructive surgery is performed on abnormal structures of the body that may be caused by trauma, infection, developmental abnormalities, congenital anomalies, disease, or tumors. Cosmetic surgery is normally performed to repair or reshape "normal" structures of the body to improve appearance.

What Procedures do Plastic Surgeons Perform?

A plastic surgeon can perform numerous procedures for patients depending on their needs including blepharoplasty, botox injections, breast reconstruction, breast reduction, cleft lip and palate repair, facial reconstructive procedures, facial scar revision, fat grafting, forehead lift, hair replacement, hand surgery, laser surgery, mentoplasty, otoplasty, plasma skin regeneration, nose job (rhinoplasty), rhytidectomy, scar revision, skin resurfacing, skin tightening, and tissue expansion.

Will Insurance Cover Plastic Surgery?

Aesthetic plastic surgery is considered cosmetic and is therefore not covered by insurance in most cases. An insurance provider may cover certain procedures such as breast reductions, eyelifts, or abdominolpasty if the patient has a medical condition that the surgery will treat. Insurance will cover the cost of procedures considered to be reconstructive such as a breast reconstruction after mastectomy.

What Should I Consider When Choosing a Plastic Surgeon?

When selecting a local plastic surgeon, here are a few questions to ask:

  • Does your office accept my insurance?
  • Are you Board Certified?
  • Do you use electronic medical records?
  • How quickly can I get an appointment?
  • Do you offer evening or weekend hours?
  • Will you be performing the surgical procedure?
  • Does the surgeon specialize in any specific area?
  • How many times have you performed this specific procedure?
  • Do you have patient references available?
  • Do you offer before & after surgery photos?

Finding a Plastic Surgeon

Start your search right here on ThirdAge.com. Find local plastic surgeons near you, read reviews from other users, view ratings, or compare other important information. You can also ask friends, colleagues, or other people you know for a recommendation. You may also call your state's board to see if the surgeon is licensed or has any complaints against them.


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