Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

The Reconstructive and Plastic Surgery program at the University of Arizona Medical Center is a leading center for reconstructive and aesthetic surgery.

All of our surgeons are trained in plastic surgery as well as multiple subspecialties. They are joined by general surgeons, microsurgeons and orthopaedic surgeons to provide comprehensive services to our patients.

Our team of surgeons repairs bones, tendons, nerves, vessels and muscles using advanced microsurgery techniques. Procedures performed are outlined in the following.

Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery

Our hand and upper extremity surgeons have internationally recognized expertise in plastic, reconstructive, orthopaedic and microsurgery. They perform a wide variety of surgical and nonsurgical procedures for common and rare hand, arm and shoulder conditions in adult and pediatric patients.

Hand Transplantation

Our team of multidisciplinary experts, surgeons, therapists and other health professionals have provide hand transplants to patients in need. The University of Arizona Hand Transplantation Program is led by Warren C. Breidenbach, MD, the world pioneer of composite tissue and hand transplantation who performed the world’s first successful hand transplant.

Breast Reconstruction Surgery

In conjunction with the University of Arizona Cancer Center, the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery has a comprehensive program for patients afflicted with maladies of the breast.

This program focuses primarily on reconstructive efforts for women with carcinoma of the breast. Breast reconstruction is an essential step in the care for the modern breast cancer patient, affording both physical restoration and psychologic closure after surgical removals.

We offer reconstructions with:
  • Microsurgical breasts reconstruction including DIEP flaps
  • Revision of unsightly or failed reconstruction
  • Cutting edge fat grafting techniques
  • Reconstruction with pedicled TRAM flaps
  • Reconstruction with latissimus dorsi flaps
  • Breast implants with or without acellular dermal matrices

By teaming with surgical oncologists, medical oncologists and radiotherapists, our surgeons evaluate your case and individualize your treatment plan. The comprehensive breast program also helps with non-oncologic breast disease such as breast hypertrophy and congenital malformations; we also help men.

Cosmetic Surgery

We offer a wide spectrum of aesthetic services and cosmetic surgical procedures, including:
  • Facial rejuvenation with injectables (Botox, Restylane, fat grafts)
  • Chemical peels
  • Surgical interventions (facelifts, blepharoplasties)
  • Primary and secondary rhinoplasty
  • Body contouring procedures such as liposuction, brachioplasty, abdominoplasty, body lift and thigh lifting
  • Aesthetic breast surgery, including breast augmentation, breast lift (mastopexy) and breast reduction

Craniofacial Surgery

The Craniofacial Surgery Program has surgery experts that treat complex craniofacial malformations. Of particular skill and interest are deformations caused by craniosynostosis and craniofacial syndromes such as:
  • Treacher-Collins syndrome
  • Apert's syndrome
  • Pierre-Robin sequence

We also treat patients with congenital, traumatic and neoplastic conditions of the skull, face and mandible. Our state-of-the-art techniques include custom-fabricated prosthetics and distraction osteogenesis. The multidisciplinary involvement of neurosurgeons and neuroradiologists is key to providing you individualized.

Cutaneous Plastic Surgery

The Cutaneous Surgery Program includes all surgical procedures involving the removal of skin lesions and correction of scars. Cutaneous surgery (also known as dermatosurgery) is surgery to the skin to remove certain lesions or reduce the visibility of scars. You can expect superior aesthetic results from our team that performs all forms of cutaneous surgical procedures.

Clinical Trials

The University of Arizona conducts a variety of research studies and clinical trials that support our commitment to improving patient care. For more information, visit The University of Arizona Clinical Trials site.

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