Reconstructive Surgery

Plastic surgeons perform more than one million reconstructive procedures each year. Reconstructive surgery helps men, women and children of all ages and types, whether their problem is a birth defect, an injury or an age-related condition. Our plastic surgeons can provide a wide variety of reconstructive procedures for patients in the Kansas City area. View the links below for more details on these services. 


Breast reconstruction

Reconstruction of a breast that has been removed due to cancer or other disease is one of the most rewarding surgical procedures available today. New medical techniques and devices have made it possible for surgeons to create a breast that can come close in form and appearance to matching a natural breast. To learn more, meet our patients and read their stories.
  • Implant breast reconstruction

    Saline and silicone breast implants are commonly used during breast reconstruction surgery. This type of procedure is common among women who wish to have a lower-cost procedure or those who have insufficient tissue for a free flap procedure.
  • Free flap breast reconstruction

    During free flap breast reconstruction, skin, muscle, and fat from the body are disconnected from the blood supply at the donor site and reattached to a blood supply in the recipient site. The surgeon will often need to use special microsurgical techniques to successfully perform this procedure.
  • TRAM flap breast reconstruction

    The TRAM (Transverse Rectus Abdominus Myocutaneous) flap is a breast reconstruction procedure that involves transferring tissues from the abdomen to the breasts without the use of implants. Like other flaps, the TRAM flap can be done as either a pedicle or free flap procedure.

Cleft and craniofacial

The Cleft and Craniofacial Clinic offers comprehensive care for a full range of craniofacial anomalies. This includes procedures to repair conditions, such as cleft lip and palate and craniosynostosis, as well as for injuries or scarring caused by burns, disease or accident.

Ear reconstruction

The complete reconstruction of the ear using rib grafts is the most complicated surgical procedure for the ear. Though there are a number of other reconstruction techniques available, including implants, soft tissue and prosthetics, the most common technique uses rib cartilage to shape the ear.

Facial nerve surgery

The most effective way to return motor function to the face is the microsurgical repair of the facial nerve, also known as the seventh cranial nerve.

General reconstruction

Injuries, disease and birth defects can all lead to deformities that can be repaired with reconstructive plastic surgery. 

Hand surgery

Major advances have been made treating patients with hand injuries, degenerative disorders, and birth defects of the hand. Plastic surgeons have been at the forefront of these advances, with their interest in improving both function and appearance. Plastic surgeons undergo intensive training in hand surgery, and they treat patients with a wide range of hand problems. Read Steve Pelegrin's story of his woodworking accident and successful replantation surgery.

Jaw surgery

Corrective jaw surgery may be performed to address a wide range of skeletal issues, which may be congenital or the result of a trauma or disease.

Laser surgery

Reconstructive surgeons can use a medical laser to remove or diminish skin imperfections or growths with minimum bleeding, bruising, and scarring. A variety of lasers can be used, depending on your goals and your surgeon's recommendation.

Microvascular reconstruction

Microvascular reconstruction, or microsurgery for the reattachment of living tissue, is one of the most advanced and highly technical procedures in modern surgery.

Nasal reconstruction

The reconstruction of the nose may be required for a number of reasons, including trauma, birth defects, and damage following surgeries, such as tumor extirpation or the removal of skin lesions.

Scar revision

Plastic surgeons can often improve the appearance of a scar, making it less obvious through the injection or application of certain steroid medications or through surgical procedures known as scar revisions.

Skin cancer

Skin cancer is diagnosed by removing all or part of a skin growth and examining its cells under a microscope. It can be treated by a number of methods, depending on the type of cancer, its stage of growth, and its location on your body.

Skin lesion removal

Removal of skin lesions is typically recommended if the lesion shows signs of possible malignancy such as changing color or shape, many of these lesions may still be harmless, though a biopsy will be performed on the removed lesion to know for sure.

Sleep apnea

Patients who struggle with the complex issue of obstructive sleep apnea may sometimes be referred for surgical correction of their facial structure in an effort to treat this condition.

Tissue expansion

Tissue expansion is a relatively straightforward procedure that enables the body to "grow" extra skin for use in reconstructing almost any part of the body. A silicone balloon expander is inserted under the skin near the area to be repaired and then gradually filled with saltwater over time, causing the skin to stretch and grow.

Wound care

Using advanced techniques such as skin grafts, tissue expansion or microsurgery, your plastic surgeon can help treat complex wounds, so you can heal with an optimal aesthetic and functional result.