People expect their physicians to be knowledgeable and skilled, and trust them to provide the highest standards of care. At Lowcountry Plastic Surgery Center (LPSC), we want to provide a comfortable environment where our patients have access to the highest quality medical care while maintaining professional and ethical standards through education, research and patient care. By using the latest techniques we strive to develop an individualized program to meet each patient?s specific goals. We practice the full range of plastic surgery services, both reconstructive and cosmetic, and will provide these services with the utmost in excellence, and with the patient's welfare and satisfaction as the ultimate goal.
Plastic Surgery deals with the repair, reconstruction, or replacement of physical defects of form or function involving the skin, musculoskeletal system, craniomaxillofacial structures, hand, extremities, breast and trunk, and external genitalia. It uses aesthetic surgical principles not only to improve undesirable qualities of normal structures but in all reconstructive procedures as well.
Special knowledge and skill in the design and surgery of grafts, flaps, free tissue transfer and replantation is necessary. Competence in the management of complex wounds, the use of implantable materials, and in tumor surgery is also required. Plastic surgeons have been instrumental in the development of innovative techniques such as microvascular and craniomaxillofacial surgery, liposuction, and tissue transfer. The foundation of surgical anatomy, physiology, pathology, and other basic sciences is fundamental to this specialty.
Competency in plastic surgery implies a special combination of basic science knowledge, surgical judgment, technical expertise, ethics, and interpersonal skills in order to achieve satisfactory patient relationships and problem resolution.
Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery
Plastic surgery procedures generally fall into one of two categories, reconstructive or cosmetic. Cosmetic surgery is performed to reshape normal structures of the body in order to improve the patient's appearance. Reconstructive surgery is performed on abnormal structures of the body, caused by congenital defects, developmental abnormalities, trauma, infection, tumors or disease. It is generally performed to improve function, but may also be done to approximate a normal appearance.
Reconstructive procedures commonly performed by plastic surgeons include: correction of congenital anomalies (such as cleft lip and palate), maxillofacial and craniofacial surgery, hand surgery, breast reconstruction following mastectomy, breast reduction, burn care, trauma care (such as repair of lacerations and facial fractures), excision of tumors and reconstruction following various types of cancer treatment. Commonly performed cosmetic procedures include face lifts, eyelid lifts, breast enlargement, some nasal surgery, body contouring, and liposuction.
At LPS, all aspects of plastic and reconstructive surgery will be practiced. Specialties of the practice will be aesthetic and breast surgery. Aesthetic surgery will include ultrasonic-assisted liposuction and body contouring as well as facial plastic surgery. Breast surgery will include both reconstructive and cosmetic procedures.