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Why Choose Us for Plastic or Reconstructive Surgery?

Experts in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Some of the leaders in reconstructive microsurgery practice here. Microsurgical techniques allow for more precise and detailed reconstruction, as well as quicker recovery time. University of Chicago physicians have developed unique techniques for nasal reconstruction, and we are the only hospital in the U.S. to offer these procedures.

All of our plastic and reconstructive surgeons are nationally recognized, board eligible or board-certified experts. They are routinely highlighted in several top doctor guides--including America's Top Doctors. Our surgeons have had training in general surgery, with additional special training in plastic surgery. Several have completed post-graduate fellowships in specialized areas including hand, craniofacial, and aesthetic surgery. Our staff also includes members who specialize in pediatric plastic surgery. Not only have our surgeons had the best training possible, they also train other physicians in the latest surgical treatment options.

Specialized Programs

Surgeons in surgery

The University of Chicago Medicine is the only medical center in the Chicago area to offer facial reanimation surgery for patients after brain surgery or stroke, and for those who suffer from Bell's palsy.

Additionally, we are a regional and national referral site for the treatment of difficult wounds, including diabetic and pressure ulcers, venus stasis ulcers, and fingertip ulcers caused by Raynaud's syndrome.

Multidisciplinary Approach to Care

The medical staff at the University of Chicago takes a multidisciplinary approach to addressing each patient's specific needs. Healthcare professionals from plastic surgery, critical care, general surgery, physical therapy, hand therapy, psychiatry, social services, and food and nutrition--to name just a few--come together to provide the best possible care.

State-of-the-Art Technology

The University of Chicago Medicine surgeons are at the forefront of plastic and reconstructive surgery. For example, we were the first hospital in the Chicago area to use a distractor to correct facial bone deficiencies. A distractor is a sophisticated device that aids bone growth by slightly breaking the bone under controlled circumstances--allowing new bone to form. We also specialize in free tissue transfer and endoscopic aesthetic surgery--where surgical incisions are smaller and in less conspicuous places.

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Reconstructive Surgery

  • Burn and complex wound care
  • Facial paralysis
  • Genitourinary construction
  • Hand surgery
  • Maxilliofacial disorders
  • Post-cancer reconstruction
  • Post-mastectomy breast reconstruction

Cosmetic Procedures of the Face/Head

  • Blepharoplasty (upper and lower eyelid surgery)
  • Botox and Restylane (facial injectables)
  • Chemical peel
  • Chin implants
  • Dermabrasion
  • Earlobe reduction/repair
  • Otoplasty ("pinning" back of ears)
  • Rhinoplasty (contouring of nose)
  • Rhytidectomy (facelift)

Cosmetic Procedures of the Body

  • Abdominoplasty (tummy-tuck)
  • Belt lipectomy (lower body lift)
  • Brachioplasty (upper arm reduction)
  • Breast augmentation
  • Breast reduction
  • Buttock augmentation
  • Buttock lift
  • Gynecomastia (male breast reduction)
  • Liposuction
  • Mastopexy (breast lift)

Other Cosmetic Procedures

  • Keloid removal
  • Labial reduction/vaginal rejuvenation
  • Laser procedures, including tattoo removal
  • Mole removal
  • Scar repair