Physicians at the UW Medicine Center for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery understand how important your body is to you. Our mission is to restore its form and function to the greatest possible extent for patients whose bodies are changed by disease, trauma or congenital deformity. We also provide cosmetic plastic surgery to patients who want to transform their appearance.
Deep knowledge of anatomy enables our surgeons to identify bodies’ structural and functional deficits, and locate replacement tissues, such as skin, blood vessels, muscles, tendons and fat, that best match the need. Our surgeons are specially trained to perform complex microvascular surgeries in which a flap of skin and underlying tissue is moved, with blood vessels intact, to a new site. Such procedures give patients the best chance for restored function, sensation and appearance and require expertise not broadly available in the Pacific Northwest.
Our plastic surgery team also specializes in repairing complex and large wounds that result from trauma or cancer removal. This includes reconstruction of the head and neck, breast, trunk and extremities. As a center of excellence for breast and nipple reconstruction, we care for cancer patients after mastectomy to restore lost form. Our surgeons routinely perform the deep inferior epigastric perforator (DIEP) flap for breast reconstruction, which uses patients’ own tissue while preserving abdominal muscle.
Our plastic surgeons also perform surgery to treat lymphedema, one of the unwanted side effects that often complicate cancer treatment.
We are one of the very few centers in the United States with expertise in facial re-animation and other procedures for treating facial paralysis. A series of delicate procedures can help stroke patients and others to smile again and feel more comfortable in public.
Our center also offers cosmetic plastic surgery, such as facelifts, rhinoplasty, liposuction, eyelid surgery and breast augmentation.
Our surgeons work closely with patients to develop a thorough surgery plan based on each patient’s needs, taking into consideration the patient’s overall health, the medical benefit of a near-term procedure vs. opting to delay, the likelihood of post-operative treatment such as radiation, time needed for full healing, and, of course, the patient’s wishes.
Our doctors have years of experience performing complex plastic surgery procedures. If you have questions or would like to schedule a consultation, please contact our Patient Intake Coordinator at 206.598.1217.