Physicians at the UW Medicine Center for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery provide expertise in both restoring patient form and function lost by trauma or disease, as well as providing top-notch cosmetic plastic surgery to patients who wish to transform their appearance.
Reconstruction for trauma and cancer: Our plastic surgery team 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. They 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.
Reconstruction for facial paralysis: 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.
Cosmetic surgery: 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.
If you have questions or would like to schedule a consultation, please contact our Patient Intake Coordinator at 206.598.1217.