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Cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, also known as plastic surgery, focuses on restoring function or form of parts of the body that may have been impacted by congenital defects, developmental problems, cancer or injury. Plastic surgery also includes surgical and nonsurgical procedures that reshape normal parts of the body in order to improve appearance.
There are three areas of practice within plastic surgery at UC San Diego Health System:
- Aesthetic surgery
- Reconstructive surgery
- Noninvasive dermatologic procedures
Transforming the Face of Surgery around the World
UC San Diego plastic surgeon Amanda Gosman, MD, performs 40 reconstructive lip and palate surgeries in Malawi with a group of volunteers.
Our surgeons are specialists in all three of these areas — and utilize a combination of these types of procedures for any single treatment plan. Aesthetic, reconstructive and noninvasive dermatologic procedures all fall under the category of plastic surgery, however, the procedures may use lasers, masks, minimally invasive techniques and a myriad of other “tools” — other than a scalpel.