Clinical Specialty Programs

The Section of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery provides a wide range of aesthetic and reconstructive surgeries. The goal of reconstructive surgery is to restore form and function. This requires a carefully formed treatment plan utilizing a host of surgical techniques appropriate to the patient and the setting. At the University of Chicago, the Section of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery provides reconstructive surgical services in the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of deformities arising from birth defects, abnormal development, trauma or surgery.

In recent years, there have been significant advances in laser technology that improve the skin's quality, function and appearance. We utilize a variety of "smart" lasers to treat common skin conditions with minimal scarring. These include vascular birthmarks, spider veins, hemangiornas, freckles, fine wrinkling of the skin and tattoos. We are at the forefront in scar treatment research. With six wound-healing laboratories, physicians are able to investigate new ways to treat hypertrophic and keloid scars as well as minimize or reverse the effects of burn scars. Our advances in tissue engineering and microsurgical tissue transfer have brought us to the leading edge of reconstructive surgery.

Some of the reconstructive surgeries we perform include:

  • Scar revision
  • Post-mastectomy breast reconstruction
  • Head and neck reconstruction following cancer removal
  • Treatment of problem wounds
  • Removal of skin lesions
  • Lower extremity reconstruction
  • Treatment of facial paralysis
  • Genitourinary abnormalities