Breast reconstruction can improve feelings of breast cancer survivors

A plastic surgeon in Marshfield, Wisconsin gained a reputation of raising self-esteem for breast cancer survivors. An October 26 article of the Daily Tribune reported the benefits of breast reconstruction.

Marshfield Clinic plastic surgeon Dr. Kathleen Meyer observed that women who survive breast cancer must deal with complex social issues afterwards. For some women, identity especially relates to femininity and how they look. Women who undergo  mastectomy procedures to remove the portion of the breast afflicted with cancer have a tough choice to make. Usually it is hard to decide if they are going to undergo another procedure to restore the normal look of their breasts through reconstructive surgery. However, Dr. Meyer helps numerous breast cancer survivors make the difficult decision through consultation. She believes that women become more comfortable with their decision if they are well-informed about the advantages and disadvantages of breast reconstruction.

The Bergman Folkers Plastic Surgery team helps breast cancer survivors who decide to restore their natural look through breast reconstruction. Find out how our expert team can work for you in Des Moines by calling (515) 222-1111.


Minnesota youth underwent reconstructive surgery after farm accident

A 10-year-old girl in Minnesota who had survived a farm accident three years prior had undergone numerous reconstructive surgery procedures to treat her face, a September 19 article published by Eyewitness News reported.

Reports said the young girl, Amber Rose Kordiak, had her face severely injured after she was involved in an accident at the farm in July 2013. Her injuries were so serious that Amber Rose’s father thought she would not make it after the metal rim of a 600-pound tractor tire struck her face. The mishap left Amber Rose with a disfigured face that many hospitals thought was irreparable. However, after three years, a team of reconstructive plastic surgeons believed they could treat Amber Rose. After many hours inside the operating room, one of the doctors expressed optimism in the outcome of the procedure. Amber Rose is expected to undergo follow-up procedures to refine the appearance of her face.

The Bergman Folkers Plastic Surgery doctors in Des Moines understand the importance of reconstructive surgery for accident victims. If you or someone you know have a body part that has been disfigured, we may offer you cosmetic surgery solutions to restore its natural appearance. Call us today at (515) 222-1111 to book an appointment.


Otoplasty procedure: potential candidates for improved ears

Some individuals who are uncomfortable with the appearance of their ears may consider undergoing otoplasty procedure to improve them. Individuals with disproportionate, deformed, or protruding ears may benefit from this procedure also. Below are some possible candidates for the procedure.

  • Healthy children or adults, especially those without recurring ear infections or any life-threatening illnesses
  • Children at an age whose ear cartilage is firm enough to handle surgery
  • Individuals who can follow simple instructions
  • Kids who are eager to undergo treatment and can clearly communicate exactly what they feel
  • Adults who are non-smokers
  • Anyone who is set on correcting their misshapen ears

Undergoing otoplasty procedure is a sure way to correct unsightly ear problems. If you are considering this kind of procedure to boost your self-confidence, the Bergman Folkers Plastic Surgery team in Des Moines can help. Book an appointment with us today by calling (515) 222-1111.


Plastic surgeon in OKC provides confidence to patients

A highly respected plastic surgeon in Oklahoma City believes that patients involved in accidents or suffering from an illness tend to feel better after surgery. Once they go through reconstructive or aesthetic surgery, their confidence boosts, according to an article of NewsOK.

According to Doctor Anureet Bajaj, giving a truthful assessment regarding a particular procedure is the responsibility of a good surgeon. Dr. Bajaj is known for conducting microvascular breast reconstruction procedure. She decided to specialize in the reconstructive procedure because it helps cancer patients cope with their conditions. However, the doctor also offers several other plastic surgery services. In addition, she says procedures are for people who desire to feel better about their looks, not just those suffering from an illness.

In Des Moines, the expert team at Bergman Folkers Plastic Surgery helps people who want to bring back their confidence. Undergoing cosmetic or reconstructive procedures can do wonders for a person’s self-esteem. Find out how we can help you improve or restore your natural look today by calling (515) 222-1111.


Two kinds of skin graft procedures

Individuals may want to consider undergoing skin graft procedure to restore the damaged skin in particular parts of their body. The procedure which involves replacing damaged skin by transplanting new skin has two kinds depending on the severity of the skin being treated.

Split-level grafts is a type of skin graft where the two uppermost layers of skin are removed and grafted to the target skin area. This type of procedure is often recommended for patients who have large skin problems. However, the procedure is considered full-thickness when the muscles and blood vessels from a healthy skin area are used to treat the target area. Full-thickness type is often advised for small wounds that are situated on the face or other body parts that are visible because it is unnoticeable after healing. Individuals should consider this kind of treatment if they have skin infections, serious burn injuries, large open wounds, or any other skin problems that improperly healed.

Skin graft procedure is worth considering if you want to reconstruct your damaged skin. If you want to know more about this procedure in Des Moines, book an appointment with the Bergman Folkers Plastic Surgery team. Call our office today at (515) 222-1111 to find out how we may restore your natural skin.


Cosmetic surgeons help disfigured burn victims in India

A team of volunteer cosmetic surgeons from Britain and a non-governmental organization in Delhi, India worked together on a project to treat individuals with disfigured body parts, an article of Mirror reported on April 20.

The British surgeons, along with former NHS medical practitioner and surgeon Dr. Charles Viva, were in Gurgaon for 12 days for “Project Revive” to treat disfigured victims for free. The team screened severe cases of disfigurement in different parts of India. Many of the disfigured patients were burn victims from dowry attacks or explosions. Dr. Viva stated the project aimed to help these injured individuals who often were left unable to function productively in society due to limitations of movement. Aside from the patients, the medical community was generally helped by the project, Dr. Viva also stated. 

The Bergman Folkers Plastic Surgery team treat people in Des Moines who have become disfigured due to serious burn injuries. Our highly skilled surgeons may have the ability to restore your looks through reconstructive surgery. Schedule an appointment with us today by calling (515) 222-1111 to find out how we may help you.


Reconstructing the nipple after breast surgery

As many women who have undergone breast augmentation surgeries of any kind can attest, nipple reconstruction is often necessary to make the breast look as natural as possible. Patients who undergo mastectomy procedures will be most likely to pursue this options, as a mastectomy removes the entire breast and the natural nipple as well.

Nipple reconstruction surgeries will generally be performed after the breast has healed from the initial reconstruction — after about three to four months. However, women have plenty of time to decide whether nipple reconstruction is right for them. In these surgical procedures, a doctor will build up tissue to mimic the natural look of a nipple. Doctors can also use tattooing technology to colorize the new nipple in order to make it look even more natural.

Nipple reconstruction after breast surgery is one way cancer survivors can regain a sense of normalcy and a return to a healthy and whole mindset. The expert surgeons at Bergman Folkers Plastic Surgery in Des Moines feel that any procedure which helps women feel more confident and self-assured is valuable. To speak to our team about our services, call (515) 222-1111 today.


Treating trigger finger through surgery

Trigger finger is a medical condition that can affect any one of a person’s fingers and is characterized by a person’s finger locking before it can straighten out. This condition can be treated by taking medicines or by just resting the affected finger. However, a person with chronic trigger finger may need to undergo reconstructive surgery if they can no longer straighten the affected finger.

The objective is to normalize tendon movement in the affected finger by expanding the tunnel opening, which allows the tendon to move around. Trigger finger surgery is often a simple procedure where the surgeon will make a tiny cut into the palm to lessen the pressure in the tendon sheath tunnel. Patients undergoing this procedure often do not feel any pain because of local anaesthesia. After the procedure, the result is often felt immediately and patients are allowed to go home for recovery.

Though trigger finger is not a serious condition, treating it through surgery is important – especially for people who use their hands in their everyday work. If you are suffering from trigger finger in the Des Moines area, the skilled surgeons at Bergman Folkers Plastic Surgery may help get you back to normal. Schedule an appointment with us today by calling (515) 222-1111 to find out how you may benefit from the procedure.


Reconstructive surgery for people with carpal tunnel syndrome

People who are suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) may need to undergo a reconstructive surgery procedure if non-surgical treatments fail to prevent the tingling and numbness affecting the hands and arms, according to NHS Choices.

The procedure, called “carpal tunnel decompression,” is usually done to decrease the pressure on the nerve found in the wrist by cutting the carpal ligament of the patient. Since the procedure involves one incision to the affected wrist, patients are given local anesthesia, and they are usually conscious during the whole procedure. There are also other doctors that use specialized equipment during the procedure, and the result is often similar to traditional surgery.

The expert team of Bergman Folkers Plastic Surgery in Des Moines understands the importance of the functionality and aesthetic of your hands. If you are considering restoring your hands through reconstructive surgery, we may be able to help. Contact us today at (515) 222-1111 to learn about your options.


What is Mohs surgery?

Mohs surgery is a procedure that removes cancer-containing skin in order to protect the healthy skin, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Though the procedure requires some minimal incisions in the affected skin area to precisely remove the cancer cells, patients are given local anesthesia to suppress the pain. Individuals who have undergone this precise excision procedure likely want to complete the process through Mohs closure, which would reconstruct the skin in the area where it was removed. This would return an individual’s skin to normal – only this time, without cancerous skin cells.

If you are considering Mohs surgery, enlist the help of a highly reliable team of surgeons in order to achieve your desired results. Set an appointment with the Bergman Folkers Plastic Surgery in Des Moines today by calling (515) 222-1111. In your consultation, you can learn more about the procedure and see results first hand.


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