Transforming lives: plastic surgery restores form & function |

Transforming lives: plastic surgery restores form & function

Kathleen Holoyda, MD
Barton Health

Plastic and reconstructive surgery is a specialty that can offer life-changing benefits. It involves surgical and medical techniques performed on facial and body tissue to improve bodily function, and can also be used to help improve appearance and self esteem.

Kathleen Holoyda, MD

Many factors may motivate a person to obtain plastic surgery. Birth defects and injuries from accidents, along with problems caused by aging are commonly addressed with plastic surgery. Procedures typically fall under three categories:

Reconstructive Surgery is performed to correct facial and body abnormalities caused by birth defects, injury, or disease. The goal of reconstructive plastic surgery is to restore body form and function. Common examples of this type of procedure are breast reconstruction following mastectomy–removal of one or both breasts–as a result of breast cancer, or reconstruction following skin cancer removal.

Aesthetic Surgery refers to procedures that improve the appearance of the face and body with results aimed at increasing self-esteem. Examples of this type of procedure include abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) or breast augmentation.

Some types of plastic surgery may be both reconstructive and aesthetic. For example, eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) may be done to improve how your eyes look, but it can also be done to fix eyelids that are drooping severely and blocking vision.

Non-Surgical Procedures include Botox, dermal fillers, and medical grade skin care, which are designed to soften and prevent signs of aging. These procedures can be performed on areas of the face, head, neck, and body.

Your reason for seeking plastic surgery is unique and the benefits are endless, discuss the possibilities with your healthcare provider.

Dr. Kathleen A. Holoyda is a board-eligible plastic surgeon providing plastic and reconstructive surgery services to the Lake Tahoe region. For more information or to schedule a consultation, call 530.543.5799 or visit New patients are welcome.



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