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Dr. Michael Kwangsoo Kim, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery
26800 South Tamiami Trail
Bonita Springs, FL
 

Dr. Michael Kim works as a plastic surgeon and hand surgeon in Fort Myers, FL, Cape Coral, FL, and Bonita Springs, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kim include eyelid surgery, dermabrasion, and mini tummy tuck. Dr. Kim is professionally affiliated with Cape Coral Hospital. After completing medical school at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine, he performed his residency at NYU Langone Medical Center, Bellevue Hospital Center, and a hospital affiliated with Emory University. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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Relevant Interests: , free flap breast reconstruction, TRAM flap breast reconstruction

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Endoscopic Surgery, Lip Implants, Chin Implants, Nipple Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert John Brueck, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
26800 South Tamiami Trail
Bonita Springs, FL
 

Dr. Robert Brueck's specialty is plastic surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Brueck include eyelid surgery, mini tummy tuck, and botox injection. Dr. Brueck is affiliated with Cape Coral Hospital and Lee Memorial Hospital. He trained at Rush University Medical Center for his residency. He is rated highly by his patients. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Brueck has received the following distinction: RealSelf Top Doctor.

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Relevant Interests: , free flap breast reconstruction, TRAM flap breast reconstruction

All Interests: Breast Augmentation, Endoscopic Surgery, Lip Implants, Chin Implants, Nipple Surgery, Cosmetic ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert George Chami, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
1015 Crosspointe Drive
Naples, FL
 

Dr. Robert Chami is a specialist in plastic surgery. He works in Naples, FL. The average patient rating for Dr. Chami is 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Chami include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and tummy tuck revision. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He studied medicine at Loma Linda University School of Medicine. Dr. Chami (or staff) speaks Arabic and French.

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Relevant Interests: , TRAM flap breast reconstruction

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Nipple Surgery, Cosmetic Surgery, Breast Implant Removal, Breast ... (Read more)

Dr. Jon Ryan Jackson, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
1890 Sw Health Parkway; Suite 301
Naples, FL
 

Dr. Jon Jackson sees patients in Naples, FL. His medical specialty is plastic surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Jackson include eyelid surgery, dermabrasion, and mini tummy tuck. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Jackson takes. He studied medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , free flap breast reconstruction, TRAM flap breast reconstruction

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Endoscopic Surgery, Pec Implants, Chin Implants, Nipple Surgery, ... (Read more)

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What is Flap Reconstruction?

Flap reconstruction is a surgical procedure in which healthy tissue is taken (or harvested) from one area of the body, called a donor site, and then transferred to a damaged area, or recipient site. The most common types of tissue used in flap reconstruction are skin, muscle, and a combination of skin and muscle, called musculocutaneous tissue. Flaps are like grafts in that they both involve harvesting and transferring tissue, but they differ in one important way. Flaps are placed onto the recipient site with their own blood supply, whereas grafts are not.

Flaps are used to reconstruct large or deep wounds, as well repair physical deformities. For example, some nasal defects can be corrected using forehead flaps. Another common procedure that uses flaps is breast reconstruction, which is surgery to restore the appearance of the breast after mastectomy (breast removal). The ability to use musculocutaneous tissue makes flaps ideal for this type of reconstructive surgery. In addition, the included blood supply in flaps brings needed oxygen and nutrients to the recipient site, promoting healing.

During flap surgery, an enormous amount of attention needs to be paid to the blood vessels (arteries, veins, and capillaries). To retain the flap’s blood supply, the surgeon might form a pedicle, which is a bridge of tissue and blood vessels that connects the flap to the site it originates from. The flap is connected to its blood supply through this pedicle. It is removed only after the surgical team has made sure that the flap has healed enough to survive without it. This type of flap is called a pedicled flap.

Blood vessels may also be detached from the flap when it is harvested, and then reattached at the new location. Since the flap is not pedicled to its donor site, it is referred to as a free flap. To be able to connect blood vessels with accuracy, surgeons must use very tiny tools and special microscopes. For this reason, this type of flap reconstruction is also often called microvascular flap surgery. One advantage of free or microvascular flaps is that they are ideal for repairing larger areas, like an extensive wound or defect on the leg.

Depending on how involved your flap reconstruction is, you may have to stay in the hospital for several days after the procedure. It may take six to eight weeks for the incisions to heal, and a year or more for the scars to fully fade.

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