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

Dr. Michael Kim is a specialist in plastic surgery. He works in Fort Myers, FL, Cape Coral, FL, and Bonita Springs, FL. His clinical interests include eyelid surgery, dermabrasion, and mini tummy tuck. Dr. Kim's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Kim is a graduate of New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at NYU Langone Medical Center, Bellevue Hospital Center, and a hospital affiliated with Emory University. He is professionally affiliated with Cape Coral Hospital.

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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 is a plastic surgeon. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include eyelid surgery, mini tummy tuck, and botox injection. Dr. Brueck is professionally affiliated with Cape Coral Hospital and Lee Memorial Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Brueck trained at Rush University Medical Center for residency. He has received the distinction of RealSelf Top Doctor.

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

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

Dr. Robert Chami is a Naples, FL physician who specializes in plastic surgery. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Chami include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and tummy tuck revision. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Chami attended medical school 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. J. Jackson works as a plastic surgeon. He is a graduate of Indiana University School of Medicine. His clinical interests include eyelid surgery, dermabrasion, and mini tummy tuck. Dr. Jackson accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more.

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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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