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Dr. Nicolas Pablo Villanustre, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
501 S Fort Harrison Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Nicolas Villanustre is a plastic surgeon. He studied medicine at the University of the Republic Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Villanustre's areas of expertise include the following: eyelid surgery, breast reconstruction revision, and dermabrasion. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 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. He is affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , TRAM flap breast reconstruction

All Interests: Breast Reconstruction Revision, Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Pec Implants, Injectable ... (Read more)

Dr. Eric Isaac Egozi, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery
1608 Gulf To Bay Boulevard
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Eric Egozi is a plastic surgery and hand surgery specialist in Clearwater, FL. After attending Emory University School of Medicine, Dr. Egozi completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia and a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. These areas are among his clinical interests: dermabrasion, mini tummy tuck, and botox injection. Patient ratings for Dr. Egozi average 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Egozi has received the distinction of RealSelf Top Doctor. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , TRAM flap breast reconstruction

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Labiaplasty, Blepharoptosis Repair, Endoscopic Surgery, Pec ... (Read more)

Dr. Christopher Michael Newman, DO
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
1875 Indian Rocks Road S
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Christopher Newman's specialty is plastic surgery. Dr. Newman attended medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine. His residency was performed at Doctors Hospital, South Pointe Hospital, and a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Areas of expertise for Dr. Newman include eyelid surgery, breast reconstruction revision, and dermabrasion. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Newman is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Largo Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , pedicled skin flap reconstruction

All Interests: Breast Reconstruction Revision, Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Labiaplasty, Dupuytren's ... (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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