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Dr. Martin I Newman, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Desk 14/15
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Martin Newman works as a plastic surgeon. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: thigh lift, general reconstruction, and tummy tuck (abdominoplasty). Dr. Newman is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Dr. Newman's residency was performed at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center, and Jackson Memorial Medical Center. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Newman include: Boca Raton Super Doctors; South Florida Super Doctors; and $0 U.S. News & World Report, Best Doctor.

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

All Interests: Breast Augmentation, Endoscopic Surgery, Chin Implants, Eyelid Problems, Injectable Fillers, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Plastic Surgery
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Miguel Medina is a medical specialist in plastic surgery. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. Dr. Medina trained at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital for residency. His clinical interests include cleft lip and palate, migraine, and ectropion (outward-turned eyelid). He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. 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. Medina has received professional recognition including the following: V.J. Kazanjian Research Fellowship. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Medina is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. He is closed to new patients at this time.

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Relevant Interests: , DIEP flap reconstruction

All Interests: Facial Pain, Deviated Septum, Breast Augmentation, Nasal Fractures, Nose Reconstruction, Eyelid ... (Read more)

Dr. Blane Taylor Shatkin, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine
1604 Town Center Boulevard; Suite C
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Blane Shatkin is a physician who specializes in plastic surgery and undersea and hyperbaric medicine. He attended the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Dr. Shatkin's areas of expertise include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. 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. Shatkin's professional affiliations include Memorial Hospital Miramar, Memorial Hospital Pembroke, and Memorial Hospital West.

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Relevant Interests: , TRAM flap breast reconstruction

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Endoscopic Surgery, Injectable Fillers, Cosmetic Surgery, Breast ... (Read more)

Dr. Michel Charles Samson, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Michel Samson's specialty is plastic surgery. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Samson's clinical interests include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He studied medicine at Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Samson has received include Boca Raton Super Doctors and South Florida Super Doctors.

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

All Interests: Breast Augmentation, Endoscopic Surgery, Injectable Fillers, Cosmetic Surgery, Breast Implant ... (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.