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Dr. Diane Gwyn Bowen, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
1015 Arthur J Moore Drive
Saint Simons Island, GA
 

Dr. Diane Bowen is a plastic surgeon in Saint Simons Island, GA. Her clinical interests include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. Dr. Bowen accepts several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. She is a graduate of Georgia Regents University, Medical College of Georgia.

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Relevant Interests: , TRAM flap breast reconstruction

All Interests: Eyelid Surgery, Dermabrasion, Botulinum Toxin Injection, Breast Augmentation, Laser Resurfacing, ... (Read more)

Dr. Nathan Bradley Easterlin, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
2500 Starling Street; Suite 603
Brunswick, GA
 

Dr. Nathan Easterlin specializes in plastic surgery and practices in Brunswick, GA. He graduated from Mercer University School of Medicine. Dr. Easterlin's areas of expertise include the following: eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers.

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

All Interests: Eyelid Surgery, Botulinum Toxin Injection, Breast Augmentation, Microsurgery, Laser Resurfacing, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Plastic Surgery
2310 Heron Street
Brunswick, GA
 

Dr. Paula Legere sees patients in Brunswick, GA. Her medical specialty is plastic surgery. Dr. Legere graduated from the University of Vermont College of Medicine. Her areas of expertise include the following: eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. Patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic.

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Relevant Interests: , TRAM flap breast reconstruction

All Interests: Eyelid Surgery, Dermabrasion, Botulinum Toxin Injection, Breast Augmentation, Laser Resurfacing, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Hand Surgery, Head & Neck Plastic Surgery
2500 Starling Street; Suite 603
Brunswick, GA
 

Dr. Charles Mitchell's areas of specialization are hand surgery and head & neck plastic surgery; he sees patients in Brunswick, GA. Dr. Mitchell's clinical interests include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. He attended medical school at New York Medical College. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic.

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

All Interests: Eyelid Surgery, Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Microsurgery, Hair Transplant, Nose Surgery, ... (Read more)

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  • Medicare Volume: 343
  • Uninsured Cost: $1,675 - $6,175
  • Medicare Cost: $182 - $1,246

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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.