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Dr. Alberto Julian Aviles, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery, General Surgery
47601 Grand River Avenue; Suite B223
Novi, MI

Dr. Alberto Aviles works as a plastic surgeon, hand surgeon, and general surgeon in Warren, MI, Novi, MI, and Southfield, MI. Dr. Aviles's patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Clinical interests for Dr. Aviles include eyelid surgery, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and body contouring. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Providence - Providence Park Hospitals and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Aviles accepts. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and performed his residency at Rush University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin. In addition to English, Dr. Aviles speaks Spanish.

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

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

Dr. Andrew Michael Lofman, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
640 North Old Woodward
Farmington, MI

Dr. Andrew Lofman's specialty is plastic surgery. Dr. Lofman (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Hebrew and Spanish. His clinical interests include breast reconstruction revision, mini tummy tuck, and botox injection. Dr. Lofman's hospital/clinic affiliations include Detroit Medical Center (DMC), Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, and Providence - Providence Park Hospitals. He graduated from Ross University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Mercy Catholic Medical Center. Dr. Lofman's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lofman honors. He has received professional recognition including the following: RealSelf Top Doctor.

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Relevant Interests: , TRAM flap breast reconstruction

All Interests: Breast Reconstruction Revision, Breast Augmentation, Labiaplasty, Eyelid Retraction Repair, Ptosis ... (Read more)

Dr. Rebecca M Studinger, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
3270 West Big Beaver Road; Suite 415
Novi, MI

Dr. Rebecca Studinger works as a plastic surgeon. Her areas of expertise include laser resurfacing, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and lymphedema. Dr. Studinger's average rating from her patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. She studied medicine at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Studinger completed a residency program at Providence Hospital. She is professionally affiliated with Providence - Providence Park Hospitals.

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Relevant Interests: , DIEP flap reconstruction

All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Botox Injection, Laser Resurfacing, Injectable ... (Read more)

Dr. Mune Gowda, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery
3270 West Big Beaver; Suite# 415
Novi, MI

Dr. Mune Gowda's medical specialty is plastic surgery and hand surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Gowda average 5.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include eyelid surgery, dermabrasion, and mini tummy tuck. Dr. Gowda is affiliated with Providence - Providence Park Hospitals. He takes Beaumont Employee Health Plan, AARP, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University, Dr. Gowda attended medical school at Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute.

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

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Labiaplasty, Down Syndrome, Endoscopic Surgery, Butt ... (Read more)

Specializes in Plastic Surgery
26850 Providence Parkway; Suite 250
Novi, MI

Dr. Robert Forte's specialty is plastic surgery. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Forte include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. Dr. Forte is affiliated with Providence - Providence Park Hospitals. He takes AARP, Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Before performing his residency at Providence Hospital, Dr. Forte attended American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine.

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

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Down Syndrome, Endoscopic Surgery, Injectable Fillers, Cosmetic ... (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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