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Dr. Kian J Samimi, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
711 4th Avenue; Suite 200
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Kian Samimi's area of specialization is plastic surgery. Dr. Samimi (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, German, and French. Clinical interests for Dr. Samimi include breast reconstruction revision, dermabrasion, and mini tummy tuck. He is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. He attended the University of Düsseldorf Faculty of Medicine and the University of Utah School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Patient ratings for Dr. Samimi average 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , TRAM flap breast reconstruction

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

Dr. John George Apostolides, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
1322 Scott Street; Suite 102
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. John Apostolides works as a plastic surgeon. Dr. Apostolides's areas of expertise include eyelid surgery, mini tummy tuck, and botox injection. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare insurance. Dr. Apostolides graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. He speaks French. He is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Sharp Memorial Hospital, and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , free flap breast reconstruction

All Interests: Breast Augmentation, Labiaplasty, Endoscopic Surgery, Butt Augmentation, Chin Implants, Nipple ... (Read more)

Dr. James J Chao, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
200 W Arbor Drive; Mail Code 8890
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. James Chao is a plastic surgeon. Clinical interests for Dr. Chao include eyelid surgery, thigh lift (thighplasty), and general reconstruction. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Chao is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Sharp Health Plan, and Blue Shield. Dr. Chao attended medical school at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Chao completed residency programs at Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Institute and NYU Langone Medical Center. In addition to English, he speaks Chinese. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. He is accepting new patients.

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

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

Dr. Diana M Breister Ghosh, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
2275 Rio Bonito Way; Suite 220
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Diana Breister-Ghosh's specialty is plastic surgery. Dr. Breister-Ghosh studied medicine at New York Medical College. Her clinical interests include eyelid surgery, mini tummy tuck, and botox injection. She has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Breister-Ghosh is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. She has received the following distinction: RealSelf Top Doctor. Her professional affiliations include Alvarado Hospital Medical Center and Sharp Grossmont Hospital.

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

All Interests: Eyelid Surgery, Mini Tummy Tuck, Botox Injection, Restylane Silk, Botulinum Toxin Injection, ... (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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