We found 4 plastic surgeons who accept Gold Navigate Plus 1500 near Altoona, PA.

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Dr. Roberto Gonzalez-Cruz, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
1414 9th Avenue; Station Medical Center
Altoona, PA
 

Dr. Roberto Gonzalez works as a plastic surgeon. In addition to English, Dr. Gonzalez speaks Spanish. His areas of expertise include the following: eyelid surgery, thigh lift (thighplasty), and male tummy tuck. He graduated from Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Louisville and a hospital affiliated with West Virginia University. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Gonzalez has received the following distinction: RealSelf Top Doctor.

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Clinical interests: Eyelid Surgery, Mini Tummy Tuck, Botox Injection, Breast Augmentation, CO2 Laser Treatment, Laser ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert Brian Louton, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
3107 Fairway Drive
Altoona, PA
 

Dr. Robert Louton practices plastic surgery in Altoona, PA and State College, PA. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine. His areas of expertise include eyelid surgery, breast reconstruction revision, and dermabrasion. Dr. Louton's patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. He honors United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Louton has received the following distinction: RealSelf Top Doctor.

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Clinical interests: Breast Reconstruction Revision, Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Labiaplasty, Endoscopic Surgery, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Plastic Surgery
3341 Beale Avenue
Altoona, PA
 

Dr. Richard Howells' areas of specialization are otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) and head & neck plastic surgery; he sees patients in Altoona, PA. He is a graduate of West Virginia University School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with West Virginia University. Dr. Howells's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Howells is affiliated with UPMC Altoona.

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Specializes in Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Plastic Surgery
3341 Beale Avenue
Altoona, PA
 

Dr. Robert Caughey works as an otolaryngologist and head and neck plastic surgeon in Altoona, PA. Dr. Caughey is professionally affiliated with UPMC Altoona. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia. He honors United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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What is Plastic Surgery?

When you hear the words “plastic surgeon,” you might call to mind actresses with outlandish body proportions or aging stars with surreal facial features. Plastic surgery to alter appearance is referred to as “aesthetic” or “cosmetic” surgery. As is the case with celebrities, cosmetic surgery is often performed to change the appearance of a feature that a patient has always disliked, or to prevent changes from happening due to aging. However, cosmetic surgery can also restore appearance after an injury or illness -- when a medical condition leaves a physical mark that makes a patient look different, it can be very upsetting. Cosmetic plastic surgery gives patients more control over how they look.

But plastic surgery is about much more than changing someone's appearance. Plastic surgery is also about changing the form and function of the body, and often that means restoring what has been lost to injury or illness. A body part can lose its ability to function (meaning, for example, to move, grip, protect underlying tissues, or feel sensation) to many causes. Some common ones are burns, infections, injuries (e.g. from car accidents), illnesses (such as cancer), problems present from birth (such as cleft palate), or even scar tissue from previous surgeries. When plastic surgery is used to repair a damaged part, it is called “reconstructive surgery.” Reconstructive procedures restore the abilities of the patient so that they can use their body in as normal and healthy a way as possible.

Plastic surgeons are experts at safely moving tissue from one part of the body to another, using microsurgery techniques to reconnect the tiny blood vessels and nerves. They use these skills not only to improve appearance (cosmetic surgery), but also to repair damaged body parts (reconstructive surgery).
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