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    What is reconstructive plastic surgery?

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    Dr Roger Woods

    Plastic Surgeon (Reconstructive & Cosmetic)

    Dr Woods is an accomplished Plastic Surgeon, caring for children and adults in Adelaide, who have cosmetic concerns or require reconstruction after cancer or injuries. … View Profile

    Plastic surgery is a collection of techniques to perform safe and effective surgery on patients to address a number of concerns.  These are roughly grouped into ‘cosmetic’ and ‘reconstructive’.  

    Reconstructive surgery generally is performed to correct a problem resulting from a birth deformity, injury or illness (such as cancer).  Of course, the majority of these conditions have a very cosmetic element, and a specialist plastic surgeon will take this into consideration.  Cosmetic surgery is generally considered as not essential (but no less desireable), such as surgery to the face and body to rejuvenate after the effects of ageing.

    Reconstructive surgery is generally well supported by both the public health system and is usually covered (at least partially) by private health insurance.  

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