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Reconstructive Surgery

We work in close collaboration with other specialists including dermatologists, general surgeons, otolaryngologists, ophthalmologists, orthodontists, and vascular surgeons, and provide comprehensive care that is tailored to the individual patient's needs and desires.

Breast Reconstruction

Breast reconstruction surgery is for women who have lost one or both of their breasts due to breast cancer or a traumatic injury. Breast reconstruction also provides correction of breast asymmetry, a common occurrence in women. Breast reconstruction can restore your confidence and help you move forward after cancer.

Breast Reduction

Breast reduction is a procedure to remove excess breast fat, glandular tissue and skin to achieve a breast size in proportion with your body and to alleviate the discomfort associated with overly large breasts. Women with overly large breasts often complain of back and neck pain, grooving in the shoulders from bra straps, rashes, breathing problems and low self-esteem.

Breast reduction surgery is not recommended for women who intend to breast-feed, since many of the milk ducts leading to the nipples are removed.

Breast reduction surgery is often accompanied by a breast lift in order to lift and reshape the breasts. The breast reduction and lift procedure improves the appearance of cumbersome, drooping breasts and makes them more proportionate with the rest of the body.

Under certain conditions, breast reduction may be covered by insurance.

Patient’s Voice Restored Thanks to His Own Fat Cells

After years of having difficulty speaking because of a damaged vocal cord, Ed Favolise had his voice restored thanks to an unlikely source. UConn Health’s Dr. Denis Lafreniere, chief of the Division of Otolaryngology, and Dr. Andrew Chen, chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery, used Favolise’s own fat cells from his abdomen to repair his vocal cord.

Cancer Reconstructive Surgery

We provide a wide range of reconstructive procedures for patients with cancer. Working closely with the Carole and Ray Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center, patients are offered the latest innovations in aesthetic reconstructive surgery services.

Peripheral Nerve Reconstruction

The peripheral nerves is a nerve network that sends signals from the spine to the arm and hand. These signals provide feeling for the hand and arm and cause the muscles to move. Peripheral nerve injuries are often a result of trauma, tumors, compress or irradiation therapy.

Peripheral nerve surgery is a highly individualized procedure, based on age, type and severity of the injury. Our plastic surgeons can repair your nerves to improve nerve regeneration and to restore certain hand and arm functions. These techniques may include nerve repair, nerve release from scar tissue, and nerve grafts across damaged nerves.

Skin Cancer

We work closely with faculty from dermatology, medical oncology, and surgical oncology. Our multidisciplinary team works as an integrated group to determine individualized treatment plans and coordinate clinical trials to validate new therapies. This comprehensive center offers patient education, screening, diagnoses, follow-up and all available treatment options for all types of skin cancers.