Plastic and Facial Reconstructive Surgery

March 1, 2008

Plastic and facial reconstructive surgeons perform functions that are both interrelated and unique to each specialty. Facial reconstructive surgeons perform surgical procedures with the sole aim of restoring function and normal appearance to the head and neck, rather than enhancing aesthetics. Facial reconstructive surgery procedures include skin grafts for burn victims, cleft lip and palate corrections, facial bone reconstruction after traumatic injury, removal of head and neck cancers and tumors and ear reconstruction, just to name a few.

Plastic surgery, in contrast, is a medical specialty that uses both surgical and nonsurgical techniques to change and/or enhance the appearance of the face and body. Plastic surgery is often referred to as “cosmetic surgery,” and is very often considered elective and not covered by health insurance plans. Some popular plastic surgery procedures include breast augmentation, rhinoplasty (nose), abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), liposuction, the injection of dermal tissue fillers such as collagen or botox and chemical peels.

Plastic and facial reconstructive surgeons must complete four years of medical school and five years of residency, three of which are typically geared towards general surgery and two focused on plastic or reconstructive surgery. Many will also obtain more specialized education through fellowship programs.

Floyd Memorial’s Network of Plastic and Facial Reconstructive Surgeons:

Joseph Banis, MD

Banis Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery
901 Dupont Rd., #202
Louisville, KY 40207
502-589-8000

Warren Breidenbach, III, MD

Kleinert Kutz Hand and Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
3605 Northgate Court, #101
New Albany, IN 47150
812-981-4724

Donn Chatham, MD

Chatham Facial Plastic Surgery
1919 State St., #144
New Albany, IN 47150
812-945-3223

John Derr, MD

John Derr Plastic Surgery
100 East Liberty St., #201
Louisville, KY 40202
502-589-6000

Michelle Palazzo, MD

Kleinert Kutz Hand and Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
3605 Northgate Court, #101
New Albany, IN 47150
812-981-4724

Luis Scheker

Kleinert Kutz Hand and Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
3605 Northgate Court, #101
New Albany, IN 47150
812-981-4724

Liliana Torres-Popp, MD

1120 Spring St.
Jeffersonville, IN 47130
812-282-3060

Vera VanAalst-Barker, MD

Banis Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery
901 Dupont Rd., #202
Louisville, KY 40207
502-589-8000