At Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, we understand the emotional impact of facial irregularities or disfigurement, whether caused by genetic circumstance, cancer, accident or other trauma. Our physicians perform hundreds of facial reconstructive procedures in the head and neck area every year, vastly improving the lives and self-image of those we treat.
Facial reconstructive surgery is an art by which physical deformities, either present at birth or the result of injuries, burns, disease or aging, are corrected. At Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, our facial reconstructive surgeons employ a wide variety of techniques to treat facial deformities and irregularities. Our focus and expertise are specifically in the head and neck region, and our lead surgeon, Robert Dolan, MD, FACS, is not only double board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery and the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, but is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. The essence of plastic surgery technique is tissue repositioning. Tissue can be removed or transferred either locally or from a remote part of the body to another location where it can substitute for damaged, deformed or lost tissue. The Facial Plastic Surgery Section of Lahey Hospital & Medical Center's Department of Otolaryngology has extensive experience in facial reconstructive surgery, including microvascular techniques, providing state-of-the-art reconstructive services for patients with oncologic, congenital and trauma-related defects in the head and neck area. One of our main goals is maximizing patients' postoperative functional and cosmetic outcomes following radical procedures involving the jaw, face, tongue, cheeks, soft palate, hard palate and esophagus. Various reconstructive services are offered, including prosthetics, rehabilitative services and expertise in the transfer of tissue-including soft tissue and bone-to the head and neck. Our dedicated physicians, nursing and ancillary staff make every step of the process as smooth and informative as possible. For patients undergoing extensive head and neck cancer surgery, we have an OR team with a dedicated microvascular component, allowing simultaneous treatment and reconstruction of the affected area. During the same operative session, the patient will have his or her cancer resected and the surgical defect reconstructed. This approach results in quicker recovery, an improved cosmetic and functional outcome, and more successful rehabilitation.
In addition to the extensive care provided for reconstructive efforts we have experts in Facial Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery as well. We understand the need to look and feel your best and we have the ability to address all of your facial rejuvenation needs. Leslie Winter, MD, recently completed a year long Cosmetic and Facial Plastics Surgery Fellowship at Boston University after becoming board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery.
The most common facial procedures fall into three overlapping categories:
Procedures offered include:
Lahey's section of Facial and Plastic Reconstructive Surgery is located on floor 5 Central of Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, Burlington, within the Otolaryngology Department. For questions or appointments with Dr. Dolan or Dr. Winter, please call, 781-744-8467.