Reparative Procedures

Reconstruction surgery and repair


Reconstruction surgery and repair

Highly-trained members of our medical team at Scripps Clinic Division of Plastic Surgery offer the following reparative procedures:

Scar and wound repair

Wounds and scars may be the result of an accident, a burn, or other physical trauma. Deep wounds that penetrate fat or muscle may not heal properly, and can leave a visible scar. Our plastic surgeons offer several surgical and non-surgical options to reduce the appearance of scars, and in some instances can repair wounds in an attempt to prevent scars from occurring.

Cleft palate/lip repair

Sometimes during development, the right and left sides of an unborn child’s lip or the roof of the mouth do not grow together, which causes a “cleft.” This separation in the lip is called a cleft lip, while a separation in the roof of the mouth, or palate, is called a cleft palate.

Because these defects are so visible, plastic surgery is often used to repair the cleft and help establish a more normal facial appearance. If you or your child has a cleft lip or cleft palate and you are considering surgery, one of our physicians can explain the procedure and talk to you about how much improvement you can expect to achieve.

Reconstructive procedures for skin cancer

When cancer is removed from the skin, the affected area may require reconstruction. For example, if skin cancer affected the nose, removal of the cancer may cause deformity that can only be repaired through reconstructive surgery. The type of procedure that will be most beneficial depends on the part of the body affected by skin cancer.

Repair of traumatic injuries to the face and hands

The face and hands represent areas of the body with complex anatomy that are susceptible to traumatic injury. In the face, intricate bone structures from the top of the skull to the bottom of the chin may necessitate realignment after fracture.

In addition, skin and tissue of the face, mouth, nose or eyelids damaged after trauma may necessitate fine and planned repair. The hand is equally complex. Injuries to tendons, nerves, vessels or small bones require surgical treatment with delicate techniques.


Microsurgery enables the transplantation of skin, muscle, or bone from one part of the body to another. Our surgeons use microsurgery to provide patients with every reconstructive option. The patient’s own healthy tissue can be used to correct a variety of defects after cancer or traumatic loss.

Breasts can be reconstructed, jaws recreated, and severely disabled extremities made to move with greater ease and function. Our surgeons also have special expertise in breast aesthetics and reconstruction, including microsurgery and the DIEP (deep inferior epigastric perforator) flap.