To learn more about Kernan Plastic Surgery or to make an appointment, please call 410-328-2360.
Services provided at Kernan Hospital and at the University of Maryland Medical Center include:
It is a popular misconception that the word plastic in plastic surgery means artificial. Actually, the word is derived from the ancient Greek word plastikos, which means "to mold or give form."
Plastic surgery is a surgical specialty involved with the reconstruction of facial and body tissue defects due to illness, trauma, or birth disorders.
Plastic surgery restores and improves function, as well as appearance. It can involve surgery on any portion of the anatomy, except the central nervous system. Portions of the body that can be improved by plastic surgery include, but are not limited to, the following:
It is important for patients to select physicians who are certified in plastic surgery by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Generally, a surgeon who is board-certified in plastic surgery has graduated from an accredited medical school and has completed at least five years of graduate medical education -- usually three years of general surgery and two years of plastic surgery.
In addition, the surgeon must practice plastic surgery for two years and pass comprehensive written and oral examinations to become board-certified.
More information is available about Kernan's plastic surgeons.
Reconstructive surgery is performed to correct facial and body abnormalities caused by birth defects, trauma, disease, or aging. More than one million reconstructive surgeries are performed each year in the US.
Usually, the goal of reconstructive surgery is to improve body function. However, reconstructive surgery may also be performed to create a more normal appearance and improve self-esteem (this may also be called cosmetic surgery). Abnormal structures of the body may be caused by:
Generally, two types of patients have reconstructive surgery:
Any type of surgery carries some risk. Patients differ in their anatomy and their ability to heal. Some complications from reconstructive surgery may include:
Cosmetic plastic surgery is performed in order to change one's appearance. For some, it may mean the redesign of the body's contour and shape, the elimination of wrinkles, or the elimination balding areas. Others may choose varicose vein treatment or breast augmentation.
There are a number of cosmetic surgery procedures that men and women can choose from in order to create an image that makes them feel more confident and comfortable with their appearance. Health insurance rarely covers the cost of cosmetic procedures. However, Kernan Hospital provides competitive rates to the growing number of individuals deciding to undergo cosmetic plastic surgery.
An estimated 1 million cosmetic procedures were performed in 1998 -- a 50 percent increase from the year before. And it is not just women who are opting to enhance their appearance through surgery. Statistics show that the number of men having liposuction -- the removal of fatty tissue -- has tripled since 1992. In addition, the number of men having facelifts has almost doubled.
The most common cosmetic procedures are listed here by their common or descriptive names. The medical term for the procedure is enclosed in parentheses.
The University of Maryland Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery evaluates and treats any physical deformity that can be corrected by surgery, whether acquired or congenital. The division works in collaboration with other specialties to offer thorough patient management at both the University of Maryland Medical Center and Kernan Hospital.