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Reconstructive Surgery for Congenital Defects

Reconstructive Surgeon Dr. Matt Bindewald Discusses Surgeries for People Born with Birth Defects and Developmental Disfigurements

· Reconstructive Surg

There are two basic categories for reconstructive surgery: those who have congenital deformities, otherwise known as birth defects, and those with developmental disfigurements, acquired as a result of accident, infection, disease, or in some cases, aging. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, more than 1 million reconstructive surgery procedures are performed each year. If you can imagine how many injuries, birth defects, or disfigurement issues arise in our imperfect lives, there is a procedure that can help improve the problem, whatever it may be.

Consisting of multiple conditions, congenital disorders are those medical conditions that are present at birth and are most commonly genetic. Some common examples of congenital abnormalities are birthmarks; Malocclusion; hand deformities such as syndactyly (webbed fingers), or extra or absent fingers; Torticollis; deviated septum; and abnormal breast development.

The severity of the abnormality varies depending on the nature of the ailment. Some individuals don’t even know they have a congenital abnormality until much later in life. These disorders can have many physical indicators including disfigurement, lack of mobility, and pain. Reconstructive surgery with South Texas plastic surgeon Dr. Matthew Bindewald can help to address these concerns.

Most commonly, the goal of reconstructive plastic surgery is to improve function. However, reconstructive surgeries may also be performed to create a more natural appearance and improve self-esteem, most often referred to as cosmetic surgery.

As the reconstruction you require will be unique, your procedure will be customized especially for your individual needs. Central Texas plastic surgeon Dr. Matt Bindewald will evaluate your case and work with you to develop a surgical strategy based on your desired results and medical needs. Some of the options available to you for consideration in your reconstruction include:

  • Otoplasty/Cosmetic Ear Surgery
  • Breast Reconstruction
  • Craniofacial Reconstruction
  • Wound Management and Closure
  • Skin Grafting
  • Scar Removal
  • Rhinoplasty (nose)
  • Maxillary Reconstruction (jaw)
  • Reconstructive Genioplasty (chin)

Reconstructive procedures can vary from as little as a few minutes for local injectables, to a few hours of outpatient treatment under general anesthesia, to more complex cases where reconstruction will require multiple corrective surgeries. In most cases, you will resume normal activities within 2-4 weeks from your surgery date. Although disfigurement cannot be “erased” entirely, cosmetic appearance, functionality, and quality of life can all be greatly improved. 

For additional information about reconstructive surgery in South Texas, please contact Dr. Matt Bindewald and his team at 

844-DR-MATTB (844.376.2882). We are located in the city of San Antonio, and convenient to patients in New Braunfels, Bulverde, Canyon Lake, Boerne, the Texas Hill Country, and the surrounding area.

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