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Human Deformities

Human deformities are physical aberrations which cause some part of the body to be misshapen or malformed.  There are two general types of human deformities: congenital and developmental deformities.  In some cases, a human deformity goes virtually unnoticed and does not impede on a patient's way of life.  Birth marks are an excellent example of these human deformities.  More often, however, human deformities have a significant physical and psychological effect on individuals.  Human deformities can make important daily tasks- such as eating, walking, and seeing- difficult, if not impossible.  Disfigurement can cause a person to feel self-conscious about their appearance, and have a tremendous effect on their psychological health and social interactions.  Luckily, many human deformities can be remedied with help of reconstructive surgery. 

Congenital human deformities, usually called birth defects, are any physical irregularities that a person is born with as a result of genetic mutations during fetal development.  These human deformities can include birth marks, palate and clef-lip deformities, hand deformities (such as webbing between fingers or the wrong number of digits), abnormal breast development, missing limbs, spinal anomalies, and other deformities. 

Developmental human deformities are those that an individual acquires anytime after birth as a result of injury, accident, infection, disease, and aging.  Burn injuries, serious lacerations, sagging eyelids that interfere with vision, arthritis, and many other factors can cause human deformities. 

In many cases, cosmetic surgical procedures can be beneficial to patients with human deformities.  When a surgical procedure is performed to restore "normal"? functioning and appearance it is called reconstructive surgery.  Reconstructive surgery can correct both congenital and developmental human deformities. 

While there are many ways that reconstructive surgery can correct human deformities, the following are just a few examples of plastic surgery solutions to disfigurement.  With age, muscle tone and skin elasticity inevitably decrease.  For some individuals, this can result in severely drooping eyelids which can interfere with vision.  Eyelid surgery, called blepharoplasty, can correct this deformity and restore a patient's sight.  Skin grafts, tissue expansion, and flap or microsurgery are excellent surgical options for wound treatment. 

Skin growths, both cancerous and benign, can also be removed via reconstructive surgery.  After a mastectomy, a woman can receive reconstructive surgery to restore her original aesthetic body contour.  Hand surgery can restore function in these vital body parts and relieve painful acquired defects caused by carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, and more.  Laser surgery can reduce the appearance of scarring, birthmarks, and more. 

If you would like to know more about the benefits of plastic surgery in treating human deformities, please contact us to speak with a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon in your area.