Clinical Strengths

Plastic surgery services at the University of Michigan focus on personalized treatment informed by a multidisciplinary approach and delivered with warmth and compassion. 

A Team of Experts

We’ve gathered experts in adult and pediatric plastic surgery, and we work closely with colleagues in radiation oncology, anesthesiology, neurosurgery, oral surgery, internal medicine, and other disciplines to treat each patient holistically.

In just one example of how team medicine best serves patients, our multidisciplinary breast care center convenes a tumor board to assess each new breast cancer diagnosis and create a comprehensive care plan. That means patients get the benefit of many good ideas — and the experience of a skilled team to coordinate their care.

Surgery Innovation with Impact

Our commitment to medicine continues beyond the clinic, where we push forward new discoveries through plastic surgery research. Highly ranked nationally for external funding, our research program focuses on translating what we learn to improve patient care.

In one current project, we’re developing novel prosthetics that will allow patients to use their own nerves to control the movement of the device — a game-changer for people who have lost a limb, and the kind of breakthrough science we’re passionate about.

Patient-Centered Care

Our pediatric plastic surgery clinic demonstrates the patient-centered values that guide all our work. This multidisciplinary clinic provides a single point of contact for patients with complex conditions, and our longitudinal approach means we follow these children from birth through young adulthood to make sure they’re thriving.

We’ve designed our 8,000-square-foot facility to reflect our values, too: Parents and caregivers can stay overnight with their children, a small comfort that makes a big difference to families.

With more than a dozen specialty clinical programs, we’re able to offer a rare depth of expertise.

Because we see 28,000 patients a year in our outpatient clinics and perform over 4000 major operations annually, we have the experience and the resources to treat all types of conditions, from the routine to the difficult and multifaceted.

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We’re state leaders in complex breast reconstruction, performing more than 200 microsurgical reconstructions in the past 3 years, a procedure that uses the patient’s own tissue. We’re also one of the few institutions in the country that can perform surgery to treat lymphedema, a chronic condition that may develop after breast cancer.

We provide a full range of treatments for patients with acute burns and burn scars, using reconstructive procedures such as muscle flap coverage and tissue grafts to improve function as well as aesthetic appearance. We’re also developing new treatments for patients who suffer with painful burn scar contracture by using fractional CO2 laser therapy. 

Our skilled physicians bring their expertise to procedures that allow patients to feel good about looking their best. We offer a full range of cosmetic surgery procedures in a modern setting at our cosmetic surgery clinic at Domino’s Farms.

Our Craniofacial Anomalies Program treats a high volume of cases from around the country, repairing cleft lip and palate and craniosynostosis. Our team draws from the experience of more than 20 disciplines, and delivers care at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, providing a single point of contact for our patients from birth to young adulthood.

With 7 full-time surgeons, including 3 in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, our hand surgery program is one of the largest in the U.S. We have particular expertise in the treatment of congenital conditions, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis.

The Comprehensive Gender Services Program (CGSP) coordinates all aspects of the medical and surgical care of patients throughout their transition from male-to-female and female-to-male. CGSP remains one of the only academic-based comprehensive program in the U.S. providing care to gender-variant people with a multidisciplinary surgical team that includes Plastic Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology and Urology.

Our plastic surgeons use reconstructive and microsurgical techniques ranging from a simple scar revision to a complex transfer of tissue flaps from elsewhere on the body to repair damaged tissue, rebuild body parts, and restore patients to acceptable appearance and function.

Pediatric Plastic Surgery at the University of Michigan provides diagnosis and treatment of complicated congenital anomalies. Plastic surgeons trained in maxillofacial surgery also care for adult patients with orthognathic or craniofacial deformities as well as patients with immediate or late post-traumatic facial disfigurement and general reconstructive procedures.

By targeting a specific nerve or a group of nerves, surgeons can lessen or end chronic peripheral nerve pain. Through this program, we’re able to treat difficult pain conditions that few institutions are equipped to manage. 

Working alongside medical oncologists and radiologists, we provide surgical and skin reconstruction treatment for patients with melanoma. Because of the large number of cases we see each year, we draw on deep experience for treating this condition.

Our practice is the only one in the state treating vascular anomalies, including the most complex cases. We develop comprehensive treatment plans in partnership with interventional radiologists, pathologists, dermatologists, and pediatric plastic surgeons. 

As part of the Comprehensive Wound Care Clinic, we provide surgical treatment including tissue removal and wound biopsies. Injured tissue can heal best when nourished with oxygen, so we also offer hyperbaric oxygen therapy.