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Plastic Surgery Clinical Privileges

This resource has information on granting clinical privileges for plastic surgical services based on the realities of medical practice and education of the specialist.

Delineation of Clinical Privileges

Specific procedures commonly performed by plastic surgeons include, but are not limited to:

Treatment of Skin Neoplasms, Diseases and Trauma

  • Benign and malignant lesions of the skin and soft tissue
  • Reconstructive grafts and flaps
  • Scar revisions
  • Laser therapy for vascular lesions

Surgery of the Breast

  • Breast reconstruction
  • Breast reduction
  • Breast biopsy
  • Congenital anomalies
  • Mastectomy (subcutaneous and simple)
  • Breast augmentation

Treatment of Facial Diseases and Injuries Including Maxillofacial Structures

  • Facial fractures including the mandible
  • Acquired or congenital deformities of the nose, ear, jaw, eyelid, lips, palate
  • Craniofacial surgery
  • Skull base surgery
  • Facial deformity and wound treatment
  • Tumors of the head and neck

Surgery of the Hand and Extremities

  • Soft-tissue wounds and congenital abnormalities of the hand and upper extremity fractures and congenital abnormalities of the bones of the hand, wrist and distal forearm. 
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome (endoscopic and open)
  • Dupuytren's contracture
  • Surgery for rheumatoid arthritis
  • Tumors of the bones and soft tissues

Reconstructive Microsurgery

  • Microvascular flaps and grafts 
  • Replantation and revascularization of the upper and lower extremities and digits
  • Reconstruction of peripheral nerve injuries

Reconstruction of Congenital and Acquired Defects of the Trunk and Genitalia

  • Vaginal reconstruction
  • Repair of penis deformities
  • Gender reassignment
  • Chest and abdominal wall reconstruction (e.g. abdominal wall reconstruction)

Complex Wound Healing and Burn Treatment

  • Initial burn management
  • Acute and reconstructive burn treatment

Cosmetic Surgery

  • Body contouring
  • Facial contouring
  • Breast augmentation
  • Breast lift (mastopexy)
  • Cosmetic rhytidectomy
  • Cosmetic rhinoplasty
  • Cosmetic blepharoplasty
  • Subcutaneous injections/Botox/filler material
  • Skin peeling and dermabrasion
  • Vein injection sclerotherapy
  • Liposuction
  • Endoscopic cosmetic surgery
  • Laser therapy for vascular and cutaneous lesions

Skin Surgery

  • Resurfacing
  • Chemical peel
  • Laser skin resurfacing
  • Mechanical dermabrasion