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Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Staten Island, NY

Michael Lacqua, M.D., Division Chief

Plastic surgery and reconstructive surgery are common cosmetic procedures that can improve a person’s appearance. These procedures can also treat certain medical conditions. Richmond University Medical Center offers plastic and reconstructive surgery for patients on Staten Island, New York. With certified, experienced surgeons and medical professionals on our staff, patients can rely on our services. Learn more about plastic and reconstructive surgery and the procedures we offer.

Doctor applying tape to patient for rhinoplasty simulation to show how she will look after reconstructive surgery

What Is Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery?

Plastic and reconstructive surgery encompasses any procedures that work to reconstruct and repair certain parts of the body, including:

  • Face
  • Legs
  • Arms
  • Abdomen
  • Breasts

When a patient undergoes plastic or reconstructive surgery, they typically have a goal to alter and change how they look. This is because the patient may be unsatisfied with their physical appearance. It can also be because they have an injury or birth defect that has hindered typical bodily functions. Richmond University Medical Center offers plastic and reconstructive surgeries as ambulatory and inpatient treatment.

Can Plastic Reconstructive Surgery Treat Certain Conditions?

Plastic surgery can be an ideal option for patients with a physical deformity. These can arise due to an injury or other circumstances, such as:

  • Aging
  • Birth defects
  • Disease
  • Infection
  • Tumors

Plastic surgery can also be an elective procedure for those who want to improve their appearance. For example, it can decrease abdominal fat, reduce aging, or change how someone looks. However, plastic surgery also provides more than cosmetic benefits.

In some cases, it can work to enhance how certain body systems function. For example, children diagnosed with a cleft lip can benefit from reconstructive surgery. This is because it can improve how their mouth and lips move. In turn, this can make completing everyday activities, like talking or eating, easier.

Plastic Surgery and Other Procedures at Richmond University Medical Center

The staff at Richmond University Medical Center has extensive experience and training in plastic and reconstructive surgery. They also have specialized training in proper surgical techniques and other methods. The types of plastic and reconstructive surgeries provided include:

Arm and Thigh Lifts

To complete an arm and thigh lift, surgeons remove excess fat and skin from the arm or thigh. This can make these parts appear thinner and more sculpted. In some cases, an arm and thigh lift may be accompanied by liposuction to improve skin elasticity.


Like an arm and thigh lift, an abdominoplasty (known as a “tummy tuck”) is a procedure that eliminates fat and skin. However, this type of surgery focuses on the abdomen. Many patients opt for this procedure after losing weight, having a child, or other circumstances. This is because it can tighten and firm the skin, giving a contoured appearance.

Forehead Lifts

A forehead lift (also called a brow lift) is a procedure that lifts the forehead to brighten the face and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. As patients age, the face and brows naturally begin to sag. This surgery is a way for older patients to achieve a more youthful look.

Eye Lifts

An eyelid lift is a type of surgery that reshapes the eye’s appearance. During the procedure, surgeons remove excess skin surrounding the lower and upper eyelids. Not only can this brighten the look of a patient’s eyes, but it can also reduce wrinkles, puffiness, and sagging.


Facelifts are a kind of surgery that focuses on the side of the face and neck, working to eliminate sagging and excess fat in the area. Here, surgeons make incisions along the hairline and down toward the ear and lower scalp. This procedure creates a natural-looking lift in the face, which can deliver a youthful look.


Liposuction reconstructive surgery is a common cosmetic procedure that removes fat in many body areas. It plays a role in achieving a slimmer appearance. Liposuction can be used in conjunction with other surgical efforts to gain successful results.

Reconstructive Breast Surgery

Richmond University Medical Center offers a variety of breast surgeries, including enhancement, reconstructive, and reduction. Patients may opt for a breast reduction if they are experiencing medical issues associated with large breasts, like back pain and general soreness. If a patient is looking to increase the size of their breasts, they can also receive breast enhancement surgery. Reconstructive breast surgery can also be ideal for those diagnosed with certain conditions, such as breast cancer.

Additionally, Richmond University Medical Center offers quality emergency services for those who experience a serious injury. With a team of experienced and professional physicians who are dedicated to providing emergency care, the facility is recognized as a Level I Trauma Center. The staff is available 24/7 to treat emergency medical situations.

Schedule Your Plastic Surgery Appointment Today

Located on Staten Island, Richmond University Medical Center is here to address patient medical needs. By offering plastic and reconstructive surgery services, patients can receive all-around care at our facility. We ensure transparent, compassionate services for each patient who visits. To learn more about plastic surgery and other treatments, contact us today or make an appointment.

To find a surgeon, call the Physician Referral Line: (800)-422-8798.