Tracy L. Cordray, MD

Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery

Board Certified, The American Board of Plastic Surgery

44 Folly Road Blvd, Suite C| Charleston, SC 29407| Phone: 843-718-2334

Charleston, SC Procedures

Plastic surgery is divided into two different categories: Cosmetic and Reconstructive

Cosmetic surgery is performed to reshape normal structures of the body in order to improve the patient's appearance and self-esteem. Cosmetic surgery is not covered by insurance, as it is an elective procedure. Some examples of cosmetic procedures are breast augmentation (implants), liposuction, facelifts, tummy tucks, and rhinoplasty (nose surgery).

Reconstructive surgery is performed on abnormal structures of the body, caused by congenital defects, developmental abnormalities, trauma, infection, tumors or disease. It is generally performed to improve functions, but may also be done to restore a normal appearance. Reconstructive surgery is generally covered by most health insurance policies, although coverage for specific procedures and levels of coverage may vary. Some common reconstructive procedures include breast reconstruction after mastectomy, and skin cancer reconstruction. Breast reconstruction is an area in which Dr. Cordray has received over 3 years of experience. She has undergone specialized training in "perforator" flaps for breast reconstruction, which are muscle-sparing (your muscle is not removed, but left in place in the abdomen).

The DIEP (Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator) flap is state-of-the-art surgery designed for a breast that has been removed due to cancer or other disease. Dr. Cordray routinely performs this surgery and her extensive training and experience in this procedure allow her to achieve consistent and superior aesthetic results.

Similar to the DIEP flap, the SIEA flap utilizes tissue from the abdomen to recreate the natural look and feel of a woman's own breast tissue. While the blood vessels used in this flap are slightly different than that of a DIEP flap, the final result is similar to that achieved with a DIEP flap.

The latissimus muscle flap utilizes tissue from the upper torso and back to reconstruct the breast. A small breast implant is often required underneath this flap to provide adequate breast volume.

Tissue Expander->Implant Reconstruction - Similar to cosmetic breast implants, this type of breast reconstruction is commonly used by community Plastic Surgeons when a patient's own tissue is not available.

Dr. Cordray is a very experienced breast surgeon, having done fellowship training in BOTH oncology (cancer) surgery AND plastic and reconstructive surgery. She did her plastic surgery training at UCLA, which performs the largest volume of perforator flaps for breast reconstruction in the country. She is very dedicated to her patients, is always available to them, and treats them with the utmost kindness and respect.

To learn more about a particular plastic surgery procedure, use the list to the right to read descriptions as provided by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Cordray will develop a plan for your individual needs, so certain procedures may be performed slightly different than the descriptions on this site. This will all be explained at your initial consultation with Dr. Cordray at our West Ashley office.

Please call us with any questions at 843-769-6608 or use our contact form.

American Society of Plastic Surgeons