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In addition to the cosmetic portion of his practice, Dr. Joyesh Raj performs a variety of reconstructive procedures to address areas of the face and body that have developed bothersome or disfiguring growths. Having a plastic surgeon perform these procedures is advantageous as they can remove the affected tissues in a way that maintains function and produces an aesthetically pleasing result.


A lesion is an abnormal growth on the skin. Unsightly lesions can be removed either by shave excision or by surgical excision, ensuring the least amount of scarring possible. Depending on the size of the lesion, the procedure is usually quick and can often be performed in the doctor’s office with local anesthesia.


A lipoma is a non-cancerous fatty lump that develops just underneath the skin, usually on the neck, shoulders, back, abdomen, arms and thighs. If a lipoma is painful, increasing in size or causing problems, it can be removed surgically through a small incision during an outpatient procedure.

Ganglion Cyst and Mole Removal

Ganglion cysts are benign lumps that typically appear in the wrist, hand, ankles or feet. Depending on the location, ganglion cysts can be painful or restrict movement. During removal, the cyst is surgically excised, along with its capsule or stalk.

Most moles, also known as “beauty marks” or “birth marks,” are overgrowths or pigment cells that project above the skin’s surface. When in highly visible areas of the face or neck, many people opt to have them removed. Moles are surgical excised and the skin from the surrounding area tends to grow over the wound to minimize any noticeable scarring.

Skin Cancer

Skin cancer may necessitate the surgical removal of malignant growths. Every effort is made to remove the affected tissue and minimize the effect on the appearance of the area. The complexity of skin cancer removal depends on the size, location and type of lesion or growth. Sometimes a simple surgical excision removes the lesion; in other cases, a technique called Mohs surgery is recommended to remove all of the cancerous cells, layer by layer. When skin cancer lesions are large, a tissue or skin graft may be needed to reconstruct the affected area.

Carpal Tunnel Release

Carpal tunnel is a condition affecting the median nerve in the wrist that causes pain, aching, tingling, numbness of the fingers or weakness. The treatment for carpal tunnel involves relieving the pressure on the nerve by severing the band of tissue around the wrist. In some cases, this can be done endoscopically with tiny surgical instruments and small incisions.

Scar Revision

Scar revision minimizes the visible signs of a healed wound. There are several ways to accomplish this, depending on the severity of the scarring and its type, size and location. The least invasive technique is to apply a topical product, such as a gel, tape or compression. Another minimally invasive scar revision method involves the injection of fillers. For more severe scars, skin resurfacing treatment like dermabrasion or laser therapy may be recommended. The deepest and most severe scars are treated surgically (sometimes requiring tissue grafting or tissue expansion).

Breast Reconstruction

Breast reconstruction is the process of recreating one or both breasts, usually after cancer. The breasts can be reconstructed with saline or silicone implants, or the patient’s own tissue, taken from the back or abdomen. Breast reconstruction surgery may take place at the time of cancer surgery (i.e., mastectomy) or may be delayed several months to give the patient time to heal.

Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Raj

To discuss any of the reconstructive procedures mentioned, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Raj. Call (440) 808-8030 today to make an appointment with him and discuss your personal needs and goals.

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