Some people have been traumatized by physical injuries sustained in the past. Whether they had a bout with skin cancer or some other appearance-damaging event, they may feel as though their hope and confidence is shattered along with the physical changes that they are experiencing. What they are searching for is not only a fix to their problem but a caring, conscientious, compassionate practitioner to help them along the way.
A Doctor with a Passion
Some patients feel helpless, and in turn have self-esteem issues, especially when they have residual damage from skin cancer treatments or major injuries. Doctor Mark Mofid, who performs reconstructive surgeries in the San Diego area, says, “there is a common misconception that cosmetic surgery is only for the vain or those looking to become a Hollywood celebrity; this is simply not true.”
Dr. Mofid has firmly believed this ever since he completed an advanced craniofacial research fellowship. He has stated that the “experience solidified my desire to go into this area of medicine.” He is a Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine trained plastic surgeon who understands the emotional impact that these surgeries can have on patient’s lives. He has also said that many of his patients come to him seeking a more normal life after a bout with skin cancer and that he prides himself on giving them their confidence and sense of self back.
Dr. Mofid is a conscientious and caring doctor. He has a long consultation with each client to fully understand their hopes and goals for their reconstruction and to ensure that he really comprehends what they are looking for as an outcome. After an initial consultation, Dr. Mofid develops a treatment plan with the patient’s desired outcome in mind. The client and doctor meet again to discuss the benefits and risks of surgery and how it will affect their appearance.
Who are His Patients?
When providing reconstruction “many of my patients are people who have experienced a trauma or battle with cancer that has resulted in an altered appearance.” Many clients are regular people who are looking to have their former figure and looks restored. In cases of breast reconstruction, he is restoring the former look of the breast after a full or partial mastectomy.
Many of these procedures can be emotional for the patients. As Dr. Mofid explains it, the surgeries “help them reclaim their lives and appearances.” This is a very heavy undertaking of which he understands the importance.
Dr. Mofid also performs gluteal augmentation, breast enhancement and reduction, facelifts, as well as other procedures, but has a special place in his heart for reconstructive surgery after cancer and injury.
When asked about his most rewarding experience, to date, in his practice he answered, “To know that I’ve helped someone recover from a life-altering event through reconstructive surgery is extremely rewarding.” He cites the most satisfying moment as “the moment when a patient calls me after a surgery to tell me that they feel like themselves again after a procedure.”
Plastic surgery procedures can bring back features that you have lost due to childbirth, trauma, cancer surgery, or other reasons. They can reverse the clock and bring about a more youthful, vibrancy. In the case of injury, they can make you whole and make you feel like your old self again.
What is Reconstructive Surgery?
In the most general sense, reconstructive surgery restores the form and function of the body after a traumatic injury, cancer or disease. It can range from the simplest form of closing a wound to implanting a biomaterial. Biomaterials are an implant used to correct or replace a damaged body part. It is crucial for doctors to understand the cellular tissue engineering to have healthy tissue envelope the surrounding implant.
It is important for reconstructive surgeons to not only understand anatomy, but physiological, biochemical, pathological, and bioengineering issues related to the reconstruction problem. Reconstructive surgery is generally done to improve the function or appearance of the structure.
What Should Patients Look for in a Plastic Surgeon?
Deciding to have surgery is a major decision. You want to have the best, most capable doctor handling your procedure. To ensure you are selecting a good practitioner for your plastic surgery, according to Dr. Mark Mofid, “You should be looking for a surgeon who is realistic, well trained, and certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.” If you are having surgery in a surgery center, you should also be sure that your doctor has hospital privileges in case there are complications. Dr. Mofid is a staff physician at three area hospitals.
What Does the Future Hold?
When asked what he was most excited about for the future of his business, he said, “I would also like to help fight against the hopelessness that some cancer survivors may feel. I want everyone who is suffering from skin cancer who requires reconstructive surgery to know that there is hope for the future.” He continues to practice reconstructive surgery, along with other plastic surgery, in his office and adjacent surgical center located in La Jolla, California.
Dr. Mofid teaches at the University of California San Diego. He is board certified in plastic surgery and plastic facial and reconstructive surgery. He has been published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.