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Plastic Surgery—Behind the Scenes

Plastic surgery and misconceptions often go hand in hand. Over-the-top reality shows and preconceived ideas play a part. But the truth is plastic surgeons are highly-skilled specialists who operate on some of the most complex and delicate areas of the body, incorporating techniques from general, orthopedic and vascular surgeons.  

Far beyond cosmetic makeovers, plastic surgeons provide a wide range of services for patients including repair of congenital defects and injuries, burn repair and specialized hand surgery to treat pain and restore function of wrists and fingers. In fact, a plastic surgeon’s skills are often utilized after a major medical or life event to help patients regain physical form and function. Samaritan Plastic, Reconstructive & Hand Surgery works closely with breast cancer, weight loss surgery and many other types of patients, offering several types of reconstruction. 

Surgeons Richard Havard, MD, and Kevin Day, MD, also provide a full range of familiar cosmetic surgical procedures. From facelifts, eyelifts, rhinoplasty (nose job), liposuction to abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), body contouring and more, they are able to meet the wide variety of needs of patients here in the mid-Willamette Valley.

“The most common type of cosmetic surgery we do is a tummy tuck,” said Dr. Day, “But patients have many choices. We carefully listen to each one to understand their needs and help them determine the best fit for their lifestyle.”

The clinic also offers non-surgical procedures such as BOTOX® and SculpSure®, wrinkle fillers and cosmetic lines.  
Karin Olszewski, RN, offers full service treatments for Botox and fillers, as well as laser therapy for hair removal and spider veins, and the non-surgical body sculpting solution, SculpSure. The clinic’s two types of lasers provide a variety of other treatments as well from skin tightening, hair removal and treating stretch marks, to vascular skin concerns such as rosacea and varicose veins.

The team also includes Clinical Aesthetician, Ashley Johnson, a skin care specialist who provides professional skin care and cosmetic services. For patients looking to enhance the appearance of their skin, clinical grade skincare products, chemical peels, facials, microdermabrasion and dermaplaning offer a wide variety of options. A complimentary skin evaluation is provided to help patients understand which options would best suit their skin needs and appearance goals.

“We are a full-service clinic,” said Havard of the clinic’s offerings. “Whether you’ve been through something as traumatizing as breast cancer or as life-changing as significant weight loss, or just want to change something about yourself, plastic surgery and cosmetic services can help people regain confidence and enter a new phase of life.”

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Samaritan Plastic, Reconstructive & Hand Surgery is located at 996 NW Circle Blvd., Suite 103, in Corvallis. Call 541-768-4370 for more information.