Bakersfield Plastic Surgery by Dr. Michael Brandon Freeman Plastic surgery deals with the repair, reconstruction, or replacement of physical defects of form or function involving the skin, musculoskeletal system, cranio and maxillofacial structures, hand, extremities, breast and trunk, and external genitalia. It uses aesthetic surgical principles not only to improve undesirable qualities of normal structures but in all reconstructive surgeries as well. It is commonly perceived that plastic surgeons perform only cosmetic surgery. One of plastic surgery's greatest attributes, however, is the breadth of conditions that fall into the area of treatment expertise of those in the field. These include congenital, acquired, and traumatic problems. In fact, the field of plastic surgery is so broad, that subspecialties exist within the specialty of plastic surgery, including cranio-maxillofacial surgery, microvascular surgery, hand surgery, and cosmetic surgery, just to name a few. I am so thrilled to have completed both my training and my board certification specifically in plastic surgery after completing plastic surgery at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island followed by an additional subspecialty fellowship year studying aesthetic surgery at the University of Texas in my hometown of Dallas, Texas. As a broad-based plastic surgeon I chose to care for patients with burns, hand injuries, craniofacial traumas and deformities, and people requiring reconstruction procedures such as cancer patients. I enjoy the breadth of patients in my practice. The skills required to repair the injured and to reconstruct the deformed are building blocks to the synergism required to rejuvenate or enhance the cosmetic outcomes in my aesthetic patients.