Dr. Ruas has been trained in two medical specialties.
Having studied Plastic Surgery, Dr. Ruas has been trained to perform a variety of surgeries that can restore or correct the form and function of the human body, either cosmetic or reconstructive. Dr. Ruas is able to correct abnormalities of the body that may be causing adverse health effects, or perform surgeries to correct malformations caused by birth defects, trauma, tumors or disease.
Plastic surgery is a medical specialty focused on the surgical repair or reconstruction of malformations or injuries to the body. Within plastic surgery there are two main subspecialties, cosmetic surgery and reconstructive surgery. The goal of cosmetic surgery (often referred to as elective plastic surgery) is improve the aesthetics and appearance of body parts, while reconstructive surgery is focused more on the repair and reconstruction of malfunctioning body parts. Plastic surgeons may perform both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, or they may specialize in one area or the other.
Most reconstructive plastic surgery is due to either traumatic injuries or congenital (present at birth) defects. Common operations performed within reconstructive plastic surgery include scar revision, hand surgery, breast reduction or reconstruction (sometimes listed as a cosmetic operation), cleft palate and lip surgeries and surgeries to remove skin cancer, among other operations.
Cosmetic surgery, or elective plastic surgery, is performed when a patient is unhappy with their body and wishes to alter their appearance through a variety of surgical procedures. Common operations within cosmetic surgery include eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), forehead and face lifts, ear pinning surgery (otoplasty), rhinoplasty (nose surgery), skin resurfacing, breast augmentation, chin augmentation, liposuction, mole removal, and “tummy-tucks” (abdominoplasty), among others.
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Having studied Pediatric Surgery, Dr. Ruas has been trained to provide treatment similar to that of a general surgeon, but specializes in surgical treatments for children. Because children are still maturing and growing, their surgical needs are much different from that of an adult; Dr. Ruas has been specifically trained to take these and other factors into account when planning for and performing surgeries.
Pediatric surgery is a field of medicine that provides surgical treatment for infants, children and adolescents. Physicians practicing this specialty are referred to as pediatric surgeons, and typically provide care in community or children’s hospitals, but can be found in other health care settings. Pediatric surgery is a subspecialty of general surgery, and many pediatric surgeons specialize further within the field. Pediatric surgeons may specialize in such areas as fetal surgery, neurosurgery, plastic surgery or cardiothoracic surgery, among others.
Pediatric surgeons may be called upon for a very wide variety of complications or disorders. For example, these surgeons may perform operations to correct congenital defects, or birth defects, such as a cleft palate or lip. Other complications or disorders that may require surgery include undescended testes, congenital cysts, tumors, diaphragmatic hernias, traumatic injuries, or abnormalities of the brain and spine, among many others.
General pediatric surgeons are typically trained to provide surgical treatment in areas from the neck to the pelvic region. Because children have different medical needs than adults, general surgeons are not always capable of providing the necessary treatment that is offered by a pediatric surgeon.
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