Local surgeons say plastic surgery is more about trauma than vanity

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When many hear about plastic surgery, they think about tummy tucks and nose jobs, but many local surgeons spend most of their time helping people recover from injuries.

According to the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery are closely-related specialties, but they are not the same. Cosmetic surgery focuses on enhancing appearance while plastic surgery repairs defects to reconstruct a normal appearance. 

Dr. Adam Cash has a practice in Warren. He first met Ron Matz at St Elizabeth’s Hospital after a horrific accident 10 months ago. Cash said a firework misfired and left Matz with devastating injuries.

Matz’s wife and nurse had to explain to him the extent of his injuries, which was hard for him to process.

“No sense dwelling on that. Let’s just focus on getting better and getting out of the hospital. The more I noticed I was tore up in this area, and they told me my face had a hole in it. Well, I didn’t look at my face for a long time,” he said.

Matz underwent his first surgery. Afterward, he was afraid to go out in public for fear of scaring people. The healing scars made it difficult to breathe or eat and irritated his eyes.

“It can require stages and multiple surgeries,” Cash said. 

Now, after three surgeries and prepping for a fourth, Matz says he’s amazed by his progress.

“If I had to live with where I am at now, I’d be totally satisfied. But I know Dr. Cash is going to make it even better,” Matz said.

Cash says people who are living with scars often don’t realize a doctor can help.

“A lot of folks out there who have had a remote trauma and the scars that show it don’t realize we can do things, even years after the injury,” Cash said.

In many cases, insurance will pay for the surgeries.

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