When people hear the term “Plastic Surgery,” their first thought is often “cosmetic enhancement.” However, plastic surgery has its origins in repairing war injuries, in particular, disfiguring face and hand injuries. The main goal of plastic surgery at that time was to restore functionality from devastating trauma. Today, plastic surgeon specialists are used in trauma cases to help with both the aesthetic and functional outcomes of a traumatic injury.

When a laceration (cut, slash, gash) occurs, the wound needs to close to heal. While most cuts would eventually heal independently, the resulting complications, such as infection, loss of functioning due to scarring, and unsightly scarring, the wound will also need medical evaluation to rule out other injuries associated with the initial injury caused by the laceration.

Dr. Clark is well-versed and very experienced in dealing with traumatic injuries. He has extensive experience over the last 25 years taking Emergency Room calls and handling everything from dog bites to maxillofacial repairs from automobile accidents. His expertise in complex cases has local hospitals contacting him for difficult cases even when he isn’t scheduled to be on call at that facility.

Dr. Clark is an active member of two prestigious professional societies for board-certified plastic surgeons: the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASPS).