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Shaping & Molding with Care

Restoring Confidence One Patient at a Time

Trust is the first thing on the agenda of CalvertHealth plastic surgeon Dr. Wilfred Ehrmantraut, Jr. He knows how nerve-wracking it can be to meet with a surgeon for the first time.

“The most important thing to understand is I’m a human being and I really love my patients. I have close relationships with them, guiding them through the entire surgical process from beginning to end,” said Dr. Ehrmantraut. “It’s an honor to have all these patients trust me. I always strive to do my best to get the best outcomes for them. It’s not just me working as a doctor making decisions for them. It’s a shared trust between the two parties.”

A plastic surgeon’s goal is to restore the physical appearance and function of the body. Plastic surgery encompasses procedures such as tumor removal, repairing body parts harmed by injuries such as dog bites or burns, breast reconstruction, as well as the treatment of defects such as cleft palate.

When a patient first meets with Dr. Ehrmantraut, he starts the initial consultation with a conversation getting to know the patient and understanding their goals. Dr. Ehrmantraut will advise on what may and may not be possible. Sometimes, as a result of the popularization of plastic surgery in television shows, patients can come in with unreasonable expectations for the procedure and their results. “The job of the plastic surgeon is to communicate honestly to the patient what can and can’t be done,” he said.

He usually sees a patient at least twice before any major procedure to ensure the patient understands the nature of the procedure, the risks, the benefits and any alternatives there may be. He will also show pictures, draw his own pictures and demonstrate various treatment options. “Communication is the most paramount thing we do in consults aside from the physical examination,” Dr. Ehrmantraut said. For patient interactions involving breast cancer, Dr. Ehrmantraut works hand-inhand with the team at CalvertHealth Cancer Center’s Sheldon E. Goldberg Center for Breast Care to counsel patients on treatment and the reconstruction process.

After a mastectomy, for some, breast reconstructive surgery can become a symbol of hope and a step toward reclaiming selfconfidence. “We work as a team here at CalvertHealth to get those individuals desiring reconstructive surgery through the entire process. And that process is tailored to each individual patient,” said Dr. Ehrmantraut.

He makes sure the patient is not only a good candidate for the surgery, but that it’s also the best procedure for the patient. Dr. Ehrmantraut said the safety and efficacy of breast implants have historical data showing they are safe, but some patients have comorbidities that preclude them from having breast implants. Additionally, patients who choose to undergo breast reconstruction are monitored long-term.

Dr. Ehrmantraut strives to treat each patient like a friend or family member. That comes naturally to him as Dr. Ehrmantraut lives in the community and brings his own family to CalvertHealth for their medical care.

Plastic Surgery vs. Cosmetic Surgery:

What’s the Difference?

Plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery are often used interchangeably to describe procedures like breast augmentations, tummy tucks and facelifts, leading many individuals to believe that plastic surgeons and cosmetic surgeons are also the same. They are not. Plastic surgeons are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and must undergo at least six years of residency training, with at least half of that training in plastic and reconstructive procedures. Along with this residency training, surgeons must complete a surgical residency program and undergo at least one year of a fellowship program specializing in cosmetic surgery.

Plastic surgeons are required to be trained in cosmetic surgery, general surgery and reconstructive surgery, whereas cosmetic surgeons do not.
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