Dr. Christopher Kovanda

Plastic Surgery
Edina, MN
31 years experience male

Locations

Kovanda Plastic Surgery

Edina, MN

Address

4999 France Ave S Suite 210, Edina, MN, United States
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About

Bio

I have been practicing Plastic Surgery for 20 years with 7 years of training, 10 years in group practice and in solo practice since 2009. I am passionate about both reconstructive and cosmetic surgery and helping patients overcome obstacles in their life and achieve their goals. I believe in patient safety, procedural efficacy and minimal recovery time with maximal results and use my expertise from reconstructive and cosmetic surgery to help all patients. I strive for patient satisfaction through compassionate care and skillful surgery learned throughout my surgery career, always looking towards new innovations as well as traditional methods. I am a member of the American Society of Aesthetic Surgeons as well as International Society of Aesthetic Surgeons and am dedicated to continued learning and education to fully help patients. I have been awarded the Certificate of Advanced Education in Cosmetic Surgery by the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery for the last 6 years. Specialties: Plastic Surgery, Cosmetic Surgery of breast body and face, Breast Reconstruction, Hand Surgery, Micro Surgery and free flaps, Fat Grafting, Laser Blepharoplasty, Body Contouring after Drastic Weight Loss, Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel.

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Plastic Surgery

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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christopher Kovanda
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Congenital: Congenital hypomastia is a condition which may explain your development. It runs a spectrum from asymmetry of size, pyramidal shape, constricted lower... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christopher Kovanda
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Remodelling: Scar tissue goes through various phases of healing from inflammation (3-5days), proliferative phase (laying down extra scar to increase tensile streng... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Kovanda
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Swelling or splint: Septoplasty and turbinoplasty often require internal splints which may contribute to your congested feeling. If there is no splint it often takes 6-1... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Christopher Kovanda
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Airway disturbance: Septal deviation causes a mechanical airway disturbance which causes internal nasal changes which predisposes patients to sinus infections and post na... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christopher Kovanda
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Body shape: Our body shape is determined genetically and is composed of metabolically active and inactive fat (diet and exercise resistant). Body contouring with... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Kovanda
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Tincture of time: Recovery depends on area and volume. Most patients have early swelling from inflammation from 2-6 weeks. The face is very vascular and tends to have... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christopher Kovanda
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Board Certified PS: I recommend you find a board certified plastic surgeon with experience in both reconstructive and cosmetic surgery. Silicone injections my require re... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Kovanda
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
PIH: Post inflammatory hyper pigmentation is common in darker complexioned patients and is set off by anything that causes inflammation (sunburn, laser bur... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Kovanda
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
6 months to a year: Scar remodeling physiology typically takes 6 months to a year to get to close to final appearance to determine if scar revision is even necessary. Ea... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Kovanda
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Burn healing: Second degree burns are painful and wet. The signs of healing are "buds" of new epithelium that come from deeper glands or hair follicles that were n... Read More
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A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christopher Kovanda
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
May be hernia: Lump beneath old abdominal surgery scars may be a hernia. It most commonly occurs when laparoscopic sites are not closed at the fascial layer and lea... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christopher Kovanda
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Nonsurgical breasts: Pills and lotions do not work. Breast tissue is made of fat and glands, so the only way to increase size naturally is to increase either of these (ga... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Christopher Kovanda
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Aesthetician: Our skin type is genetically predetermined and can vary depending on facial location. If it is dry, moisturize it, if it is oily, dry it. A good lic... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Kovanda
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Keloid treatments: Keloid scars tend to run in family's and are a tumor of scar tissue which overgrows the border of the original injury (as opposed to hypertrophic scar... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Kovanda
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Surgeons vary: Length of surgery varies depending on severity of deformity, type of anesthesia and the surgeons skill level. This can only be estimated by your surg... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Kovanda
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Ablative or not?: Non ablative lasers work by heating the deeper tissue to get new collagen formation. They have less down time, but require more treatments (typically... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Kovanda
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Massage: Scars thicken for 6 weeks and then remodel on their own. You can speed up the remodeling process by simple massage. Areas with more motion develop m... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christopher Kovanda
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Immunosuppressant: Enbrel (etanercept) is an immunosupressant to minimize yuur bodies attack of itself. Anything that lowers your immune system may increase your risk f... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Kovanda
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Skin treatments vary: Acne scars vary from shallow hollows to deep pits and treatments vary. Prevention of further outbreaks will help minimize further scarring and you sh... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Kovanda
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Depends on modality: Laser treatments for acne can only soften the scars, but do not completely erase them. The non invasive lasers build collagen slowly, take multiple p... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christopher Kovanda
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Sebaceous cyst: These are most commonly plugged glands which continue to secrete sebum (oil) which collects under the skin. They are usually harmless, but occasional... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christopher Kovanda
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Genetics: Keloid scars are overgrowth of scar tissue beyond the border and are genetically predetermined. They tend to run in families and predisposes the indi... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christopher Kovanda
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Tumor of scar: True keloids are an overgrowth of scar tissue beyond the border of the original scar. They are genetically predetermined and are difficult to treat. ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Kovanda
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Depends on causes: Acne and rough skin has many causes which may be hormonal or skin type related. Determining cause helps to determine treatment which can be as simpl... Read More
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Kovanda is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Kovanda is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thankyou soo much sir!! I actually thought pills work and was considering them, thanku for informing that they dont work.Thanku for the info
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Wayne State University School of Medicine
Graduated 1992MD

Residency

LOYOLA UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER

Residency

LOYOLA UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER

Awards

ASAPS Certificate of Advanced Education in Aesthetic Surgery
AMA Physicians Recognition Award
Readers Choice Award

Affiliations

American College of Surgeons
American Society of Plastic Surgeons
American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
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