Trauma & Facial Fractures
Accidents happen in life, and the face is one of the more commonly injured areas of the body. Injuries can be in the skin, muscles, or even extended to fractures of the complex bones in the face and eye socket. When it comes to these delicate structures, finding a surgeon with the right training and experience is crucial, as an inadequate or improper repair can lead to permanent loss of function.
What are the considerations?
It is absolutely critical to start by performing a detailed examination to determine what has been damaged. The eye, tear ducts, facial nerves, and the thin bones surrounding the eye socket and the brain are particularly important to assess for damage. Only surgeons qualified to repair these delicate structures will be able to provide you the best possible care. As members of the prestigious American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons (ASOPRS), we are uniquely qualified to assist you with your condition.
How is surgery performed?
Incisions are typically placed on the inside of the eyelid or mouth, without any visible scars. Fractures may be repaired with dissolving or small titanium plates for support, and dissolving sutures may be used to repair lacerated soft tissue. The complex anatomy must be reconstructed in layers to ensure that the face retains its normal function.
What can I expect afterwards?
Surgery may be performed under general or twilight anesthesia and takes between 1 -2 hours. Patients can have bruising and swelling around the eyes for 1-2 weeks, with minimal pain. Patients are typically ready for formal social functions within 6 weeks.
Our goal is for you to regain the appearance and function you had before the traumatic incident, as much as possible. Having cared for thousands of patients with this condition, we have combined decades of experience and look forward to helping you through this challenge and on to a hopeful future.