Reconstructive Surgery of the Face in Durango, CO
Unfortunately, there are times when reconstructive surgery of the face is necessary. For example, facial trauma can cause minor or severe fractures and lacerations. This may cause deformities of the face, obvious scarring, and even improper functioning of the face. Since the face is such a visible part of the body, this may leave the patient with poor self-esteem, reduced confidence, or even depression. Having completed a Craniofacial and Pediatric Plastic Surgery Fellowship, Dr. Williams understands the importance of reconstruction surgery of the face and the overall influence which the face can have on a person’s wellbeing.
When Do I Consider Facial Reconstruction Surgery in Pagosa Springs, CO
Facial fractures can be complicated to evaluate and treat. Orbital fractures can cause dysfunction of the eye and cause issues such as double vision. Jaw fractures can cause malalignment of the teeth and difficulties eating. If performed quickly after the accident, fracture repair can help correct the structural function of the face. Many times, this will help restore the patient back to their pre-injury state in a short time-frame. There are times in which staged repair may be necessary and still other times when other bodily injuries may cause a surgical delay in the reconstruction of the face. More complex injuries may require consultation with other specialist surgeons such as an Oral Maxillofacial Surgeon, Ophthalmologic Surgeon, Neurosurgeon, Otolaryngologist, and/or Oculoplastic Surgeon.
Some Examples of Specific Facial Fractures:
- Zygoma (Cheek Bones): These fractures can cause asymmetry and functional concerns. To repair this type of fracture, the surgeon may need to reposition the bones and fixate them in the proper alignment with small plates and screws.
- Maxilla and Mandible (Upper and Lower Jaw): These fractures can affect the proper alignment of the jaws and teeth. The surgeon may use metal braces (Arch Bars), plates, and screws to realign and fixate the bones back to their proper position. Severe deformities or dysfunction may require consultation with an Oral Maxillofacial Surgeon.
- Forehead, Sinus, Frontal Bones: Forehead trauma can result in damage to one or multiple sinuses. Depending on the one affected, the surgeon may use plates, screws, and bone grafts to correct deformities and support sinus walls to promote healing and easier breathing. Depending on the severity, other surgeons such as a Neurosurgeon and/or Otolaryngologist may need to be consulted to help correct the deformity.
- Nose and Nasal Bones: Fractures of these bones may result in blocked nasal passages, crooked appearance, and nasal septum deviation. These may require re-alignment, septum straightening, and reduction techniques.