An unexpected injury or trauma to your body can be painful and disheartening. When the physical damage involves the face, however, it can be especially traumatic. An injury to the face needs to be repaired in a way that eliminates your discomfort, restores your function and heavily considers aesthetics. The appearance of a defect or scar on the face is what can make facial trauma so devastating. Whether it was a car accident or sports injury, it is important to seek a plastic surgeon for your facial trauma repair. At Avance Plastic Surgery, we are equipped to restore your appearance and confidence after an unfortunate accident involving your face.
The Value of a Reconstructive Plastic Surgeon for Facial Trauma Repair
A plastic surgeon should be considered for facial trauma repair due to their specialized training and expertise in facial anatomy and aesthetics. They possess the skills necessary to restore both the functional and cosmetic aspects of the face following an injury. Dr. Erez Dayan is a skilled plastic surgeon at Avance Plastic Surgery who is trained in advanced surgical techniques, including delicate tissue manipulation and reconstruction, which are crucial for achieving optimal results in facial trauma cases. Additionally, he can address both visible and underlying damage to ensure the best possible outcome in terms of appearance and function.
Types of Facial Trauma
Avance Plastic Surgery offers reconstructive procedures to address various types of facial trauma, including:
Facial fractures: These can involve the bones of the nose, cheekbones (zygomatic bones), jaw (mandible), or the orbital bones around the eye. Dr. Dayan can realign and stabilize the fractured bones using techniques such as wiring, plating, or screw fixation.
Soft tissue injuries: These can include lacerations (cuts), avulsions (tissue loss), or deep wounds. Dr. Dayan can carefully clean and repair the damaged tissues, ensuring proper healing and minimizing scarring.
Nasal injuries: Fractures or deformities of the nose can be corrected by a facial plastic surgeon at Avance Plastic Surgery through procedures like rhinoplasty, septoplasty, or nasal fracture reduction.
Facial lacerations: When the skin is cut or torn, Dr. Dayan can skillfully suture or reconstruct the affected area, aiming to restore normal appearance and minimize visible scarring.
Facial nerve injuries: Damage to the facial nerve can cause paralysis or weakness of facial muscles. Dr. Dayan can perform procedures like nerve grafting or nerve decompression to repair or restore facial nerve function.
Orbital injuries: Fractures or injuries affecting the eye socket (orbit) can be repaired by a facial plastic surgeon at our Reno clinic to ensure proper alignment and protect the eye.
Managing Scars in Facial Reconstruction After Trauma
At Avance Plastic Surgery, we realize the importance of managing and minimizing scars during facial reconstruction after trauma, which typically involves a multi-faceted approach that includes both surgical and non-surgical techniques. Here are some common strategies that we can employ:
Early intervention: Starting scar management early can help promote better healing and minimize scar formation. This may involve the use of specialized wound dressings, such as silicone sheets or gels, to protect the incision site and facilitate healing.
Surgical techniques: During facial reconstruction, Dr. Dayan can utilize precise closure techniques to minimize tension on the wound, which can help reduce scar formation. We may also employ techniques such as layered closure or plastic surgery principles to optimize scar appearance and minimize visibility.
Laser therapy: Laser treatments, such as fractional laser resurfacing or pulsed-dye laser therapy, can be used to target and improve the appearance of scars. These procedures stimulate collagen production, promoting skin remodeling and reducing scar visibility.
Injectable treatments: In some cases, facial fillers or corticosteroid injections may be used to address hypertrophic or keloid scars, which are raised and thickened. These injections can help flatten and soften the scar tissue, improving its appearance.
Scar massage and compression: Gentle scar massage using creams or oils, along with applying compression garments or silicone gel sheets, can help soften and flatten scars over time. These techniques can be particularly useful for hypertrophic or keloid scars.
Sun protection: Protecting the healing scar from sun exposure is crucial to prevent hyperpigmentation and discoloration. The use of broad-spectrum sunscreen and physical barriers, such as hats or scarves, can help shield the scar from UV radiation.
It’s important to note that every patient’s situation is unique, and scar management strategies should be tailored to their specific needs. Our Reno plastic surgery clinic offers a full menu of treatments for scar revision if your previous surgical scars are too noticeable.
Know Where to Go After Facial Trauma
If you or a loved one has recently suffered an injury to the face, please call Avance Plastic Surgery to learn about our services in facial reconstruction. Dr. Dayan is an elite facial plastic surgeon who understands the importance of restoring your function and appearance after facial trauma.