A facial trauma can be a devastating injury, as it affects both the bone structure of the face, as well as the soft tissue that makes up the physical appearance of what makes you who you are. These injuries are not only painful, but can harm your confidence and sense-of-self. Consulting with an experienced and skilled physician, like Dr. Rednam, to mend your injuries while maintaining your facial function and appearance is a vital step in the healing process.
Facial trauma can be caused by contact sports (football, basketball, soccer, etc.), crashing a bike or skateboard, a car accident, a physical altercation, or anything else that involves a blow to the face. Sometimes facial fracture symptoms are minor—such as swelling or bruising—and thus go untreated until symptoms, such as teeth misalignment or sunken cheekbones, present later on. Facial fracture surgery aims to improve the damage to the face, and restore full function to the injured areas.
Facial fractures can be minor or serious, and may include structures such as the upper or lower jaw, the forehead, eye-sockets, cheekbones or nose. The procedure may also address areas such as the lips, tongue, and skin, depending on the extent of the injury.
Often, facial trauma surgery is performed in stages, beginning with the initial treatment which is performed as soon as possible after the injury, in order to prevent abnormal healing. This is typically followed with a second surgery months or even years after the first, depending on how well age impacts the results of the primary surgery.
Medical technology, such as CT scanning has made improvements to facial fracture surgery. This allows the Dr. Rednam to analyze the injuries before operating, to ensure the most optimal outcome.
During the procedure, depending on the extent of the injuries, Dr. Rednam may place wires, plates and screws to stabilize the bone structure, as well as dermal fillers to restore volume within the soft tissue while the fractures heal. If there is extensive damage to the nose, Dr. Rednam may recommend a rhinoplasty or septoplasty to correct any cosmetic or functional issues.
Many patients experience bruising, swelling, and discomfort after their facial fracture repair. Surgery also cannot heal any surface injuries such as cuts or lacerations, and this often causes patients pain during their recovery period. However, patients can return to work as soon as they feel ready and comfortable with their appearance. This is typically one to two weeks post-procedure, though patients with more severe injuries take longer to recover.