Facial Reconstruction Surgery After Trauma
The popular view of plastic surgery is that it only involves cosmetic procedures. However, plastic surgery can offer hope and healing for those recovering from facial trauma. Trauma resulting from auto or sports accidents or from a physical attack can be damaging to self-esteem and can affect mental health. Here are some types of facial trauma procedures, and what to expect before, during and after the procedures.
Post-Traumatic Facial Reconstruction Surgery
In order to evaluate which type of cosmetic procedure will be needed to restore facial appearance, it is important to evaluate any damage that needs to be repaired. For instance, facial trauma can include broken bones, damaged tissue or cartilage or other types of damage that can affect function. Once the damage has been repaired, cosmetic procedures can be performed to improve the appearance. The most common procedures include:
- Rhinoplasty to shape the nose
- Otoplasty changes the shape, size or position of the ear
- Blepharoplasty repairs droopy eyelids
- Brow lift, also known as forehead lift, raises sagging eyebrows
- Implants in the cheek or chin that can smooth overall appearance
Facial Surgery Recovery Process
Depending on the amount of surgery required, your procedure can take several hours. You will be placed under general anesthesia and carefully monitored. Your recovery time depends on several factors, including your overall health and how well you follow aftercare instructions. After surgery, you should expect swelling that may last for several weeks.
Pain medication will be prescribed and is recommended for the first 24 to 48 hours post-surgery. It is recommended that you do not drive while taking pain medication. Ice can help reduce swelling, and your doctor will instruct you on the proper ways to ice your surgical site. Avoid bending or picking up heavy objects until your doctor releases you. The most important thing you can do for your recovery is rest. Allow your body to heal before you attempt to resume normal activities.
Reconstructive Surgery in NYC
Healing from trauma is a long process, but reconstruction surgery can help you feel more like yourself. If you have suffered a traumatic injury and are considering reconstructive surgery, Dr. Aleksandr Shteynberg and the team at Vantage Plastic surgery can help. Call to schedule a consultation today.
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