Scar Revision & Trauma Surgery
What is trauma surgery?
Trauma surgery refers to the surgical treatment and management of acute, traumatic injuries. This branch of surgery deals with injuries sustained due to an impact event, such as a motor vehicle accident, a fall, a gunshot wound, or an industrial accident.
What is facial reconstruction surgery?
If the trauma happens to the head, face, or neck, facial reconstruction surgery may be necessary to restore the face’s structure and form.
Facial reconstruction surgery has become more refined thanks to technological advances. Today, precisely engineered instrumentation–such as sophisticated bone drills and endoscopic approaches–and the development of innovative reconstructive materials give top surgeons such as New York’s Dr. Richard W. Westreich the ability to comprehensively treat even the most complex cases.
Types of facial fractures
A double-board certified Facial Plastic Surgeon specializing in Facial Cosmetic, Reconstructive, and Nasal Surgery, Dr. Westreich performs corrective surgery on a range of facial bone injuries.
|Types of Fracture
|Approximate Recovery Time
|A broken nose is the most common facial injury. If the bones are severely out of place, rhinoplasty or septoplasty may be performed to straighten the nose and re-establish breathing function.
|Hospital stay: Typically none Recovery: 10-14 days initially, up to one year to settle into final shape
|The second most common facial injury, a jaw fracture can occur anywhere in the mandible. Different surgical techniques can be employed, such as wiring the upper and lower teeth together (more stable injuries) or attaching plates and screws (unstable fractures).
|Hospital Stay: 1-2 days Recovery: 3-6 weeks
|A midface fracture is often seen in conjunction with a mandible fracture and/or orbital fracture. In the case of zygomatic fractures or more complex Le Fort fractures, titanium miniplates may be used to restore structural integrity.
|Hospital stay: 0-2 days Recovery: 3-8 weeks, with follow-up
|Fractures in the delicate eye socket area require intricate methods of repair. A blowout fracture, for example, calls for the reconstruction of the orbital wall, which involves the removal of shattered bone and the introduction of new of support material (often through a bone or cartilage graft).
|Hospital stay: 0-1 day Recovery: 2-3 weeks
What is scar revision?
The appearance of scars can be improved through various surgical and non-surgical methods.
|Type of Scar
|Hypertrophic scar (raised, thick scar)
|Dermal steroid injections and laser resurfacing
|Facial surgical scars
|Scar tissue excision with camouflage closure
|Fillers & chemical peels
Facial Reconstruction Consultation with Dr. Westreich, NYC
Dr. Westreich understands both the physiological and psychological nature of a disfiguring facial injury. As a highly trained and recognized facial reconstruction specialist, he approaches each case with skill and compassion. Contact his Manhattan office for a consultation.