Trauma to the face can result from accidents and injuries. It can also occur when previous surgical corrections do not heal as planned, leaving prominent scars on the most visible area of the body. Facial trauma can profoundly impact a person’s self-esteem, as well as their personal and professional life.
In addition to his expertise in cosmetic surgery, Dr. Daines is an experienced facial trauma surgeon and uses the latest techniques to treat traumatic facial injuries including fractures and lacerations. He also performs advanced scar revision management for those who have been previously injured and need additional improvement. If your face has been injured due to trauma, Dr. Daines is committed to restoring your appearance, re-establishing function and improving your quality of life.
Although facial bones can usually withstand strong forces without damage, occasionally blows to the face cause the bones to break (fracture). These injuries can occur when playing sports or as a result of altercations or falls. Facial fractures often require surgical repair to ensure proper healing and to prevent long-term deformity.
The bones of the face tend to fracture in characteristic patterns and in specific locations. The most common facial injuries include fractures of the nose, mandible (jaw), zygoma (cheek bone), and orbit (eye socket). Utilizing hidden or camouflaged incisions and advanced surgical techniques, Dr. Daines repositions broken facial bones and places the fragments in proper alignment. Some fractures can even be repaired without making any incisions (closed reduction). When fractures have occurred in the past but have healed in an unsatisfactory manner, Dr. Daines uses innovative reconstructive techniques to correct the deformity. A meticulous and conscientious surgeon, Dr. Daines is motivated to achieve superb results for his reconstructive patients just as he is for those undergoing cosmetic surgery.
Facial lacerations (cuts) are quite common, especially in children and those who engage in adventure or contact sports. Some parts of the face heal quite well and do not require the immediate attention of a specialist. However, areas such as the nose, eyelids or lips can be difficult to repair and require a more specialized skill set. Lost tissue, such as in the event of a dog bite, also requires advanced reconstructive techniques to achieve positive long-term results.
Through his training as a facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Daines has developed an array of techniques to deal with lacerations and other soft tissue injuries. Whether he initially evaluates you in the emergency department or in his office, he will skillfully treat your injury to maximize healing and then follow you over time, utilizing innovative scar management techniques to achieve a superior outcome.
Lacerations and surgical incisions may not always heal well on their own. A surgeon must pay close attention to the healing process and intervene at the right time and in the right way to prevent excessive scarring. Scars are not only a cosmetic concern. Tissue that heals improperly can have functional consequences as well. An eyelid that heals unfavorably can cause the eye to become irritated, a nose that heals with a prominent scar can suffer from obstructed breathing, and a scarred lip can hinder speech and chewing.
Dr. Daines offers an array of scar mitigation and scar improvement techniques. Whether you need revision surgery or would benefit instead from camouflaging procedures such as dermabrasion or laser, Dr. Daines will design a treatment plan to improve the appearance of your scar and address any functional deficit that the scar may be causing.
If you or someone you know has a recent or previous traumatic facial injury that needs treatment, call 949-397-6499 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Daines.
*Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Steven M Daines has written information about Facial Trauma that has been carefully reviewed. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us using our form below.
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