Emergency rooms in the U.S. see more than three million cases of facial trauma each year. Facial trauma, or maxillofacial trauma, includes any injury to the face or jaw bone.
Many of these cases arise from accidents of one form or another, but some also result from personally inflicted injuries, often in cases of domestic or random violence.
Facial trauma often produces ancillary damages besides simply face or jaw bone damages. Frequently, airway obstructions, nasal cavity and sinus damage as well as damages to the eye sockets and teeth are present as well.
Emergency rooms will often have doctors trained in maxillofacial procedures and surgery so that they can give necessary treatment at the earliest possible time. Post-traumatic facial deformities can be minimized when a patient obtains the best and most appropriate treatment at the time of the injury, whenever possible.
The emergency room’s primary objective when a facial trauma patient arrives is to ensure the airway is cleared so the patient can breathe and to control bleeding. Secondarily, however, every attempt is made to address facial trauma damage to the bones and jaws in the face as quickly as possible to ensure the least possible long-term damage.
Post Traumatic Reconstruction and Rehabilitation
After a patient has stabilized, returned home and begun to recover from his or her traumatic facial trauma injury, at some point it may be time to consider longer-term reconstructive and cosmetic repair for injuries sustained in the facial trauma accident.
The exact course of treatments or surgeries will depend on many variables. Part of the equation involves the extent and type of immediate surgical care that was administered at the time of the trauma.
In spite of advanced and well-equipped emergency rooms and surgical procedures, some patients still end up with significant facial deformities. These patients may have been treated inadequately or because of other life-threatening injuries, were not able to receive treatment for their facial injuries.
When you visit one of the doctors at Jefferson Facial Plastics in Philadelphia, he will spend a considerable amount of time getting to know you and the details of your facial trauma.
Bring all the medical records from your injury and treatment you can, so your doctor may be as fully informed as possible about your entire physical condition. You will want to discuss all work administered at this point, whether at the time of the facial trauma incident or afterwards.
After gathering all this information, your doctor will give you his opinion on the best way to move forward.
Many patients have made great strides in recovering a great deal of their natural look. Your Jefferson Facial Plastics surgeons in Philadelphia have many years of experience and are participating and active members in professional organizations dealing with facial trauma treatment.
They are fully trained and keep informed and skilled in the very latest in advances to deal with facial trauma injuries.