Different Types of Facial Reconstruction Procedures
Facial deformities such as scarring and a bent nose septum may lower your self-confidence and interfere with your social life. However, several medical procedures like septoplasty are used to repair your facial organs. You can visit your plastic surgeon at Arizona Ocular & Facial Plastic Surgery for facial reconstruction in Scottsdale to redefine your facial features such as nose, eyelids, and lips.
What is facial reconstruction?
Facial reconstruction involves various surgical procedures used to correct and enhance organs on your face. Examples of cosmetic procedures include:
- Blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery
- Ear pinning (otoplasty)
- Brow lift
- Chin implants
There are also non-surgical procedures that are non-invasive such as:
- Wrinkle fillers
- Fat transfer
- Chemical peels
Your doctor will discuss with you risk factors that may be involved with the process, for example:
- Hematoma. Blood may collect in your incision area during recovery and cause swelling.
- Excessive bleeding. You may lose a lot of blood during surgery, leading to a drop in blood pressure.
- Infection. Bacteria in your incision area may result in an infection if you do not clean properly.
- Deep vein thrombosis. This is a condition where blood clots inside your veins, especially in your legs.
- General appearance dissatisfaction. You may not be pleased with the results after the procedure.
Diagnosis and treatment procedures
Before the process, your plastic surgeon will review your medical history and make sure you are eligible for the procedure. Your doctor will recommend reconstruction depending on your conditions. The different types of methods include:
During the procedure, your surgeon will administer anesthesia which is pain-numbing medication. Your doctor will make an incision and insert silicone splints in each of your nostrils to support your septum. Your specialist then packs your nose using bandage-like material to prevent bleeding after surgery.
Your surgeon will make an incision beneath your chin or inside your mouth and create a pocket to fit the chin implant. This procedure defines your jawline and contours.
There are two different approaches your surgeon may use depending on your correction. Your doctor may cut the back of your ears or inside the creases of your ears to remove excess cartilage or skin. Your surgeon will then position the cartilage correctly and close the incision using stitches.
This procedure is used to repair droopy eyelids. Your doctor will cut your upper or lower lid to remove excess fat, skin, and muscles, and closes the incision using sutures.
Botulinum toxin injections are used to clear out wrinkles such as crow’s feet and frown lines.
Care after surgery
Your doctor may give you several guidelines to help you during recovery, including:
- Avoid vigorous exercise because it may cause strain on your incision area.
- Drink a lot of water.
- Clean your wound using soap and water to avoid infections.
- Take prescribed pain-relieving drugs recommended by your doctor to alleviate pain after surgery.
- Eat a balanced diet meal.
- Keep your head elevated to facilitate blood flow and healing.
It is possible to improve your facial appearance. Schedule an appointment with your doctor at Arizona Ocular & Facial Plastic Surgery to correct deformities on your face and get your esteem back.