Facial Reconstruction

Facial reconstructive surgery restores the facial appearance after a traumatic injury or birth defect via methods such as cleft lip repair, cleft palate repair, facial trauma reconstruction, and scar revision. The first step in facial reconstructive surgery is to determine the extent of the damage, trauma or birth defect. The surgeon then tailors the treatment to meet the individual needs of the patient using surgical methods to transplant tissue, remove injured or dead tissue and alter the function or appearance of the damaged area.

Patients suffering from facial injuries that impede function or distort features, have congenital defects, skin cancer or cancers on sensitive areas such as the nose, lips, ears and eyelids may be ideal candidates. Candidates should also have realistic expectations and a positive attitude towards the procedure.

The cost for facial reconstructive surgery depends on the procedure but it generally ranges from $5000-$35,000.The final cost varies by hospital or surgical facility fees, any necessary medical tests, anesthesia fees, the surgeon’s level of expertise, the geographic location of the procedure and how many procedures are performed at the same time.

The aim of facial reconstructive surgery is to restore normal facial appearance.  The time needed for recovery varies with each procedure. Full recovery may be as short as a few weeks or as long as a year. Pain medications can be taken to deal with minor pains. The results can last the rest of the patient's life as long as all necessary instructions are followed.

Facial Reconstruction

submitted on   Tue Apr, 14, 2015 by Jacob Steiger, MD     
Facial reconstruction can encompass any corrective surgeries that alleviate deformities or eliminate abnormalities all together. With ailments ranging from cleft palate to skin defects, this broad term can be used to describe any corrective procedure that brings the face to a “normal” state.1