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Does Facial Trauma Require Surgery?

Posted on 5/1/2024 by Weo Admin
Facial trauma is the term used to describe soft tissue and bone damage to the face. There are various causes of facial trauma, including injuries from contact sports, assaults, motor vehicle accidents, exposure to chemicals, thermal burns, and falls. Injuries to the face are concerning, and the extent of damage to the face will determine if you require surgery or not.

The Physical Impacts of Facial Trauma

Broken Jaw

For example, a facial injury can leave you with a broken jaw. This affects your ability to chew, speak, or even swallow food or drinks.

Broken or Cracked Teeth

You can also have some of your teeth broken or cracked as a result of a facial injury. The damage can affect your ability to eat normally.

Maxillary Fracture

The bones in your midface can suffer maxillary fractures. These fractures can go horizontally or affect one side of your face.

Broken Eye Socket

A baseball or other sports equipment flying at high speed can leave you with a broken eye socket. This is also an injury common in car accidents.

Soft Tissue Damage

Facial trauma can also affect the soft tissues of your face, and you might have a facial laceration that increases your vulnerability to excessive bleeding, infection, and scarring. Severe injuries to the face can damage your nerves, which will then affect your ability to blink, smile, move your eyes to focus, bite, or perform any other sensations associated with the face.

You can also suffer extensive damage to your salivary glands, more than a hundred of which are found on the face. These glands produce enough saliva to keep your mouth moist.

Why Facial Trauma Treatment Is Inevitable

Reconstructive and plastic surgery have two major goals in treating facial trauma. Reconstructive surgery aims to restore the normal functions affected by accidental damage to the face, while plastic surgery aims to optimize the physical appearance of the patient.

When it comes to dealing with facial trauma, surgery is always the most likely way to go. A maxillofacial surgeon has the knowledge and experience to help, from diagnosis to personalized care. With that said, it is critical to trust what your doctor recommends.

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