There are a number of situations that can cause facial fractures, such as automobile accidents, falls, injuries caused by being active in certain sports, or assaults.
Treatment of a nasal fracture depends on the extent of the trauma and damage made. In uncomplicated cases of nasal fracture where there has been no change in the position of the nasal and septal bones and the cartilage remains intact. More complicated cases may need repositioning of the nose. If the time between the trauma and your initial visit is less than two weeks then your nose may be repositioned using a closed nasal reduction, which is a minimally invasive procedure. This procedure can be done with the patient under local anesthesia and requires very little downtime for recovery. If more than two weeks have passed since the injury, rhinoplasty may be needed to correct both the cosmetic effects of the broken nose as well as any functional breathing issues that may have resulted from the injury.
Jaw (or mandibular) fracture reconstruction depends on the location of the fracture, and the scope of the damage. For most cases, the jaw can be repaired with small incisions, which are precisely placed within the gum lines of the mouth, to avoid external scarring. Specially developed thin materials are then carefully placed onto the bone fragments, so as to secure the fracture. Some patients need temporary braces, to preserve their normal bite pattern during healing. As part of delivering some of the top facial reconstruction in Los Angeles, Dr. Lee will go over your options, ensuring that you fully understand each step of the procedure. It is Dr. Lee’s goal to grant you a face that appears as intact and natural as possible.