There are a number of situations that can cause facial fractures, such as automobile accidents, falls, injuries caused from being active in certain sports, or assaults.
As a specialist in cosmetic procedures of the face and neck, and regarded as one of the top providers of facial reconstruction in Los Angeles, Dr. Lee is fully equipped to handle facial fractures, whether they are minor or of great severity in the amount of damage done. Dr. Lee has the experience to address facial fractures on any part of the face, such as a nasal fracture, cheeks or midface fracture, jaw fracture or eye socket.
Although certain symptoms are specific for the particular bone that has been fractured, for example if you fractured your nose, you may experience minor nosebleeds, some symptoms are more common to any area in where a bone may have been fractured. These symptoms include pain, swelling or bruising in the area, and may indicate a soft tissue injury without a broken bone.
About the procedure
Facial reconstructive surgery can take anywhere from 4 to 12 hours to complete. This is based upon the measure of rebuilding that is required, along with the complexity of the fracture. Dr. Lee is able to deliver some of the best facial reconstruction in Beverly Hills by employing only the most leading edge techniques and methods. Dr. Lee has performed some extremely complex and difficult facial reconstructions throughout her career, with results that look natural and undamaged from said injury.
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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 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 your 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.
Cheekbone fractures are usually caused from blunt force trauma to the face. Because of their somewhat inconspicuous presentation, these fractures can be easily missed. If gone untreated, cheekbone fractures can lead to unwanted cosmetic and functional issues. The majority of cheekbone fracture cases have some moderate amount of bone fragment displacement. Dr. Lee has the ability to return the bone fragments to their original positions, while simultaneously preserving them, so as to avoid further movement during the healing process. This is accomplished by imperceptible hardware that is inserted through very small incisions, which are usually made inside the mouth or along the brow.
Having been through the Dr. Kimberly experience, these patients can help you understand the smoothness of the journey.
Following your facial reconstructive surgery, you may need to recover for several days, with the treated areas safely bandaged. Depending on the severity of reconstruction that is needed, patients may have a longer recovery time, lasting up to 6 or 7 weeks.
If you would like to further discuss the possibility of having facial reconstruction in Los Angeles, you can contact us online. Or if you like, you are welcome to call our office directly, and one of our staff members will be able to assist you with any questions you may have, or schedule an appointment for you.