Accidents happen in life, and the face is one of the more commonly injured areas of the body. Injuries can be in the skin, muscles, or even extended to fractures of the complex bones in the face and eye socket. When it comes to these delicate structures, finding a surgeon with the right training and experience is crucial, as an inadequate or improper repair can lead to permanent loss of function.
Facial Trauma & Fractures
It is absolutely critical to start by performing a detailed examination to determine what has been damaged. The eye, tear ducts, facial nerves, and the thin bones surrounding the eye socket and the brain are particularly important to assess for damage. Only surgeons qualified to repair these delicate structures will be able to provide you the best possible care. As a member of the prestigious American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons (ASOPRS), Dr. Ramesh is uniquely qualified to assist you with your condition.
How is surgery performed?
Incisions are typically placed on the inside of the eyelid or mouth, without any visible scars. Fractures may be repaired with dissolving or small titanium plates for support, and dissolving sutures may be used to repair lacerated soft tissue. The complex anatomy must be reconstructed in layers to ensure that the face retains its normal function.
Are there any side effects to surgery?
The risk of injury to the eye or permanent disfigurement is very rare. Most patients experience temporary numbness in the region that resolves in a matter of days to weeks. Patients typically have double vision immediately after surgery, that also slowly resolves in a matter of days to weeks.
What is the aftercare?
You will not have any patches or dressings over the eye. After surgery, you will have bruising and swelling in the area that lasts 7-10 days and improves slowly. You will have to apply an antibiotic ointment for 1-2 weeks to keep the tissues lubricated and moist. You will see Dr. Ramesh 1-2 weeks after surgery, and then 3 months after surgery for the final visit.