Facial fractures are serious injuries that require specialized care. Dr. Larson is a plastic surgeon in Tucson that is uniquely trained in performing these delicate procedures and restoring optimal form and function for his patients.
Facial fractures are often the result of an accident or assault. Nasal fractures are the most common, but injuries to the forehead, cheekbones, orbital bones and jawbones are also frequently seen.
The most common causes of facial fractures include:
In addition to causing severe damage to the underlying bone structure, these experiences tend to be emotionally destructive as well. With an emphasis on compassionate care, Dr. Larson is extensively trained in treating facial fractures and can help his Tucson clients reclaim their faces and lives after a serious trauma.
The vast majority of facial fractures require surgery to repair the damaged bone structure. During these procedures, Dr. Larson will reposition or rebuild the bones that have been broken to reconstruct your face. The best time to treat a fracture is shortly after the injury.
Here is a look at the approaches Dr. Larson will take during your surgery, based on the type of fracture you have experienced:
With jaw reconstructive surgery, Dr. Larson will aim to restore the jaw to its proper location so that bite and function are optimized. In some instances, the mouth will need to be wired shut and the patient will need to adopt a temporary liquid diet to ensure proper healing. These incisions can be hidden inside the mouth or within the natural contours of the neck.
Following a cheek fracture, Dr. Larson will strive to restore your normal facial contour.
He will place the incisions inside the mouth or within the hairline so that they are concealed. Through those openings, he will move the bones to their original position and insert tiny screws and plates to hold them in place.
Some nasal fractures can heal on their own if breathing and aesthetics are both unaffected.
If this is not the case, surgery can be performed to realign the nasal bones and restore a functioning and physically attractive nose.
Orbital fractures can result in a sunken appearance or vision problems. In both of these cases, surgery will be necessary.
Through incisions hidden within the lower eyelid, Dr. Larson can shift the orbital bones back to their former positions and hold them in place using titanium plates.
Most facial fracture reconstructive procedures will require general anesthesia and an operating room environment. Once the surgery is complete, you will be taken to the recovery room where we will monitor your progress.
When necessary, Dr. Larson will work closely with other specialists – such as oral surgeons, neurosurgeons and ophthalmologists – to ensure that you receive the comprehensive care you need to ensure an optimal outcome.