Facial trauma, cancer, or a genetic flaw can affect the facial structure, skin, tissue or features, leaving a person feeling embarrassed and introverted. Dr. Pontell is a board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon who is honored to assist patients with facial damage to achieve a more natural appearance and improve confidence and quality of life.
When we initially meet a person, the first area we look at is usually their face. If the face has deformities or flaws due to birth defects, injury, or trauma, it can cause a person to lack confidence and become insecure about their facial appearance. At The Aesthetic Facial Plastic Surgery Center, we offer the latest and most innovative facial cosmetic surgery techniques to rebuild the contours and improve the function of the face.
Achieved with Facial Reconstruction
Improvement of Facial Scars and Deformities
Scarring can develop due to acne, birth defects, severe burns, skin cancer, or trauma. A person may feel that their scars make them appear unattractive and unappealing. Dr. Pontell utilizes scar revision therapy to treat many different types of scars, such as contracture burn scars that can affect the muscles in the face and neck, keloid scars that appear as growths on a trauma site, and hypertrophic scars. There are many different procedural options to eliminate scarring and deformities that meet every patient’s particular needs and circumstances.
Correction of Facial Nerve Paralysis
Trauma, cancer removal, and stroke can often result in nerve and tissue damage in the face. Facial nerve paralysis can cause the face to sag or droop to one side. This unbalanced appearance is not only unflattering but can be functionally disturbing; some patients who have facial nerve paralysis have problems with blinking, eating, drinking, and smiling. After undergoing facial reconstruction, they can expect to achieve not only an improvement in aesthetics but an overall better functioning face.
Scarring or nerve paralysis to the face can put a huge dent in someone’s self-confidence. They may avoid social interactions or having pictures taken of them due to their facial appearance. After undergoing one or a combination of facial reconstruction procedures, they no longer feel self-conscious about how they look. Many will feel happy to show off their newly rejuvenated look and no longer shy away from the camera and attending social events.
What Does Facial Reconstruction Entail?
With several facial reconstruction procedures available, we can help a person restore their facial appearance and enhance their natural beauty and function.
During your consultation with Dr. Pontell, you will discuss your goals and he will evaluate your facial anatomy. He will examine your facial tissues to determine what changes can be made to improve the structure of the face by diminishing the appearance of facial flaws and deformities. Dr. Pontell offers computer imaging to provide patients with a better idea of their potential results. After going over the procedure and your goals, he will suggest the best possible surgery plan for your individual needs.
Dr. Pontell offers a variety of techniques and options to provide a personal facial reconstruction experience. Depending on the patient, Dr. Pontell will either perform facial reconstruction utilizing skin grafts or flap surgery. During skin graft surgery, skin is harvested from another area of the patient’s body and used to improve the form and function of the open wounds on the face and neck. The graft donor site usually heals as a straight-line scar and is taken from an inconspicuous area. There are three different types of skin grafts we perform: a split-thickness skin graft made only of surface skin cells, a full-thickness skin graft of all the skin layers, and a composite graft that requires the cartilage and support structures to be harvested.
Patients who have had an accident or injury, have experienced developmental deformities, or have other conditions of the face and neck are ideal individuals for flap surgery. The use of adjacent skin and tissue that is connected to the blood supply is used to cover a wound on the face or neck.
It is important that patients designate a person to drive them to and from surgery and care for them during recovery. Patients may experience some swelling, discoloration, or discomfort for up to two weeks. Healing will take several weeks as the new scar heals and slowly fades and refines. Patients should avoid sun exposure and follow the post-surgical instructions provided by the doctor.
Scarring will vary depending on the facial cosmetic surgery technique employed and the patient’s level of healing. Dr. Pontell makes incisions as inconspicuous as possible, and they will slowly fade over time.
There will be some pain and discomfort that can be controlled with TYLENOL® or prescribed medication. Most patients only report minimal pain that subsides within a few days to a week.
Facial Reconstruction FAQ's
Am I a good candidate for facial reconstruction?
A good candidate for facial reconstruction has a facial scar, deformity, or birth defect that they would like correct to create more pleasing facial aesthetics and/or to achieve better facial function. It is important that patients are physically healthy, do not smoke, do not have any active acne or skin diseases, and are realistic in their expectations.
Will I still look like myself after facial reconstruction?
Facial reconstruction will not dramatically alter your look, but it will correct facial deformities and flaws while creating a natural-looking appearance. Although some scarring is involved, once healing is complete, patients will notice a fresher look that is rejuvenated and refined.
Will I have to stay overnight in a hospital?
Facial reconstruction is an outpatient procedure performed in a hospital, surgicenter, or the office, but patients will be able to return home following their surgery.
How long will my facial reconstruction results last?
Patients who avoid sun exposure, avoid smoking, and maintain healthy habits are more likely to achieve lasting results that they can enjoy for many years. However, the face may change due to the natural aging process and environmental factors over time.
Can I undergo additional procedures along with my facial reconstruction?
Many patients who want to achieve an overall rejuvenated appearance often choose to undergo complementary procedures, such as laser skin resurfacing and injectable treatments.