At Cascade Facial Surgery, Dr. Jonathan Grant provides reconstructive surgery after pediatric or adult facial trauma. He evaluates scars, as well as bone and soft tissue injuries, and he strives to restore both function and appearance. He works closely with hospitals and has privileges at a number of community hospitals in the Western Washington area.
Dr. Grant treats every patient as a unique individual. Your surgical plan is designed specifically to provide you with the best possible result within the parameters of sound and safe medical practices. His training and experience as a reconstructive facial surgeon allows him to provide you with excellent cosmetic and functional restoration after an injury.
Who is a Candidate for Pediatric and Adult Facial Trauma Treatment?
Candidates for facial trauma reconstruction include those who have experienced the following injuries, just to name a few:
- A broken nose or other injury to the nose
- Deep cuts or incisions resulting in unsightly scars; these scars may be new or old
- Soft tissue injuries that have impaired function or appearance
- Fractures that have resulted in impaired function or appearance
Understanding the Facial Trauma Reconstruction Procedure
Dr. Grant will examine you during your consultation and discuss what he can do to improve function and aesthetics for you. Then, he can devise an optimal surgical plan.
The procedure required for facial trauma depends entirely on the injury and its severity. If your nose has been broken, the break in the bone needs to be reduced within a few days to weeks after injury. At a later date, rhinoplasty can be done to restore a more normal look to the nose if needed. If the injury has also resulted in impaired breathing, Dr. Grant can perform simultaneous nasal surgery for breathing problems along with your rhinoplasty.
In some cases, steroid injections may be all that are required, or they may be done in conjunction with surgery. For deep cuts or other soft tissue injuries, skin and soft tissue grafts may be necessary. If this is the case, Dr. Grant will advise you prior to your surgery of the area he intends to use for harvesting skin or soft tissue.
As a plastic surgeon trained in reconstruction techniques, Dr. Grant is skilled at minimizing scarring and improving the appearance of injury and post-surgical scars as much as possible. Part of the work he performs is improving the appearance of scars from prior surgeries.
Recovering From Facial Trauma Reconstruction
Recovery will depend upon your injury and its severity. We will provide you with full post-operative instructions, including how long you must take off from work and when you can exercise safely again.
After all surgeries, there is some pain, tightness, and swelling. Some patients also experience mild bruising and numbness. These symptoms are to be expected.
You can take pain medication to ease your discomfort as you heal. Sleeping upright or on your back with your head elevated for a couple of weeks will help to keep swelling to a minimum. We will give you instructions for showering, washing your hair, and using hair products/appliances.
Note that swelling and numbness are the last symptoms to resolve. It will take a few weeks and possibly months for you to see the final results of your surgery. Your scars will evolve and mature for a full year from the time of your surgery.