Facial Trauma Surgery
Complete your healing journey
Each and every year, thousands of Australians suffer injuries to their face which can leave them with both physical and emotional scarring; a debilitating reminder of the trauma they suffered. Regardless of the cause of your facial injury, once the acute healing period is complete, undergoing facial trauma surgery with a highly experienced facial plastic surgeon can help to set you on the path to true healing, both internally and externally. Thanks to modern techniques, Dr Paul Gerarchi is able to offer his patients highly specialised solutions, both surgical and non-surgical, which can diminish the appearance of scarring, boosting both your appearance and self-confidence.
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The results you deserve
There are a number of reasons you may be considering facial trauma surgery, including:
- Nasal, cheek, or jaw fractures
- ‘Blowout’ fractures of eye socket (orbital region)
- Ear injuries
- Loss of control of facial muscles, which interferes with natural movement
- Complex lacerations, and lacerations to the inside of the mouth
Regardless of the injury you have suffered, Dr Paul Gerarchi is a highly skilled, caring and compassionate facial plastic surgeon who can help you to regain your self-confidence after your traumatic experience.
Meeting your surgeon
If you have suffered a severe facial injury, the sooner you seek the help of specialist surgeon, the less likely it is you will experience scar tissue and other complications which could impact on your results. During your initial consultation with Dr Paul Gerarchi, a full assessment of your injuries will be made in order to determine the best course of treatment. Dr Gerarchi’s focus is always to provide you with the very best cosmetic outcome possible. Depending on the unique circumstances, it is possible that Dr Gerarchi’s recommendation may not even involve surgery; in some cases excellent results can be achieved through laser resurfacing and other modern non-surgical treatments, which also offer less risk and discomfort, as well as faster recovery times.
Your facial trauma surgery journey
If surgery is chosen as the best course of treatment for you, it is likely it will be performed under general anaesthesia, though in some circumstances local anaesthesia with sedation may be suitable. In order to minimise visible scarring, the incisions for any facial surgery are carefully placed, often within the mouth, or in the hairline. The time required to complete your facial trauma surgery will vary depending on the circumstances; some procedures may be completed in as little as 30 minutes, while others may take a number of hours.
Your journey to recovery from facial trauma surgery will depend on both the anaesthesia used, and the complexity of your procedure. For less invasive procedures, it is possible you could be able to return to regular activities within a matter of days, whilst surgical procedures may require a recovery period of 1 to 2 weeks. You will be provided with detailed post-operative instructions; please ensure you follow these closely so as to achieve the best possible outcome.
Managing your recovery
Some discomfort and swelling are common following facial trauma surgery; as such, it is likely you will be provided with a prescription for oral pain management medication. We advise taking this medication at the intervals indicated, rather than waiting for the pain to become intense. Oral antibiotics are also commonly prescribed following facial trauma surgery so as to prevent infection during your healing journey.
Your post-surgical journey
Following your facial trauma surgery, you will likely have a number of follow-up appointments with Dr Gerarchi. These allow us to closely monitor your recovery, ensure no complications arise, and quickly deal with any small issues quickly and easily.