Trauma

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Facial trauma means injury affecting the face, typically occuring after falls, motor vehicle accidents or assault with a fist or solid object. This causes cuts to the skin, bruising and swelling of soft tissues, and breakage of the facial bones. If the skull is also involved, the brain may be injured. 

In most cases, facial trauma causes fractures to the orbit and cheek bones which causes facial assymetry, although sight may also be affected. fractureInjuries of the orbit commonly result in an orbital blowout fracture, or fracture of the orbital rim. If not treated, the eyeball will sink into the socket leaving a deformity. If the skull bones are fractured, the brain may be involved and this can be life threatening. 

Facial trauma should be repaired soon after injury, preferably within the first 2 weeks, to achieve the best aesthetic and functional outcome. Dr Anthony Maloof specialises in repair of common types of facial trauma involving skin, soft tissue and bone. These include orbital blowout fracture (involving the eye socket) or fracture of zygoma / zygomatic arch. The best way to understand is to view our gallery featuring trauma.

 

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