About Facial Trauma
Craniofacial trauma is a broad medical term that refers to any traumatic injury to the face or skull. This could include skin, bone, and/or tooth injuries, as well as parts of the mouth, neck, and sinus cavity. Craniofacial injuries can range from minor to life-altering. Pediatric craniofacial traumas are treated with significantly more diligence and caution as future growth and development of the skull and face can be impacted. Dr. Raj Sawh-Martinez is a fellowship-trained craniofacial surgeon with special expertise in the treatment of pediatric craniofacial trauma. Severe or complicated craniofacial injuries may require help from a team of specialists so that special considerations and preparations can be taken. In many cases, immediate surgery is necessary to prevent long-term complications. Contact Craniofacial & Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in Orlando, FL right away if your child has suffered a craniofacial trauma.
Any activity that increases a child's chances of falling or being hit in the face or skull could cause craniofacial trauma. Contact sports and gymnastics are among the most common extracurricular activities responsible for leading to injury. Children who are involved in athletics or rough activities should always be supervised by an adult and should wear appropriate protective gear. Helmets with face guards and mouthpieces should always be worn during contact sports.
Unforeseen situations, such as car accidents, can also lead to craniofacial trauma. Children should always be properly restrained in the proper position of a child safety seat to prevent or reduce injuries in the event of an accident.
Dr. Sawh-Martinez is exceptionally experienced in craniofacial surgeries, specifically ones involving craniomaxillofacial trauma and pediatric patients. The specific surgical technique utilized for the treatment of a craniofacial trauma will be entirely dependent on the unique circumstances of the accident, the child's age, and the location and severity of the injury. Rest assured that Dr. Sawh-Martinez utilizes the latest innovations, cutting-edge surgical techniques, and state-of-the-art technology to ensure the procedure chosen is performed as effectively and minimally invasive as possible.
Most craniofacial trauma surgeries will take place while the child is in the hospital being treated for their injuries. Dr. Sawh-Martinez will ensure the child is under general anesthesia and comfortable before initiating any surgeries, and he will use his best judgment to provide the best possible outcome for your child.
What to Expect
After facial reconstructive surgery, surgical dressings will be applied and medications used to minimize pain and reduce the possibility of infection. Nursing staff will help in the hours and days following treatment and teach you to care for your child's wounds as they heal. A long-term follow-up may include additional surgeries and appointments with other specialists. Full recovery from craniomaxillofacial trauma depends entirely on the extent of the injuries. Dr. Sawh-Martinez can ensure he will diligently strive to help your child return to their pre-accident appearance and functionality.
Treatment for Trauma
Traumatic injuries at any age can be incredibly intimidating and anxiety-inducing. Craniofacial & Aesthetic Plastic Surgery understands and is compassionate about your fears and feelings during this time. Beginning with a consultation, Dr. Sawh-Martinez can create a tailored treatment plan to help restore your child's appearance and help to prevent future complications following an accident. To schedule your consultation, contact our support staff at our Orlando, FL practice at your earliest convenience.