A Solution to Physical Facial Trauma

Facial trauma is never an easy topic to discuss. Any deformation, paralysis or growths that occur on the face are extremely detrimental to a patient’s physical health, but especially to their mental state. Your face is how you introduce yourself, the first thing others notice about you. The insecurities that arise from any harm coming to your facial features are traumatic in themselves, but there is a way to recover and restore your own unique, natural beauty.

Facial reconstruction is a surgical procedure that aims to reverse or restore any trauma that has happened to the face. Whether it be facial paralysis, Moh’s surgery or skin cancer removal, reconstructive surgery can help to reduce the physical signs of trauma and in some cases completely reverse its effects.

Different Types of Facial Reconstruction

Facial reconstructive surgery can serve to heal many different kinds of trauma. At Riverview Facial Plastic Surgery, Dr. Schneider focuses on three different kinds of reconstruction:

Facial Paralysis: About 0.25% of the population is born with facial paralysis, most commonly affecting a person’s source of most authentic connection: the smile. This surgery to correct this condition is often called facial reanimation, as it serves to mend the lost connection in the facial nerves and give patients the ability to express themselves facially. In some cases, static reconstruction is performed if full reanimation is not attainable. Dynamic reconstruction, however, can often fully restore the function of the facial nerve. In either case, a patient is given back a balanced facial structure and the confidence to approach strangers and be received with warmth and kindness.

Moh’s Surgery Reconstruction: Moh’s surgery is a specific technique used to remove basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma, or skin cancer moles, from the face. Because this technique requires the removal of layers of skin, it can often lead to visible scarring and what look like ‘holes’ in the face. Reconstruction following Moh’s surgery serves to improve the look of the skin following cancer removal and bring back a sense of balance and aesthetic to a patient’s face.

Skin Cancer Removal: Removing skin cancer moles and growths is a reconstructive procedure in itself, as it requires precision and care to avoid deep scarring and further facial trauma. It is extremely important to care for skin cancer growths immediately, as cancerous cells may spread and lead to far more serious cases. When treated early, skin cancer is completely curable, and the success rate of this procedure is very high. With Dr. Schneider, you can also expect quality results with very little scarring, as he is known for careful attention to detail in his surgeries.

Are You a Candidate?

If you have suffered facial trauma, have facial paralysis, have been treated for skin cancer or are seeking such treatment, you may be a candidate for facial reconstruction surgery. At Riverview Facial Plastic Surgery, we are dedicated to the care and attention of our patients; we want you to leave with confidence and a smile. You can be sure to expect quality care and treatment from our staff as well as Dr. Schneider from the moment you book your consultation until you are fully healed and recovered. Call us today to learn more about your options for facial reconstruction and to receive the support of the Riverview family: 651-493-8501.

What’s in Your Chin?

Chin implants can be a solution to many different facial insecurities, and are often performed in conjunction with rhinoplasty. However, it is often overlooked how much balance a chin augmentation can actually bring to the structure of your face. This surgery serves to elongate the jawline, balance facial proportion and bring further definition to cheekbones by making use of any excess skin. This look creates a thinner, more defined and more balanced face.

There are many different types of chin implants, creating unique results for each patient. As everyone has different goals for facial plastic surgery, providing options for implant materials allows your surgeon to give you results that serve your particular needs and facial shape.

Solid Silicone Implants

Silicone implants are used in most chin augmentation surgeries. They are made to be very flexible and easily shaped for each patient. Silicone implants typically yield the most natural looking results if planted properly, but because this synthetic material does not attach to the surrounding tissue in the jaw, the implant is susceptible to a slight amount of shifting if its pocket is not created precisely. Though the surgery to place silicone implants is the most technical, they remain the most popular material for chin implants as they are safe, easily shaped and keep a natural look for most patients.

Gore-Tex Implants

Gore-Tex implants are made out of a substance called polytetrafluoroethylene and have a much more permanent effect than silicone implants. While silicone is very easily removed from the body, Gore-Tex implants are stabilized in the bone with titanium screws. The material used is also very porous, so once implanted, your own bone and tissue will begin to grow into the implant, making it truly a part of your new facial silhouette. While this permanence might seem intimidating, it is ideal for any cosmetic changes you make to your image and ensures lasting results. Gore-Text implants are known to be very flexible while keeping their strength, so they can be made to fit all different facial structures.

Medpor Implants

Medpor implants contain the material polyethylene, which is very similar in structure to the Gor-Tex material. Because it is porous, it will also incorporate into the surrounding jawbone and tissue; however, Medpor implants are slightly less flexible than Gor-Tex. The positive aspect of choosing an implant material that will combine with your body’s bone and tissue is that the affected area will be fueled by a blood supply which prevents infection and disease as you heal.

Structural Fat Grafting

The final option for chin implants is fat grafting, or fat transfer, of the patient’s own fat to the chin. Typically, liposuction is used to remove excess fat from one part of your body, which is then prepared and injected carefully into the chin for augmentation. This method is typically very successful for less dramatic results, but is very safe and does not involve nonorganic materials.

What’s Best for You?

At Riverview Facial Plastic Surgery, we want to give you results best for your facial structure and surgical goals. That is why each of our patients will get a chance to meet with Dr. Schneider for a personal consultation before surgery. Together, you will discuss implant options and surgical details so you can be sure you are getting the results you have been dreaming of.

If you are unhappy with the balance of your facial features, notice an undefined jawline or are looking to form a more chiseled facial silhouette, a chin implant procedure may be right for you. Contact Riverview Facial Plastic Surgery today to schedule your introductory consultation: 651-493-8501.