Trauma and Facial Reconstruction

Many people live with facial deformities, whether congenital or induced by some type of physical trauma. Fortunately, oral and maxillofacial surgeons can employ surgical techniques capable of reconstructing the face and jaws. The goal of treatment is to optimize function and improve the overall appearance of the face. Techniques utilized by our surgeons include distraction osteogenesis, obtaining bone grafts from the hip/ribs/tibia/calvarium, stem-cells, and growth factors.


It is possible for an oral surgeon to make fine cuts into the facial bones to reposition them in a more ideal position? Many types of conditions qualify for facial and jaw reconstruction at Alamitos Oral Surgery, including:


Am I a candidate for facial or jaw reconstructive surgery at Alamitos Oral Surgery?

Both children and adults can undergo facial or jaw reconstructive surgery for traumas, deformities, and birth defects. However, the only way to know if this type of procedure is right for you, is by visiting your oral surgeon for a complete consultation. Contact our office today for more information about facial and jaw reconstruction. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have and set up an appointment to meet with one of our surgeons as soon as possible.

What should I expect during the surgical process?

There is a wide array of reasons why you may need to undergo facial or jaw reconstruction. Depending on the reason, surgeries may occur during an immediate post-traumatic hospitalization, or planned as an outpatient surgery. Careful pre-surgical planning is done with the aid of 3-D imaging, and often with the use of computer generated 3-D models and surgical planning software. This allows our oral and maxillofacial surgeons to idealize your surgical results through careful pre-surgical planning.

What should I expect during the recovery period?

Your individual recovery experience will be unique to you according to the type of procedure you undergo. It is important to follow your surgeon’s instructions for post-surgical care in the days and weeks following your operation. This is likely to include lifestyle modifications, including dietary and physical restrictions. Take all medications as prescribed, and contact our office if you have any questions. Our team members will always be willing to help coach you through the post-surgical period until you are fully recovered and back to school or work.