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Facial Fractures

Facial Fractures

What are Facial Fractures?

A facial fracture is any broken bone in the face. The most common facial fractures the nose, cheekbones, eye socket, and jaws. The fracture may be the result of a car accident, sports trauma, or personal injury. Whatever the cause, the patient often feels emotional distress about the potential for both function concerns and a change in facial appearance. Dr. Derderian is a craniofacial surgeon with expertise in treating facial fractures. He frequently cares for patients with facial fractures to restore their function and appearance.

What Are the Symptoms of Facial Fractures?

The symptoms created by facial fractures vary depending on which bones are injured. The most common symptoms are severe pain, bruising, swelling, numbness, difficulty breathing through the nose, teeth not fitting together correctly (malocclusion) and double vision. If the cheek bones and/or eye socket are involved you may have a flatness or sunken appearance around the cheeks and eyes, or the yes may appear to have a different shape.

If you have suffered a facial fracture, it is important to schedule an appointment with Dr. Derderian as soon as possible so that he can assess the injury, determine if there is any other damage, and recommend a course of action. It is important to treat facial fractures within 7-14 days, before the bones heal in the abnormal position. Dr. Derderian will perform a physical examination and may order X-rays or other diagnostic tests to assess the full extent of the damage.

How Does Dr. Derderian Treat Facial Fractures?

The treatment plan depends on the location and severity of your fractures. Dr. Derderian will review CT scans so you can see where the fractures are and he will discuss the details of the treatment plan. The also recovery depends on the type of fracture. Most patients are able to return to work or school in 7-10 days after surgery.

Dr. Derderian’s Approach to Facial Fractures

Dr. Derderian had extensive training in facial trauma at New York University. After completing his residency Dr. Derderian did a fellowship in craniofacial surgery at the University of Pennsylvania where he specialized in performing complex reconstruction of the skull and facial bones. Dr. Derderian is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and he is a nationally recognized expert in craniofacial surgery. Craniofacial surgery makes up over 50% of Dr. Derderian’s clinical practice and it is also the focus of his clinical research.

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