Facial Surgery Solutions

Craniofacial surgeries correct damage or disfigurement of the head and neck

Plastic surgeons often perform reconstructive surgery on the head and neck following injury from trauma, tumor removal, prior surgery or congenital conditions.

Because of the sensitive and very visible areas of the head and neck, conditions affecting this body region require attention from plastic surgeons with advanced training and surgical skill.

At Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital New Brunswick, our surgeons are trained in the latest surgical procedures, including microsurgical techniques, to restore shape and mobility to the unique anatomy of your face and provide natural-looking results.

Head and neck reconstruction procedures can be complex and involve treatment from experts in a variety of specialties. Our plastic surgeons work closely with teams from other departments in the hospital including otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat), neurology and surgical oncology to coordinate individualized care.

Procedures We Perform

We offer a variety of surgical options for head and neck reconstruction. Some of the head and neck surgeries we perform include:

  • Facial Fracture Repair
    As a Level I trauma center, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital cares for patients with major injuries including facial bone fractures. Our plastic surgeons will work with the trauma team to evaluate, plan, and perform surgery to repair broken facial bones. Often these surgeries require the placement of small metal plates and screws into the bones to secure them in place and prevent future deformity or loss of function.
  • Correction of Facial or Skull Deformities
    A patient may be referred to a plastic surgeon for evaluation of an existing facial or skull deformity, or for consultation to reconstruct an anticipated defect following a planned surgery. Our plastic surgeons will evaluate the problem and collaborate with your other surgeons to perform the necessary procedures. These surgeries may require patients to undergo a CT scan to better evaluate the facial or skull bones. Our plastic surgeons have expertise in using CT scans to virtually plan surgery and design custom implants when necessary.
  • Soft Tissue Reconstruction
    Deformities of the face can result from unintentional trauma or from surgery to remove a tumor. These injuries may involve cosmetically sensitive areas like the eyelids, lips, nose, forehead, or cheeks. Our plastic surgeons can employ the latest techniques to repair injured facial structures, while minimizing or hiding scars.
  • Facial Reanimation
    Paralysis to half the face can result from surgery or injury to the facial nerve. Facial paralysis is devastating, and can lead to difficulty closing the eye, or weakness of the mouth. Our plastic surgeons are trained in both static and dynamic techniques to improve facial function and symmetry in patients with facial paralysis. These techniques include placement of eyelid weights, nerve transfers, nerve grafting, and functional muscle transplantation.

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