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Craniomaxillofacial trauma is injury to the complex soft tissues or fractures of the underlying skeleton of the head and face. The goal of reconstructive surgery for the treatment of craniomaxillofacial trauma is to repair the damaged bones and restore the patient’s facial appearance and function.
At Albany Medical Center, our plastic surgeons have experience in craniofacial surgeries, specifically ones involving craniomaxillofacial trauma. By correctly diagnosing and treating facial fractures, our surgeons can prevent permanent functional and cosmetic deformities to a patient’s head and face. Although there are a number of surgical techniques used to treat craniomaxillofacial trauma, advances in craniofacial surgery are offering new hope for patients with pre-existing post-traumatic deformities.
After facial reconstructive surgery, surgical dressings are applied and medications to minimize pain and reduce the possibility of infection are prescribed. A long-term follow-up may include revision surgery six to 12 months after the initial facial trauma surgery. Full recovery from craniomaxillofacial trauma may take a year of longer depending on the extent of injury.