Plastic Surgery to the Rescue
November 22, 2013
Upwards of 40 percent of all sports-related injuries involve the face. Of these injuries, the most common are bone fractures and soft tissue damage to the cheek bone, jaw bone, and nose. They can be from collisions with another player or a strike from sports equipment.
While some injuries can be treated on the field, some require specialized care from a facial plastic surgeon. Benefits include minimized scarring and bones that heal symmetrically. Here are the common facial plastic surgeries and treatments used for sports injuries.
For injuries to the nose, rhinoplasty offers an excellent way to reshape the nose to eliminate a crooked or asymmetrical appearance. As incisions can be made within the nose, there is often no visible scarring.
The procedure begins with the administration of a sedative and then local anesthesia. Once the anesthesia takes effect, the incisions are made. Once the incisions are made, cartilage and bone are trimmed and shaped to restructure the appearance of the nose. Breathing issues may also be improved.
Following a rhinoplasty, bruising and swelling are the most common side effects. You may also deal with oily skin. Swelling reduces over a span of months, so you cannot expect to see the final results immediately. In fact, you may see gradual changes for a year.
In 2012, members of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) listed the average surgeon's fee for rhinoplasty as being $5,541. Added to this cost are other items like anesthesiologist's fees and facility fees. Health insurance may not cover cosmetic rhinoplasty, but if you are having problems breathing your insurance company may agree to cover some or all of the cost.
Scar Revision Techniques
When the skin breaks and heals, a scar forms. A facial plastic surgeon is an expert in suturing lacerations to leave as small a scar as possible. Most athletes, however, simply have their cut stitched up by a team doctor. This can leave an unsightly scar.
A facial cosmetic surgeon can offer scar revision techniques. One of the common techniques is to excise the scar tissue and use fine sutures in an irregular pattern that minimizes scarring. Sometimes the surgeon can move the scar to a natural crease or line to make it easier to hide the scar.
For scars that are narrow but sink into the skin, injections of collagen can help. Collagen fills in the depression. The one concern with this method is that the collagen will need replenishing occasionally.
Microdermabrasion is also useful in reducing the appearance of a scar. A fine crystal powder is applied to the skin using special instruments. This buffs off the top layers of the skin and reduces the appearance of the scar.
When it comes to scar revision and microdermabrasion, the AAFPRS lists the average surgeon fees as $1,700 and $124 respectively. There will be additional fees added to this cost that cover things like anesthesia and the facility.
Watch the Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery's video to learn more about their services. Dr. Masri is Michigan's first board certified facial plastic surgeon. To schedule a consultation to discuss your sports-related injury in Michigan, call (313) 945-9800 in Dearborn or (866) 487-3223 in Birmingham.