Facial reconstructive surgery is not limited to just one type of surgery or procedure. It consists of many procedures, each designed to address the particular concerns. For example, nasal reconstruction is just one type of targeted approach to reversing facial injuries and deformities.
Dr. Bustillo uses a wide range of available techniques to solve real-life facial trauma issues. The applications of facial reconstructive surgery are far-reaching, from facial trauma to skin cancer reconstruction.
The Emotional Trauma Caused by Facial Deformities
Regardless of the cause of your facial aberration, it’s likely affecting more than just the way you look. Research has shown that a significant amount of a person’s self-esteem is linked to the way they are perceived by others. Anyone with facial damage may feel self-conscious about the issue. They may try to hide it in social situations, avoid photographs, and stay at home as much as possible. This is not a healthy and happy way to live.
Long after your wounds have healed, facial deformities can cause incredible psychological and emotional trauma. The process of correcting your trauma can be long and involved, but the payoffs will be worth it. If facial trauma or deformities are getting in the way of your personal happiness and contentment, it’s time to do something about it.
Nasal Reconstruction Surgery Requires a Skilled Surgeon
The nose is a delicate structure, making it susceptible to damage and internal trauma. Likewise, reconstruction of this intricate part of the facial anatomy can be tricky and requires a highly specialized surgeon. Nasal reconstruction is a specialty of Dr. Bustillo, so his patients receive top-notch care and surgical expertise.
The nose provides every surgeon with a challenge: a three-dimensional structure filled with complex grooves and ridges, plus important functional elements. When looking for the right surgeon to reconstruct your nose following trauma or injury, it’s essential to choose a facial plastic surgeon with a special interest in this type of surgery to ensure the best results.
Nasal Reconstruction for a Cleft Lip and Palate
Nasal reconstruction surgery is also used to correct cleft lip and palate deformities. This condition results from a birth defect and can affect the roof of the mouth, ear tubes, upper lip, and nose. Surgeries are typically performed starting at 9 to 12 months of age, although older children and adults are eligible for this reconstructive procedure. Dr. Bustillo volunteers in Guatemala annually to treat those who were born with a cleft lip or other deformities – he has also traveled to Vietnam and Kenya.
The Impact of Facial Traumas
Often caused by blunt force, a facial trauma can impact many areas of the face including the upper and lower jaws, cheeks, nose, and forehead. Car and motorcycle crashes, workplace accidents, sports injuries, and violence rank among the top causes of facial trauma.
Patients who have experienced a facial injury will notice:
- A change in feeling in one or more areas of the face
- Deformed or uneven bone structures in the face
- Trouble breathing due to swelling or bleeding
- Lost teeth
- Swelling around the eyes that may affect vision
While your first step following facial trauma is usually the nearest emergency room, after that you will also likely visit a facial plastic surgeon.
Lacerations and trauma to the face can cause scarring, facial nerve damage, injury to the tear ducts, loss of body parts (such as the eye or ear), and more. Facial reconstructive surgery can relieve some of this stress, reversing much of the trauma to rebuild the affected areas of the face. Following surgery laser treatments, skin resurfacing, and dermabrasion can be used to treat some of the residual scarring.
The Many Types of Facial Reconstruction Procedures
Just as there are many types of injuries, conditions, or illnesses that may affect the face, there is also a wide range of procedures designed to correct them.
Facial skin cancer removal can leave behind deep scars and missing tissue. Multiple types of cancer can affect the face; Dr. Bustillo will carefully choose the reconstruction surgery needed to repair the damage.
Facial paralysis can leave the face asymmetrical. While surgery cannot reverse the paralysis itself, certain procedures can be applied to adjust the features of the paralyzed side to look more even and natural. Botulinum toxin treatments, like Botox and Dysport, can also be used to correct drooping and sagging in these situations.
Growth disorders can affect the hard and soft tissues of the face. These craniofacial syndromes can lead to an abnormally shaped face or skull, as well as other individual features. Through a consultation, you can work with Dr. Bustillo to pinpoint the areas that can be corrected through surgical and nonsurgical intervention.
Contact Dr. Bustillo and Schedule Your Facial Reconstructive Consultation
Consult with an experienced and qualified facial plastic surgeon if you’re considering facial reconstruction. Dr. Andres Bustillo, M.D., F.A.C.S. is a facial plastic surgeon with extensive knowledge, experience, and outstanding qualifications. He is board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery (ABFPRS) and the American Board of Otolaryngology — Head & Neck Surgery (ABOto) — one of a select few double board certified facial plastic surgeons. As a facial specialist, he does not treat any other area of the body. This specialization allows him to get the best results for patients with a wide range of facial shapes, features, and skin types. He is always on the cutting edge of the latest advancements.
Dr. Bustillo has built his reputation as someone who produces natural, long-lasting results. Over 50 percent of his practice is dedicated to rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty. The rest is devoted to other types of facial rejuvenation surgery. He performs over 300 nasal surgeries a year. Twenty-five percent of his patients come from outside the United States. Twenty percent of his patients are other doctors and their families.
He and his team can be contacted by phone at 305-663-3380 or by email through the contact form. The office of Dr. Bustillo is here to answer your questions, and help you to plan your initial consultation. You can also directly contact our patient care coordinator, Jessica, by email. Dr. Bustillo is committed to total patient care and support through his practice based just south of Miami, in beautiful and historic Coral Gables, Florida.