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Facial Reconstruction Surgery Following Serious Car Accidents

September 05, 2016

Plastic surgeons perform almost a million reconstructive surgeries each year. These types of surgeries often are performed for reasons other than to make someone look younger or to change someone's appearance. Reconstructive procedures are frequently performed on individuals who have been involved in a serious motor vehicle accident. If someone's face or body has been disfigured in a collision, a plastic surgeon might be able to perform reconstructive surgery and attempt to restore the person's face or body to what it looked like before the auto accident.

Facial surgery is probably the riskiest of any plastic surgery operations because the results are the most visible to other people. Surgical procedures in this region of the body also involve the eye, nose, and mouth.  When people are involved in a serious auto accident, one of the areas of the body that often endures serious damage is the face. Airbags can cause lacerations, or a vehicle occupant's face can strike the windshield or dashboard in the event the airbag malfunctions. People ejected from their vehicle in a crash often experience severe facial disfigurement from impact with the road surface.

Many motorists do not want significant scarring to their face, so they will go beyond normal surgery to repair the damage. Motor vehicle accident victims may undergo reconstructive surgery to return their facial features to their pre-accident appearance to the extent this is possible. The selection of a skilled plastic surgeon to perform this type of surgery is paramount to success, so a person should research the right doctor before having any type of surgery.

Searching for Highly Qualified Plastic Surgeons

Every surgery is risky and can result in complications, but a professional, accredited, qualified doctor should go to extraordinary lengths to minimize the risks to his or her patients. Car accident victims considering plastic surgery should conduct research into their surgeon's track record of similar surgeries. Patients can contact the state medical board to confirm their surgeon has the proper credentials and no record of discipline.

The selection of a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon also can improve the probability of a positive experience. Other distinctions to look for might include Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. The plastic surgeon also should have hospital affiliations and work only in accredited ambulatory centers with board certified anesthesiologists. Patients also may want to seek out a referral from someone that has had a similar successful surgery.

When Things Go Wrong

When undergoing reconstructive plastic surgery, there are risks of experiencing complications. There are several reasons why complications can arise in a surgery procedure, such as:

• The surgeon is using outdated techniques.
• The surgeon is poorly trained or lacks experience.
• The surgeon makes a poor assessment of the underlying problem.

If a surgeon botches your reconstructive surgery due to any of the above reasons, he or she might be liable for medical malpractice. A bad surgery could cause you embarrassment and mental anguish; and the procedure also can seriously damage integral parts of your facial structure, which can compromise the use of your sensory organs.

Bad reconstructive surgery can result in damaged nerves, impaired muscles, excessive bleeding, and internal bleeding. Sub-standard plastic surgery also might cause permanent disfigurement, scarring, and death. Most patients who undergo a bad surgical experience end up having to go to yet another surgeon to have the mistake repaired.

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If you or someone close to you has suffered disfiguring injuries in a motor vehicle collision, our experienced Atlanta auto collision lawyers diligently strive to obtain a full recovery for our clients. Our lawyers represent those who have suffered serious injuries throughout Georgia and in the Southeast. 

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