Facial Reconstruction Surgery Following A Serious Accident


July 04, 2011

Plastic surgeons perform almost one million reconstructive surgeries each year. These types of surgeries are not done to make someone look younger or change someone's appearance.

Reconstructive surgery is often done for people who have suffered from a serious accident. If someone's face or body has been disfigured in an accident, a plastic surgeon can perform reconstructive surgery and attempt to restore the face or body to what it looked like before the accident.

Facial plastic surgery is probably the most risky of any plastic surgery because it is the most visible to other people and it involves the eye area, the nose and the mouth, which are all areas that have to function correctly in order for us to be able to utilize our senses. Often when people are involved in a serious auto accident, one of the areas of the body that can become seriously damaged 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 also frequently are ejected from the vehicle in a car accident and land on their face.

Most people don't want excessive scarring on an area like their face so they will go beyond normal surgery to repair the damage. Motor vehicle accident victims may undergo reconstructive surgery to return the facial features to as near as normal as possible. The selection of a skilled plastic surgeon to perform this type of surgery is paramount to success so a person needs to do their homework before moving forward.

Picking Your Doctor

Every surgery is risky and can result in complications, but a professional, accredited, qualified doctor will go to extraordinary lengths to minimize the risks to his or her patients. It is always a good idea to conduct some research into your surgeon's track record of surgeries, which you can check this with your state medical board.

A reputable plastic surgeon should be a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon. He or she should be a Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. They also should have hospital affiliations and work only in accredited ambulatory centers with board certified anesthesiologists. It is recommended that a person seek a referral from someone that has had a similar successful surgery.

When Things Go Wrong

As with all things in life, there is the risk, when undergoing plastic reconstructive surgery, that there can be complications. There are a number of reasons why complications can arise in a surgery procedure.  Examples include:

  • Surgeon is using outdated techniques
  • Surgeon is poorly trained or under-experienced
  • Poor assessment the underlying problem
  • An error is made in executing the technique

When your surgeon botches your reconstructive surgery, including due to any of the above reasons, he can be liable for medical malpractice. Not only can a bad surgery cause you embarrassment and mental anguish; it can seriously damage integral parts of your facial structure that could be critical to the use of your sensory organs.

Bad reconstructive surgery can result in damaged nerves, muscle damage, excessive bleeding, and internal bleeding. Not only can these cause permanent disfigurement and scarring but also death. Most patients who experience a bad surgical experience end up having to go to yet another surgeon to have the mistake repaired.

Who Will Pay?

If you are undergoing reconstructive surgery due to an accident, such as a Georgia car accident, then the insurance company should give its blessing and cover the cost of the surgery. Coverage disputes can arise due to the gray area that exists between the definition of cosmetic surgery and reconstructive surgery. Your surgeon will have to be in touch with the insurance company to explain the medical reasons for the surgery and give them details of the case.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a serious Atlanta auto accident, you may have a right to compensation for your loss including the need for plastic surgery to correct disfigurement. Our experienced Georgia accident lawyers are available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.

Category: Auto Accidents

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