There are millions of people all over the world who were either born with altered facial features or experienced an accident or disease that has changed their facial appearances. The most common of these facial abnormalities include broken facial bones, cleft lip, cleft palate, facial burns, birthmarks, deformed skull and many more. Since it cannot be denied that the face is one of the most visible and important part of the body, many people are finding ways to relieve themselves of these deformities.
To solve this problem, almost six million Americans have turned to facial reconstructive surgery. Facial reconstructive surgery is a kind of plastic surgery that is done to improve the appearance of facial defects and regain the functions of the affected facial features. Although this type of surgery is considered as plastic surgery and is done by cosmetic surgeons, it must not be confused with cosmetic surgery. Cosmetic surgery is performed to enhance the appearance of the face, while facial reconstructive surgery on the other hand, is primarily done to restore the function of the affected area.
There are several types of facial reconstructive surgeries and some of the most popular are cleft lip repair, rhinoplasty or corrective nose jobs, scar revision and face trauma reconstruction. The procedures used in each depend on the severity of the abnormality. For example, simple camouflage techniques can be used for normal scars. However, for deeper and more serious ones, doctors may perform multiple operations and replace dead tissues to achieve the desired outcome.
Even if facial reconstructive surgery is the only way to treat facial deformities caused by congenital problems or traumatic experiences, many are still hesitating to undergo such procedures for two reasons: fear and cost. Just like any other operations, it is just normal to be scared because of the risks and pain involved in this type of surgery. One way of reducing fear is by researching about the procedure and consulting the right cosmetic surgeon. A good surgeon will surely give proper advice and help the patient prepare for the operation. As for the cost, unlike cosmetic surgery, facial reconstructive surgery is usually covered by health insurance so it should not be a problem. And even if it was not, every single dollar paid would be worth it since these types of surgeries are done for the patient's health and not just for aesthetic purposes.