Reconstruction Skin Flaps & Grafts
Many patients with facial wounds seek reconstructive treatment after an injury, disease or surgery to restore the appearance and function of the skin in prominent areas such as the lips, nose, and eyelids. These treatments cover up unsightly scars and wounds, while also restoring flexibility to areas that may have stiffened as a result of scar contractures.
Skin grafts involve removing skin from another part of the body to be placed over the site of the wound. The graft is excised through a minimally invasive procedure and then secured in place over the wound with stitches. In some cases, a graft may be created at the site of the wound and moved to a less prominent location. Flaps involve similar treatment, but may also include transplantation of the underlying muscle and cartilage, and may stay attached to original blood vessels when performed using microsurgery.
These treatments help to reduce or eliminate the appearance of scars and expedite the healing process so that patients do not have to live with unsightly and often disfiguring wounds on their face. While some scarring will likely be visible, it will be much less noticeable than if the wound was not treated at all. Your doctor will determine which type of treatment is best for you after a thorough evaluation of your condition.