Facial bone injuries must be treated promptly to ensure proper healing as well as to repair and prevent further damage to important facial structures that can affect vision, breathing, speaking and swallowing.
As with other bone injuries, the first step is to align and stabilise the bones so that they can heal properly. While a cast works well to stabilise an arm or leg bone, casts cannot be used to stabilise broken facial bones.
Depending on the location and severity of the injuries, Dr McHugh may use a series of small plates, screws and wires to hold facial bones in place. Dr. McHugh takes care to use the fewest incisions possible when repairing facial trauma for the best cosmetic results.
How are facial bone injuries treated?