Reconstructive Surgery Benefits: Restoring Natural Looks and Function
Reconstructive Surgery in Beverly Hills, CA, performed by Dr. Swartout, is a pivotal procedure for those who have suffered facial trauma or defects from cancer removal. It focuses on restoring both the natural appearance and functionality of the face, significantly improving the patient’s quality of life.
Restoration of Natural Appearance
Tailored techniques ensure the facial area looks as natural as possible post-surgery.
Beyond aesthetics, the surgery aims to restore the functional aspects of the face, such as movement and sensation.
Enhanced Quality of Life
The combined aesthetic and functional improvements significantly boost the patient’s confidence and daily living experience.
Revitalizing Beauty with Facial Reconstruction
Located in the heart of Beverly Hills, Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgery is proud to offer Reconstructive Surgery to correct injuries following facial trauma and to correct defects created with the removal of cancer. Like with any plastic surgery procedure, the goal of this cosmetic surgery is to restore the natural appearance of the area involved and to restore function.
Many patients come to the office after skin cancer has been removed from the face or neck by a dermatologist using Moh’s micrographic surgery. This leaves a defect in the face that may need reconstruction by a board-certified plastic surgeon, like Dr. Swartout. Many reconstructive options are available and they are specially tailored to the individual patient depending on the size and location of the skin defect and the patient’s desires.
I went to 4 of the top facial plastics rhinoplasty docs in southern california. All were great but Dr. Swartout was the best. I had my primary (open) rhinoplasty 3 years ago and was very unhappy with the results. Dr. Swartout spent an hour with me and we both agreed upon a digital image of what I wanted my nose to look like. He told me it’s important that we’re on the same page and that’s why the digital image is so important…it’s his goal to achieve that result while doing the surgery. It’s been 2 months and my nose looks fabulous.
Am I a candidate for face reconstruction?
Patients who have experienced facial injuries, cancer removal, or genetic irregularities are often candidates for a reconstructive procedure. You may be a candidate if you suffer from any of the following:
- Facial trauma such as broken or shifted cranial, cheek, or mandible bones
- Facial lacerations
- Cancer surgery that has affected the movement or appearance of your face
- Genetic malformations
Popular reconstructive procedures performed
After the initial healing period, Dr. Swartout often performs facial plastic and reconstructive procedures to reduce the scar tissue left by the burns.
Reconstructive skin grafting surgeries aim to improve the function and appearance of scarring caused by burns. Scar tissue treatments usually require several months before they start working, and new contracture scars may form even years later.
Reconstructive skin cancer surgeries are procedures where cancerous tissue is removed from the body without causing any additional scars.
If the cancer is small, then the operation may be difficult due to its proximity to the eyes, nostrils, and mouth, so this closure combines skin grafting and flap surgery. Advancement in surgical technique has made it possible for facial plastic surgeons with the right board certification to reconstruct faces so they look just like their natural counterparts.
Ear lacerations can be tricky for any doctor. Reconstructing ears requires working with multiple layers of cartilaginous tissue that can be difficult to recreate and are always risky because an imperfectly formed eardrum can affect the patient‘s overall hearing. If ears are asymmetrical an Otoplasty would be required.
If an earlobe gets cut off, it needs to be fixed immediately so that it doesn’t get infected, turn into a cauliflower ear, or cause any other complications.
A facial flap procedure is used to heal a lip injury by repairing the skin and underlying tissue. It heals both aesthetically and functionally. Effective surgical procedures for lips involve helping patients speak again after they’ve had their lips injured.
The complicated surgery involves the lips, which are made up of muscles that get their nourishment from the facial artery so additionally, fillers can also be used to repair lips damaged by injuries or lost tissue.
Skin flaps and local tissue repair
When a surgical reconstruction involves soft tissue, the surgeon usually uses local skin flaps so they can blend with skin of a similar color, thickness, and texture.
Reconstructing facial features successfully requires extensive medical experience and an expert understanding of blood vessel structure, the mechanics of the human face, and the properties of different types of tissues.
Dr. Swartout meticulously analyzes the patient’s condition before making a detailed plan for surgery. He then decides which type of procedure he will perform.
The Recovery from Facial Reconstruction Surgery
It’s impossible to say exactly when someone will be able to return to their normal activities after having this cosmetic procedure done. Depending on which type of surgery you need, some outpatient procedures can be performed at Dr. Swartout’s practice, while others may necessitate a hospital stay and/or overnight stay.
If you want to rebuild parts of your facial structure, you might use tissue from another part of your body, if these options aren’t available, then implants may be an option and each one of these options comes with its own recovery time. During the consultation, Dr. Swartout will carefully review all your treatment choices and will be able to provide you with an estimate for your recovery time.
Benjamin G. Swartout, M.D
Facial Plastic Surgeon
- Fellowship trained sub-specialist in Facial Plastic surgery who attended college at Harvard University.
- Attended medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York.
- Interned in general surgery at New York University, followed by a specialty residency in Otolaryngology – Head & Neck surgery at New York University.
- Completed a fellowship in Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he worked with Dr. Dean Toriumi.
- A member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery and the American Rhinologic Society.
- Teaches nasal surgery to residents at Harbor UCLA both to contribute to the education of future doctors and to give back to an underserved community.