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Facial Reconstructive Procedures

Facial Paralysis Treatment:
When trauma, infection, surgery or a number of other causes injures the facial nerve, the entire side of the face can droop and become immobile. The eyelids do not close with blinking, and the eye is subject to drying and severe corneal injury. This may be a heart breaking scenario for the victim or loved one’s involved in the care of such patients. But there is hope.

There are a number of methods to improve this condition. Dr. Pryor can discuss the various options available for rehabilitation of the eye and face during your consultation visit and create an individualized plan for recovery. Schedule a consultation today.

Skin Cancer Treatment:
Every year, the ozone layer of the atmosphere gets thinner and thinner; because this layer serves to protect our skin from the damaging ultraviolet rays of the sun, its depletion means that skin cancer is constantly on the rise. In fact, each year sees almost 1 million new cases of skin cancer in the United States; it is estimated that about half of Americans will develop skin cancer by the time they reach the age of 65.

The good news is that skin cancer, if found and removed early enough, has a high rate of successful treatment. Once a cancerous area of skin has been found, its stage of growth and type will be determined. Then, the area will be treated in one of the following ways:

  • Excision – removal of the area with a scalpel
  • Cryosurgery – freezing of the cancerous cells
  • Radiation therapy
  • Topical Chemotherapy – application of drugs directly to the skin
  • Mohs surgery – layer-by-layer removal of the cancerous lesion
  • Mohs Reconstruction

Mohs surgery is one effective way to remove skin cancer and reduce the chances that the cancer will return. In Mohs surgery, the initial cancerous growth itself is first removed. Then layers of tissue are removed and examined under a microscope until all of the cancerous cells are gone. Mohs surgery can leave an unsightly defect or scar, but Dr. Pryor can help to correct this. Because Mohs surgery is often used on the face, Mohs reconstruction can be an effective way of disguising scars and minimizing the damage left behind by the procedure. If you need facial reconstruction after Mohs surgery, Dr. Pryor can help.

Facial Fractures:
When an injury or accident causes facial trauma, plastic surgery can help restore function and can help recreate a normal appearance. A number of different techniques exist, and which one is chosen depends on the location and severity of injury. From simple wound closure to skin grafts, Dr. Pryor can help repair facial trauma. He also has state of the art techniques available to minimize and hide incisions from the outside world. If you or a loved one has been injured, Dr. Pryor can advise you on your surgical treatment options.

Dr. Pryor trained at one of the busiest trauma facilities in the country at the University of California Davis Medial Center in the heart of Sacramento. His ease and comfort level with facial trauma patients is high and his patient's satisfaction with the outcomes are excellent.

Fractures may occur anywhere in the head and neck region and may create severe deformities if left untreated. Fractures in and around the nose, eye, orbital vault, cheek, jaw and the remainder of the facial skeleton may be treated as an outpatient basis. A consultation may be achieved directly or through physician referral to Dr. Pryor.

Cancer reconstruction

Repair of facial cancer defects that have been created using the Mohs technique often utilize healthy adjacent skin flaps or skin grafts. Large facial cancers occasionally need to be repaired using free tissue transfer, ie skin, muscle, and/or bone from a different part of the body brought to fill the facial defect.
Cleft lip repair

Surgical correction of the cleft lip birth deformity. Typically, this procedure is performed around 3-6 months of age, and commonly involves repairing nostril asymmetry (tip rhinoplasty) as well as the lip deformity.

Cleft palate repair Surgical correction of the cleft palate birth defect. The procedure is usually perfomed around 9-12 months of age. In addition to repairing the cleft in the roof of the mouth, ear tubes are commonly placed during the procedure to help prevent ear infections.
Facial paralysis Surgery to improve the facial deformity caused by facial paralysis. Various methods are utilized with the goal of improving facial symmetry and restoring facial animation. Small weights are frequently placed in the upper eyelid to help prevent eye dryness.
Facial trauma reconstruction Correction of facial fractures and/or facial lacerations, commonly suffered during motor vehicle accidents, fights, domestic violence, athletic events, animal bites, etc....Traumatic facial fractures frequently involve the jawbone, cheekbone, the eye socket, or the brow and require realignment of the bone segments and fixation for proper healing. Traumatic facial lacerations can cause scarring, facial nerve damage, salivary duct transection, tear duct injury, or even loss of a body part (ear avulsion).
Microtia repair Surgical correction of a congenital missing ear. An ear is created using a cartilaginous framework fashioned from rib cartilage (stage I), and subsequently refined by creation of an ear lobe (stage II), and creation of a crease behind the new ear (stage III).
Scar revision Surgery to camoflauge facial scars.  There are multiple options available.  Please review the facial scar treatment link to read more.
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