How is facial asymmetry treated after an accident?

Surgical correction of zygomatic arch displacements and diplopia

A relatively symmetrical face is considered a sign of health and aesthetics, and an accident can disrupt this harmony and result in apparent asymmetries that affect appearance and function.

Various surgical techniques

As a first step, it is crucial to diagnose the extent of the asymmetry accurately. Analyzing the facial structures using three-dimensional imaging techniques, among other things, makes it possible to plan the best surgical strategy.

The surgical correction of asymmetries is usually carried out under general anaesthesia and can generally include the following techniques:

  1. Osteotomy: Repositioning of bones to restore symmetry.
  2. Implants: Insertion of materials to add volume or support structures.
  3. Soft tissue manipulation: Adjusting muscle, fat, or skin for a balanced appearance.

Double vision as a result of a damaged orbital floor

If the floor of the eye socket (“orbit”) is damaged in an accident, it can cause someone to see double vision. This happens when the eye muscles that are affected by the injury can no longer align the eyes properly. Surgery to treat this problem involves freeing the trapped eye muscle and restoring the eye socket to its original shape.

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