Sports injuries are inevitable and can occur at any age. Those who experience facial injuries typically feel immediate pain and often observe swelling and bruising. These injuries can be very serious and may require immediate attention from a physician. Injury can be caused by blunt or sharp force trauma and, depending on the circumstances, can cause functional and cosmetic issues. The nose and ears are common areas where reconstruction to address functional needs is often needed. Scars are often inevitable in sports, but they can be minimized through surgery.
The nose is located in the center of the face, making it a prime target for injury when playing sports. Whether it was a ball, an elbow or a stick that damaged the nose, it may require surgery. Rhinoplasty can change the shape and function of the nose. One of the most common techniques used to address sports injuries during rhinoplasty is osteotomy which involves removing or filing down a hump or bump on the nasal bridge. Other common practices involve changing the tip of the nose, and improving the overall shape and structure of the nose. Nose grafts may be needed during surgery after an injury where the angles of the nose or projection and shape are changed. The graft can widen, lengthen, and change the tip of the nose. These options will improve the appearance of the nose. When surgery is being discussed, the ethnicity of the individual will influence the style of the nose and will relate to ethnic features that the individual has. This makes this form of surgery very customized and unique.
Rhinoplasty procedures are performed while the patient is under general or local anesthesia. The duration of the surgery is typically not more than two hours and a split will be placed on the nose afterward for the healing process. The nose will also have other gauze and dressings applied which can usually be removed after one week. The large amount of packing that is placed in the nose after surgery can usually be removed the next day. Swelling and bruising are common.
Scars are not uncommon in sports, and they can occur from small or larger injuries. When the injury and resulting scar occur on the face, it can be particularly worrisome. Scar revision options are a great way to improve the facial appearance following sports injuries and boost self confidence. Many scar revision techniques are available and careful consideration will be taken to determine what the best approach is. Scar removal can minimize the appearance of a scar, but may not be able to completely eliminate it. This is an important realistic expectation for the patient to have. Realistic expectations are important in any form of surgery that is being performed.
Surgical scar revision surgery is completed in a surgical setting or hospital where local or general anesthesia is administered. Two common techniques involve removing the scar all together or repositioning the scar. When the scar is fully removed from the area, an incision is made in the skin and the scar is removed. The skin is then closed very carefully with small stitches to create a fine line scar. This careful technique can provide a smaller, less visible scar than the one previously in the location. Relocating the scar is known as Z-Plasty and repositions the scar to make it more hidden and appear natural in the skin. Usually, the scar is hidden in creases or folds in the skin. While the scar will be visible during the healing process, it will fade over time. Bruising and swelling in the area are very normal and medication can be administered for any pain experienced. Non-surgical alternatives in scar revision may include topical treatments, injectables, or skin resurfacing.
Ear reconstruction can be performed on children and adults who obtain sports-related injuries. Once the ears are almost fully developed, between the ages of four and six, the surgery can be performed. Ear reconstruction surgery can take five hours to complete and is performed in a hospital setting with general anesthesia. This surgery requires artistry and skill to sculpt the ear. Cartilage from other areas of the body, typically the ribs, are often utilized to reconstruct the ear. The cartilage is reshaped and molded to improve the look of the ear. Depending on how much reconstruction needs to be done, more than one procedure may be needed. Swelling and redness will occur after surgery and the recovery process should last three weeks.
Many individuals experience sports related injuries and as a result may desire or need corrective surgery. Rhinoplasty, scar revision, and ear reconstruction are common procedures completed on athletes. Dr. Mounsey combines his technical skills and artistic vision when performing these surgeries to achieve outstanding results. Contact his office at 416-438-2499 to schedule a consultation and see what options are available to make you feel more confident.