Facial Anomalies

Reconstructive techniques can help restore your appearance and function

If you have a facial anomaly or abnormality, it can affect your appearance as well as the way you eat, speak and breathe. Your symptoms will depend on the type of condition you have and what caused it.

Facial anomalies and abnormalities can be the result of a malformation at birth, including vascular or lymph malformations, a serious injury to the face or trauma following surgery for cancer removal. Common examples of facial abnormalities at birth include cleft palate and hemangioma.

Overview

Facial anomalies and abnormalities can be the result of a malformation at birth, including vascular or lymph malformations, a serious injury to the face or trauma following surgery for cancer removal. Common examples of facial abnormalities at birth include cleft palate and hemangioma.

The facial plastic surgeons at IU Health work exclusively on the head and neck and offer multiple facial reconstructive techniques to help restore your appearance and function. Your treatment plan will depend on the type of problem and your symptoms.

Treatment options may include:

Intra-oral Surgical Approach

This technique allows surgeons to make incisions inside the mouth, rather than on the outside of the face in order to minimize visible scars.

Fat and Skin Grafting

This technique involves taking fat or skin from another part of the body and using it to add volume in the face or to replace missing skin on the face.

Bone and Soft Tissue Transplantation

This technique involves replacing missing or disfigured parts of the face with bone and tissue from other areas of the body.

Reconstructive Treatment Options

The facial plastic surgeons at IU Health work exclusively on the head and neck and offer multiple facial reconstructive techniques to help restore your appearance and function. Your treatment plan will depend on the type of problem and your symptoms.

Treatment options may include:

Intra-oral Surgical Approach

This technique allows surgeons to make incisions inside the mouth, rather than on the outside of the face in order to minimize visible scars.

Fat and Skin Grafting

This technique involves taking fat or skin from another part of the body and using it to add volume in the face or to replace missing skin on the face.

Bone and Soft Tissue Transplantation

This technique involves replacing missing or disfigured parts of the face with bone and tissue from other areas of the body.

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