Facial reconstruction surgery is different for every patient. Some people may look to this surgery to correct traumas or injuries to the face. Others might want it to repair birth defects or alter features they dislike.
Because these surgeries are often unique, it can be hard to find the answers you’re searching for, especially when looking online.
The first person to ask about facial reconstruction surgery is your doctor. However, we know that sometimes it can be hard to fit an appointment into your busy schedule. That’s why we’ve outlined some of the most common questions patients have about facial reconstruction surgery and their answers.
If you have more questions after reading our FAQ, don’t delay in calling our office.
1.How Long Does Surgery Take?
A lot of variables affect the timing of surgery. Depending on the type of surgery you are having, it can last anywhere from one to four hours. However, most surgeries are closer to the one-hour range.
During this time, you will be under anesthesia, which means that you won’t feel a thing.
2.How Long Does it Take to Recover?
It will take about two full weeks to recover. At first, you’ll find it difficult to eat. Try to stick to soft foods and avoid drinking out of a straw.
You’ll likely experience some swelling immediately after the surgery. This will last for about a week. You’ll also have some bruising as well. This goes away in about two weeks.
3.How Much Does Facial Reconstruction Surgery Cost?
It’s difficult to pinpoint one number for facial reconstructive surgery because each is different. Also, different doctors and surgeons charge different fees.
If you’re looking for implants or augmentations, you can expect the surgery to cost $2,000-$4,000. More extensive surgeries will cost more.
4.Will My Insurance Cover It?
Insurance is tricky, because companies have different policies. However, many insurances cover reconstructive facial surgery because it’s a necessity, not elective surgery. If you’re looking for plastic surgery, that won’t be covered.
5.How Dangerous Is It?
Like any surgery, there are risks. Luckily, these risks are small compared to other procedures. Be sure to talk with your doctor to make sure you understand both the dangers and the benefits. You can minimize many risks even further by following your doctor’s orders before and after the surgery.
Facial reconstructive surgery can give you a new perspective on life. Not only do they make simple functions such as talking easier, but they often give patients more confidence as well.
Here at Northeast Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we want to do everything we can to improve your smile. Schedule a consultation with us to learn more about our facial reconstruction process.