Stephen McCulley, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeon. MBChb, FCS(SA)Plast, FRCS(plast)

Post-Accident Surgery Can Get Your Life Back To Normal

After a serious accident it is hard to imagine that your life will ever be back to normal. Whether it is a car accident, a fall or a fight, there are plenty of things that can change in the human body after a traumatic incident. The most important thing after an accident is to make sure you become healthy again as quickly as possible. However, once your body has recovered physically, you may find yourself considering aesthetic surgery to help get your life back to the way it once was.

In many accidents, especially car accidents, it is easy to cause serious damage to the head and face. When an air bag opens to protect the driver and passenger of a car it can sometimes cause serious damage to a person’s face while protecting their organs and keeping them alive. If a person does not have an air bag and they are in a serious road accident they may damage their head and face by hitting the steering wheel, the dashboard or even the window depending on the impact of the collision.

A person who has been in such a serious road accident is likely to suffer at least a broken nose. Many people will also have deep gashes across their face and perhaps even have fractures in their skull and jaw. There are many cosmetic surgery procedures to help people who have been in serious accidents and want their face to look like it did before the accident happened.

The first step will be to stitch up the most serious gashes. This is a simple procedure and can be performed in any hospital. Stitches usually stay in for a week or two weeks to help cuts heal properly. If a person has more serious injuries, like fractures that have caused the shape of the face to change, they may have to see a more specialist surgeon to discuss what options are available to them.

After a traumatic accident, cosmetic surgery will probably not be the first thing on your mind. Many people find that having cosmetic surgery helps them live through a traumatic injury as they do not have to live with the scars of their accident. If you have had an accident and feel you could benefit from cosmetic surgery you should contact a surgeon to see what kind of surgery would be available to you.

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