Soft tissue injuries of the face: early aesthetic reconstruction in polytrauma patients

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COD: 415-418-min Categorie: ,

Achille Aveta, Paolo Casati

Ann. Ital. Chir., 2008; 79: 415-417

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Facial injuries are often accompanied by soft tissue injuries. The complexity of these injuries is represented by the potential for loss of relationships between the functional and the aesthetic subunits of the head. Most reviews of craniofacial trauma have concentrated on fractures. With this article, we want to emphasize the importance of early aesthetic reconstruction of the face in polytrauma patients. We present 13 patients with soft tissue injuries of the face, treated in our emergency department in the “day one surgery”, without “second look” procedures. The final result always restored a sense of normalcy to the face. The face is the first most visible part of the human anatomy, so, in emergency, surgeons must pay special attention also to the reconstruction of the face, in polytrauma patients.

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