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FaCIAL injury TREATMENT
Facial injury / trauma is quite common these days. It accounts for approximately 10% of the total number of injuries and can be encountered at any age with a variety of lesions, from simple to complex, due to many different causes. Thus, the demand of facial trauma treatment has been increased over the past few years, especially in Vietnam – One of the most urbanized countries in the world.
Facial Injury Causes:
Distinguishing the teeth underbite and jaw underbite is very important to apply the correct treatment method to each case.
- Traffic accidents account for 70-80% of the total case
- Labor accidents
- Personal accidents
- Sport accidents
Depending on the nature and severity of damage, facial injury can be classified into two categories: soft tissue injuries and bone fractures.
Soft Tissue Injuries
Soft tissue facial injuries include:
- Rubbing wound
- Hit wound
- Torn wound
- Penetrated wound
- Dripped wound
- Lacking wound
- Burn wound
- Fire-caused wound
The soft area of the face has a very rich vascular system, so it usually has good nourishing and healing conditions in most cases. However, if not treated properly, it is easy to leave complications such as bad scarring, shrinking scarring, causing loss of aesthetics and hindering function.
The facial area has skin-attached muscles that responsible for emotional expression, governed by the facial nerve (VII nerve). They are very susceptible to deep tear wounds, also causing localized facial paralysis or entire lesions. At the same time, the salivary glands and ducts can also be broken causing prolonged saliva detection.
For facial soft tissue injuries, it is necessary to properly and adequately assess lesions. At the same time, early treatment, good dialysis, stop bleeding, close stitching, ensure good aesthetic function, and have appropriate treatment plan when damage to important structures. This requires specialized therapeutic interventions such as plastic surgery, microsurgery.
Principles of dealing with facial injury
The general rule of thumb when dealing with facial injuries like any other type of bodily injury is to always put the patient’s life first, treating high-risk serious injuries is a priority. For facial injury, functional and aesthetic treatment always go together, requiring meticulousness and ingenuity.