Maxillofacial surgery in adults
This surgery focuses mainly on reconstructing injuries on the bones of the skull, face and neck. The most common are caused by traffic accidents but can also be birth diseases, problems related to the jaw or tumors of the head and neck.
Maxillofacial surgery also includes all types of facial reconstruction after burns, or skin lesions that may have been caused by skin cancer. In addition, as it goes hand in hand with plastic surgery will always seek to reduce the consequences of scarring.
Maxillofacial surgery in babies
Regarding childhood problems, the most common are birth defects such as cleft lip, palate or nose. In pediatric patients, it is important to consult at an early age since this way a successful result can be achieved and development deficiencies such as low weight and language delay can be avoided.
The two most common types of conditions in newborns are:
Cleft lip: it is a defect in the lip that can go from a small notch to a fully split lip. It is used when the child is very small, between 6 and 12 weeks to perform reconstruction surgery.
Cleft palate: this surgery can wait a little longer to perform. The baby must be between 9 and 12 months old and it consists of reconstructing the palate and in some cases it will require retouching the nose. It is also common to use a prosthesis on the child until it can be operated.