Secondary facial reconstruction is a general category of craniofacial surgery that refers to patients who have already had one or more facial procedures performed and desire (or require) a secondary reconstructive surgery. There may be any number of reasons that a patient would undergo secondary facial reconstruction, including but not limited to:
- Enhance the results of previous surgeries
- Improve aesthetic appearance after functional craniofacial surgery
- Revise the outcome of previous surgeries
A patient who has already undergone facial reconstructive surgery – for example, after trauma or a tumor resection – and is unhappy with the outcome may be an ideal candidate for secondary facial reconstruction. Alternatively, a candidate may be a patient who has undergone facial surgery previously but requires multiple procedures in order to fully correct a defect or issue caused by trauma.
It is always of the utmost importance to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon with comprehensive experience and expertise before making the decision to undergo secondary facial reconstructive surgery.
When you schedule a consultation with the Plastic Surgery Clinic of Chicago, you will meet with a board-certified plastic surgeon that specializes in craniofacial and reconstructive surgery. Your surgeon will perform a full facial evaluation during your consultation and discuss both your aesthetic and functional goals with you. We will review your entire medical history to ensure that you are an ideal candidate for secondary facial reconstruction, and we are always happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have.
The way in which secondary reconstructions are performed varies greatly according to each patient’s individual needs and the extent of the corrections to be carried out. Such corrections may include amending facial asymmetries, placing implants (facial implants), repositioning bone (osteotomies, orthognathic surgery), revising soft tissue and muscle (scar revision), or filling in defects with fat (fat grafting).
Recovery from secondary facial reconstruction will also vary according to the necessary corrections. Before undergoing any procedures, your plastic surgeon will review all aspects of the process, including recovery and any potential risks that may be associated with it.
Secondary facial reconstruction is a highly personalized procedure, and as such, it is difficult to provide an approximate cost. Be sure to discuss all costs with your plastic surgeon during your consultation. Your medical insurance may cover some or all of the cost associated with secondary facial reconstruction, so contact your provider before undergoing the procedure.
If you believe you are a candidate for secondary facial reconstruction, please call us at the Plastic Surgery Clinic of Chicago to schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon. Our clinic is dedicated to excellent patient care and the safest, most innovative techniques. We will never perform a procedure unless we are certain that it is the best course of treatment for you.
All surgical procedures by the Plastic Surgery Clinic of Chicago are performed at top hospitals in Chicago and CMS or AAAASF-certified surgical centers for safety.