Whether benign or malignant, the growth and removal of facial tumors can affect the soft tissue and bones, altering the shape of your face. After having a tumor removed, you may feel that you don’t look like yourself anymore. Facial reconstructive surgery can help you regain that look that is uniquely yours and improve function within your face.
Contact us online today to learn more about your options for facial tumor surgery. The Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery of Central Texas helps men and women from Austin, Round Rock and throughout Texas. Count on our team to restore both aesthetics and function through a wide range of procedures.
Overview of Facial Tumors
There are a number of different types of facial tumors. These can range from relatively benign with a minor appearance to advanced in terms of both severity and appearance.
- Cystic Hygromas: This lesion first appears as a bulge below the skin’s surface. Often appearing without pain or other symptoms, this cyst is often missed until it is large enough to make a visible lump. The cysts may be present at birth or may develop in response to inflammation, lymphatic obstruction or trauma.
- Dermoid Cysts: Almost always benign, these cysts contain different types of mature cells like skin tissue, hair and even teeth. They often go unnoticed until their size becomes large enough to cause pain or discomfort.
- Fibrous Dysplasia: These bony tumors can occur anywhere on the skeleton. Although present at birth, growth is so slow that they usually go unnoticed for years. When the growth occurs in the face, other features can become displaced. Surgery can remove both the tumor and the affected bone.
- Neurofibromatosis: Initially evident as flat patches that look like birthmarks, these tumors can evolve into large overgrowths of skin and soft tissue. While not often cancerous, this disease can impact skin, nerve and bone tissue. Removal often requires repeated maintenance surgeries.
In addition to those listed above, a number of different cancers, including skin cancer, can cause tumor growth in the face, neck and head. Treatments can include radiation, chemotherapy or a combination of both along with surgery.
Understanding the Procedure
The process for surgical treatment of facial tumors depends on the size and type of the tumor, as well as the level of correction needed. Small tumors may be barely noticeable and any remaining scars after removal can be easily improved with fat transfer or dermal fillers. More extensive tumor growth may require partial facial reconstructive surgery to rebuild bone structure after removal. Soft tissue may need to be rebuilt as well.
Tumors near the eye area may require reconstructive surgery for eye conditions, while those removed from on or around the nose may need rhinoplasty. While injectables are an excellent temporary solution for repairing soft tissue, facial implants provide more permanent structural repair if needed. Mouth and jaw repair can also be included as part of reconstruction after tumor removal.
Recovery and Results
Most people experience some initial discomfort after their facial reconstructive surgery. The recovery time varies depending on the level of correction needed. Bruising and swelling are expected, but fade away over the first few days after surgery. Most people can return to work in about one to two weeks, depending on whether additional treatments were performed in conjunction.
Facial reconstructive surgery from the Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery of Central Texas helps resolve your appearance following the removal of a facial tumor, restoring the normal lines of the face as well as ensuring proper function. After surgery, you can expect your face to look much more like your old self again. Function of the affected area should also be improved as well.