Facial tumors can be either benign or malignant, and may affect either the soft tissues of the face, bone structure or both. With the right treatment, facial reconstructive surgery restores normal form and function following the removal of a tumor or growth. For men and women living with facial tumors, reconstructive facial surgery offers a solution to improve both health and appearance.
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, it’s regularly 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 go unnoticed for years. When the growth occurs in the face, other features are displaced. Surgery removes 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. 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 scar after removal can be easily resolved with fat transfer or dermal filler. 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 require reconstructive surgery for eye conditions, while those removed from on or around the nose need rhinoplasty. While injectables are an excellent temporary solution for repairing soft tissue, facial implants provide structural repair if needed. Mouth and jaw repair can also be included as part of reconstruction after tumor removal.
Recovery and Results
Most of our patients 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. Patients can return to work in about a week or two, depending on whether additional treatments are needed for their condition.
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.