Facial trauma

  • Alternative Names

    Maxillofacial injury; Midface trauma; Facial injury; LeFort injuries


    Patients who cannot function normally or who have significant deformity will need surgery.

    The goal of treatment is to:

    • Control bleeding
    • Create a clear airway
    • Fix broken bone segments with titanium plates and screws
    • Leave the fewest scars possible
    • Rule out other injuries
    • Treat the fracture

    Treatment should be immediate, as long as the person is stable and there are no neck fractures or life-threatening injuries.

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    Expectations (prognosis)

    Patients generally do very well with proper treatment. You will probably look different than you did before your injury. You may need to have more surgery 6 - 12 months later.


    General complications include, but are not limited to:

    • Bleeding
    • Uneven face (asymmetry)
    • Infection
    • Brain and nervous system (neurologic) complications
    • Numbness or weakness

    Calling your health care provider

    Go to the emergency room or call the local emergency number (such as 911) if you have a severe injury to your face.