Maxillofacial reconstructive surgery is reconstructive surgery on the entire facial region, including the underlying bony structures such as facial bones and jaw. While it typically is performed to improve functionality, it can be done to boost self-esteem and quality of life by creating a more “normal” appearance. Internationally, this surgery is recognized as a surgical specialty, and specialists in oral and maxillofacial reconstructive surgery have undergone extensive education and training.
Candidacy for Maxillofacial Reconstructive Surgery
Oral and maxillofacial reconstructive surgery is performed to correct a wide spectrum of injuries, defects, and deformities in the head, neck, face, and jaws and the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial region. Typically, patients are recovering from a facial trauma, cancer, or have a congenital defect.
Dr. Hamrah performs reconstructive jaw surgery on accident victims, trauma victims, post-tumor removal, and corrective surgery after an initial surgery proves unsuccessful.
The scope of maxillofacial reconstructive surgery includes the diagnosis, surgical treatment, restoration and preservation of bone and muscle functionality, and maintaining facial aesthetics.
Maxillofacial Surgery Education and Training
The training necessary to perform maxillofacial reconstructive surgery is extensive. A typical training program includes:
- 4 years of undergraduate study
- 4 years of dental study
- 4-6 years of medical and residency training
- Specialty examination in order to become certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Following schooling and training, surgeons typically pursue an advanced fellowship, which takes 1-2 years to complete and includes these areas of study:
- Craniofacial/Pediatric maxillofacial surgery
- Head and neck cancer
- Facial cosmetic surgery
- Maxillofacial trauma surgery
To learn more, please read our Maxillofacial Reconstruction Questions.
If you live in the Washington, D.C. or northern Virginia areas and are considering maxillofacial reconstructive surgery, please contact Dr. Hamrah today to schedule your personal consultation.