Craniofacial surgery is a procedure designed to correct birth defect or restore normal appearance after an accident or cancer treatment to the face or head. Apart from cosmetic fixes, the procedures associated with craniofacial surgery also involve moving soft tissue and bone from one part of the body to restore symmetry and appearance of the head or face.
It’s a complex procedure, and depending on the part of the head or face being treated varies significantly in its approach. However it is generally considered safe, and offers quick fixes to long standing defects. It all depends on the experts performing the procedure.
To learn more about this procedure and how it can help you call our experts at +971 4 3941090.
Cleft Lip & Palate
Facial clefts or birth defects are congenital deformities and can be corrected by reconstructive surgery. The best time to seek surgical treatment is within the first year of your child’s birth.
Surgery to close the gap in the lip is usually performed 3 months after birth, while the procedure to close the gap in the palate is usually performed around 6 to 8 months of age. Both operations are done under general anesthesia and involve a hospital stay of no more than three to five days.
As the child grows, further surgery may be needed to adjust the appearance of the lip, nose and the palate function. A bone graft can be used for covering the a gap in the gums
Speech and language therapy, along with specialized orthodontic treatment can be used to ensure best results.
Facial Bone fractures
Fracture of the facial bones is common in high velocity injuries. However, unlike other fractures, facial fractures rarely require urgent surgery. Often this type of surgery is performed after the swelling has subsided – which could take up to 2 weeks
The combined resources of a craniofacial team provide coordinated fracture management which often involves surgery under anaesthesia.
Jaw surgery is one of our specialties. It’s a procedure designed to correct an over bite/under bite, fix developmental problem, or as a final procedure in reconstructing a cleft lip/palate. The procedure dramatically impacts an individual’s appearance, and is commonly performed through incisions inside the mouth.
At Cocoona, we use titanium plates and screws to reposition a patient’s jaw line. The repositioning process uses a small metal key to gradually expand the jaw bone twice a day. The jaw expands at a rate of two-centimeter every two weeks. Therefore unlike most other surgical procedures, a jaw surgery usually takes 6 months to achieve its intended goal.
Once the jaw has reached its final position, the spacer is left in place and the jaw is allowed to heal naturally.
Reconstructive plastic surgery is an integral part of cancer treatment. Reconstructive surgery not only helps seal the wound, but also attempts to restore a cancer survivor’s self esteem and confidence.
Facial paralysis surgery
At Cocoona we offer a full range of constructive plastic surgery to restore function, symmetry and appearance for those suffering from facial paralysis. We not only treat the secondary effects of facial nerve damage but also repair the facial nerves themselves.
We specialize in treatment of bells-palsy, the most common form of facial paralysis. This form of paralysis impairs speech, damages muscular control of eyelids, and even causes drooling and drooping of facial features.
At Cocoona, we understand that every form of facial paralysis is different, and therefore offer bespoke solutions bases on situation and patient expectation. Call our experts to discuss your options, and understand the potential risks of facial paralysis surgery. Our experts also offer advice on physical or occupational therapy to help quicken the pace of recovery.
Skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in Dubai, UAE. People with fair skin or people who spend a lot of time in the sun are especially at risk. Risk also increases with age.
There are three major types of skin cancers:
- Basal Cell Carcinoma – The least dangerous form of skin cancer: it grows slowly and rarely spreads.
- Squamous Cell Carcinoma – A particularly dangerous form of cancer, that spreads quickly to become life threatening if not countered.
- Malignant Melanoma – Commonly spreads and is potentially life threatening. For Melanoma an early diagnosis and treatment is absolutely necessary.
You can lower your chances of developing skin cancer by protecting yourself from the ultraviolet rays. Try to control your exposure to the sun, and artificial sources of UV radiation such as tanning beds and sunlamps. When it comes to cancer, prevention is the best strategy.
Speak to one of our skin cancer specialists and discuss your options. We also offer bespoke advice on steps you can take to prevent a recurrence and quick recovery.