What is Facial Reconstruction?
Having such a deformity, especially on the face, is both psychologically and emotionally traumatizing, but facial reconstructive surgery corrects the damage and restores the face to a more normal appearance for more confidence in your appearance. Reconstructive surgery alters the appearance of abnormal facial structures, as opposed to cosmetic surgery that enhances one’s normal appearance. Double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Eugene "Gene" Alford is one of the few doctors with experience in Total Facial Reconstruction, which means he’s capable of replacing the entire face of a patient disfigured by a severe burn, accident, cancer of the head and neck, or other reasons. After the primary treatment for the cause behind the physical deformities, facial reconstructive surgery at Alford Facial Plastic Surgery in Houston, TX can help improve your appearance.
In one of Dr. Gene’s most famous facial reconstruction cases, he led a team of surgeons at Methodist Hospital to re-build Carolyn Thomas’s face after she was shot in the head. Dr. Gene and the other surgeons had to replace most of her face, including the jawbone, left eye, nose, and lips. To learn more about this story, please visit:
"Gene Alford is always honest and trustworthy, which is why I respect his opinion."- Anonymous / Office Visit / Jan 15, 2018
"Needed Someone to Fix What Another Doctor Messed Up - Houston, TX - Never have I been fortunate to have been under the care of a physician who values your time and the impact of your health issue on you both physically and emotionally. DR. Eugene Alford does both. His office was always on time, his staff are extremely friendly and caring and he never made you feel like he was in a hurry. With Dr. Alford you feel like you are his only patient. As for expertise, he is exceptional. He sets high standards and achieves them. He is committed to getting you the best outcome possible and you are involved in his plan of care from step one. He takes the time to educate you and wants your feedback. His hands are miracle workers and I have the nose now to prove it. I can never thank him enough for giving me my confidence back."- O. / RealSelf / Jan 09, 2016
"Revision Rhinoplasty - Houston, TX - Dr. Alford is excellent in communication and has a great staff. Hardly any wait time. Easy to reach and questions or always answered. Recovery was very easy."- T. / RealSelf / Dec 14, 2015
"Best in Revision Rhinoplasty Surgery. Houston, TX - After a botched rhinoplasty in the UK I consulted with Dr. Hamilton in Houston, TX. He recommended that he not perform the surgery as it was quite a complex case, and therefore suggested going to a specialist in revision surgeries for the nose, Dr. Alford. Earlier this year Dr. Alford operated on my nose: the bump is gone and the tip is straight. What else could one ask for?"- L. / RealSelf / Dec 11, 2015
"Dr Alford is an amazing surgeon and an even more amazing person. He displays the highest level of integrity, compassion and surgical skill of any doctor. I sincerely admire him and his approach to patient care. He is a remarkable and highly skilled individual."- S.H. / Facebook / Nov 24, 2015
Over the 20 years that Dr. Gene has been in practice, there have been amazing advances in facial reconstructive surgical techniques. As a specialist in both facial and reconstructive surgery, Dr. Gene uses the most advanced equipment and techniques to create the best results for his patients. Facial reconstruction patients will be put under general anesthesia at Houston Methodist Hospital, and the length of the surgery will depend on your case.
Since facial reconstruction surgery is such a delicate procedure, you will need to spend at least 1 night in the hospital after your surgery. Dr. Gene will perform a follow-up exam the day after your surgery to determine when you are able to leave and finish your recovery at home. Your recovery time depends on complexity of case, the areas treated, and your incision care at home.
Dr. Gene created the 10-foot test to determine when his facial reconstruction is finished: a person standing 10 feet away should not be able to tell that the patient has had reconstructive surgery. Results will vary based on each patient, but Dr. Gene makes every effort to restore the appearance and confidence of his patients. During the consultation, Dr. Gene will talk to you about your concerns, goals, and expectations.
What does Reconstruction Cost?
The cost of facial reconstruction will vary widely to reflect the extent and complexity of the surgery. Most reconstructive surgeries are considered medically necessary, so health insurance will typically help with part of the expenses. Dr. Gene participates in the Face to Face program and other charitable organizations that connect patients in need with surgeons and facilities that are willing to donate their time and services.
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Facial Reconstruction FAQs
- Accidents to the face
- Congenital (birth) defects
- Facial disfigurement
- Head and neck cancer
- Injuries to the face
- Severe facial burns
- Side effects of diseases
Most patients who undergo facial reconstructive surgery suffer from either congenital deformity (birth defect) or a developmental deformity due to an infectious disease, cutaneous neoplasm, congenital anomaly, accident, or injury.
Incisions and Scars?
Dr. Gene makes every effort to place surgical incisions in areas of the face that cannot be seen or can be easily concealed, but proper scar care after surgery is important for your best results. Dr. Gene or his staff will go over the best ways to care for your scars after surgery so they will heal as flat, smooth, and normal as possible.
Other reconstructive surgeries that may be combined with facial reconstruction surgery include facial paralysis surgery, MOHS reconstruction surgery, orbital decompression surgery, or head and neck reconstruction surgery. A cosmetic surgery or procedure may also be included with the reconstructive surgery to enhance your results.