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The connection between motor vehicle accidents and facial trauma

On Behalf of | Oct 27, 2022 | Car Accidents

Car accidents are some of the scariest events to survive. After a crash occurs in Missouri, it’s not uncommon for many of the survivors to sustain injuries. Unfortunately, automobile accidents are the leading cause of facial trauma.

What is facial trauma?

Facial trauma happens when damage occurs to the bones or soft tissue around the face. Sometimes, both soft tissue and bone damage can happen from a single incident. Facial injuries also range wildly in terms of severity. One person can walk away from a car crash with a few scrapes on their face. Other individuals suffer far worse injuries.

Why do car accidents cause facial injuries?

Motor vehicle accidents can cause facial trauma in many ways. They can whip a person’s head and body in one or multiple directions, causing impacts to the facial area. There’s also typically a lot of flying glass, plastics, and other car parts flying around when a car accident takes place.

Treating facial trauma survivors

It’s important to note that the human face contains many connected muscles, ligaments, skin and bones. Because of that, if left untreated, facial trauma sometimes causes a permanent loss of essential functions, including speaking, eating, and seeing.

The most important surgeries from a quality-of-life perspective are the ones surgeons will perform first. Restoring essential functions like talking or eating is more vital compared to undergoing cosmetic procedures. You can plan cosmetic procedures with your surgeon after they restore your vital facial functions.

Treating facial injuries after a car accident might take more than one procedure or appointment. People suffering severe ones often need to visit surgeons, dentists and speech pathologists while in recovery.