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Facial Trauma

Facial trauma consists of a range of injuries to areas of the face that normally require emergency treatment. It can involve damage to bones, soft tissue or skin and can be the result of lacerations, burns, fractures, bruising to any part of the face, including the eyes.

Causes of facial trauma

Facial trauma can be caused by accidents, falls or sports injuries. The umbrella medical term for facial injuries is maxillofacial trauma. It can cause disfigurement and loss of function and treatment pathways will depend on the extent and complexity of the injuries.

There can also be significant psychological impact from facial trauma

There are 14 main bones in the face which are, in many parts, fragile and easily compromised. Reconstruction protocols are likely to involve specialists from different disciplines.

Treatment of facial trauma

Consultants will examine facial structures and use X-rays, CT and MRI scans to determine the extent of the trauma.

The hospital’s oral and maxillofacial surgeons are experienced at repairing complex facial trauma that impact the jaw, eye sockets and other bones in the face as well as the soft tissue and nerve damage caused by lacerations. They are also skilled in selecting the optimum treatment pathways and rehabilitation programmes to ensure that all the physical and emotional aspects of facial trauma are considered.

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To ask a question or to book an appointment with one of our experts you can call us on 020 7078 3845 or email us at maxfaxlondon@hje.org.uk.

MaxFax Clinic

Our MaxFax Unit provides a bespoke medical service at St John and St Elizabeth Hospital specialising in oral and maxillofacial conditions, offering a range of surgeries and other treatments.

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Patient information

Our Hospital is renowned for providing exemplary levels of care across more than 90 services. From orthopaedics, to urology, our private GP practice and Urgent Care Clinic, our services are led by some of London’s leading Consultants. For more information, and to find a service suitable for your care, find out more about the services that we offer.

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If you have any questions relating to treatment options or pricing information, get in touch with us by filling out one of our contact boxes or giving us a call on 020 7078 3845.

Our Appointments Team have a dedicated and caring approach to finding you the earliest appointment possible with the best specialist.

If you are self-paying you don’t need a referral from your GP for a consultation. You can simply refer yourself* and book an appointment.

If you have health insurance (e.g. Bupa, Axa Health, Aviva), you will need to contact your insurer to get authorisation before any treatment, and in most cases you will also require a referral letter from your GP.

If you are not registered with a GP, we have an in-house private GP practice you can use. Alternatively, we can suggest the most appropriate course of action for you to take, given your location and individual circumstances.

*Please note – for investigations such as X-rays and MRIs, a referral will be required. However, we may be able to arrange this for you through our on-site private GP.

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