Dog bite injuries account for over 44,000 reported facial injuries each year, 60% of which are children. With over 77% of dog bites affecting the face, many victims are left with potentially disfiguring scars that can last a lifetime.
Immediately following a severe dog bite attack it is important to seek prompt medical attention to protect against infection, tetanus and rabies. The ER doctor will immediately close the wound, remove injured tissue and correct any injuries to the nerves or bones as the first stages of dog bite repair.
When considering reconstructive surgery for dog bite repair, it is recommended to select a surgeon who is experienced in both microsurgery and aesthetic surgery to ensure the most natural looking results with minimal scarring. In many cases of severe dog bite attacks, skin grafts or microsurgical repair of the blood vessels are used to improve the appearance and function of the affected area.
When you are considering surgery of the face, it is important to select a doctor who is looking to improve both the function and the aesthetic. Dr. Tarick Smaili is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and has extensive knowledge and experience in both cosmetic plastic and reconstructive cases. His advanced training in microvascular surgery and cosmetic surgery, which includes post graduate fellowship training in microsurgery and plastic & reconstructive surgery, allow him to provide an added benefit for patients. His expertise, precision and passion for artistry and perfection provide patients with added comfort that they will achieve the best possible results. Dog bite repair is often covered by insurance.
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