It's estimated that 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs every year which results in more than 800,000 emergency room visits. This can be both physically and emotionally difficult for the victim of an attack. San Antonio plastic surgeon Dr. Matthew Bindewald is sensitive to this and knows that reconstruction after an injury is a critical part of the healing process.
It's estimated that 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs every year which results in more than 800,000 emergency room visits.
Dog bites are different from other lacerations in that the incidence of infection is 15 times greater than that of routine lacerations. Initial treatment should include thorough cleansing, antibiotics, tetanus prophylaxis, and reporting the dog bite to the Health Department to ascertain whether the dog is up to date on rabies and other vaccinations.
Ensuring that a qualified plastic surgeon is handling the initial closure is the best strategy for minimizing initial scarring and improving the quality of correction to any scars that do form. San Antonio board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Matthew Bindewald specializes in this type of unique reparation and reconstructive surgery.
Secondary restorative surgery takes place anywhere from a few weeks to several months after injury depending on your unique case and healing. Dr Bindewald’s multi-layered approach to injury includes wound management and closure, facial reconstruction, scar removal, scar revision, skin grafts, dermabrasion, and even BOTOX injections to help correct the disfigured feature.
Facial distortions are evaluated at the initial reconstructive consultation, and a surgical protocol is outlined to restore delicate facial balance and symmetry. Sophisticated techniques of meticulous tissue re-arrangement and skin grafting are utilized to restore facial features to a more natural appearance.
While persistent scars cannot be avoided, sophisticated laser technology can flatten and camouflage them to create a more natural appearance. In extreme cases, where the dog bites have penetrated the facial muscles or severed the facial nerve, micro-surgical techniques of nerve or muscle grafting can even restore facial expression.
South Texas surgeon Dr. Matthew Bindewald is an expert in minimal scarring techniques and a leading reconstructive plastic surgeon in San Antonio. If either you or your loved one has suffered an injury as a result of a dog bite, schedule an appointment with Dr. Bindewald and his team at 844-DR-MATTB (844.376.2882).