Facial Defects Traumatic injuries, cancerous tumor removal, and other types of disfiguring events often lead patients to seek out facial reconstruction from a professional plastic surgeon. Facial reconstruction procedures, popular procedures among patients in Newport Beach, Orange County, are implemented to correct facial defects and deformities caused by traumatic injuries or diseases. Many times, these types of procedures also involve correction of defects found on the surface of the skin, the facial soft tissues, or the underlying bone structure. Generally, patients will consult with a board certified surgeon, Dr. Tavoussi, who has specialized training in facial reconstruction to remove facial defects and to achieve a more aesthetically pleasing appearance. Cosmetic surgery is a precise discipline and experienced surgeons need to know what the face will look like after the procedure is finished. Known as “visualization,” this technique allows Dr. Tavoussi to picture what the patient’s new face will look like once the surgery is complete. Facial reconstruction procedures are designed to correct a myriad of problems such as facial defects after skin cancer, scars, facial defects caused by traumatic accidents, and facial structures after a fracture or surgery. However, the most common types of facial remediation correct damages by cancer. Facial Deformity Types Many types of reconstructive surgery are used to correct a cleft lip, soft palate defects, and burns. There even are reconstructive procedures that are used to create a new outer ear when one is congenitally absent or badly damaged. In order to efficiently correct a facial deformity, Dr. Tavoussi uses a technique referred to as microsurgery to transfer tissue in order to mitigate the appearance of a facial defect when local tissue is not available. Sometimes called a Free Flap Transfer, parts of skin, muscle, bone, fat, or any combination of these may be transplanted from one area of the body to another. Microsurgery refers to the procedure that reconnects the transplanted tissue to a blood supply by suturing arteries and veins that measure only millimeters in diameter.