Facial trauma: general principles of management

J Craniofac Surg. 2010 Jul;21(4):1051-3. doi: 10.1097/SCS.0b013e3181e5701c.


Facial fractures are common problems encountered by the plastic surgeon. Although ubiquitous in nature, their optimal treatment requires precise knowledge of the most recent evidence-based and technologically advanced recommendations. This article discusses a variety of contemporary issues regarding facial fractures, including physical and radiologic diagnosis, treatment pearls and caveats, and the role of various synthetic materials and plating technologies for optimal facial fracture fixation.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Bone Transplantation / methods
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Facial Bones / injuries*
  • Facial Injuries / diagnostic imaging
  • Facial Injuries / surgery*
  • Fracture Fixation, Internal / methods*
  • Fractures, Bone / diagnostic imaging
  • Fractures, Bone / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Plastic Surgery Procedures / methods*
  • Prostheses and Implants
  • Radiography, Panoramic
  • Skull Fractures / diagnostic imaging
  • Skull Fractures / surgery*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed