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Treatments and Procedures: Facial Reconstruction

When a person suffers from facial fractures or other facial trauma such as surgery, illness or genetic malformation, surgeons specially trained in reconstructing facial features can restore both function (blinking, smiling, talking and eating) and appearance, supporting health and well-being.

Tongue Cancer Surgery and Reconstruction | Joe’s Story

Joe knew there was something wrong. After coming to Johns Hopkins he was finally diagnosed with tongue cancer. Joe is now cancer free and is able to eat, speak and taste again. Learn how head and neck cancer surgeon Wojtek Mydlarz and facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Shaun Desai surgically removed his cancer and rebuilt Joe’s tongue without radiation.


Facial Reconstruction: Why Choose Johns Hopkins Facial Plastic Surgery?

  • With a large number of patients and an experienced faculty with specific training in the structure of the head and neck region, we offer a rare degree of skill and expertise even in the most complex procedures, including facial transplant.
  • The team has vast expertise in minimizing the appearance of scars, working to hide incisions in the natural contours of the skin whenever possible.
  • The team offers unique skills in reconstruction of the nose, face, ears, neck and scalp after Mohs surgery for skin cancer.
  • We are dedicated to restoring people’s health and confidence, helping them recover both form and function.
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Facial Reconstruction: What to Expect

To rebuild facial features, your facial plastic surgeon may use tissues from your body with a microvascular free tissue transfer, or “free flap,” during which the surgeon takes skin, bone or muscle from one part of your body to reconstruct new facial features.

When this approach is not possible, implants and prosthetic devices can help restore natural-looking contours and features.

Depending on your needs, your procedure may take place in the surgeon’s office, a surgical facility, an outpatient surgery center or a hospital. Your surgeon will create a highly personalized treatment plan that may include:


Recovering from facial reconstruction surgery varies from person to person, and depends on the extent of underlying damage, your general health, and other factors, including careful attention to postoperative instructions.

From surgeons to staff, our entire team focuses on your health and well-being, and will support your experience with knowledgeable care, clear communication and compassion.

Our Physicians

Our doctors are board certified in both otolaryngology—head and neck surgery and facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, which gives our team a unique and comprehensive level of expertise.

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