The Need for Plastic Surgery After An Accident

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons issued a warning recently based on the plastic surgery needs expected for ATV accident victims. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reported that over 135,000 Americans are injured in ATV’s and 30% are children.

Plastic surgery is usually warranted for ATV accident survivors because of the extensive traumatic injuries to the face and body that require reconstructive plastic surgery. After all, ATV’s weight over 700 pounds and can speed more than 60 miles an hour. Add this to the fact that ATV’s can tip over- there is no reason to doubt that reconstructive plastic surgery is required for many ATV’s accident victims. The injuries can be very extensive, including: facial injury, facial bone breaks, nose bone break, chin injuries, bodily broken bones, skin cuts and road rash that can remove skin.

The treatment plan for an ATV accident victim may involve many different types of physicians in a variety of medical specialties. People that have suffered from ATV related injuries can request that a plastic surgeon be involved in their treatment plan. Plastic surgeons are surgeons and have advanced training in aesthetics to provide leveraged reconstructive plastic surgery outcomes. In fact, the plastic surgeon may work hand in hand with a maxillofacial surgeon to provide a comprehensive care plan.

Studies have noted that helmets may reduce non-fatal head injuries by 64 percent and deaths by 42 percent. The use of helmets can reduce the number of the many head and face injuries. In addition, reinforced closed toed shoes, goggles, special gloves, long pants, and long-sleeved shirts help to protect from injury to the skin.

Yet, for those that suffer from facial or bodily injury because of ATV’s, plastic surgeons are probably one of the first calls to action at the emergency room today.


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