Reconstructive Plastic Surgery

Face & Jaw Reconstruction

Facial fractures, trauma, surgery, illness or genetic malformation can affect the function and aesthetics of your face and jaw.

The RPS surgeons  are highly skilled at restoring patients ability to blink, smile, talk and eat, as well as improving the appearance of the face to improve emotional wellbeing.


About Face and Jaw Reconstruction

The RPS surgeons can help restore function and improve the appearance after head and neck cancer using reconstructive microsurgery.

Depending on the individual case, surgeons may be able to reconstruct the throat, nose and tongue using tissue from other parts of the body including the thigh, forearm or abdomen. Multiple bones in the body, including the smaller bone from the leg (fibula) can also be used to reconstruct the lower jaw and upper jaws and other bony regions of the face.

When patients suffer from facial paralysis due to tumour removal, surgeons may also be able to transfer nerves or even a muscle from the inner thigh to help the patient smile again.

Recovery and Rehabilitation

Recovery and rehabilitation after face or jaw microsurgery varies depending on the individual.

Common side effects after face and jaw microsurgery may include:

  • Nausea – caused by the general anaesthetic. This will decrease after the operation, but can be treated with medication.
  • Pain – you will be prescribed pain medication during the operation and during recovery. Please speak with your care team if the pain doesn’t subside or gets worse.
  • Altered eating habits and speaking – depending on the procedure, it may affect how you speak, chew and swallow.
  • Change in appearance – depending on your surgery, it may affect your appearance.

You may not experience all of the side effects, or you may experience other symptoms. Speak with your doctor if you have any questions or concerns about treatment side effects.

More information

What else you should know

How long will I stay in hospital?

The length of your stay will depend on the extent of surgery and your recovery.

What aftercare do I need?

The aftercare you need will depend on the surgery. Your surgical team will provide post-operative care instructions before you return home.

What symptoms should I look out for after surgery?

If you experience these symptoms, contact your surgeon, doctor or medical team as soon as possible.

  • Swelling – mild swelling is normal, however if you experience severe swelling accompanied by pain you may have an infection.
  • Wound discharge – if your wound becomes red, hot and oozes discharge.
  • Bleeding – bleeding from the site of your surgery.
  • Fever-  fever or high temperatures.
How RPS manage my post-operative care?

The RPS team will give you specific advice regarding your individual post-operative recovery. They will advise:

  • where you will go after your surgery
  • what medication you will be given or prescribed
  • what bandages and dressings you will need and when they’ll be removed
  • if you require stitches, when they’ll be removed
  • when you can get back to normal activity and exercise
  • when to book your follow-up care.
Our Canberra specialists

The team at RPS Canberra are committed to providing you with the best possible outcome.

The extensive specialist skills of our surgical team ensure that you are provided with surgical options designed to maximise form and function.

Our surgeons hold an impressive array of academic credentials, extensive professional experience and a personal commitment to patient satisfaction.