Often shortened to OMS, Oral and Maxillofacial surgery is surgery carried out on any part of the face, jaw or neck. As you can imagine, this covers a wide range of types of surgery. Some of the most common treatments include:
- re-setting of broken jaws or cheekbones
- cleft palates and other deformations of the mouth
- cosmetic surgery on the nose, eyes or face
- removal of tumours or moles from the face or neck
The reconstruction of a face damaged in an accident is a vital aspect of Oral and Maxillofacial surgery, requiring extreme skill. High profile cases, such as that of Trevor-Reese Jones, who was injured ion the accident that killed Princess Diana, have brought the discipline to international attention. The skill of modern day surgeons means that there are very facial disfigurements which cannot be in some way rectified by oral and maxillofacial surgery.
Some of the most highly skilled surgeons in the world operate in the UK. As a result, there are a growing number of people in the UK opting for small cosmetic operations on the face or neck. Recent improvements in technology have made such procedures much safer.