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Given any unfortunate circumstance, a dog may bite. Dog bites can be profoundly disfiguring and often require surgical intervention. For patients in the Las Vegas area, Engineered Aesthetics Plastic Surgery, led by Dr. Engineer, is a reputable, nurturing place to explore your options, receive excellent care, and discover surgical solutions for your dog bite injury.

Facts about dog bites

Although a dog bite can happen to anyone, traumatic dog bite victims are often children. According to the Center for Disease Control, approximately 4.7 million dog bites occur in the United States every year, and 50% of the victims are children. 

Most often, dog bite injuries are on the face, hands or arms. Dog bite injuries have a higher risk of infection than other lacerations. The tearing and shearing of dog bite injuries may require reconstructive surgery.

Treatments for dog bites

Depending upon your or your child’s specific injuries, Dr. Engineer will use the full weight of his years of training and experience to craft the best surgical plan to safely and effectively treat scarring and disfigurement caused by a dog bite. He is committed to offering the best and most cutting-edge treatments to his Las Vegas area patients. Some procedures he may recommend include:

  • Reconstructive surgery
    The goal of reconstructive surgery is to regain the greatest sense of normal form and function. Although some injuries may be corrected with a single primary reconstructive surgery, many injuries may require multiple operations
  • Cartilage grafting
    Injuries to the ears or nose may require the use of cartilage grafts from other areas of the body to reconstruct shape.
  • Skin grafting
    Some skin may be lost in the injury, but skin may be harvested and used to graft areas of significant tissue loss to achieve better coverage and resumption of a more aesthetically appearing contour.
  • Flap reconstruction
    For certain injuries, flap reconstruction may be more appropriate than skin grafting to replace lost or damaged skin.
  • Fat grafting
    Lacerations and scarring may result in lost volume and contour. Fat grafting may ameliorate this by providing fullness.
  • Debulking
    Debulking decreases the appearance of prominent, protruding scars.
  • Laser resurfacing
    Laser resurfacing may be an effective way to lessen the appearance of scars from injury and surgeries.

During your comprehensive consultation, Dr. Engineer will completely explain all procedures and ensure you understand both the risks and potential expected results. Even after recovery, Dr. Engineer and the staff at Engineered Aesthetics Plastic Surgery remain your committed team in ensuring the disfiguring results of a traumatic dog bite are left in the past. Las Vegas area patients are welcome to join us at our office to learn more about treatment options to help overcome this difficult period of your life.

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