For over 70 years the surgeons at Long Island Plastic Surgical Group have treated some of the most complex reconstructive plastic surgery cases with comprehensive and compassionate care. LIPSG is also dedicated to education, from directing a Plastic Surgery Residency Program which trains the next generation of surgeons to hosting educational events for our New York and Long Island communities. LIPSG surgeon Rachel A. Ruotolo, MD, FACS recently demonstrated this commitment to sharing knowledge with her presentation of Common Sports Related Injuries to the Face at NYU Winthrop Hospital.

Dr. Ruotolo gave an overview of different types of facial trauma that can occur in sports related accidents and examples of actual patient cases. She explained that an estimated 14% of facial fractures are the result of sports injuries, and that facial lacerations to the lips, eyelids, and ears are common. Dr. Ruotolo’s approach to traumatic facial injuries is to focus first on restoring function while also prioritizing aesthetic restoration. She also emphasized the importance of precision and careful attention to detail when working to repair delicate facial tissue and treating injuries that may affect critical nerves. Dr. Ruotolo shared tactics for making an accurate diagnosis of orbital, nasal and zygomatic fractures, including awareness of common symptoms and the importance of obtaining an accurate medical history. Watch the video of this presentation for more information about the diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis of common sports related facial injuries:

Dr. Rachel A. Ruotolo is a board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in facial trauma, cranioplasty, and pediatric craniofacial surgery at Long Island Plastic Surgical Group. LIPSG offers a full range of cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery services as well as non-surgical cosmetic procedures. Contact us for more information or to schedule a consultation.