How can dog bite victims heal from facial trauma?

On Behalf of | Apr 10, 2020 | Injuries

The Severity of Animal Bites

Victims of dog bites in Massachusetts often have a long road to recovery ahead of them. This is even more true of those who suffer from facial trauma. Unfortunately, dogs tend to target the head and neck area when attacking. This leaves victims with painful and disfiguring wounds. 

Today we will look at the healing process in the aftermath of this traumatic event. We will see how dog bite victims move along the healing process and more. 

Facial trauma in children 

Mayo Clinic has run studies focused on facial trauma in young patients. These individuals are often at higher risk due to their small size. Bleeding out is a real possibility many of these victims face. This is because the dog often bites the head and neck at the same time. This may lead to the puncture of carotid arteries or more. 

Disfigurement from bite attacks 

Dog bites are traumatic in every victim, though. The face has a lot of delicate skin. This skin is prone to scarring. When a vicious bite attack occurs, scarring is often inevitable. Not only that, but the face is also susceptible to disfigurement. In bite attacks, victims find their ears and nose targeted because they protrude. The attacking dog can tear these pieces away from the face. It is also common for dogs to bite the mouth, resulting in traumatic damage to the lips. 

Many victims deal with a long healing process. First, they wait until the injury itself heals. Then, they often undergo plastic surgery for correction of scarring and disfigurement. After that, the mental and emotional scars take some time to combat. On a whole, victims deal with the fallout of a bite attack for years.