Joseph Kerwin Williams, M.D.
- Board Certified in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
- Chief of Plastic Surgery at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite
- Director of Research at the Center for Craniofacial Disorders
- Associate Professor at Emory University in the division of Plastic Surgery
- Co-Owner of AYA™ Medical Spa
Located at our Northside Location
Reconstructive surgery is a highly specialized form of plastic surgery that is designed to restore proper function while correcting defects and abnormalities of the face and/or body. Board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Joseph Williams received specialized training at both New York University and Emory University in Atlanta, GA. For more than twenty years, Dr. Williams has helped restore both functionality and appearance to patients with facial abnormalities, whether they are due to trauma, disease, or craniofacial defects, by utilizing the least invasive and most up-to-date surgical techniques.
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Craniofacial surgery is a surgical subspecialty that deals with congenital and acquired deformities of the head, skull, face, neck, jaws and associated structures. In the majority of cases, these issues are detected and treated at birth or at a very young age, but they may also be the result of accidental trauma or disease. Dr. Williams has extensive experience utilizing the most advanced surgical techniques for facial reconstruction and the correction of facial abnormalities.
Traumatic events like motor vehicle crashes, sporting injuries, falls, or fights can often break the bones of the face. When sudden facial fractures or dislocations affect the nose, cheekbones, the area around the eyes, or the upper / lower jaw, reconstructive plastic surgery may be necessary in order to restore appearance and proper function. An expert in facial anatomy, Dr. Williams uses a variety of surgical and non-surgical techniques to repair orbital fractures, nasal fractures, and other facial fractures with long-lasting, natural looking results.
Whether the nose is distorted from a congenital birth defect or from facial trauma, Dr. Williams utilizes a variety of specialized rhinoplasty techniques to reconstruct the look and function of the nose. Patients suffering from a cleft lip can also experience a bilateral or unilateral deformity in the nasal passage – making breathing more difficult. Depending on the severity of the abnormality and the amount of scar tissue resulting from the correction of the cleft lip, Dr. Williams will work to reshape the nasal cavity.
Another common nasal abnormality is a deviated septum, a condition where the septum (the hard wall running down the middle of the nose, which cuts the nasal passages in half) is off-center. A deviated septum may be natural or the result of trauma, but in either case can potentially cause breathing/ congestion problems in a patient. Surgical reconstruction is typically recommended to correct this deviation.
Nasal abnormalities can also occur as a result of either trauma or diseases like skin cancer. Severe cases of rosacea can lead to the development of rhinophyma, a rare condition marked by an enlarged red nose that may cause airway obstruction. Patients suffering from rhinophyma often seek reconstructive surgery of the nose to restore function as well as appearance. Depending on the individual patient, Dr. Williams utilizes the latest reconstructive techniques to restore the function and improve the appearance of the nasal abnormality.
While most patients undergo cleft lip and palate surgery as a child, adults may also opt to undergo this surgery. Adult cleft lip and palate patients may have long standing concerns about their appearance and the function of their lip/palate. These areas may have not been addressed in childhood or adolescence for any number of reasons. The alignment of the jaws and teeth, missing teeth, speech problems, nasal appearance, and function as well as lip aesthetics can be addressed during the surgical procedure. Modern techniques make correction of late cleft deformities a realistic goal with enhanced appearance and function. Dr. Williams performs revision surgery for adult patients who have had their cleft lips and palates corrected at another practice (or as a child), but who are still unsatisfied with their appearance after their surgery. Reconstructive surgery of the lip can also correct aesthetic problems due to trauma, disease, or infection.
Excision is a surgical procedure that is used to remove abnormal growths, such as moles, lesions, and tumors, from the skin. When performing a surgical excision, Dr. Williams uses his expertise in cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery to help minimize scarring. He also employs advanced non-surgical skin rejuvenation technology, like laser skin resurfacing or chemical peels, to even out the skin tone and further camouflage the excision site and make the scar less noticeable.
Maxillofacial surgery is a type of specialty reconstructive surgery used to correct a wide spectrum of diseases, defects, and/or injuries of the face, head, neck, and jaws. It generally differs from craniofacial surgery in that it focuses on the tooth-bearing bones in the lower half of the skull and may in some cases overlap with the work of an oral surgeon.
Abnormalities of the jaw can be a result of congenital defects, trauma, or the result of a disease or infection where a section of the jaw area must be removed. Some types of congenital defects affecting the jaw include protrusion or recession of the upper and/or lower jaw. Dr. Williams uses a variety of techniques including bone reduction and reshaping, facial implants, and repositioning of the jaw to correct these various deformities.
Malocclusion is a condition marked by misalignment of teeth and is commonly referred to as cross bite, under bite, or over bite depending on the individual patient. This relatively common problem can usually be easily treated with braces, but severe cases of malocclusion will require surgical jaw realignment by a maxillofacial surgeon.
A patient suffering from abnormalities of the chin falls into one of two categories: an unusually small chin (also known as mirognathia) or an unusually large chin (also known as macrognathia). Depending on the patient, Dr. Williams can work to surgically reshape or rebuild the chin to restore a more normal appearance. For some patients a procedure known as osseous genioplasty, or the replacement of a patients chin to be more forward, may be recommended. Treatments to rebuild the chin may require a facial implant and treatment to minimize the chin may require bone reduction. Dr. Williams also operates on patients who have a chin deformity due to trauma or disease.