Not sure what I think about this trend of plastic surgery for fighters discussed in this New York Times article -- Cut-Prone Fighters Turn to Surgery to Limit Bleeding by R.M. Schneiderman (Published: July 10, 2009).
In 16 years as a professional boxer and mixed martial arts fighter, Marcus Davis has received stitches above his eyes 77 times. The cuts have affected him: doctors have stopped fights, and his battered face, he says, has influenced judges’ decisions.So last summer, Davis, 35, contacted a plastic surgeon in Las Vegas. He wanted to make his skin less prone to cutting.The surgeon, Dr. Frank Stile, burred down the bones around Davis’s eye sockets. He also removed scar tissue around his eyes and replaced it with collagen made from the skin of cadavers.Now, at least in theory, when Davis takes a blow to the face, he will be less likely to bleed.Medical researchers have not analyzed the procedure, and until they do, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons will not comment on its efficacy. But Davis and several others swear by it.
- Group 1 are those with minimal to moderate anterior projection of the supraorbital rims and thick skull bone over the frontal sinus and/or absence of the frontal sinus. These deformities can be corrected by bone reduction alone utilizing a surgical burr.
- Group 2 are those with minimal to moderate anterior projection of the supraorbital rims but with relatively thin bone over the frontal sinuses of normal size. Correction requires completing as much contouring of the bones as possible without entering the sinus.
- Group 3 are those with severe anterior projection of the supraorbital rims is so excessive that adequate bone reduction contouring is impossible without entering the frontal sinus. These require obliteration and filling of the sinuses in order to reduce the contour enough.