Woman in devastating 2016 car accident reveals her face at LI hospital after 16 reconstructive surgeries

Carol D'Auria
August 07, 2019 - 1:58 pm
Nicole Sincavage before and after surgery

Nicole Sincavage

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — Nicole Sincavage has come a long way since a devastating 2016 car accident left her face with severe deformities.

Her eyes were too far apart, her nose was completely collapsed, her cheek bones stuck out, her jaw was misaligned, and she had multiple facial scars.

But fast forward to Wednesday, when the 24-year-old Pennsylvania resident debuted her new face -- the result of extensive reconstructive surgery, -- at Cohen Children's Medical Center in New Hyde Park on Long Island. 

She underwent 16 surgeries -- the last two of which took place at Cohen Children's Medical Center with Dr. Jams Bradley -- to rebuild her face. The last surgery took place in May. 

In order to rebuild her face, Sincavage's eyes were moved back to the midline, her nose was re-supported with a bone graft from her head, her cheek was re-broken and put back into place, her jaw was re-aligned, and her scars were treated. After the foundation of her face was rebuilt, the soft tissue (skin, fat, muscle) was modified with several surgeries separated by months of recovery, the hospital said. 

At a presentation Wednesday at the hospital, Dr. Bradley explained how the final procedure was done to relieve a lasting nasal obstruction, modify her nasal tip deformity and reconstruct her right inner eye.

Also at the presentation who was AAA spokesman Robert Sinclair, who with Sincavage, took the opportunity to urge young people to drive safely during the 100 deadliest days of the year for fatal car accidents: The period between Memorial Day and Labor Day. The AAA found nearly 3,500 people were killed in crashes involving teen drivers from 2013-2017 during that period.

“Crash data shows that teens are a vulnerable driver group with a higher probability of being involved in crashes,” said Dr. David Yang, Executive Director of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. “And while teens may make mistakes when first learning to drive, it is important to continue educating them about safety behind the wheel so they avoid the reckless behaviors that put themselves and others at risk on the road.”

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