This is a common question that we frequently get because most people are unfamiliar with the specialty of pediatric plastic surgery. The obvious answer is that pediatric plastic surgery is plastic surgery performed on children. The real answer is actually much more complex.
Our specialty specifically deals with children who are born with issues related to congenital deformities and those that arise during infancy, childhood, puberty and adolescence. The majority of the deformities occur during development and oftentimes have a genetic basis. These deformities can be something as simple as a skin tag in front of the ear that requires removal, or as complex as a malformation of the facial bones or the bones of the skull that require significant reconstruction.
As a specialty, we take care of all these problems, no matter how small or how big. The challenge with any patient in the world of pediatric plastic surgery is that they’re constantly growing throughout their treatment and this needs to be considered.
Here at Texas Children’s Hospital, we have many specialty clinics that are multidisciplinary. Therefore, we include many doctors and clinicians when it comes to treating these sometimes very complex patients. Some of the multidisciplinary specialty clinics include the Vascular Anomalies Clinic, the Craniofacial and Craniosynostosis Clinic, and the Cleft Lip and Palate Clinic.
If you have any questions related to these clinics or if you think your child may have a plastic surgery need, please feel free to comment below or contact our clinic at 832-822-3180.