Craniofacial and Cleft Palate
Pediatric Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
When a child's face is different from other children, there are many concerns about the challenges that child will have to face in the future. The pediatric plastic surgeons from Cohen Children's Medical Center Craniofacial and Cleft Palate Center are highly trained in Pediatric Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. We understand your concerns and provide comprehensive care for infants, children and adolescents with congenital and acquired craniofacial disorders.
Our pediatric plastic and reconstructive surgery is done in close cooperation with your referring physician and may also include a multidisciplinary approach with our medical center to provide additional specialty medical services.
Pediatric cleft lip and cleft palate are congenital disorders of craniofacial complex which occur in the early part of pregnancy and are present at birth. Pediatric cleft palate occurs when the shelves of the palate fail to meet or fuse together, resulting in an opening in the roof of the mouth. Pediatric cleft lip occurs when the presence of one or two vertical fissures in the upper lip can be on one side only or on both sides resulting from failure of the normal process of lip fusion during embryonic life.
A pediatric plastic surgeon and oral maxillofacial surgeon are critical members of your child's pediatric reconstructive surgery team. Their role and goal is to create a functional lip and palate that will appear as normal as possible, providing support for the lip and base of the nose area.
An orthodontist may be one of the first pediatric plastic and reconstructive surgery team members your family may encounter, and will specialize in the growth and development of the craniofacial complex. The evaluation of an orthodontist will help determine the timing required for surgeries as your child develops.
A speech language pathologist will also be an important member of your pediatric plastic and reconstructive surgery team. Although children with cleft palate have no problem with normal language development they may often have delayed speech development due to the unusual anatomy of their mouth. The speech language pathologist will also be involved with parent education and support in treatment of a child’s speech, language, voice and resonance disorders.
Making an Appointment for our Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Services:
Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center makes it easy for you to take the first steps in ensuring your child is receiving the best Pediatric Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery treatment possible. Initial evaluations and referrals are done in our Division of Human Genetics. When making your initial appointment, please request an appointment with Pediatric Human Genetics. Simply click the request an appointment button to arrange an appointment with our caring and dedicated health professionals.
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