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Plastic Surgery Services for Children

Our plastic surgeons help children look and feel their best.

Sometimes a medical condition can affect how your child looks. For these children, plastic surgery can be part of the treatment plan.

Our plastic surgeons at Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone care for children with various kinds of vascular malformations, ear deformities, and cleft palate. We also provide care for children with craniofacial conditions.

Dr. David A. Staffenberg with Pediatric Patient

The team of experts caring for your child may include plastic surgeons, dermatologists, nurses, ophthalmologists, otolaryngologists, pediatricians, psychologists, radiologists, social workers, and other specialists.

Hemangioma and Vascular Malformation Services

Many types of congenital skin lesions and birthmarks can affect a child from birth. Hemangioma is caused by a buildup of blood vessels that create a red birthmark on the face. Arterial and venous malformations are abnormally formed blood vessels that appear as port wine stains and can result from Klippel-Trenaunay syndrome. Our surgeons examine each child individually to come up with a plan that is customized to your child’s needs.

If your child has one of these conditions, we evaluate whether surgery is required. Most hemangiomas resolve on their own. If treatment is needed, laser therapy or embolization is the first treatment option. During this outpatient procedure, medication that stops blood flow to the lesion is injected into the surrounding blood vessels. Several treatments are often required.

Other treatment options include steroid medication and several different surgical procedures. Doctors often use a combination of these treatments.

To make an appointment for hemangioma and vascular malformation services, please call 212-263-3030.

Microtia and Ear Anomaly Services

Our surgeons also treat infants and children who have congenital ear deformities.

Children with microtia have a small, abnormally shaped or missing external ear. Microtia may occur on one side only or affect both ears. This condition is almost always accompanied by aural atresia, which happens when the external ear canal is either incomplete or absent. Children with microtia and aural atresia do not have normal hearing in the affected ear but may have normal hearing in the other ear.

Our experts also treat children with the following conditions:

  • macrotia, which is a prominent ear
  • cryptotia, which occurs when the ear appears to be buried or hidden in the side of the head
  • Stahl’s ear, which causes the ear to appear pointed due to an extra fold of cartilage
  • protruding ears
  • post-traumatic ear deformities that are the result of an injury

Our team of medical, surgical, dental, and psychosocial specialists evaluates each child and develops a personalized treatment plan. We form close relationships with the children and families we care for, and often care for them from infancy through young adulthood, when their facial growth is complete.

Conditions that affect the appearance of your child’s ear may also impact his or her hearing. With infants, our first priority is to make sure your child can hear well enough to allow for normal language development. An audiogram, which is a graphic display of your child’s hearing ability, is recommended so that we can determine if your child needs a hearing aid. We might also recommend other types of hearing tests, depending on your child’s age and whether one or both ears are affected.

If your infant is experiencing hearing loss, hearing aids should be used within the first few months of life. Surgery to restore hearing is usually performed after age 6 and is coordinated with the surgical reconstruction of the external ear.

To make an appointment for microtia or ear anomalies treatment, please call 212-263-5211.

Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone

Our pediatric experts provide the best care possible for children with conditions ranging from minor illnesses to complex, more serious conditions.

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