NYU Langone’s craniofacial team repairs facial differences that are a result of congenital disorders, trauma, or previous surgery. Our plastic surgeons also perform reconstructive surgery after treatment for head and neck cancer.
Our team includes plastic surgeons, dentists, nurses, therapists, and counselors who care for adults and children. Experts meet regularly to evaluate each patient and his or her medical history. We review photographs and test results, collaborating to design treatment plans that meet each person’s needs.
We also work closely with our colleagues in psychology, speech therapy, and social work to help patients and families deal with all aspects of treatment.
Craniofacial Services for Children
Our specialized pediatric team provides surgical, medical, dental, and psychosocial treatment for infants and children who have congenital or acquired craniofacial conditions. We also perform reconstruction for children who have experienced an injury. Care for children is provided through Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone.
We follow our patients as they grow from infancy into young adulthood, until their facial growth is complete. We always consider and incorporate the needs of both the child and the family into the care plan.
We care for children who have the following conditions:
- craniofacial microsomia, also known as hemifacial macrosomia, in which abnormalities affect the development of the face and skull
- deformational plagiocephaly, or a misshapen head
- Pierre Robin sequence, which causes a smaller than usual lower jaw
- cleft lip and cleft palate
- nonsyndromic craniosynostosis and syndromic craniosynostosis, in which the skull bones fuse together prematurely, affecting the shape of the head and the placement of certain facial features, such as the nose and eyes
- Treacher Collins and Nager syndromes, which can result in underdeveloped cheek bones, cleft palate, and a very small jaw and chin
Our office has six dental rooms equipped with digital radiography and advanced three-dimensional cone beam CT scanning capabilities. Having this technology on-site allows doctors to diagnose underlying craniofacial problems and develop appropriate treatment plans.
Our craniofacial dental team focuses on the treatment of adults and children with craniofacial conditions, including cleft lip and cleft palate. Dentists, physicians, surgeons, and other members of our team collaborate to design a care plan to achieve the desired treatment outcomes.
Craniofacial orthodontists monitor the growth and development of the jaws and teeth from birth to adulthood. Our orthodontists provide all phases of treatment for children and adults born with cleft lip and palate and other craniofacial conditions.
Our Craniofacial Team
Craniofacial disorder treatment and head and neck cancer reconstructive surgery are complex treatments that require a team approach. Our specialists work closely together to provide outstanding results and compassionate care.