Facial Growth Disorders

Craniofacial disorders are a group of facial growth disorders that cause deformities to the skull and facial regions. These disorders are typically congenital (present at birth) and can range from small, nearly imperceptible defects to disfiguring malformations which require reconstructive surgery.

WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY?

Severe growth disorders can significantly decrease quality of life for affected people. Children or adults who suffer from significant facial growth disorders may benefit from reconstructive surgery. Reconstructive surgery can have both functional and cosmetic applications and may be used to treat facial growth disorders such as:

  • Alveolar clefting
  • Cleft lip
  • Cleft palate
  • Facial growth disorders

Ideal candidates for surgery will be healthy and possess realistic expectations. The best way to determine if reconstructive surgery is right for you or your child is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Epstein.

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING YOUR SURGERY

Each patient is unique and every reconstructive procedure is inherently different. A personalized treatment strategy will be devised by a team of medical specialists prior to surgery. Sometimes significant improvements can occur from a single surgery. But most patients will require multiple surgeries over the course of several years to reach optimal aesthetic and functional improvements.

AFTER YOUR RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY

The details of your recovery will greatly depend on the extent of your procedure and your body’s natural healing process. Most patients require several days of rest and recuperation before resuming work, school or other daily routines. Your doctor will provide you with specific hygiene and aftercare instructions to ensure proper healing. Several follow up visits will be required during the recovery process.

UNDERSTANDING THE RISKS OF YOUR RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY

All surgical procedures present a degree of risk and uncertainty. These risks will be discussed in depth prior to your procedure. Some risks may include adverse reaction to anesthesia, bleeding, infection, permanent scarring, nerve damage or the need for follow-up surgeries.

IF YOU’RE READY TO TAKE THE NEXT STEP

Contact us to schedule a consultation.