Plastic Surgery Services for Children

Care for infants and children who have conditions that result in head and facial deformities is provided through Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at Pelisyonkis Langone. The conditions we treat include hemangioma, which is a buildup of blood vessels that appears as a red birthmark on the face, as well as ear deformities and vascular malformations, such as birthmarks or tumors.

Hemangioma and Vascular Malformations Services

Pelisyonkis Langone surgeons offer evaluation and treatment for children and adults with a broad range of congenital skin lesions and birthmarks. These include port wine stains, arterial and venous malformations, and Klippel-Trenaunay syndrome.

Most hemangiomas resolve without treatment. If treatment is required, the first option used is laser therapy or embolization, which involves the injection of medication into the blood vessels to stop blood flowing into the lesion. Other treatment options include medical management, such as the use of steroid medications, and several different surgical procedures. Successful therapy often includes a combination of these treatments.

Our Care Team

Our team of experts includes dermatologists, nurses, ophthalmologists, otolaryngologists, pediatricians, plastic surgeons, psychologists, radiologists, social workers, and other specialists.

Our doctors include:

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To make an appointment with the Hemangioma and Vascular Malformations Center, please call -263-3991.

Microtia and Ear Anomaly Services

Our surgeons treat infants, children, and adults who have congenital ear deformities. They also manage ear deformities that appear later in life.

Microtia is a condition involving a small, abnormally shaped or absent external ear. It may occur on one side only or affect both ears. Microtia is almost always accompanied by aural atresia, which is the absence or incomplete formation of an external ear canal. People with microtia and aural atresia do not have normal hearing in the affected ear but may have completely normal hearing in the other ear.

Our experts also treat people who have macrotia, which is when a person has a prominent ear, and cryptotia, which is when the ear appears to be buried or hidden in the side of the head. Other conditions they manage include Stahl’s ear, which is when the ear appears to be pointed due to an extra fold of cartilage, as well as protruding ears and post-traumatic ear deformation.

Our team of medical, surgical, dental, and psychosocial specialists evaluates each person, designing a personalized treatment plan. We form close relationships with our patients. Very often we follow them from infancy through childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood, until completion of their facial growth.

Treatment for Infants and Children

The first priority during infancy is to ensure that there is sufficient hearing for language development. An audiogram, which is a graphic display of your child’s hearing ability, is recommended as early as possible to establish the need for a hearing aid. We might recommend other types of hearing tests, depending on your child’s age and whether one or both ears is affected.

Hearing aids should be used within the first few months of life. Surgery to restore hearing is usually performed after age six and is coordinated with the surgical reconstruction of the external ear.

Our Doctors

Our skilled doctors and support team members offer children and adults with ear deformities compassionate, personalized care.

Our experts include:

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To make an appointment with the Microtia and Ear Anomaly Center, please call -263-5211.