Head and neck restoration, also known as craniofacial surgery, is a procedure that is used to treat conditions that affect the soft tissue and bones in the head, skull, face, neck, and jaw. There are many ways that plastic surgery treatments can be used to reconstruct a malformation. This is an especially delicate treatment because it treats an important area and may affect your overall health as well as appearance.
Craniofacial surgery is often performed on children since it is commonly used as a treatment for congenital or acquired deformities of the skull, though it can be performed on adults when required. Plastic surgery is an incredible field that offers more than just cosmetic enhancements to patients. Reconstructive plastic surgery procedures can offer life-changing results and help patients feel more confident and comfortable in their own skin.
Craniofacial surgery is a term that can encompass many different procedures, as it is customized based on each patient’s individual needs and overall goals and health concerns. Cleft lip and palate surgery is generally the most common type of craniofacial surgery, typically performed on children at a young age. Other genetic malformities that craniofacial surgery can address include:
Craniofacial surgery is performed in a medical facility under the supervision of a licensed and experienced medical professional. It is typically administered under general anesthesia by a surgeon who has expertise in the field. The surgical approach will vary based on you or your loved one’s needs. During your initial consultation, you’ll be able to discuss what approach may be best and what you will need to know ahead of time to prepare. Generally, the surgery can take up to eight hours and patients will need to follow careful recovery instructions to help facilitate the healing process.
To achieve the desired results and help with issues patients may face while eating, breathing, or with other issues that craniofacial surgery can correct, the bones may need to be moved, cut, or rearranged. Some patients may need a bone or skin graft taken from a donor site on another area of the body to reconstruct the necessary tissue or bone structure. Sometimes your plastic surgeon will work alongside your primary physician, neurologist, or specialist to help deliver a comprehensive treatment and ensure they cover all the necessary bases.
In Darien, CT, and the surrounding cities in Fairfield County and the neighboring communities, our team of top plastic surgeons specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. We offer our assistance to patients looking for quality care, such as head and neck reconstruction.
Each of our board-certified plastic surgeons is highly-educated and regularly lend their expertise to medical journals and academic papers, including The Journal of Craniofacial Surgery.
For some patients, plastic surgery procedures can address genetic defects in the face and body to help correct or repair any deformities. These treatments should only be performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon who has extensive experience and accreditations in the field and the area of treatment.
Craniofacial surgery is recommended to help correct genetic or developed defects in the skull, neck, jaw, and surrounding tissue and bone. Since these issues can often cause serious side effects, such as difficulty breathing, it can be extremely important to treat them early on, which is why it is not uncommon to see babies, toddlers, and small children as the primary recipients of these surgeries.
Some defects or injuries can impact that way a child hears, chews, swallows, interacts with others, and even how their brain grows. It can help to prevent abnormal skull growth or development in babies and help ensure they lead a more comfortable life with confidence in their appearance.
If you or your child have been recommended for craniofacial surgery, the next step is talking to one of our talented and caring plastic surgeons to discuss all your options and what can be expected from the procedure.
If you have any questions about the type of surgical procedures we offer or what type of surgeries might be offered for craniofacial treatments, please contact us today to learn more.
If you are considering plastic surgery in Fairfield County or anywhere in Connecticut, contact us to schedule a one-on-one consultation with one of our expert plastic surgeons.
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