Pediatric Plastic Surgery
Pediatric Plastic Surgery is the specialized subspecialty of Plastic Surgery that encompasses both the cosmetic and reconstructive needs of children from birth until young adulthood. Clinical issues generally involve collectively congenital and acquired defects involving the face, ear, jaw, skull, chest, and upper and lower extremities. Some examples involve cleft lip/palate, webbed fingers, and birthmarks. Due to the unique nature of the issues involved in caring for a child, many of the challenges are managed through a multi-disciplinary team approach. It is always important to stress that children should not be managed as “small” adults. Many plastic surgeons who perform pediatric plastic surgery procedures receive additional training beyond the standard plastic and reconstructive residency training. This emergent discipline is extremely gratifying because of the infinite chances to positively alter a child’s existence.