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Facial Deformities – Congenital and Acquired

Craniofacial deformities can range from small defects through disfiguring clefts and other malformations. Deformities can either be congenital (born with) or be acquired through trauma, illness or surgeries. Correcting these malformations requires the experience and expertise of reconstructive plastic surgeons and an entire craniofacial team. Our goal is to help patients achieve their full promise, without being limited by a facial malformation.

At Brigham and Women’s Hospital, our multidisciplinary team includes plastic surgeons with specialized training in craniofacial surgery as well as an orthodontist, speech pathologist, audiologist, otolaryngologist, and social worker. These members provide important specialization and assess the needs of each patient.

Each patient’s situation and needs are unique. Most patients require multiple procedures performed over the course of many years. For example, many congenital abnormalities such as a cleft lip and/or palate repaired during youth can be redone when the face reaches skeletal maturity for maximum improvement. We typically follow our patients for many years.

Congenital Deformities We Treat

  • Apert Syndrome
  • Cleft Lip and Palate
  • Craniosynostoses (Single Suture)
    • Plagiocephaly – Coronal Synostosis
    • Scaphocephaly – Sagittal Synostosis
    • Trigonocephaly – Metopic Synostosis
    • Posterior Plagiocephaly – Lambdoid Synostosis
  • Crouzon Syndrome
  • Deformations (Positional Plagiocephaly)
  • Hemifacial Microsomia, Craniofacial Microsomia and Goldenhar
  • Pfeiffer Syndrome
  • Treacher Collins Syndrome, Nager Variant, Miller Syndrome
  • Pierre Robin Sequence
  • Microtia (small or absent ear)

Acquired Deformities We Treat

  • Tumor/Cancer Removal Defects
  • Trauma/Accidents
  • Scar revisions
  • Septoplasty
  • Vascular Anomalies

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