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Pediatric Plastic Surgery

Pediatric Plastic SurgerySLUCare pediatric plastic surgeons treat children with a wide range of medical conditions – from skin growths and discoloration to disfiguring conditions such as cleft lip, cleft palate and chest deformities. We treat young patients at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital.

Conditions We Treat

Cleft lip and cleft palate

Cleft lip, with or without cleft palate, is the most common birth defect. The condition can cause severe facial deformities, feeding problems, speech defects, misaligned teeth, poor growth and hearing problems. SLUCare pediatric plastic surgeons repair even the most complicated cases, which may affect the mouth, nose, gums and jaws. As part of the St. Louis Cleft-Craniofacial Center at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital, we take a team approach to care for these young patients, restoring function and creating a more normal appearance.

Chest deformities

Children are sometimes born with misshapen chests due to a bone deformity or one side of their chest may develop poorly over time (Poland syndrome). SLUCare pediatric plastic surgeons work closely with cardiac surgeons and pediatricians to assess and care for children with these unusual problems, both during childhood and in adolescence when abnormal breast development may occur. We use the latest procedures to reshape the bones, rearrange tissues and muscles, and use tissue expanders and implants to help children enter adulthood with as normal a physique as possible.

Birthmarks and vascular lesions

Birthmarks and other skin growths are common among children and may take many forms. There are hemangiomas (common birthmarks), lymphangiomas, and venous malformations, which may be contained within the skin or may be larger, affecting deeper tissues. Treatment varies from simple observation to oral medications to lasers or surgical resection. SLUCare pediatric plastic surgeons work closely with your pediatrician, coordinating care for your child to control or treat these growths as needed.

Large or abnormal nevi

Pigmented skin growths can develop unusual color or grow to become very large, involving major regions of the body. SLUCare plastic surgeons use the latest techniques, including lasers and surgical reconstruction, to manage, remove and resurface the affected area, reducing the risk of cancer or other problems later in life.

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