Pediatric Plastic Surgery
Pediatric plastic and reconstructive surgery encompasses a group of surgical procedures that correct or improve the appearance and function of external deformities. Pediatric procedures account for about three percent of all plastic surgery procedures performed in the US each year. These procedures require specialized care to preserve the growing bodies of children from infants to young adults.
Reconstructive surgery is most often performed to improve the function of the affected area after an injury, birth defect or scarring from another surgical procedure, and usually improves the appearance of the affected area as well through the same procedure. These procedures require expert, individualized care to treat the growing bodies of pediatric patients and ensure that proper development and functioning continue after surgery.
It is important for surgeons to take special care when performing pediatric procedures, as children’s bodies are still growing and must continue to develop as needed after surgery. There are certain risks associated with each type of procedure, as well as general risks such as infection, anesthesia complications, excessive bleeding, fever and others. Dr. Trovato will discuss the risk of your child’s procedure before surgery.
Dr. Trovato performs many different types of pediatric plastic surgery procedures to correct birth defects or injuries or for cosmetic purposes. Some of these procedures include:
Cleft lip and cleft palate surgery is a complex surgical procedure usually performed at six to twelve weeks of age to correct nursing, feeding and speech problems, frequent ear infections and physical disfigurement caused by a cleft lip and/or palate. Children often require speech therapy after these procedures to correct muscle problems caused by the cleft palate.
Otoplasty, or ear surgery, aims to reduce the size of larger ears or set prominent ears back closer to the head. This procedure involves sculpting the cartilage to change the appearance of the ears. Although otoplasty can be performed on adults, it is most commonly performed on children between the ages of four and 14, as ears are almost fully grown by age four. Many parents choose to have their child undergo this procedure at an early age to help prevent teasing in school.
Burns can often leave children with severe physical disfigurements, depending on the cause and severity of the burn. Improving the aesthetic appearance of burns can help the patient’s self esteem and prevent permanent scarring. Burn surgery usually involves skin grafting and cosmetic reconstruction, and may be performed in an emergency facility or later on.
Scar revision is typically performed on patients with scars from injury or from a previous surgery and aims to improve the appearance and function of the affected area through one of several different techniques. Many minor scars can be treated by injecting a steroid medication into the scar, while others may require laser treatments, skin grafts, collagen injections or other types of reconstructive treatment.
Cosmetic procedures for children often include rhinoplasty, breast augmentation or male breast reduction. While these procedures have a very high success rate similar to the ones performed on adults, it is important for patients to wait until their bodies are fully developed before undergoing cosmetic procedures, in order to ensure that the results do not change dramatically over time.
Being called to care for children in the Emergency Room setting over many years, we recognized all too often an anxious child and parent sitting for hours in the waiting room until the plastic surgeon arrived to provide specialized treatment for their injury. We developed KidKutsMD™ to provide kids and parents in the Dallas metroplex with a concierge, compassionate, and efficient way to meet their plastic surgeon when and where they need him or her, most often with care provided in a convenient, quiet setting.
It is our mission to provide compassionate, individualized, highly-efficient, specialty care for injuries big and small and deliver a positive experience and optimal results. By using our proprietary KidKutsMD™ mobile application, our pediatric plastic surgeon specialist can initially evaluate the digital image of your child’s injury, thereby helping to establish a care plan. We coordinate care with you or your point of contact and arrange for our board-certified pediatric plastic surgeon to meet you and your child at one of our preferred facilities, thereby eliminating ER waiting rooms and ensuring prompt specialty care, a positive experience, and optimal cosmetic results.
Assisting pediatricians, neonatal care units, and parents by providing direct access to pediatric specialists for the evaluation and treatment of newborn ear deformities.
Through our proprietary mobile application, clinicians and parents have a fast, easy, accurate assessment of a newborn’s ear shape. Should treatment be recommended, we coordinate immediate care by a local specialist in our preferred provider network.
Compassionate, immediate, specialized care for newborn ear deformities.