Reconstructive Plastic Surgery For Children
It may be a controversial topic, but there are many situations in which it’s acceptable for a child to undergo plastic surgery, especially if it’s to correct accidental damage or a congenital deformity. These procedures are done for physical reconstruction and self-confidence issues as opposed to purely cosmetic reasons.
- Accident Reconstruction. Children can be accident prone, and their little bodies can’t take a lot of trauma without some physical scarring. If a child is involved in a car accident, is bitten by a dog, or is seriously wounded by another means, reconstructive plastic surgery can repair the damage.
- Otoplasty: A common surgery among children is the surgical repair or repositioning of the ear, called otoplasty. Many children don’t like the way their ears look, or may have been born with prominent ears, where the ear sticks out from the head. These children may be the targets of bullying by those who can be un-intentionally cruel. Otoplasty is commonly recommended in these instances for the child’s emotional well being.
- Cleft Lip or Cleft Palate: The cleft lip and the cleft palate are two of the most common conditions that can be present at birth. Both can severely hinder eating and speaking, and may affect the way a child feels about how he or she looks. Plastic surgery at a center specializing in this is the only way to repair these conditions, and the results can be life-changing.
- Cosmetic Procedures: For some children or teens, plastic or cosmetic surgery may be an emotionally necessary. The removal of a prominent mole or birthmark may be appropriate in many circumstances.
The availability of pediatric plastic surgery is a blessing for many children. If you have questions or concerns about any of these procedures, we invite you to give us a call at 828-526-3783 to schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Buchanan.