While we may think of liposuction and nose jobs when we hear about cosmetic surgery, there are other applications for plastic surgery, some of which have profoundly affected the lives of children.
According to the International Craniofacial Institute, one in every 700 births results in a congenital deformity such as cleft palate. While many of these birth defects are the result of genetic predispossition, environmental issues,
or the health of the mother, some are of unknown origin. Modern medical science is able to intervene to insure that these children can live healthy lives. These are before and after pictures, although some of the patients here may still be awaiting addtional surgery.
Treacher Collins Syndrome is a genetic disorder that affects the size and shape of the ears, cheek bones, and upper and lower jaws. Through plastic surgery, chins, cheekbones, nose, jaws and even ears can be corrected.
Hypertelorism causes too large a space between the nose, as well as nasal deformities.
Cleft palate is the most common birth deformity. Surgery is usually done when the patient is quite young. These pictures show the same patient at two months, seven years and seventeen years of age.
Unfortunately, children in the non-western world do not have the benefit of readily available corrective surgery for craniofacial deformities. Luckily, organizations like Smiles International and Interplast were founded to make it possible for children around the world to be able to have surgery to correct facial birth defects. Interplast also makes other types of surgery possible, such as burn and hand surgeries.
In researching this page, we discovered that there is a disproportionate number of male to female medical professionals, especially doctors, working in plastic and reconstructive surgery, especially for pediatric patients. Here are a few female doctors we found.
Dr Carla Epps Dr. Delora Mount Dr. Simone Topal (Northampton, MA native.)
Why do you think there aren't more women involved in this important field?
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