Pediatric plastic surgery focuses on addressing injuries and congenital issues that may cause problems as a child continues to mature. Plastic surgery in children must be held to an even higher standard than a routine adult cosmetic visit. Parents and Dr. Maman work together to designate a plan of care that is most in line with the interests of the child, who may not yet be mature enough to make these decisions alone.
If you are considering plastic surgery for your child, not only should the surgeon of choice be trained in pediatric plastic surgery, but you and your child should feel comfortable interacting with them. Apart from his impressive credentials, Dr. Maman has extensive experience treating children and is a father to three young daughters himself.
It is not uncommon for the average active child to experience cuts and scrapes. Sometimes these occur in more problematic areas such as the face, which are best addressed by a plastic surgeon. Dr. Maman treats this type of injury regularly in his office, even if you have already been seen at the emergency room. Please call our office, and we will be happy to assist you to determine the best course of action. For any medical emergency, always dial 911.
A child may have one or both ears that protrude significantly or are misshapen. This condition can negatively affect a child’s self-esteem as they progress through schooling. Uneven or protruding ears can be easily addressed in an outpatient surgical procedure called otoplasty. This procedure is typically performed at approximately seven or eight years of age. This age allows the ears to have completed a significant amount of growth and coincides with peers beginning to become aware of physical appearance.
Birthmarks and Moles
Most children are born with small, unremarkable birth marks. In some cases, a child may be born with an extremely large or awkwardly placed birthmark called a congenital melanocytic nevus. It may be desirable to remove these birth marks for cosmetic reasons, but there is also data that indicates these birth marks may represent an increased risk of certain types of skin cancer. Dr. Maman has extensive expertise in treating these lesions and guiding parents through the appropriate course of considering plastic surgery for their child.
Plastic surgery is not typically top-of-mind when a parent decides to have their child’s ears pierced. This is actually a very common service provided by Dr. Maman, as most of his patients are active moms and their children. Although a standard ear piercing seems quite simple and harmless, your child is still at risk for infection and a poor cosmetic result. Entrusting a plastic surgeon guarantees that your child will be treated by a professional who understands sterility and an optimal outcome.
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