Parkway Plastic Surgery in Kalamazoo Can Correct Congenital Deformities

In the unfortunate event that your child is born with a congenital deformity, Parkway Plastic Surgery in Kalamazoo can help. These procedures are important for those whose physical or emotional well-being is negatively affected. In this post, we will look at ear tuck and cleft lip and palate surgeries.

Cleft lip and palate surgery

The palate is considered cleft when the roof of the mouth is not fully formed while a cleft lip is when the upper lift has incomplete formation. If your child has a cleft lip and/or a cleft palate, surgery will correct these congenital deformities and help restore proper function to the lips and mouth as well as providing a more normal appearance. These congenital deformities vary in severity and can occur together or individually. These procedures use general anesthesia and can be done on an inpatient or outpatient basis. Recovery is typically one to seven days.

Ear tuck surgery

Otoplasty, commonly knows as an ear tuck, is a surgical procedure intended to reshape ears to make them less prominent or to reduce the size of larger ears. Typically, ear tucks are performed on children ages four (when ears are fully grown) to fourteen. In general, the surgery is performed in order to improve the emotional well-being of children who are teased or harassed because of their ears. However, an ear tuck can be performed on older teens or adults with no additional risk. Usually an ear tuck will be performed on each ear so that they are symmetrical. The procedure uses general anesthesia and is performed on an outpatient basis. Recovery is typically seven to ten days with a small scar behind the back of the ear that will fade with time.

If your child has a congenital deformity, do not hesitate to contact Parkway Plastic Surgery in Kalamazoo today.