Congenital Deformity Surgery at Parkway Plastic Surgery in Kalamazoo

In some cases, children are faced with congenital deformities that need to be corrected for their physical and emotional well-being. You can learn more about cleft lip and cleft palate surgery and ear tuck surgery, also known as otoplasty, below.

Cleft Lip and Palate Surgery in Kalamazoo

Cleft lip repair and cleft palate repair surgeries are procedures to correct these congenital deformities and are meant to restore function to the lips and mouth along with producing a more normal appearance. Cleft palate and cleft lip, are a common deformity in children around the world. 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 – these abnormalities can occur together or individually and vary in severity.

Indications: Presence of congenital deformity
Goal/Result: Restoration of normal function and appearance
Anesthesia: General anesthesia
Site: Inpatient or outpatient
Recovery to Full Function: 1 to 7 days

Ear Tuck in Kalamazoo

Ear tuck surgery, or otoplasty, is typically done to reshape ears to be less prominent or to reduce the size of larger ears. In general, the procedure is done on children between the ages of four and fourteen as ears are fully grown at age four and can lead to teasing and harassment of children with prominent ears. However, the procedure can be performed later in life with no additional risk.

Even if only one ear protrudes or is too large, surgery will likely be performed on both ears for better balance and symmetry. In most cases, ear surgery will leave a faint scar behind the back of the year that will fade with time. Individual evaluation of the deformity will allow for a specific treatment plans and reshaping of the structural cartilage of the ear.

Indications: Prominent ear contour deformity
Goal/Result: Restoration of normal function and appearance
Anesthesia: General anesthesia
Site: Outpatient
Recovery to Full Function: 7 to 10 days