Pediatric craniofacial care at Dell Children’s
If your child needs specialty care for a facial abnormality or traumatic injury to their jaw, face or skull, talk to a craniofacial specialist at Dell Children’s Craniofacial and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery Center at Ascension Seton in Austin, Texas. Experienced craniofacial specialists and plastic surgeons diagnose and treat complex craniofacial conditions. We start by listening to you and answering your questions – big and small. Whether you are taking your child to their first appointment or looking for a second opinion, we’re here for your family. Your child’s doctor takes the time to explain your child’s diagnosis and discuss their treatment options. Together, we create a surgical care plan that is right for your child and your family.
Pediatric surgeons deliver care for:
- Cleft lip and palate
- Craniosynostosis (when a baby’s skull bones connect too early)
- Ear abnormality
- Craniofacial tumors
- Hemangioma (bright red birthmark)
- Jaw or facial abnormality
- Plagiocephaly (flat spot on a baby’s head)
- Polydactyly and syndactyly (extra or webbed fingers and toes)
- Skin lesion (mole and cyst)
- Vascular malformation (birthmark or growth caused by blood vessels)
- Other craniofacial conditions and syndromes
Your child’s multispecialty care team connects the dots for all your child’s care, including additional imaging, lab testing, referrals to other pediatric specialists, rehabilitation therapy and more.
Specialized craniofacial care, close to home
Dell Children’s Craniofacial and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery Center delivers highly specialized care for craniofacial conditions, including:
Reconstructive plastic surgery — Experienced plastic surgeons deliver advanced care for children with skin lesions, traumatic soft tissue and bone injuries, complex tumors, burns and congenital anomalies.
Craniofacial care — When you choose Dell Children’s, you get a team of craniofacial plastic surgeons, pediatric neurosurgeons and craniofacial orthodontists dedicated to your child’s care. At your child’s first appointment, we provide a thorough evaluation, including advanced imaging. We can also review previous scans and medical records. Then, we explain your child’s treatment options and create a care plan that’s right for your child.
Cleft lip and palate care — We have the only cleft lip and palate program in Austin that is approved by the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association. Your child’s care team includes plastic and reconstructive surgeons, orthodontists and speech therapists.
Ear molding and anomalies care — This specialized team delivers care for ear defects such as prominent ears, microtia (partially formed external ear) and anotia (missing external ear). As part of the craniofacial program, our clinic provides services such as ear molding that helps prepare your child’s ear for surgery. In some cases, ear molding can reduce your child’s need for surgery.
Plagiocephaly care — If your child has abnormalities in their head shape, such as flat head syndrome (positional plagiocephaly), experienced specialists at Dell Children’s are here to provide diagnosis and treatment. After an evaluation, we give you tips to help promote healthy growth for your child, such as stretches. When needed, your family will be connected with other specialists such as physical therapists.
Get a second opinion from a pediatric plastic surgeon
Get the confidence and peace of mind that your child’s doctor and care plan are right for your child and family. It's easy to get a second opinion at Dell Children’s Medical Center at Ascension Seton. We can review your child’s medical records and healthcare history to answer your questions and discuss options. Talk with one of our doctors about a personalized care plan for your child.
When your child has a new diagnosis and you're deciding on a treatment plan, there’s a lot to think about. We can discuss both therapeutic or surgical treatment plans. Our team of highly experienced pediatric specialists can provide you with a second opinion based on experience and as part of an integrated national network of care.
Before your child’s appointment, check with your insurance company to find out if a second opinion is covered. We can request their medical records from their doctor on your behalf, so that they can be shared with your care team before your arrival.
Refer a patient to a pediatric surgeon
Your patients can expect compassionate, personalized care from the moment our specialists connect with them. Our pediatric specialists start by listening to fully understand their needs and to develop an individualized care plan. To make a doctor referral, please call 512-324-0918.