Staten Island Hemifacial Microsomia and Goldenhar Syndrome Treatment of Underdeveloped Facial Features
Hemifacial microsomia in NYC is a condition in which a child is born with underdeveloped parts of the face, commonly the ear, jaw, ear, cheek, and possibly the neck. This condition usually only affects one side of the face and is caused in some cases either genetically or environmentally. Children who are born with this condition may display symptoms that range from mild to severe. Some may simply have what may be described as a “crooked” smile. Others may have an underdeveloped or completely undeveloped external ear. In the most severe cases if the central nervous system is affected, features of the face may not move symmetrically. At Staten Island Oral Surgery, Dr. Hoffman will discuss the treatment options available for hemifacial microsomia in New York City and what surgery or combination of treatments best suit you and your child’s needs.
A wide range of surgeries and treatment options for hemifacial microsomia in NYC are available at Staten Island Oral Surgery to accommodate the varying severities and features affected with this condition. Hemifacial microsomia may potentially physically affect the formation of the ears, face, jaw, and teeth, and the functioning aspects of hearing, eating, breathing and speech. The more common physical aspects of underdeveloped and unsymmetrical features such as the ears, face, and jaw can be corrected with reconstructive surgery. The ideal age for surgery to correct your child’s underdeveloped features depends on the individual feature. Ears are typically repaired at 6 to 8 years old. Some patients may also consider the possibilities of a prosthetic ear. Cleft lips may be repaired at 3 to 4 months, and cleft palates are usually repaired at 8 months. Children with missing or malformed teeth may need braces or a dental appliance. Those with a malformed or lopsided jaw may require corrective surgery between the ages at a variety of ages varying from 4-6 years to adults . Dr. Hoffman and his staff look forward to discussing the individual features that hemifacial microsomia has affected on your child in order to determine which corrective surgery is needed and begin improving your child’s quality of life.
Multiple surgeries on different features is often required to improve the appearance and function of the features which have been affected by hemifacial microsomia in NYC. With the expertise and advanced techniques Dr. Hoffman and the staff at Staten Island Oral Surgery provide, your child may look forward to a life less inhibited, both aesthetically and functionally, by hemifacial microsomia in New York. Surgery commonly used and include distraction osteogenesis in NYC. Rib grafts and other orthognathic surgeries in NYC.
David Hoffman, D.D.S. or Mark Stein, D.D.S., M.D. would be happy to discuss hemifacial microsomia with you. Please call 718.226.1251 to schedule an appointment for a private consultation at Staten Island Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
256-C Mason Ave, 3rd Floor
Staten Island, New York 10305