Pediatric Plastic Surgery

New Jersey Child and Adolescent Plastic Surgery

The Robert Zubowski Center for Plastic and Reconstructive surgery is often referred pediatric plastic surgery cases by physicians in New York and New Jersey because of our surgeons’ expertise and experience working with children. We understand, surgery aside, that often the most important considerations are the child’s routine and the parent’s stress. We do everything we can to minimize the disruptions to the child’s day-to-day activities and we work closely with the child’s primary physician to expedite paperwork and reduce stress for the parents. The Zubowski Center maintains their own AAAASF certified surgical facility, and the majority of pediatric plastic surgery procedures can be performed there, avoiding the anxiety of a hospital visit.

Additionally, many members of our surgery team, including anesthesiologists, formerly worked in pediatric medicine – we know how to work with children, and we enjoy doing it. Our lead craniofacial surgeon, Dr. Brad Gandolfi, is a dedicated volunteer and has spent vacation time performing cleft palette surgeries for children overseas who would go untreated otherwise.

“One of the hardest things for a parent is having a child undergo a treatment or a therapy. I understand. I will work with the family to minimize the effects of surgery on the child’s daily life, like their schooling and normal routines, while maximizing the results of the treatment.” – Dr. Gandolfi

Pediatric Plastic Surgery Procedures

When correction of both form and function are required, cases are often referred to us. We have experience working as a team with primary physicians and specialists to provide comprehensive care. If you have not yet received a referral, or seeking a second opinion, we most often deal with the following cases:

Abnormal head shape / Skull Reshaping
Abnormal head shape may be caused by both congenital and environmental factors, before or after birth. Skull reshaping is a procedure to correct flattened skulls, bumps or asymmetric skulls. Depending on the shape, different methods of correction will be utilized.

Cleft lip & Cleft palate
During the child’s development in the womb, parts of the upper lip and mouth may not have formed properly. Dr. Gandolfi is experienced with cleft surgeries to restore both form and function to lips and palate, as well as other procedures to repair tissue that may have also been affected, like cleft rhinoplasty.

Congenital Nevi / Giant Nevi
Congenital nevi are moles present at birth. They vary in size and are often considered birthmarks, and can be removed through surgical excision. The term “giant nevi” simply refers to a nevus bigger than 20 square centimeters. Giant nevi are at a greater risk of developing into melanoma.

Craniofacial microsomia (CFM)
CFM refers to children who are born with smaller than usual parts of the face, often resulting in facial asymmetry. Surgery may be able to enlarge or reshape facial features, or in some cases align the jaws.

Ear deformities
The term ear deformities covers a range of conditions that may be addressed through surgical intervention, from simple ear pinning to rebuilding the structures of the ear.

EarWell™ non-surgical ear molding
Ear deformities in some cases my be addressed with the EarWell™ Infant Ear Correction system. Like braces for the teeth, EarWell is a form that that applies pressure on the ear’s cartilage to shape and correct the ear’s form while the infant grows.

Facial nerve palsy
The delicate nerves of the face can be disturbed by the dynamic action of muscles and bones, or may have been shifted out of their proper placement during development, resulting in facial palsy. There are several options for relieving pressure on the nerve causing the palsy.

Malocclusion refers to a misaligned jaw. Learn more about malocclusion correction surgery here.

Pierre-Robin Syndrome (PRS)
PRS refers to a sequence of malformation during development affecting mouth, airways and the face, requiring the expertise of a craniofacial surgeon.

Polydactylism refers to extra digits on the hands or feet. Extra digits are often removed surgically, but depending on the location, surgical removal may be more complicated and require the expertise of plastic surgeon.

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