There are more than 100 known causes of congenital and acquired facial paralysis and deformities in children. Pediatric plastic surgery is used to treat these conditions, including facial differences, loss of muscle function, nerve conditions, vascular disorders and other conditions that require reconstructive intervention. Our team of surgeons has the training and expertise to offer a range of treatment options for these unique situations.

Why Choose Us?

Our pediatric experts are prepared to meet the reconstructive needs of your child. We offer treatment that is comprehensive and effective by working closely with specialists in vascular surgery and pediatric trauma surgery to ensure your child receives the best care possible.

Conditions We Treat

  • Partial facial paralysis
  • Full facial paralysis
  • Cleft lip and palate
  • Ear malformations
  • Nose malformations
  • Other congenital and acquired deformities
  • Stenosis of blood vessels
  • Arteriovenous fistula 
  • Aneurysms not located in the brain
  • Coarctations
  • Differences in blood vessels from birth
  • Injury to blood vessels
  • Thrombus or embolus 
  • Traumatic limb amputation
  • Renal artery stenosis 
  • Renovascular hypertension 
  • Pseudoaneurysm after infection
  • Tumors involving blood vessels

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Patient Care

What to expect

We understand the particular difficulty of having a child in need of surgical intervention. Our specialists will approach your situation with compassion. We will work to understand your needs—and those of your child—and offer treatment options that represent the most advanced technology, while keeping in mind the emotional and physical difficulties that come with hospitalization and surgery.

Preparing for your visit

Before your first meeting with one of our specialists, we encourage you to spend some time thinking about the goals you want treatment to achieve for your child. Make a list of questions you have and concerns about treatment you’d like to discuss, and bring them with you. Your specialist will have lots of questions for you, too, so come prepared to talk about your child’s health history and current condition. In some situations, it can be helpful to invite a trusted family member or friend to accompany you to your appointment as they may have a perspective that is relevant and valuable—and may be helpful to you in discussions after your appointment as you consider treatment options.  

Washington University’s pediatric patient appointments and plastic surgery procedures are performed at the St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

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