What is craniofacial surgery?

Craniofacial surgery is a specialized branch of plastic surgery that involves the correction and reconstruction of differences of the skull and face. This can be due to congenital conditions, trauma, disease, or aging. Our highly skilled team uses the most advanced surgical techniques to restore normal function and improve appearance. We work as part of a multidisciplinary craniofacial team including craniofacial plastic surgeon and neurosurgeon as well as geneticist, social worker, psychologist, orthodontist and pediatrician to ensure wrap-around craniofacial care.

We utilize cutting-edge surgical techniques and the most advanced computer-aided design and manufacturing technologies for virtual surgical planning of individualized patient solutions to maximize both functional and aesthetic outcomes.

In all cases, the goal of reconstruction is to restore as much function as possible and achieve the best aesthetic outcome.

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Reconstructive Services at Palm Beach Plastic Surgery Institute

What can craniofacial surgery treat?

At Palm Beach Plastic Surgery Institute, we offer craniofacial surgery to address a wide range of conditions, including:

  • Craniosynostosis: A condition involving the premature fusion of the skull bones, which can affect the shape of a child's head and potentially limit brain growth. Craniofacial surgery can correct this, allowing for normal brain development.  Our team performs both open cranial vault remodeling and minimally invasive procedures aimed at reshaping the skull and relieving pressure on the brain caused by premature fusion of sutures in an infant’s skull.
  • Complex craniofacial conditions: Our team is experienced in treating complex craniofacial syndromes such as Treacher Collins syndrome, Crouzon syndrome, Apert syndrome and other syndromic craniosynostoses. Our team is proficient in advanced frontofacial procedures for these conditions including monobloc and Lefort III advancements, facial bipartition, and box osteotomy. 
  • Cleft lip and palate: These are openings or splits in the upper lip, the roof of the mouth (palate) or both. Surgical repair is aimed at improving the patient's ability to eat, speak, hear, and breathe, and enhancing their facial appearance.
  • Facial fractures: Facial injuries can cause fractures in the bones. Our team treats both acute and chronic injuries restoring the normal anatomy to facial structure.
  • Jaw abnormalities: These can cause difficulties with speech, eating, and breathing. By reshaping and repositioning the upper and lower jaw through surgery, these issues can be addressed. Our team performs neonatal mandibular distraction osteogenesis for Pierre Robin Sequence, distraction osteogenesis for midface retrusion conditions and hemifacial microsomia, as well as orthognathic surgery for dental misalignment (malocclusion), sleep apnea and aesthetic facial skeletal contouring.
  • Distraction osteogenesis surgery: This surgical process is used to gradually lengthen or reshape bone and can be applied in craniofacial surgery to correct jaw deformities or other skeletal abnormalities.
  • Orbital (eye socket) reconstruction: We specialize in orbital reconstruction surgery, designed to restore the shape and function of the eye socket following injury, disease, or congenital differences.
  • Facial reanimation/sensory cranial nerve surgery: Facial reanimation surgery can restore movement and expression to faces paralyzed due to nerve damage (including from facial paralysis or from Bell’s Palsy), significantly enhancing both function and appearance.  We also perform corneal neurotization, facial sensory reinnervation surgery and migraine surgery.
  • Tumors, cysts and fibrous dysplasia, whether benign or malignant, in the head, face, or jaw can be removed with reconstruction of the affected area.
  • Cranioplasty: We are experts in reconstruction of skull defects that may occur trauma, cancer or brain-decompressive surgery. Our team uses state of the art regenerative techniques as well as autologous (patient’s own tissue) and alloplastic (artificial) implants depending on the scenario.
  • Aesthetic skeletal contouring: Some people choose craniofacial surgery to modify the shape or proportions of their face for aesthetic reasons. Procedures can include rhinoplasty (nose reshaping), genioplasty (chin reshaping), and orthognathic surgery (jaw realignment).
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Why choose Palm Beach Plastic Surgery Institute?

At Palm Beach Plastic Surgery Institute, we set the standard in advanced craniofacial surgery in West Palm Beach, combining world-class expertise, exceptional patient care, and a profound commitment to the community. Our team is led by renowned board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr Edward H Davidson MD FACS FAAP, with specialist fellowship training in craniofacial surgery and over a decade of experience. He is renowned nationally and internationally as an educator in craniofacial cosmetic and corrective plastic surgery.

We pride ourselves on providing a boutique concierge practice experience. We strive to make patients feel special and loved through unwavering availability, wraparound care, and a distinctively caring, empathetic, and professional approach. In partnership with Palm Beach Plastic Surgery Foundation, we provide financial assistance to those needing craniofacial care.

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