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At Palm Beach Plastic Surgery Institute, our primary focus is providing you and your child with comprehensive and personalized care backed by our extensive knowledge and skill in pediatric plastic surgery in West Palm Beach. Our commitment to excellence ensures that your child receives the highest quality care available so they can enjoy a happier, healthier, and more confident future.

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What is Pediatric Plastic Surgery?

Pediatric plastic surgery focuses on reconstructing and correcting bodily defects in children.

Craniofacial Anomalies

Craniofacial anomalies are deformities that affect the skull, face, and jaw. Some common craniofacial conditions in children include:

  • Craniosynostosis: The premature fusion of the skull bones can lead to abnormal growth and appearance.
  • Pierre Robin sequence: A combination of a small jaw, cleft palate, and tongue displacement, leading to breathing and feeding difficulties.
  • Hemifacial microsomia: A condition where one side of the face is underdeveloped, affecting the ear, mouth, and jaw structures.

Cleft Lip and Palate

Cleft lip and palate are among the most common congenital disabilities in children. A cleft lip is a separation of the upper lip, while a cleft palate involves a split in the roof of the mouth. Both can result in speech and feeding difficulties and an increased risk of ear infections. Typical treatments for cleft lip and palate include:

  • Surgical repair: Performed by a pediatric plastic surgeon, usually in the first year of life for cleft lip and within the first 18 months for a cleft palate.
  • Speech therapy: Expert guidance from a speech-language pathologist helps improve speech and language development.
  • Orthodontic treatment: The use of braces or other devices to correct teeth alignment, often required in later stages of development.


Some children are born with birthmarks that are usually harmless and may not require treatment; however, those with an irregular appearance may need further monitoring or removal due to an increased risk of melanoma.

Other common pediatric skin conditions include:

  • Hemangiomas: Benign growths made of blood vessels can sometimes be treated with medication or laser therapy.
  • Port-wine stains: Red or purple birthmarks often found on the face can be treated with laser therapy to reduce their appearance.
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Common Pediatric Plastic Surgeries


Otoplasty is a surgical procedure that corrects ear deformities, including prominent ears and congenital malformations. The surgery is typically performed between the ages of 4 and 14 when the ear has reached its full size. During the procedure, one of our skilled pediatric plastic surgeons reshapes the ear cartilage and adjusts its position for a more natural appearance.

Burn Care and Reconstruction

Children with skin burns require specialized care from a pediatric plastic surgeon. Burn care and reconstruction involves three stages:

  1. Acute burn care: The immediate burn treatment, including wound cleansing and dressing.
  2. Wound management: Ongoing care to promote healing and prevent infection.
  3. Reconstruction: Surgical procedures to improve the function and appearance of the affected area.

Your child's surgeon may use various grafting techniques, such as skin grafts, to restore both function and appearance.

Vascular Anomalies Management

Vascular anomalies, such as hemangiomas and vascular malformations, are abnormal clusters of blood vessels that can affect your child's skin, soft tissue, or internal organs. These anomalies may cause your child pain, discomfort, or aesthetic concerns. Pediatric plastic surgeons play a vital role in the multidisciplinary management of vascular anomalies, employing a range of treatments, including:

  • Laser therapy
  • Sclerotherapy
  • Surgical excision

Techniques and Safety in Pediatric Plastic Surgery

For our young patients undergoing pediatric plastic surgery in West Palm Beach, their safety and overall well-being are our utmost priorities. During consultations with Dr. Davidson, important topics that will be discussed include:

Anesthesia Considerations for Children

When it comes to anesthesia, the approach for children differs from that of adults. You should be aware of the following factors:

  • Children have higher metabolic rates, which may require higher doses of anesthesia
  • The airway is more likely to become obstructed, which calls for extra caution
  • Premedication, such as anti-anxiety medication, should be given to reduce anxiety in kids

Monitoring during anesthesia is crucial for children since their vital signs can change quickly. In line with this, we use specific tools like appropriately sized blood pressure cuffs and pulse oximeters.

Postoperative Care and Pain Management

The postoperative phase is essential for your young patients' recovery. They may experience pain, nausea, or vomiting after surgery. Here is what you need to focus on:

  1. Pain management: Good pain control enables faster recovery and minimizes distress. Be cautious with dosing, considering age, weight, and individual patient needs.
  2. Nausea and vomiting: Antiemetic medication can reduce these symptoms and increase comfort.
  3. Feeding protocols: Gradually progress from clear liquids to solid foods per the child’s tolerance.

Psychosocial Issues and Family Support

The psychological aspect of surgery can be challenging for children and their families. Here are some strategies to help them cope:

  • Prepare the child by providing age-appropriate information about the procedure. Use simple language and correct misconceptions.
  • Be involved throughout the experience.
  • Engage a child-life specialist or social worker to offer extra support and guidance.
  • Ensure a safe and supportive environment by addressing the psychosocial issues alongside physical recovery.
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Why Choose Dr. Davidson and Palm Beach Plastic Surgery Institute for Pediatric Plastic Surgery?

Choosing a highly skilled and experienced pediatric plastic surgeon is crucial for your child's well-being. At Palm Beach Plastic Surgery Institute, Dr. Davidson is a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience in pediatric plastic surgery within West Palm Beach. This distinction ensures that your child receives the highest possible care and expertise.

Palm Beach Plastic Surgery Institute offers a modern, comfortable atmosphere equipped with the latest technological advancements. It is designed to provide the best patient experience while maintaining strict safety standards. Moreover, you’ll experience compassionate care and emotional support to make your child’s plastic surgery journey seamless.

The qualifications and experience of Dr. Davidson, coupled with the state-of-the-art facilities and wide array of services available at Palm Beach Plastic Surgery Institute, make us the optimal choice for your child's pediatric plastic surgery in West Palm Beach. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help.

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