What is Craniofacial Surgery?
Craniofacial surgery is more easily understood as facial skeletal surgery. It is a distinct field of plastic surgery that specifically deals with changing the structural foundations of the face by altering the facial skeleton.
Craniofacial surgery originated in France with Dr. Paul Tessier and later Dr. Daniel Marchac. Craniofacial surgery is a close cousin of orthognathic surgery, which was pioneered by Dr. Hugo Obwegeser in Switzerland, during the same period that Tessier and later Marchac were developing Craniofacial surgery. Dr Deschamps-Braly was trained by Dr. Marchac in Paris and then went to Zurich where he also trained at Dr. Obwegeser’s clinic.
Craniofacial surgery was originally intended to serve children and young adults with congenital deformities of the head and face; however, the highly advanced surgical skill set required for effective craniofacial surgery has also become useful, or even essential, in some aspects of facial aesthetic surgery and orthognathic surgery.
Your Craniofacial Surgeon may perform many different surgical procedures.
Craniofacial surgery is comprised of several complex surgical procedures that treat a variety of conditions. Some common craniofacial syndromes include:
- Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate
- Hemifacial Microsomia
- Treacher Collins Syndrome
- Orbital Hyperteloris
- Orbital Dystopia
- Tessier Facial Clefts
- Plagiocephaly (Flat Head Syndrome)
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