Craniofacial Surgery - Overview

What Is Craniofacial Surgery?

Craniofacial surgery is a surgical subspecialty that works to remedy congenital and acquired deformities of the skull, head, face, jaws and associated structures. This type of surgery is typically intended for babies, children and young adults with congenital deformities of the face and head. However, the advanced surgical skill set required for congenital craniofacial surgery has also become essential in some cases of elective craniofacial surgery for aesthetic reasons.

Craniofacial procedures can be divided up into two categories:

  1. Congenital Craniofacial Surgery: performed to remedy and relieve congenital or acquired craniofacial syndromes and deformities in babies, children, and young adults
  2. Aesthetic Craniofacial Surgery: elective surgery performed to improve the appearance of the face and skull in children and adults

Dr. Deschamps-Braly was Trained and Mentored by the World’s Pioneers of Craniofacial Surgery

Craniofacial surgery was pioneered in France by Dr. Paul Tessier and Dr. Daniel Marchac. Craniofacial surgery is a close cousin of orthognathic (jaw) surgery and maxillofacial surgery; pioneered by Dr. Hugo Obwegeser in Switzerland during the same period.

Dr. Deschamps-Braly was trained directly by Dr. Marchac in Paris and then went on to Zurich where he also trained at Dr. Obwegeser’s clinic. Later he worked with and took over the practice of Douglas Ousterhout MD, DDS who founded the craniofacial anomalies until at UCSF and pioneered much of the work in aesthetic craniofacial surgery.

Read more about Dr. Deschamps-Braly’s background in craniofacial surgery here.