Pediatric Plastic Surgery
The plastic surgical care of children can range from the simple to the complex. From traumatic injuries to congenital deformities.
In all instances the experience is stressful to both the patient and the family. Dr. Kressel aims to minimize the stress and discomfort associated with care to children and their care givers.
Often acute care for injuries may be treated in a warm quiet office environment . Surgeries are performed in accredited facilities with anesthesiologists who are pediatric certified.
The most common pediatric visit is for the evaluation treatment of a traumatic injury whether it be a laceration of the face or an injury to the digits. The goal is to repair the injury in a manner to minimize scarring. Meticulous repair techniques are used which will reliably improve the cosmetic outcome. Dr. Kressel can meet families in either the quiet of his office or at one the hospital’s emergency rooms with which he is affiliated.
Moles are often removed because they are deemed “suspicious” or for aesthetic purposes. The color and shape can vary. Moles change in size, color, character or have irregular shapes Moles (nevi) are often removed surgically . Typically the surgeon will choose the excisional technique that will maximize the cosmetic outcome. Most moles can be removed in the office using local anesthesia.
- Ear Molding – Recently, it has been found that new born children with different ear shapes may be candidates for early molding of the ear. If ear molding is started early after birth often the correction is complete and permanent.
- Otoplasty (Ear pinning) surgery is performed to correct abnormally protruding or shaped ears.
For patients who require surgical correction of any ear shapes the ideal time is age 5-6 years old. Typically the surgery will move the position of the ear closer to the head and often reshapes the ear shape itself. Ear reconstruction is one of the most rewarding surgeries for plastic surgeons. The surgery saves the children from potential embarrassment in school and immediately increases their self-esteem.