Approximately 4-5% of all live births are affected by soft tissue growth (e.g., strawberry or capillary hemangioma, port wine stain, lymphangioma), half of which occur in the head and neck. Neurofibroma – the most common tumor of nerve origin – occurs in one in 2,500-3,000 births. Hemifacial atrophy, characterized by the onset of progressive wasting of subcutaneous fat on one side of face in adolescence, is not present at birth, but is thought to be of familial origin.
At the time of your initial consultation, sophisticated video imaging is used to assess facial imbalance and functional deficits. Medical records of prior operations are evaluated to determine the vascularity of the tumor, length of involvement, and previous reconstructive attempts. MRI and/or arteriography provide additional information of tumor geometry and blood supply, when necessary. A computerized projected design of the step-by-step surgical plan is discussed with you and your family.
Aesthetic facial restoration incorporates the latest in corrective surgical techniques and state-of-the-art technology and post-operative camouflage make-up. Sophisticated microsurgical techniques are use to remove residual tumor, re-align distorted facial features and restore facial balance and symmetry. The newest methods of laser resurfacing, fat recycling, autogenous “filler” materials and micro-liposuction provide the “finishing” touches in achieving optimal appearance and function. After surgery, our professional aesthetician formulates custom concealer make-up to camouflage your residual blemishes and healing incisions.
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