Procedures for Children in Fort Worth
Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Emily Kirby offers pediatric surgery for the following conditions.
Ear Reconstruction (Microtia)
Some children are born with ears that are not fully formed. Microtia, or underdeveloped ear, and anotia, or absent ear, are variable in their appearance. The condition may or may not be associated with hearing loss. Ear reconstruction is performed using rib cartilage in several stages.
Ear Pinning (Otoplasty)
Otoplasty, or ear reshaping/pinning, is a common operation performed to correct prominent ears. Children entering school can benefit greatly from the improved self-esteem this surgery provides. Adults with old ear injuries and children with other ear defects present at birth (“lop ear,” “Stahl’s ear,” “constricted ear,” or “cryptotia”) are also candidates for otoplasty.
Infant Ear Molding
Infants born with ear abnormalities (prominent ears, “lop ear,” “Stahl’s ear,” or “constricted ear,”) can be treated within the first six weeks of life by molding the ear cartilage. Molding the ear at this age may avoid later surgical correction of the ear(s).
Congenital Breast Differences
Breast asymmetry may be caused by a congenital anomaly, present at birth. Poland Syndrome is a common cause of breast asymmetry, involving chest wall, arm, and breast abnormalities. Reconstruction using implants, muscles, or soft tissue can be used to create a breast.
Hemangiomas and lymphangiomas are the most common benign (non-cancerous) tumors of the skin in infants. They may be present at birth or they may appear later. Some hemangiomas may disappear in the first few months of life. Others may grow quickly and disappear years later. Removal of the hemangioma using laser or surgical excision may be advised.