Whether or not it’s ok for children to undergo plastic surgery is a controversial topic. Controversial, yes, it is, but there are many different situations in which it is not only acceptable but encouraged that a child undergo a surgical procedure to correct damage or deformity. These situations and their accompanying procedures are commonly based in actual medical and physical reconstruction as opposed to pure cosmetic reasons.
Accident Reconstruction. Children are accident prone, and their little bodies cannot take a lot of trauma without some physical scarring. If a child is involved in a car accident, is bitten by a dog, or is seriously wounded by another means, this child can receive reconstructive plastic surgery to repair the damage.
Cleft Lips and Palates. Two of the most common physical birth defects, the cleft lip and the cleft palate can severely hinder eating, breathing and speaking, not to mention the way they can affect the way a child may feel about how he looks. Plastic surgery is the only way to repair these conditions, and the results can be astounding.
Otoplasty. A common surgery among children is otoplasty, the surgical repair or repositioning of the ear. Many children don’t like the way their ears look, or may have been born with microtia, where the outside of the ear is under-formed. These children may suffer at the hands of other children who can be cruel without meaning to be. In these cases, otoplasty may be recommended for the child’s emotional well being.
Cosmetic Procedures. Sometimes plastic surgery isn’t medically necessary, but for some children, it may be emotionally necessary. The removal of a prominent mole or the removal of a birthmark may be appropriate in many circumstances.
Whether you approve of pediatric plastic surgery or not, its availability can be a huge blessing for some children. It’s a fascinating topic, that’s for sure; it’s a topic Dr. Thompson would be happy to discuss with you. Please give us a call if you have a child who could benefit from a surgical procedure at Utah Facial Plastics. Dr. Thompson looks forward to meeting you and your child: (801) 776-2220.