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The type and severity of hemifacial microsomia is different for every child. The Cleft and Craniofacial Center at Boston Children’s hospital treats children with all forms of this condition, providing surgical solutions for even the most severe cases.
Some children with hemifacial microsomia will need more procedures and more involved care than others. During infancy, the initial goals are to ensure your baby is breathing and feeding well. Later in childhood and adolescence, the goal is to improve appearance and function of the affected areas.
We develop personalized surgical treatment plans should for each patient. Your child’s treatment team will include a comprehensive team of experts from many specialties. Each specialist on our craniofacial team will collaborate on a treatment plan that meets your child’s specific needs.
At Boston Children's Hospital, children with facial nerve paralysis caused by HFM receive treatment from a team of doctors with extensive training and experience in restoring the greatest possible degree of sensation and movement to a child’s face.
Our experienced, compassionate team understands that lack of facial expression or facial muscle tone can cause a variety of functional and social problems for your child. That's why we make it our business to offer the latest and best treatments, including:
Most children with hemifacial microsomia have a significantly underdeveloped upper and/or lower jaw. This can lead to difficulty chewing and keeping the teeth properly aligned. The treatment depends on the extent of your child’s symptoms. Reconstructive surgeries can include:
After surgery, your child may still have some asymmetry (unevenness) in the appearance of the jaw and some difficulty chewing and biting. Sometimes multiple surgical procedures are needed over the course of many years to enhance appearance and function.
Reconstructive surgical procedures for your child’s ear, if needed, will usually start between 6 and 8 years old. Several procedures over approximately 1 to 2 years may be needed to construct a missing or severely abnormal ear.
For an appointment with the Cleft and Craniofacial Center, more information or to obtain a second opinion for your child, please call us at 617-355-6309 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For families residing outside of the United States, please call Boston Children's International Health Services at +01-617-355-5209.
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