Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Dr. Deleyiannis meets with a patient at the
Department of Plastic Surgery.
The Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Children's Hospital Colorado is committed to providing the highest standard of plastic and reconstructive care to neonates, infants, children and adolescents. It is the only pediatric plastic and reconstructive surgery program in the state of Colorado and receives referrals from all over the Rocky Mountain region.
Why choose Children’s for plastic and reconstructive surgery?
For more than 25 years, our experienced care team has been providing plastic surgery treatment for children. The Department of Plastic Surgery at Children's Hospital Colorado offers treatment for acquired and congenital (present at birth) problems of the face, head and neck, body, and upper and lower extremities.
Children’s pediatric plastic surgeons are fellowship trained and experienced in providing a wide range of plastic surgery care, from conditions impairing function to appearance-related conditions with psychological effects. Specialized multidisciplinary care is offered in cleft-craniofacial surgery, as well as in reconstructive surgery and in care for children with birthmarks/moles (nevi) and vascular lesions.
Treatment is provided in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. The program integrates the multidisciplinary efforts of neurosurgery, dental surgery, ENT, radiology, dermatology and the burn program.
Conditions we treat
Our experienced care team provides specialized care for a variety of conditions, ranging from common cysts and moles, to the most complex congenital defects and birth abnormalities.
Craniofacial surgery: congenital and post-traumatic
Children’s Craniofacial Program provides comprehensive services for the diagnosis and management of congenital and acquired deformities of the soft and hard tissues of the head, face and neck. We have the leading program in the Rocky Mountain region for the treatment of patients with craniosynostosis and dysmorphic craniofacial abnormalities. Our team provides craniofacial surgery for deformities caused by events such as facial fractures, dog bites and other traumatic injuries so that children can restore both form and function.
Cleft lip and palate
Our Cleft Lip and Palate Program treats children with cleft lip and palate as well as submucous cleft palate, velopharyngeal incompetence and dysfunction, and oral-motor coordination problems. Pediatric plastic surgeons at Children’s perform all stages of surgery for the cleft patient, such as the initial cleft lip repair, palate repair, nasal surgery, and the final jaw surgery at skeletal maturity. This department has received the recognition of being an official Cleft Palate Team – a national distinction from the American Cleft Palate - Craniofacial Association.
General reconstructive surgery
Children’s plastic surgeons also perform procedures for complex reconstructive problems caused by injuries or tumors. Many of these procedures are done in tandem with other pediatric surgical specialists. Using specialized techniques, our plastic surgeons can transplant a flap (a section of tissue carrying its own blood supply) to help restore skin, muscle, or bone that has been lost.
Both males and females can suffer from breast disorders, which may include macromastia (heavy, pendulous breasts) and gynecomastia (enlargement of the male breast). Surgery can be performed on patients after their breast growth is complete to improve discomfort and/or psychosocial problems.
Ear and nasal surgery
Otoplasty, or ear surgery, can be done to improve the shape, position or proportion of a child’s or teen’s ear. Children’s plastic surgeons perform ear surgery for a variety of issues, including correction of defects in the ear structure that are present at birth, setting prominent ears closer to the head and treating misshapen ears caused by injury.
Nasal surgery is potentially offered to improve nasal breathing or to improve the appearance of a child who has sustained an injury. In addition, both ear and nasal surgery may be considered for patients suffering significant psychosocial discomfort from their appearance.
Birthmarks and skin surgery
Congenital nevi, or birthmarks, are the most common abnormality of the skin. When large birthmarks are found in children, surgical removal is considered. Giant nevi carry a significant risk of developing into melanoma (skin cancer), although the exact risk is still being debated remains controversial. Plastic surgery techniques, such as tissue expansion, can enable giant nevi to be removed.
Surgical reconstruction for burn scars and other scar revision surgeries are also commonly performed by our plastic surgery team.
A multidisciplinary team at Children’s, consisting of specialists from Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology, Dermatology, Hematology, Pediatric General Surgery and Interventional Radiology, evaluate and treats vascular anomalies in children, ranging from vascular malformations to hemangiomas.
Our expert team treats the following hand anomolies:
- Constriction ring syndrome
- Polydactaly – extra digits or duplicated digits
- Syndactaly – webbed digits
- Thumb abnormalities
Other conditions treated
- Facial paralysis
- Hemifacial atrophy – a slowly progressive wasting of tissue on one side
of the face
- Hemifacial microsomia – one side of the jaw and face is underdeveloped and does not grow normally
- Tumors of the jaw and scalp
- Neurofibromatosis – a genetic disorder that causes tumors to grow on nerve tissue, producing skin and bone abnormalities
Plastic and Reconstructive Clinic
The Plastic and Reconstructive Clinic meets two times per week. A plastic surgeon, a clinical nurse specialist and a plastic surgery physician assistant evaluate patients with congenital and acquired facial deformities, facial clefts, hand anomalies, skin conditions, breast conditions, vascular malformations and other conditions. An individual operative plan is established based on this evaluation. When necessary, referrals may be made to one of several multidisciplinary clinics, including the following:
Meet our plastic surgery care team.
Colorado insurance coverage for plastic and reconstructive surgery
Colorado law requires insurers offering health care policies within the state to provide coverage for medically diagnosed congenital defects and birth abnormalities. For more information, or to see if you qualify, please contact your health-care provider. Read more about insurance accepted at Children's Hospital Colorado.