Children's Hospital Colorado

More than Meets the Eye: Pediatric Plastic Surgery (S4:E37)

Plastic surgery conjures up associations with cosmetic and aesthetic improvements, often in the name of vanity. However, plastic surgeons play an important role in pediatrics by addressing a range of indications, including congenital defects, post-traumatic deformities, skin infections and tumors.

Listen to pediatric experts discuss pediatric plastic surgery

In this episode, we welcome Aaron Mason, MD, to talk through the most common reasons for pediatric plastic surgery referrals from primary care.

Dr. Mason is the Chief of Plastic Surgery at Children’s Hospital Colorado and is Visiting Associate Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

In this episode, our experts discuss:

  • Common referrals for pediatric plastic surgery and reconstructive surgery
  • Setting expectations around plastic surgery outcomes
  • Research on scarless healing and scar management
  • Congenital defects
  • Treatment and outcomes for patients with cleft lip and palate
  • The role for plastic surgeons in treating skin infections
  • Recommendations for providers practicing in areas with limited plastic surgery resources
  • The Adolescent Breast and Chest Program at Children’s Colorado
  • Ear and craniofacial anomalies
  • Fused fingers, extra digits and hand deformities
  • Nerve injuries in children

Plastic surgery at Children’s Colorado

The Department of Pediatric Plastic Surgery at Children’s Colorado is one of the largest children’s plastic surgery programs in the United States. Our skilled plastic and reconstructive surgeons take a multidisciplinary approach to provide expert care to children with both congenital and acquired conditions.

Refer a patient to Children’s Colorado.