Multicultural Portrait of Kids SmilingMany parents are surprised, either through prenatal ultrasound diagnosis or at birth, that their new little one needs special medical care in Austin to best develop functionally and aesthetically. If you’re referred to a pediatric plastic or craniofacial surgeon, you may find yourself wondering “what’s the difference” and “what diagnoses do they treat.” And which type of surgeon is best educated and experienced to treat your child’s diagnosis? Read on to learn more.

About Pediatric Craniofacial Surgeons

Pediatric craniofacial surgeons, like Dr. Cone and Dr. Langevin at Austin’s Wellspring Craniofacial Group, are Board Certified plastic surgeons with additional, specialized training and experience in operating on pediatric patients who require surgery to correct conditions of the face and skull. Only a tiny fracture of Plastic Surgeons go on to receive this specialized training.  With their skills and training, Dr. Cone and Dr. Langevin are especially prepared to aesthetically and functionally treat a wide variety of skull and facial conditions on the youngest of patients, including cleft lips, cleft palates, syndromic craniosynostosis, ear abnormalities, and birthmarks and vascular malformations that are in sensitive areas or interfere with normal movements.

Craniofacial Procedures are Just a Subset of Surgeries Pediatric Plastic Surgeons Perform

Pediatric plastic surgeons are trained to correct craniofacial conditions, as well as other plastic surgery needs such as pediatric hand surgery, general pediatric plastic surgery such as the treatment or removal of moles or cysts, and non-functional pediatric plastic surgery needs such as otoplasties, pediatric rhinoplasty, and correction of gynecomastia or breast anomalies in adolescence.  Most pediatric plastic surgeons perform a mixture of both craniofacial and pediatric plastic surgery.

Which Type of Surgeon Should You Choose for Your Child?

If your child has a craniofacial issue that needs to be addressed surgically, a pediatric craniofacial surgeon will have the training to address your child’s need. If you child’s reconstruction will include an aesthetic portion, it is helpful to know that Dr. Langevin and Dr. Cone have a rich experience in aesthetics as well as reconstruction, and routinely combine these disciplines.

For many Austin parents whose child needs a craniofacial surgery, the choice is clear. Selecting the craniofacial plastic surgeons at the Wellspring Craniofacial Group is the right choice for their family. With a focus on helping local children with craniofacial needs, as well as children in third world countries on medical mission trips, Dr. Cone and Dr. Langevin are the trusted choice of many local families who must address their child’s genetic condition at such a young age.

Taking the Time to Get to Know Wellspring Craniofacial Group

Dr. Cone, a father of four, and Dr. Langevin, a father of three, understands that Austin parents never expect they’ll need to meet with a specialized surgeon to address craniofacial treatment of their newborn. That’s why they take extra time and care to build rapport with parents, fully examine their child for proper diagnosis and preparation of a treatment plan, and explain every step of what may be a surgical journey that sometimes lasts several years.

If you know your child needs craniofacial surgery but you’re not yet sure which surgeon to choose, we recommend you to schedule an initial appointment with Dr. Cone and Dr. Langevin. During this consultation, you’ll have the opportunity to learn what treatment plan they think are the best for your child’s unique case and answer any questions you may have about craniofacial surgery.

To schedule an appointment today, contact our office in Austin at (512) 600-2888.