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Houston Cranio Facial

2019

Infant Ear Molding: Which System is Right For My Newborn?

If your baby was born with some type of ear deformity, wherein the ear shape deviates from the normal exterior ear anatomy, you’re not alone. Studies show that approximately one-third of newborns have a congenital (since birth) ear deformity that typically does not resolve on its own. Fortunately, new techniques have been developed to correct many different ear deformities without surgical intervention. Our highly trained craniofacial plastic surgeon outlines the three primary infant ear molding... Continue Reading

2019

Orthognathic Jaw Surgery for Cosmetic Reasons: Is It Dangerous?

Recently, we’ve seen quite a few new patients who want corrective surgery after undergoing cosmetic orthognathic jaw surgery. These surgeries include: chin reduction, chin augmentation with implant, cheekbone (zygoma) reduction, jawline reduction, and other significant jaw repositioning surgeries. There has been a boom in cosmetic surgery in South Korea where celebrities have chosen to undergo a full cosmetic makeover to change their appearance. We aren’t just talking about improving wrinkles and minor adjustments, but significant... Continue Reading

2019

Hands

How is Craniosynostosis Diagnosed?

An infant’s skull is composed of several bony plates connected by a series of fibrous joints (called sutures). During normal growth, the sutures close together as the child develops, allowing room in the skull for the brain to fully form. Craniosynostosis is a condition in which the sutures close prematurely, inhibiting normal development of the brain and skull. This can cause surrounding bones to compensate for the restricted growth, leading to changes in the facial... Continue Reading

2019

Close Ear Piercing

Can You Close an Ear Piercing Without Surgery?

Earlobe repair is an increasingly popular cosmetic treatment for patients who have had their earlobes stretched from piercings over time, used large gauge piercings, or experienced a traumatic injury in this area. Dr. Eric Payne, our craniofacial plastic surgeon, can help close stretched ear-piercing holes and repair torn earlobes. The soft cartilage and fatty tissue of the earlobes make them susceptible to tearing and stretching without the same ability to return the same shape after... Continue Reading