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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
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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

Tips for Facial Reconstruction Post-Operative Care

Each patient’s facial reconstruction program is unique to their needs. That said, many aspects of recovery will be similar for most individuals. The healing process is an essential part of achieving the discussed outcome, and how you care for yourself during this period will help you see the best possible result. Some of the tips Dr. Eric Payne recommends patients keep in mind include: Start walking as soon as possible to help reduce swelling and... Continue Reading

How Long Does Recovery Take After Adult Cleft Lip Repair?

Today, there are many treatments and techniques that can provide adults with cleft lip and palate improvement in their appearance, comfort, and oral function. Some of these methods involve surgery while other treatments are minimally invasive. If surgery is used to correct or repair an adult cleft lip and/or palate, the recovery process is just as important as the operation. Everyone heals at their own rate, but generally speaking, recovery following adult cleft lip and... Continue Reading

Tips on Feeding a Child with a Cleft Lip and Palate

Babies with a cleft lip with or without a cleft palate often experience difficulty feeding both by breast and by bottle. This is due to the fact that the cleft(s) makes it particularly hard to create a vacuum in the mouth, which is needed to induce suction. Our craniofacial plastic surgeon, Dr. Eric Payne, has provided some tips to help make this process easier and more successful: Children with a cleft lip alone can often... Continue Reading

What to Look for in a Revision Rhinoplasty Surgeon

Revision rhinoplasty, also known as nasal reconstruction, typically is performed for two reasons: as part of a complex staged procedure or in an effort to improve the results of a previous surgery. Furthermore, this operation can be used to improve nasal aesthetics, nasal function, or both. Rhinoplasty is considered to be one of the most difficult facial plastic surgery procedures, and revision rhinoplasty is often more complex than the primary (initial) surgery. As a result,... Continue Reading

How Soon Can I Eat After Jaw Surgery?

Jaw surgery is a significant procedure, whether you are having single or double jaw surgery. Therefore, we cannot emphasize enough that each person has a unique rate of healing, and you should listen to your body to determine if you’re ready for the next stage of recovery. Dr. Eric Payne, our experienced craniofacial plastic surgeon, has provided the following general guidelines to assist you. If you have any questions, please reach out to our team... Continue Reading

What Causes Torticollis and Head Tilt?

Torticollis is defined as twisted or tight neck muscles causing a head to tilt to one side. Some parents ask what is the treatment for correcting a head tilt or neck tightness known as torticollis? To answer this question, we first need to understand the cause or reason for the head tilt. There are 3 main types of torticollis: Postural Muscular Neck or Sternocleidomastoid mass When performing a physical exam to determine the cause we... Continue Reading

What Is Revision Ear Surgery?

Revision of a previous ear surgery can be quite difficult. Dr. Payne is one of the few craniofacial plastic surgeon specialists trained to perform revision otoplasty on adults and children to correct bad outcomes from previous ear surgery. Complications from ear surgery can include: Infection Over pinned back ears (overcorrection) Relapse of ear deformity (rupture of suture) Loss of skin or cartilage of the ear Abnormal position of the ear Significant asymmetry of the ears... Continue Reading

What Is Parry-Romberg Syndrome?

Parry–Romberg syndrome, or progressive hemifacial atrophy, is a disease characterized by localized loss of subcutaneous tissue on one side of the face and skull. Or in other words, the shrinking and degeneration of the soft and bony tissues under the skin. This is a rare neurocutaneous syndrome with an unknown etiology or cause. Typically, this affects females more commonly than males in a 3-2 ratio with usual beginning stages at around the teenage years of... Continue Reading