Craniofacial surgery deals with congenital and acquired deformities of the head, skull, face, neck, jaws and associated structures. These deformities may have been present at birth (such as cleft lip) or have developed after a severe accident/assault, illness or surgery. This small area of a child’s body is very complex. It affects how the child sees, hears, breathes, chews, swallows, interacts with other people — and even how their brain grows. Surgery can be performed whilst a child is very young.
Craniofacial surgery can require a number of procedures in order to stage or may be able to be performed in one surgery.
Craniofacial trauma – often affecting adults in motor vehicle accidents, sporting and assaults can treated acutely or secondarily.