Craniofacial abnormalities refer to birth defects that affect the face or head. They can impact the facial appearance and range from mild to severe.
At The Facial Paralysis Institute, globally recognized facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Babak Azizzadeh can diagnose and treat craniofacial abnormalities. Dr. Azizzadeh works closely with patients to determine the cause of a craniofacial disorder. He also offers insights into common craniofacial anomalies and how to mitigate these issues.
Craniofacial Abnormalities Causes
Common craniofacial anomalies include:
1. Moebius Syndrome
Moebius syndrome limits patients’ ability to open and close the eyes and make facial expressions. Patients dealing with Moebius syndrome may have a small mouth and chin and a short tongue. They may also experience speech problems, due in part to an abnormal opening at the roof of the mouth.
2. Facial Cleft
A facial cleft is a rare craniofacial anomaly that causes a malformation on a portion of the face.
3. Facial Palsy
Facial palsy refers to weakness of the facial muscles. It may occur due to temporary or permanent damage to the facial nerve.
4. Cleft lip and/or Palate
A cleft lip or palate refers to an opening in the roof of the mouth. It often includes a split in the upper portion of the lip and occurs when the facial structures of an unborn baby fail to fully develop.
Craniofacial abnormalities are treatable. At the first sign of a craniofacial abnormality, a patient should seek medical assistance. This ensures that a patient can receive proper diagnosis and treatment and safely address their craniofacial abnormality.
Craniofacial Anomalies Treatment
Surgery may be required to treat a craniofacial anomaly. With surgery, the physical formation of a craniofacial anomaly patient’s skull and facial bones is corrected. Also, surgery may involve removal, reshaping, or replacing parts of the skull.
If a child is diagnosed with a craniofacial disorder within approximately three months of birth, a minimally invasive procedure may be performed to correct the issue.
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