Plastic Surgery for Children in Metropolitan New York
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Kaveh Alizadeh performs a comprehensive range of state-of-the-art pediatric plastic surgery procedures for NYC-area and international children ranging in age from newborn to teens.
Many of his pediatric patients present with congenital abnormalities they have had since birth, including cleft lip and palate deformity, craniofacial anomalies, vascular birthmarks, misshapen ears, etc. Others have functional or cosmetic deformities acquired after birth, including severe burns, dog bites, lacerations, facial injuries, problematic wounds, or prominent scars. Dr. Alizadeh has made numerous contributions to the field, including research into immediate care and developing guidelines for children who are victims of dog bites, as well as ideas and innovations in pediatric-focused plastic and reconstructive surgery.
Schedule your child's consultation for pediatric plastic surgery with Dr. Alizadeh today. For your convenience, Cosmoplastic Surgery has three office locations in metropolitan New York: Long Island, Manhattan, and Westchester. Request your appointment online, or phone 212.348.0100 (Manhattan and Westchester) / 516.439.5010 (Long Island).
In late 2016, Dr. Alizadeh began leading a team of doctors handling the reconstructive elements of what culminated in a 21-hour procedure to separate 11- month-old conjoined twins connected by bone at the base of their spines—the first such procedure ever performed at Maria Fareri Children's Hospital.
Dr. Alizadeh's work began long before the surgery itself, as initial MRI and 3-D CT scans allowed him and the rest of the team to visualize the extent of the connections in three dimensions, and to run simulations prior to any physical separation attempts.
He also encouraged skin expansion over several weeks leading up to the procedure so each girl would have ample tissue to cover the surgical wounds once separated.
For the surgery itself, his team marked and raised the newly created skin flaps, allowing other teams access to the necessary internal structures, including the hips, spinal cord, and reproductive and digestive systems. Once the twins were separated, Dr. Alizadeh and his team closed the wounds.
Both girls came safely through the procedure, and they will require future surgeries as they grow, but the effort was considered by everyone involved—including the girls' parents—as a total success.
While this was a groundbreaking case that involved collaboration among doctors and other medical professionals, administrators, and vendors, the preparation and care is typical of Dr. Alizadeh's approach to any pediatric surgery. From thoroughly exploring the options and best available technology and techniques to focusing on education and compassion when meeting with families to discuss each pediatric plastic surgery, he is committed to providing his best.
As chief of plastic surgery at Westchester Medical Center and associate professor of surgery at New York Medical College, Dr. Alizadeh is respected as a highly skilled provider of pediatric plastic surgery and a leader in medical research, education, and development. For the past 20 years, he has performed extensive research and procedures on plastic surgery for children, and his work has been published in reputable journals such as the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal. He is also the co-founder of the Cleft and Craniofacial Center at Westchester Medical Center.
Dr. Alizadeh understands how stressful pediatric plastic surgery can be for parents and children, so he recommends only safe, proven therapies that will deliver optimal aesthetic outcomes. He also knows that exceptional pediatric plastic surgery requires not only unsurpassed technical skill but also clear communication, which can inform parents and reassure them that nothing is more important than their child's health and well-being. And the very best pediatric plastic surgery professionals love and interact effortlessly with children, helping them feel at ease and unafraid.
Remember: Children are not simply smaller adults. They have unique anatomy, physiology, and psychological needs, so when it comes to pediatric plastic surgery, it is important to work with a doctor who has specific experience with children.
Dr. Alizadeh views pediatric plastic surgery as a team effort whereby optimal results stem from combining the strengths of all members: the child, his or her well-informed parents, a supportive staff, and a skilled surgical team. Unique to his team, he has extensive experience treating children from all over the world, and his staff can help arrange travel and accommodations for the entire family during recovery.
Board-certified pediatric plastic surgeon Dr. Alizadeh specializes in treating congenital abnormalities that are functional, cosmetic, or both. One of the most common congenital birth defects is cleft lip or cleft palate deformity, called orofacial clefts, which can interfere with feeding, speech and language acquisition, and hearing. Cleft palate deformity also causes noticeable disfigurement in the mouth and nose area, which can lead to social stigma as a child ages. For these reasons, Dr. Alizadeh recommends performing this pediatric plastic surgery procedure before a child's first birthday.
Dr. Alizadeh performs surgical cleft lip and palate repair both in New York at his Cosmoplastic Surgery practice and globally through his Mission: Restore charitable foundation. This pediatric plastic surgery procedure corrects a birth defect that causes both a functional and a cosmetic problem, enabling the child to lead a normal life.
In addition to cleft lip and palate repair, Dr. Alizadeh performs a full spectrum of congenital pediatric plastic surgery procedures. This is just a small sample:
In this 60 Minutes interview, Dr. Alizadeh describes performing a miracle procedure for a child traumatized by the war in Iraq after stepping on a landmine.
He has also appeared on The Doctors to discuss nasal reconstruction work he performed on a 6-year-old girl who had been shot in the face by the Taliban in Afghanistan.
In the past decade or so, advancements in the field of reconstructive surgery have made it easier to restore physical attributes that have been damaged because of trauma or severe injury. Dr. Alizadeh is a committed, compassionate leader in this field of restorative surgery and has pursued advanced training at some of the most respected medical institutions, including Harvard University. He is also the co-founder of Mission: Restore, a nonprofit organization that brings together doctors to perform complex reconstructive surgeries in remote, underprivileged locations across the globe.
Dr. Alizadeh performs the following kinds of restorative surgeries for pediatric patients:
Dr. Alizadeh uses the most advanced technologies and techniques to maximize successful outcomes. These include, but are not limited to, autologous bone or skin grafting, tissue expansion, flap wound closure, bioengineered acellular dermal matrices for added support during healing, and more. During your consultation for pediatric plastic surgery, Dr. Alizadeh will explain in detail your options so that together you can plan the best course of action for your child. Among pediatric plastic surgeons, Dr. Alizadeh is very well regarded, and parents trust him to deliver compassionate care and outstanding results.
In 2017, Dr. Alizadeh and his colleagues published a report highlighting recommended guidelines for treating pediatric victims of dog bites, due to this particular trauma's prevalence and potential for severe injury. Plastic surgeons are often required in these cases due to the need for specialized attention to wound closure, work with skin flaps, and reconstructive techniques.
While pediatric plastic surgery requires a particular knowledge and skill set, all of Dr. Alizadeh's education and experience with reconstructive surgery of all kinds informs his work with children. In addition to pediatric plastic surgery, he focuses on skin cancer removal, scar revision, and regenerative medicine.