Correction of Deformities, Scars, or Burns in Westchester, Long Island & NYC Children
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
The twins, 3 years after their surgical separation, lead by plastic surgeon Kaveh Alizadeh, M.D. *Individual results may vary
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.
Why Choose Dr. Alizadeh?
As a full Professor of Plastic 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 publication on management of pediatric plastic surgery at a level I referral center won the best paper in North America in the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Global Journal in 2018.
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.
Pediatric Plastic Surgery for Congenital Abnormalities
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.
More about Dr. Alizadeh
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.
Schedule your consultation at Cosmoplastic Surgery today: Request your appointment for pediatric plastic surgery online or phone 212.348.0100 (Manhattan and Westchester) / 516.439.5010 (Long Island).