Plastic Surgery - Regional Paediatric Burns and Plastic Surgery Service
Plastic surgery involves the management and correction of congenital and acquired conditions that lead to visible difference or functional compromise. The term plastic surgery comes from the Greek work “plastikos” meaning ‘to mould’ – referring to the surgical ‘remoulding’ of physical differences.
Why would my child need plastic surgery?
One of the most common reasons children attend the department is because of an injury and our Trauma service is one of the busiest in the country.
Another common reason is due to a congenital difference that may lead to difficulty with some activities or a visible disfigurement. Sensitively managed with our team approach, we aim to help a child to overcome the obstacles they may face.
Early Bird Clinics – cutting waiting times for minor surgery
Our ‘Early Bird and Walkabout Pathway’ is a successful new scheme that has cut waiting times for minor plastic surgery procedures, and has been highly commended in the 2013 NHS Innovation Challenge Prizes.
For parents and children, this means less time spent in hospital – on average now just half a day.
With the new system, patients can be assessed at their local healthcare centre and if required, they are referred to the
Our team provides a range of services
General Paediatric Plastic Surgery Service
A service that treats conditions like breast asymmetry, gynaecomastia (male breast development), skin lesions (moles, cysts and birthmarks), scar management, correction of prominent ears and other ear anomalies such as pre-auricular skin tags as well as tongue-tie.
Plastic surgery is the second largest trauma specialty in the UK after Orthopaedics. Plastic surgeons manage soft tissue injuries like burns, lacerations, crushed fingertips, hand fractures and dog bites. Plastic surgeons also have an important role collaborating with colleagues from other specialties to manage more complex trauma cases such as reattaching amputated limbs and facial trauma reconstruction.
Regional Burns Service
A service dealing with all burn-related care from minor scalds to major burns, to scar management and reconstructions after burn injury.
Regional Vascular Anomalies Service
We have a multidisciplinary team that cares for all aspects of “birthmarks” and more information is available on our Vascular Anomalies service pages.
Regional Upper Limb Service
This service deals with everything from extra digits and syndactyly (joined digits) to complex reconstructions of hand and brachial plexus injuries.
Supra-Regional Craniofacial Service
Craniofacial conditions affect the soft tissue or bones or the face and head. More information is available on our Craniofacial service page.
Facial Palsy Reconstruction
Alder Hey has the country’s first dedicated multidisciplinary team for the management and reconstruction of all aspects of facial palsy in children.