- Cleft lip and cleft palate
- Craniofacial syndromes including craniosynostosis, hemifacial microsomia, Apert syndrome and Crouzon syndrome
- Jaw conditions including micrognathia, Pierre Robin sequence and Treacher Collins
- Skin anomalies including vascular malformations, hemangiomas, nevi, moles and birthmarks
- Ear and nose malformations
- Facial paralysis
- Hand deformities
- Traumatic injuries and scarring
Cleft & Craniofacial Program
Program Coordinator: Sharon Vargas
From cleft lip and cleft palate repair to complete facial reconstruction, our pediatric plastic surgeons use the very latest and advanced techniques to help a child look, eat and speak just like other children. The complexity of craniofacial disorders often requires a team approach involving specialists in other fields including ENT, neurology, genetics and orthopaedics. We’ll coordinate with each of these areas for you, while always working closely with your family to carry out a plan that is sensitive to your child’s needs.
Corrective Jaw Program
Program Coordinator: Susan Alcantara
We specialize in treating all infants, children and adolescents with misaligned jaws caused by either a congenital condition or improper growth. Our experience in mandibular distraction means our patients undergo a cutting-edge procedure to lengthen the jaw, creating an opening where new bone grows rather than transferring bone from other areas of the body.
Vascular Anomalies Clinic
Program Coordinator: Tari Kramer
Our Vascular Anomalies Clinic comprises a multidisciplinary team of specialists who work together to assess and treat blood vessel abnormalities, such as benign tumors or malformations. In addition to plastic surgeons, we work closely with a number of areas in CHOC including dermatology, nutrition and ENT.
For more information or to make an appointment, please call us at (714) 509-8378. Our staff is dedicated to working with your family to create a treatment plan for your child.
More About Plastic Surgery at CHOC Children's
Video: Surgery to Correct Facial Birth Defects: Dr. Jason Toranto
In this segment of American Health Journal, Dr. Jason Toranto speaks about Pierre Robin sequence, a condition that is present at birth in which the infant has a facial abnormality that causes difficulty in breathing.
Expert Podcast: Cleft Palates
Sharon Vargas, a case manager and nurse specialist, and Dr. Jason Toranto, a CHOC plastic surgeon and craniofacial specialist, recently stopped by Seacrest Studios to discuss the challenges of feeding infants with cleft palates. Click here for the podcast.
Video: Cleft Lip & Palate
In this segment of American Health Journal, Dr. Daniel Jaffurs, CHOC Children's, tells us about the possible causes of cleft palate and what can be done to correct it.
Expert Podcast: Tips for Minimizing Scars After Surgery
In this CHOC Radio segment, Dr. Jason Toranto provides helpful tips, from massaging scars to applying ointments, for reducing the “footprint” of a child’s surgery. Click here for the podcast.
Health Feature: What Parents Need to Know About Cleft Palate Repair
Cleft lip and cleft palate are anomalies of the mouth and lip where the sides of the lip and the roof of the mouth do not fuse together as they should. Fortunately, the current treatment of cleft palate is very effective and offers children full functional restoration. Learn more about how surgery can make a lifelong difference in the life of a child and their family.