Craniofacial Abnormalities

nurse with child with craniofacial abnormality
a young girl with a craniofacial abnormalities

What is a craniofacial abnormality?

The term craniofacial is a medical term that refers to the bones of the skull and face. Therefore, a craniofacial abnormality is a pediatric condition in which a child has one or more abnormalities of the face and/or the head.


A craniofacial abnormality typically occurs when the soft plates of a baby’s skull close too soon, or in an unusual way, resulting in disfigurement or an unusual facial appearance.


Some craniofacial abnormalities can also result from abnormal growth patterns of the face or skull, as well as disease, trauma, or birth defects.

young asian girl after surgery for craniofacial abnormalities at bssny


Treatment for a craniofacial abnormality depends on the type and severity of the disorder.


After examination and imaging, we may recommend surgery to correct the physical formation of the cranial and facial bones and maximize the function for your child. Surgery is often performed in conjunction with our pediatric craniofacial plastic surgeon.


Our pediatric neurosurgeons – Dr. Avinash Mohan and Dr. Michael Tobias – are fellowship-trained and fluent in endoscopic and minimally invasive approaches to these kinds of restoration surgeries, which can provide a simpler technique that may minimize blood loss, complications, recovery time, and scarring.