Posted by: Gregory D. Pearson, MD on Jan 23, 2020

Tissue expansion is a way for doctors to stretch skin so that the body’s own tissue can be used to repair skin-related damage and other conditions.

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As a hand surgeon who works specifically on kid-specific hand and arm issues, I get the chance to build a more functional thumb that they can use for the rest of their lives. Read More


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A hemangioma is a benign tumor of blood vessels. It usually appears around 2-4 weeks of age as a small red-pink patch. It then grows rapidly for 5-6 months and continues to grow slowly until 1 year of age. Read More

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Craniofacial Differences: Teaching Kids How to Respond to Bullies

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While teasing and bullying are concerns for all parents, children with craniofacial conditions may be especially vulnerable because of the visibility of their facial appearance differences and speech or learning. Learn about some practical strategies that parents can use to support their child’s confidence in social situations and help manage teasing and bullying. Read More

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Submucosal Cleft Palate: A 'Hidden' Cause of Speech and Middle Ear Problems

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A submucosal cleft palate (SMCP) results from a lack of normal fusion of the muscles within the soft palate as the baby is developing in utero. It occurs in about 1 in 1,200 children. Read More

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Birthmarks: When Should Parents Be Concerned?

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While birthmarks can be a significant source of concern to parents, most are harmless and require no treatment. Learn when you should be concerned. Read More

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Breast Reduction Surgery: When Is It Necessary for a Young Woman?

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Breast size can be affected by weight fluctuations, so it is important to be at a stable, healthy weight for at least six months to one year prior to considering surgery. Read More

Brachial Plexus: What You Need to Know About This Childbirth Complication

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