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Dayton Children’s offers advanced plastic and reconstructive surgery for children with burns, facial fractures, cleft lip/cleft palate, vascular malformations, skull malformations, severed fingers and more. Our surgeons are board certified in pediatric plastic and cranio-maxillofacial (face, head and neck) surgery. They have extensive experience in treating even the most challenging conditions.

We take a conservative approach to care, pursuing non-surgical and minimally invasive techniques whenever possible. Our team treats patients in a way that helps them feel relaxed, safe and respected as we work to correct malformations and restore maximum function. As patients are transformed physically, they also gain confidence and hope.


New patient appointments can be made for new burns, new wounds, laser hair removal, stitch removal and plagiocephaly (flat spot on a baby’s head)


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For more information about plastic and reconstructive surgery at Dayton Children’s, please call 937-641-3898 or fill out our online form and we'll get back to you.

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Christopher Gordon, MD, FACS, FAAP, Division Chief

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Salim Mancho, DO, FACS

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Jessica Whitlock, CNP

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conditions we treat


Burns can severely damage a child’s skin. After the child’s initial wounds have healed, a plastic surgeon may be able to perform reconstructive surgery to correct any deformities or dysfunction.

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cleft lip/cleft palate

This birth defect occurs when parts of the lip and/or roof of the mouth do not come together (fuse) properly when a baby is developing in the womb. This defect can be mild or severe, and can be occur with other health problems, such as speech delays and dental issues.

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Craniosynostosis is a birth defect in which one or more of the bones of the skull grow together too soon. This can result in an abnormal head shape and change the growth pattern of a baby’s skull. Plastic surgeons can correct this problem with non-surgical and surgical techniques, depending on the baby’s age and condition.

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malformations of the hand

Plastic surgeons can correct hand problems such as fractured bones and damaged tendons. They also can perform more complex “microsurgeries,” using miniaturized instruments to reconstruct a missing finger.

ear malformations

Plastic surgeons can correct outer ear deformities caused by a birth defect or traumatic injury. Some examples of birth defects affecting the ear include very large ears, ears that are folded over, and even the complete absence of an ear.

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jaw malformations

Babies who are born with a small or “indented” jaw may suffer from obstructive sleep apnea. This condition can cause difficulty breathing during sleep. A plastic surgery called “neonatal mandibular distraction” can correct the jaw and give the child a normal appearance.

malignant tumors affecting the limbs

Until about 20 years ago, children with a malignant tumor of the arm or leg faced the likely possibility of amputation. But now, surgeons often can remove the tumor and reconstruct the bone using grafts, metal implants and other techniques.

nasal malformations

Nasal malformations can occur as the result of a medical condition, such as cleft palate, or because of a traumatic injury.

vascular malformations

Generally speaking, vascular malformations are birth defects that cause abnormalities of the arteries and veins. A vascular malformation can cause functional or cosmetic problems, which often can be corrected with plastic surgery.

vascular tumors

Vascular tumors are almost always benign (non-cancerous). The most common type of vascular tumor is a hemangioma, which develops during the mother’s pregnancy or the child’s first year of life. A vascular tumor can be composed of arteries, veins, capillaries and lymph vessels. It can cause functional or cosmetic problems that can often be corrected with plastic surgery.

visiting our clinics

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cleft lip/palate clinic

We offer surgical care as part of the hospital’s comprehensive, multidisciplinary cleft lip/cleft palate clinic.

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craniofacial clinic

Our plastic surgeons offer surgical and minimally invasive procedures for kids with craniofacial abnormalities.

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vascular anomalies clinic

Learn how our plastic surgeons treat hemangiomas, port wine stains and other vascular anomalies.

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family resource directory

Search our online database of helpful community resources.

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patient family coordinator

Contact our patient family coordinator for more information. 937-641-4755

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