Vascular Malfunctions (Birthmarks)
They’re a lot more common than you think. Those red, pink or purple birthmarks that blemish the skin can also tarnish a child’s prospects later in life. Dr Buckland can offer a solution early in your child’s life, for long term benefits.
Vascular birthmarks are caused by an increased number of abnormal blood vessels beneath the skin and include macular stains (salmon patches), hemangioma, and Port-wine stains. A little over 1 in 10 babies have a vascular birthmark evident by the age of one.
While the exact cause of most birthmarks is unknown, vascular birthmarks are not hereditary. They are thought to occur as a result of a localised imbalance in factors controlling the development and migration of skin cells.
Assessing the most effective solution
Treatment options depend on several factors, including the location, severity and type of the birthmark. In your child’s initial consultation, Dr Buckland will be able to make an accurate assessment and diagnosis of your child’s birthmark, how it will progress over time and advise on possible treatment options.
Dr Buckland’s mission is to continue to provide world-class paediatric care in the diagnosis, treatment and management of all vascular birthmarks. To find out more, simply contact us for more information.
What causes birthmarks?
The cause of most birthmarks is still unknown. Doctors agree that no known food, medication or activity during pregnancy can cause a birthmark.
Is my child’s birthmark painful?
In most cases, they aren’t. However there are certain situations where a birthmark can cause your child some pain and treatment may be the best option in these circumstances.
What are the types of birth marks?
There are two main types of birthmarks vascular and pigmented. Vascular birthmarks are caused by incorrectly formed blood vessels in your child’s skin, while pigmented birthmarks are caused by an overproduction of pigmentation cells.
Whatever type of birthmark your child has, Dr Garry Buckland is uniquely qualified in their treatment. We invite you to contact us today to book a consultation.
Otoplasty (Prominent Ears)
If a child suffers a visual impairment like prominent ears, it can lead to emotional issues very early in life, affecting their self esteem and social interaction. Otoplasty can deliver life changing benefits, boosting their sense of self worth during the critical formative years.
What is otoplasty Surgery?
In most situations, Otoplasty is performed to reposition prominent ears closer to the head or to reduce the size of large ears, and sometime to achieve both.
Otoplasty is a safe procedure with minimal risks and is typically carried out on children aged between four and fourteen. Ears are almost fully grown by age four, so the earlier the surgery, the fewer potential issues the child will have to endure.
How is it carried out?
One of the more common techniquesentails Dr Buckland making a small incision in the back of the ear to expose the ear cartilage. He will then sculpt the cartilage and bend it back toward the head. Non-removable stitches may be used to help maintain the new shape.
Occasionally, Dr Buckland will remove a larger piece of cartilage to provide a more natural looking fold when the surgery is complete.
Another technique involves a similar incision in the back of the ear. Skin is removed and stitches are used to fold the cartilage back on itself to reshape the ear without removing cartilage.
Is a general anaesthetic required for otoplasty?
For children a general anaesthetic is required.
How can my child benefit from otoplasty Surgery?
- Improved confidence and self esteem
- More natural facial proportions
- Enhanced overall appearance
When considering corrective surgery for your child, it is important that families are fully informed. Dr Garry Buckland prides himself on individual care, sensitivity and thorough discussions before any decisions are made. To book an obligation free consultation, contact our friendly team today.
What is the recovery process following otoplasty?
The surgery is performed under general anaesthetic as Day surgery. Children may experience mild discomfort following the procedure. They may feel some throbbing or aching of the ears during the first several days after surgery which can be relieved with medication. The bandage applied to the head after surgery is removed after one week. This is replaced with a head band worn at night for a further 4 weeks. The stitches won’t need to be removed, they simply dissolve on their own, minimising any further discomfort for your child. Afterwards, there will be little or no visible signs of scarring.
Paediatric Skin Lesions
Lesions may be present at birth, or can develop as the child grows. Whatever their causes, how can skin lesions be treated safely and effectively? Fortunately Dr Buckland can provide simple answers and effective solutions.
Skin lesions can be grouped into two categories: congenital and those acquired later in childhood. Congenital skin lesions are variations in colour or texture that are present at birth, such as moles or vascular birthmarks. The other type of lesions are ‘acquired lesions’ which appear
as a tumour on the surface of the skin, such as Pilomatrixoma which are can be white or red in colour. Vascular lesions such as Pyogenic granulomas are also benign small and reddish in colour.
Are they harmful?
Most paediatric skin lesions are benign in nature. Whilst some lesions can be managed without surgery, certain lesions are best managed with an operation. Dr Buckland specialises in the surgical management of paediatric skin lesions. These include vascular malformations, pigmented skin lesions and acquired anomalies.
Specialised Care and Treatment.
Today’s state of the art techniques and equipment allow Dr Buckland to treat your child’s skin lesions in a safe and effective way with minimal discomfort. He is highly skilled and knowledgeable in the treatment of childhood skin lesions. For peace of mind, and to ensure you’re fully informed we invite you to contact our team via email or phone 02 89692400.
How are they caused?
Skin lesions can be caused by a wide variety of conditions and diseases. A tendency toward developing moles, freckles, or birthmarks may be inherited or the result of sun exposure. Infection of the skin itself by bacteria, viruses, fungi, or parasites is the most common cause of skin lesions. Allergic reactions and sensitivity to outside environmental factors can also lead to the formation of skin lesions. Underlying conditions can also precipitate the appearance of skin lesions.
What can I do if my child has a concerning skin lesion?
Treatment of skin lesions depends on the underlying cause, the type of lesions and the child’s general health. Moles, freckles, and birthmarks are a normal part of skin and will not disappear unless deliberately removed by a surgical procedure. Since we want you to be fully informed about the most effective treatment of paediatric skin lesions, we invite you to contact us today for a consultation.