Paediatric Surgery

Young, growing bodies deserve extra special care. Dr Buckland performs a range of paediatric plastic surgery procedures in private hospitals. His anaesthetists have specialised training and experience when dealing with children and ensuring they are emotionally relaxed and comfortable.

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.

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 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 8969 2400.

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.