Care During COVID-19

Our dedicated physicians, nurses and staff are committed to providing the best possible care for children. We have taken unprecedented steps to ensure office visits and procedures are welcoming and safe. Your child’s health and safety is our top priority. Learn more.

Program Overview

Located within a world-renowned academic medical center, the Division of Plastic Surgery offers comprehensive, state-of-the-art surgical services to diagnose and treat the full range of plastic and reconstructive surgery problems of the pediatric patient, including:

  • Skin or congenital soft tissue lesions
  • Breast conditions (large breast, asymmetry, gynecomastia)
  • Scars
  • Trauma (facial, hand/wrist, soft tissue)
  • Congenital nevi (giant)
  • Prominent ears, ear asymmetry
  • Nasal asymmetry (rhinoplasty)
  • Cleft/lip palate
  • Burn and trauma reconstruction
  • Tumor management
  • Vascular malformation

All of our staff members are pediatric specialists with clinical expertise in plastic and reconstructive surgery. Our team develops a coordinated custom plastic surgery plan for treatment and follow up, which is shared with the family and referring pediatrician.

Meet Dr. Eric Liao, Director of Pediatric of Plastic Surgery

Dr. Eric Liao is a pediatric plastic surgeon with broad expertise in soft tissue conditions, facial reconstruction, and breast surgery. Pediatric soft tissue conditions include large nevi and dermoid cyst. Teenagers can suffer from heavy or asymmetric breasts that interfere with activities. Facial conditions involve refinement of nasal shape, treatment of prominent or asymmetric ears, and repair of cleft lip and palate. In order to provide the best longitudinal care, Dr. Liao understands how the body evolves over time, so that the treatment plan accounts for considerations that toddlers and teenagers will grow into productive adults. For example, Dr. Liao will meet babies before birth to plan treatment for cleft lip/palate with the family. Most newborns with cleft lip also have asymmetry of the nose, so expertise in cosmetic rhinoplasty is used in restoring nasal symmetry for reconstruction. Likewise, it is important to consider the risk of adult breast development and potential risk of breast cancer when treating macromastia, gynecomastia or breast asymmetry in developing teens.

Dr. Liao graduated from Stanford University, Harvard Medical School, and trained in the Harvard Plastic Surgery Residency. Dr. Liao trained in pediatric plastic surgery as a Chief Resident at Boston Children’s Hospital, and was apprenticed to Dr. Mike Lewis who was the chief of pediatric plastic surgery at Tufts Floating Hospital for Children for over three decades. Dr. Liao's clinical and academic excellence have earned numerous prestigious awards: American Surgical Association Fellowship, March of Dimes Basil O'Connor Scholarship, MGH Cancer Center 100 Honoree.

When Dr. Liao is involved in your care, it is a personal and expert relationship. He reciprocates your trust and those of your loved ones with great surgical skill, aesthetic sense and the best surgical science has to offer.