Craniofacial Reconstructive Surgery Program
Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Wang Ambulatory Care Center, Suite 435
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114
We are also located at:
Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care
102 Endicott Street
Danvers, MA 01923
Parking is available in the Parkman St. and nearby Fruit St. and Yawkey Center garages. Please note that some GPS systems do not recognize the 15 Parkman St. address. If you use a GPS system to drive to Mass General, enter Blossom St. as your destination, and then turn onto Parkman directly from Blossom.
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About the Program
Our world-renowned academic medical center offers the personnel, facilities and equipment to provide comprehensive care for patients requiring facial reconstruction.
Facial deformities may be congenital, post-traumatic or result from the removal of tumors. The Craniofacial Reconstructive Surgery Program offers state-of-the-art, comprehensive patient care for patients of all ages and disease processes.
Our surgeons are internationally recognized for their expertise in the reconstruction of these deformities. Their techniques are published in peer-reviewed literature and surgical textbooks. They regularly lecture, both nationally and internationally, to their surgical colleagues on related topics.
The Plastic Surgery Research Laboratory investigates several craniofacial topics including the tissue engineering and transplantation of facial and extremity tissues.
As part of our commitment to training the next generation of surgeons, we offer the Adult Reconstructive/Aesthetic Craniomaxillofacial Fellowship through our education and training program.
Common Reasons for Facial Reconstructive Surgery
We offer a broad range of treatments to address all types of facial reconstruction needs, including:
Congenital Facial Deformities
Congenital deformities are usually treated in infancy or childhood. Our team of plastic surgeons work closely with Mass General Hospital for Children pediatric specialists in the following areas:
- Diagnostic radiology
- Speech pathology
Many patients come to Mass General to have reconstruction for previous traumatic deformities. We may treat these patients using three-dimensional preoperative imaging, which allows us to view a model of the patient’s facial skeleton. This imaging aids in planning the patient’s procedure.
Post-Tumor Removal Reconstruction
The removal of facial tumors can have devastating effects on facial appearance. Our Craniofacial Reconstructive Surgery team closely collaborates with other specialists to perform procedures on facial tumors, including dermatologists who remove various skin cancers.
Physicians in the Mass General Dermatology Service use the Mohs technique to remove skin cancers in a way that ensures a minimal amount of normal tissue is removed. Our Craniofacial Reconstructive Surgery team then uses various surgical techniques to optimize the patient's facial appearance.
Tumors removed by neurosurgeons may require reconstruction of the scalp and skull. Our team may use alloplastic implants or bone grafts to reconstruct the skull. Surgeons may use local flap techniques and free-tissue transfers to reconstruct the scalp. Tumors removed by otolaryngologists may require reconstruction using microsurgery.
Mass General has the largest Level 1 Trauma Center in New England. Our division's experienced surgeons use the most sophisticated equipment for the diagnosis and resuscitation of trauma patients. A member of the craniofacial team is always available for the urgent assessment and management of patients with facial trauma. Our surgeons use miniaturized plates and screws to maintain the position of fractured facial bones after they are restored to their pre-injury position, and use techniques borrowed from aesthetic surgery to minimize scarring and deformity.
During your consultation, the surgeon will review your medical history and treatment goals. Treatment options, including risks and benefits, will be discussed in detail. Photos may also be necessary. We also ask that you bring a list of medications, vitamins and herbal supplements that you take, along with information on dosages.
Our goal is to give you a realistic picture of what to expect so that you can make an informed decision. We also review what's involved in any surgery, including:
- Anticipated results
- Hospital care
- Postoperative recuperation
The Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is home to Harvard-affiliated plastic surgeons who have pioneered many plastic surgery techniques and are members of major academic and medical societies.
- Chief, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
- Chief, Division of Burn Surgery
- Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
- Department of Surgery
- Assistant Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School
- Director, Vascularized Composite Tissue Allotransplantation Lab
- Attending Surgeon, Massachusetts General Hospital
- Associate Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School
- Director, Cleft and Craniofacial Center
- Principal Investigator, Center for Regenerative Medicine, Harvard Stem Cell Institute