Vascular Malformation Removal
Vascular malformations are a tangle of blood and lymphatic vessels that are congenital, or present at birth. Although they can look like hemangiomas in appearance, they do not disappear on their own or fade as the child gets older but instead grow larger. These formations can be disfiguring when they occur on the head, face or neck and can cause health risks. Removal takes the specialized skill of an experienced facial reconstructive surgeon that can protect the health and appearance of the patient.
Dr. Joseph Rousso has the unique set of skills, training, education and experience necessary to perform complex reconstructive surgeries such as vascular malformation removal. As a double board certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon with extensive experience in pediatric reconstructive procedures, he offers the highest level of expertise for those seeking this type of procedure. Dr. Rousso understands the complexities that can occur with facial congenital defects, with many years of experience in this specialized area of plastic surgery.
Types of Vascular Malformations
Vascular malformations are classified by the types of vessels that make up the growth. There are four main types, with some malformations being a mixed blend of different vessels. The types include:
- Venular (AKA port wine stains)
Some of the mixed varieties include Klippell Trenauney syndrome (KTS) and Parkes Weber syndrome.
Treatment depends on the type, location and size of the vascular formation. Surgical incision is one option, but there are also other procedures that can be used such as laser treatments, medications and sclerotherapy.
If you have a child with a facial vascular malformation that is causing disfigurement or medical issues, Dr. Rousso can be a valuable part of your medical team for treatment and removal. Contact our office in New York City to schedule a consultation to discuss your child’s case with Dr. Rousso. Learn about all of the options available for treatment.