Craniofacial syndromes are deformities in the growth of the head and facial bones. These deformities are usually congenital, meaning they exist from birth. At University of Utah Health Care, our specialty-trained pediatric plastic surgeons have the extra experience necessary to help you and your child treat these syndromes.


Some craniofacial syndromes we treat (among others):

  • Apert – Apert syndrome appears as an abnormal head shape, a small upper jaw, and a fusion of the fingers and toes.
  • Crouzon – A birth defect that causes the skull to be short in the front and back. Often the child has flat cheek bones and a flat nose.
  • Goldenhar’s – A syndrome that causes incomplete development of the ear, nose, soft palate, lip, and bones that form the lower jaw (mandible).
  • Hemifacial microsomia – A syndrome that is the underdevelopment of the lower half of the face, usually the ears, mouth, and the lower jaw.
  • Pfeiffer – Abnormalities of the skull, hands, and feet
  • Pierre-Robin – The three main symptoms of this condition are a cleft palate, a small jaw, and airway obstruction.
  • Treacher-Collins – The symptoms of this syndrome vary because it affects the development of the bones and tissues of the face. Most individuals have underdeveloped facial bones and a small jaw and chin.

If you have any questions and would like an evaluation for your child, request a consultation today.