Seattle Children’s Craniofacial Center
Our goal is to help your child live their best life. Read more about our treatments and services.
Fewer surgeries, improved outcomes for clefts
Cleft lip and palate are the most common craniofacial conditions we treat — more than 1,000 children every year. We start treatment early to provide comprehensive support and to reduce the need for surgeries as your child grows. For children with wide clefts, we can reshape the gums, lip and nose before surgery using nasoalveolar molding (NAM). This may mean fewer surgeries because it makes the cleft less severe.
Seattle Children’s has the largest team of surgeons specializing in clefting in the country.
Better options for Treacher Collins syndrome
We combine expertise with innovation to help children with Treacher Collins syndrome get the maximum benefit from surgeries early in childhood. We use counterclockwise craniofacial distraction osteogenesis (C3DO), a technique developed by Dr. Richard Hopper and the Craniofacial team at Seattle Children’s, to allow children with Treacher Collins and other conditions to breathe without the need of a tracheostomy for the first time in their lives.
Learn more about C3DO and other advanced procedures for syndromes.
Read about Loui Legend’s 5,000-mile journey for life-changing surgeries at Seattle Children’s.
Innovating to improve care for syndromic craniosynostosis
Our interdisciplinary team is experienced in performing the complex surgery your child might need, whether to expand their skull, lengthen their jaw or move bones in their face. Our goal is to minimize the number of steps in your child’s treatment plan by improving the outcome of each step.
Our team was the first to use segmental subcranial distraction to adjust the jaw and middle of the face for children with Apert and Pfeiffer syndromes. Surgeons around the world are adopting our approach, which recognizes and treats the specific deformity of facial bones in these rare conditions.
“We are one of the biggest centers in North America, but even though we are big, what is really unique is the emphasis on family and family-centered care. We listen to family experiences and try to tailor our care as much as possible to help families with their needs. Each patient and family is unique and we try to provide the best care possible, but in a way that can adjust to different circumstances”
— Dr. Raymond Tse, a plastic surgeon on the Craniofacial team
Seattle Children’s treats children with the conditions listed below, as well as very rare conditions not mentioned here. Caring for thousands of patients each year helps us continually improve our treatments. Learn more about conditions we treat.
We also treat very rare craniofacial conditions that are not mentioned above. There are too many to list them all, but they include:
Many children and families with craniofacial conditions travel to Seattle Children's for treatment or surgery.
We offer dedicated support for families who live outside the Pacific Northwest and can help you coordinate transportation and housing so you can stay focused on your child. We have lots of experience helping families make the transition back home safely.