The appearance of a blotch or a mark on a newborn’s skin can be troubling for new parents. However, not all birthmarks should be cause for concern, as 1 in 10 newborns every day are born with it in various sizes, color, and shape. Half of these children will not require any treatment at all. A well-informed decision… Read more »


Dealing with kids so frequently in my practice, and having kids of my own, I often struggle when describing physical differences to parents. “Dr. Panossian, please try not to use the term ‘deformity’ by itself,” my patient liaison requested after a team meeting. She has an 8-year-old son with several birth deformities and provides me valuable… Read more »

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  I have a personal goal of performing 1-2 surgical missions per year, usually to very poor and underserved parts of the world. Helping children get the life-altering surgeries they wouldn’t otherwise have access to is an incredible feeling. It’s actually one of the reasons I went into pediatric plastic surgery. I have performed a variety… Read more »


  As a rare condition, Parkes Weber syndrome (PWS) is poorly understood. Lack of available knowledge about the condition makes it more difficult and challenging for family members whose little ones are diagnosed with it. Although our practice focuses on the treatment aspect of children born with deformities, we also make it a point to… Read more »


If there’s one adjective that is almost always used to describe melanoma, it would have to be scary. Although melanoma is a potentially serious type of skin cancer, the good news is that it is also highly treatable when caught early! So, what can you do to catch it early on? When it comes to… Read more »


The English essayist John Addison once wrote that “what sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity.” There may be thousands of languages around the world but a smile universally conveys the same message. Unfortunately, individuals afflicted with facial paralysis have lost the ability to express this simplest of emotions–genuine joy and delight. Moreover, recent… Read more »


Dr. Andre Panossian’s approach to pediatric plastic surgery goes beyond the procedure itself. He and his pediatric-trained staff make sure that the entire process, from preop to recovery, is safe and smooth. One of our goals in pediatric plastic surgery is to make the surgical experience as comfortable and stress-free as possible, not only for… Read more »


Many first-time parents are often intimidated and anxious when they initially find out that their newborn has a prominent red (or, vascular) birthmark. Is my child healthy? Is it going to bleed? Is it cancer? Is my child going to have surgery?  These questions are frequently asked by parents and  guardians of children with infantile… Read more »


When a baby is born, the brain continues to expand. Between birth and the early stages of infancy, the brain grows at a very rapid rate and reaches roughly 70 percent of its adult size by the end of of the child’s first year. Rapid brain expansion is possible as an infant’s head is not… Read more »


Facial paralysis in both children and adults can have a variety of causes, the majority of which are largely unknown. However, the typical symptoms of the condition such as twitching, weakness, or complete paralysis can be traced back to facial nerve problems such as the presence of tumors, infection, or injuries. Dr. Panossian has come… Read more »