A baby born with a cleft palate. A teen with bad burns. An infant with an abnormal head shape. A terrified toddler who was bitten in the face by a frightened dog. Plastic surgery isn’t just for movie stars. Approximately 3% of plastic surgery in this country is performed on children and the majority of that is reconstructive. It can make all the difference in a child’s health and happiness.

Why Ochsner for Pediatric Plastic / Reconstructive Surgery?

For two years running, Ochsner Hospital for Children has been the only ranked children’s hospital in Louisiana.* We’re also the preferred referral center in both Louisiana and Mississippi for pediatric plastic surgery. Ochsner is the team parents turn to for comprehensive, compassionate, leading-edge care. Our team has deep expertise in treating congenital and post-traumatic conditions, including but not limited to:

  • Cleft Lip and Palate
  • Craniofacial Conditions
  • Head Shape Abnormalities
  • Breast Abnormalities
  • Ear Abnormalities
  • Pediatric and Congenital Hand Conditions
  • Skin Disorders
  • Wound Care, Burns and Scars

See conditions we treat for detailed information.

*U.S. News and World Report

Our Team

The Pediatric Plastic Surgery team at Ochsner is led by Dr. Michael Friel, an internationally known, double-fellowship trained, triple-board certified surgeon. Dr. Friel is one of four plastic surgeons in the country to serve on the Board of Directors of the American Cleft Palate Craniofacial Association (ACPA), the organization responsible for accrediting cleft lip and palate care throughout the United States. He is widely published and has presented locally, nationally, and internationally on pediatric plastic surgery topics. Depending on your child’s needs, your integrated, multi-specialty team may include:

  • A pediatric plastic surgeon
  • A pediatric neurosurgeon
  • A pediatric anesthesiologist
  • A pediatric dentist
  • Pediatric nurses
  • A geneticist
  • A Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS)
  • A nurse navigator

Our team is highly skilled in caring for babies, children and teens up to the age of 18. We’re passionate about safety, quality and providing a positive experience for your whole family.

Conditions We Treat

Cleft Surgery / Conditions Affecting the Face

  • Cleft Lip – Cleft Lip Repair
  • Cleft Palate – Cleft Palate Repair, Furlow Palatoplasty
  • 22q deletion syndrome – Furlow Palatoplasty
  • Treacher Collins Syndrome – Midface reconstruction
  • Pierre Robin Sequence / tongue-based airway obstruction – Mandibular distraction
  • Ear tags and skin tags – Excision
  • Microtia – Ear reconstruction
  • Hemifacial Microsomia – Distraction osteogenesis
  • Facial Asymmetry – Fat grafting and microsurgery
  • Neonatal ear malformations – In-office ear molding
  • Malocclusion – Orthognathic / Jaw surgery
  • All elements of Pediatric Facial Reconstruction

Abnormal Head Shape / Cranial

  • Positional/Deformational Plagiocephaly – Cranial Orthotics / Helmet Therapy
  • Craniosynostosis – Minimally invasive cranial vault surgery and formal cranial vault reconstruction
  • Frontonasal dysplasia / hypertelorism – surgical correction
  • Apert Syndrome – cranial vault surgery and midface surgery
  • Crouzon Syndrome– cranial vault surgery and midface surgery
  • Noonan Syndrome – cranial vault surgery and midface surgery
  • Pfeiffer Syndrome – cranial vault surgery and midface surgery
  • Carpenter Syndrome – cranial vault surgery and midface surgery

Congenital and Pediatric Hand Conditions

  • Trigger finger in children – trigger finger release
  • Thumb duplication – corrective surgery
  • Post-traumatic hand injuries in children – corrective surgery
  • Nerve reconstruction – microsurgical nerve reconstruction
  • Clinodactyly / Camptodactyly – corrective hand surgery
  • Polydactyly – in-office excision of extra digit
  • Syndactyly – finger separation surgery

Skin Disorders

  • Infantile Hemangiomas – medical and surgical management
  • Vascular anomalies of the skin and face – medical and surgical management
  • Congenital Nevi – traditional excision, serial excision, tissue expansion
  • Benign and malignant skin lesions in children – surgical excision
  • Neurofibromatosis – microsurgery and surgical excision

Wound Care, Burns, and Scars

  • Animal Bites – wound care and surgical repair
  • Pediatric burns – non-surgical and surgical burn care
  • Acute and Chronic Wounds – non-surgical and surgical options
  • Unfavorable scars / scar revision

Breast and Body Image

  • Adolescent breast surgery
    • Tuberous Breast deformity – breast symmetry surgery
    • Macromastia – breast reduction
    • Poland Syndrome – breast construction
    • Breast Asymmetry – breast symmetry surgery
  • Prominent Ears – Otoplasty
  • Nasal deformity, congenital or post-traumatic – Adolescent rhinoplasty
  • Gynecomastia – Mastectomy

Neonatal Ear Deformities

Ochsner is the only provider in the region to offer both the Ear Well TM and the InfantEarTM non-surgical ear molding systems – highly effective systems that can correct ear deformities in infants painlessly and without surgery. The devices are applied in the office shortly after birth, and are effective up to 93% of the time in just two to three weeks. These systems has been found to be successful for infants less than six weeks of age.

Hanger Clinic Cap Program

Streamlined Plagiocephaly Clinic

On Wednesdays, the Hanger Clinic team is at Ochsner Hospital for Children in New Orleans, treating children with plagiocephaly (head shape abnormality) who can benefit from a cranial remolding orthosis (a band or helmet). We have the most advanced scanning system in the region with the implementation of the STARscanner. For the convenience of our patients, we schedule back-to-back appointments with your pediatric plastic surgeon and the orthotist from Hanger. Learn more.


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1315 Jefferson Highway

New Orleans, LA 70121

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71211 Highway 21, Suite B

Covington, LA 70433

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105 Medical Center Drive, Suite 304

Slidell, LA 70461

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8166 Main Street, Suite 303

Houma, LA 70360

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309 Llewellyn Ave.
McComb, MS 39648

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