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Craniofacial Conditions

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What is a Craniofacial Disorder?

A craniofacial disorder refers to an abnormality of the face and/or the head. Craniofacial differences can result from abnormal growth patterns of the face or skull, which involves soft tissue and bones. A craniofacial condition may include disfigurement brought about by birth defect, disease or trauma. Dr. Stephen Beals specializes in craniofacial cosmetic surgery.

The following list demonstrates conditions treated by Dr. Beals in his Craniofacial practice located in Phoenix. Clicking the procedure name will bring you a detailed description of the procedure as supplied by WebMD or Wikipedia. There is also information and additional resources regarding Craniofacial conditions and support through the Craniofacial Foundation of Arizona.

Hemifacial Micoromia/
Goldenhar Syndrome

Jaw Abnormalities
Pfeiffer Syndrome
Pierre Robin Sequence
Treacher Collins Syndrome
Tumors of the Skull Base
Other Craniofacial Syndromes

Why Dr. Stephen P. Beals?

Dr. Beals is recognized as an experienced plastic surgeon specializing in craniofacial conditions in Arizona as well as the United States.
He founded the Craniofacial Foundation of Arizona and the Barrow Children’s Cleft and Craniofacial Center (previously Barrow Craniofacial Center and Southwest Craniofacial Center) where he currently serves as the Director. He also developed the Heads Up Baby® educational program material which promotes awareness and early intervention for deformational plagiocephaly or misshapen heads. Dr. Beals is a founding member of the American Society of Craniofacial Surgery and a member of the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons, the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association and the International Society of Craniofacial Surgery. Dr. Beals is Fellowship trained in craniofacial surgery and has been performing craniofacial surgery in Arizona since 1986.

Dr. Beals and his staff realize that the diagnosis of a cleft or craniofacial abnormality can be a frightening experience. They seek to understand your needs and provide you with knowledge, expertise and compassion. Every patient is unique, and therefore an individualized treatment plan is prepared for each case. Optimal patient care is achieved through an interdisciplinary team. Each patient has the opportunity to be treated at the Barrow Children’s Cleft and Craniofacial Center by a team of professionals in multiple disciplines.
Dr. Beals welcomes the opportunity to discuss his craniofacial cosmetic surgery expertise with you, as well as procedures and techniques for your situation. Please contact us to schedule an appointment at our office located in Phoenix on Thomas Road, to answer all of your questions.

Insurance Coverage

Craniofacial reconstructive surgery is performed to correct soft tissue and skeletal abnormalities of the skull and facial bones often caused by congenital defects, developmental abnormalities, traumas, infections, tumors or other diseases. Craniofacial reconstructive surgery is generally performed to improve function, but may also be done to achieve a desired appearance. Craniofacial surgery is customarily covered by most health insurance policies, although coverage for specific procedures and levels of coverage may vary greatly.

For Additional Information:

In July of 2014, Dr. Beals and the Barrow Cleft and Craniofacial Center were honored with the #HelloHumanKindness award at an Arizona Diamondbacks game. Click here to learn more.

Barrow Cleft and Craniofacial Center

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