More Than Skin Deep

In casual adult conversation, the mention of plastic surgery often conjures images of cosmetic enhancements. Many are surprised to learn about the vital role of pediatric plastic surgery and, specifically, the busy Plastic Surgery department at BC Children’s Hospital.

Each year, many children in BC are born with craniofacial malformations like cleft lip and cleft palate, hand and upper extremity anomalies, and vascular birthmarks that require surgical intervention. Our plastic surgeons also treat children with severe burns and nerve injuries, among many other conditions. Corrective procedures are important to ensure children’s long-term health and well-being. Without them, children can suffer serious, lifelong pain and loss of basic functions, such as the ability to speak, breathe and see.

While the physical difference these surgeries make in children is often obvious, the impact of these procedures extends far deeper than most of us might imagine. Often, children benefit from a higher sense of self-esteem, and a greater sense of belonging and confidence that positively affects their outlook on life, and their chances to succeed in the future.

The Plastic Surgery department is just one of the many specialized teams at BC Children’s. We are proud of the expertise that exists here, and our caregivers strive their best every day to give our patients and their families the care they need – whether it’s an emergency procedure to fix a broken bone, a treatment plan for a child with leukemia or surgery to remove a birthmark.

Your donations make all of this life-changing work possible. Thank you for your support.


Teri Nicholas, MSW, RSW

President & CEO
BC Children’s Hospital Foundation

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