Craniofacial Syndromes

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There are a number of different syndromes involving the head and neck that are treated by Orange County plastic surgeon Dr. Sundine at Michael J. Sundine MD

Craniofacial Dysostosis Syndromes

These syndromes are characterized by craniosynostosis (usually bilateral coronal craniosynostosis), midfacial hypoplasia (retruded cheek bones and upper jaw), and the possible presence of extremity anomalies. Some of the syndromes include:

Crouzon syndrome
Apert syndrome
Pfeiffer syndrome

The treatment of these patients is often staged. The early treatment is dedicated to the treatment of the craniosynostosis. Later treatment is usually oriented to advancement of the midface and jaw surgery.

Hemifacial Microsomia and Goldenhar syndrome

These syndromes affect the growth of the structures of the face. It may involve the eye socket that may be small or displaced, the ears may be small or underdeveloped (microtia), there may be tilting of the bite (upper and lower jaw) upward and the mandible may be underdeveloped. There may also be lateral facial clefts. Goldenhar syndrome includes the facial spectrum of hemifacial microsomia along with dermoid cysts involving the eye.

Treacher Collins syndrome and Nager syndrome

Both of these syndromes involve both sides of the face. The areas involved include the cheekbones, ears, and jaws. Some of the facial findings include: hypoplasia of the malar area (flattened cheekbones), antimongoloid slant of the eyelids (downward slope of the eyelids), notching of the lower eyelids, absent eyelashes on the inner eyelids, microtia (small or absent ears), and mandibular hypoplasia (retruded mandible). In patients with Nager syndrome there are also hand deformities.

The early treatment is directed to protection of the eyes and lengthening of the mandible to try to avoid tracheostomy. Subsequent procedures involve correction of the ear deformity, reconstruction of the cheekbone, and further treatment of the jaw deformities.

Frontonasal Dysplasia and Hypertelorism

Hypertelorism is a condition characterized by an increased distance between the orbits (eye sockets). This uncommon condition is caused by frontonasal dysplasia, facial clefts, craniofacial dysostosis syndromes, meningoencephaloceles, and intracranial tumors.

The treatment of this condition is directed to narrowing the distance between the eye sockets with a combined craniofacial and neurosurgical procedure.

Turner syndrome

Patients with condition are characterized by a webbed neck deformity and a low posterior hairline. Both of these problems may be addressed with an operation performed on the back of the neck.

Dr. Michael Sundine is a leading provider of reconstructive and plastic surgeries in Orange County. Over the course of his 23-year career, Dr. Sundine has become recognized as a top Newport Beach eyelid lift, facelift and nose surgery provider. He also offers breast and body contouring procedures such as Newport Beach breast implants surgery, tummy tuck and liposuction.


Our Reviews

  • - Written on October 20, 2018


    • My experience with Dr. Sundine was AWESOME! He did such an amazing job on my nose. My nose had basically collapsed and Dr. Sundine made it look normal again. He helped me restore my self confidence. I am so happy with the results. Dr. Sundine explained everything in detail prior to surgery along with my follow up visits. I highly recommend him. He is very professional, knowledgeable and kind.

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  • - Written on January 27, 2018

    “Thank you so much for your time and generosity!”

    Dr. Sundine,

    Thank you so much for your time and generosity! I just love my results and feel fortunate to have had you as my surgeon

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  • - Written on February 1, 2018


    Excellent. I found Dr. Sundine to be a very competent surgeon and a really good person. His personal manner made a sometimes difficult, time-consuming process (tissue expansion) much easier. I’m glad we pursued the expansion option and I was fortunate to have had him as my surgeon. I recommend Dr. Sundine to anyone who is in need of Plastic / Reconstructive Surgery.

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  • - Written on February 1, 2018


    Dr. Sundine is an outstanding doctor. His technique, his expertise and the care with which he approached my surgery were exceptional. I wasn’t surprised. I chose him because I knew that his training and skills are terrific. Dr. Sundine and his staff still exceeded my expectations, however, and the complete experience – consultation, surgery and follow-up– have been wonderful. As I did, I encourage everyone to do your due diligence and research alternatives, but at the end of the day there is no better choice than Dr. Sundine. Amazing results…

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  • - Written on February 1, 2018

    “I RECOMMEND HIM 100%”

    Dr. Sundine is a gifted, highly trained plastic surgeon who achieves amazing, natural looking, aesthetic results in facial and body plastic surgery. My facelift is 4 years old. Even people who don’t know me comment I look wonderful. Others often ask me about Dr. Sundine… …and of course I recommend him 100%. In addition to being highly skilled and knowledgeable Dr. Sundine is caring, compassionate, communicative and professional. Finally, his office staff is friendly and efficient. I have never waited more than 5 minutes..

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  • - Written on February 1, 2018

    “Dr. Sundin did a terrific job”

    Dear Dr. Sundine & staff, Just wanted to drop you a line to say how much I loved your caring & professional work. Dr. Sundin did a terrific job on a very hard surgery below my right eye due to a skin cancer removal. I will recommend him to all I come in contact with. Thanks again and I owe you all a big hug & sincere thanks to all you did for me. L.A.

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  • - Written on February 12, 2018

    “He truly deserved the highest reviews on every level”

    I gave Dr. Sundine the highest possible review in each category because he truly deserved the highest reviews on every level. I am a very well recognized lawyer on the West Coast. My firm has spent millions of dollars on television advertising in which I appear. I could not afford to have a bad face lift or even for people to notice I had a face lift at all. I interviewed many physicians including some of the “celebrity” physicians. Ultimately, I chose Dr. Sundine because he performs highly complex complete facial reconstruction procedures on children.

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  • - Written on February 4, 2018

    “Special thank you to Dr. Sundine! So happy!!”

    My keloid surgery was an absolute success. I am so pleased with the results and grateful to the staff pre & post surgery. I was so nervous and scared to precede w/ the procedure. For I never had a surgery or general anesthesia before.:(

    Dr. Sundine with his exceeding professionalism gave me gentle kind assurance that all will be fine. In addition, educated me to his full knowledge and experience in detail what to expect. I felt safe and secure in his hands. Very kind soul. Post surgery I had radiation at another location, and it was a success. I am still in the healing process and my ear aesthetically looks next to perfect. I’m free of the disfigurement and I have a renewed confidence keloid Free!! :-)

    It was like 1 2 3!!

    Thank you Dr. Sundine, the friendly staff/ nurses You ALL Rock!! & I couldn’t ask for any better.:)

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  • - Written on September 19, 2017


    Dr. Sundine and his staff were absolutley wonderful ! Very personable, caring and professional. His nurse Toni was so kind and answered all my questions and addressed all my concerns. The procedure went very well, with very little bruising or down time. Dr. Sundine is truly an exceptional plastic surgeon and I will definitely be using his services in the future. Thank you very much Dr Sundine and your magnificent team !

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  • - Written on September 19, 2017


    I chose Dr. Sundine because he is an expert in a highly regarded surgical technique that delivers a completely natural result. It takes longer on the operating table and it requires specialized training which many doctors just don’t want to invest in. The results, however, are nothing short of spectacular.

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