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Yes, You Should Get the COVID-19 Vaccine Even if You’ve Had Facial Fillers Published on January 14th, 2021

You may have heard that Moderna’s new COVID-19 vaccine can cause swelling in patients who have had dermal filler injections. Although this may sound alarming, as a board certified plastic surgeon, I want to emphasize that minor swelling is a completely normal (and temporary) physiological …

Why It’s Important to Treat Your Child’s Velopharyngeal Insufficiency Published on December 16th, 2020

There’s a lot of misinformation about velopharyngeal insufficiency (VPI). In the past, blowing, sucking, and oral-motor exercises have been prescribed to assist your child’s velopharyngeal closure, but we now know that these exercises are not effective in treating VPI. Instead, surgery i…

Pediatric Craniosynostosis Surgery: Here’s What You Should Know Published on November 23rd, 2020

Though many parents are lucky enough not to have encountered craniosynostosis, it is an increasingly common condition affecting the mental and physical development of children everywhere. As a board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in craniofacial and pediatric reconstructive surgery, Dr. Sh…

Movies, Monsters, and Munchies, Oh My! Your Guide to a Frighteningly Fun Kid-friendly Halloween Published on October 15th, 2020

Halloween’s going to be a little different this year, but instead of worrying about all the things you can’t do during the pandemic, you can put a special twist on the holiday with safe, festive activities. From pumpkin carving to indoor DIY crafts and movies, here’s a list of fun, kid-frien…

Encouraging Young People to Open Up and Speak Out About Mental Health Published on September 18th, 2020

As a mother and reconstructive pediatric surgeon, caring for young people is part of my every day, and I feel quite capable of fixing a full range of children’s physical concerns. Youth mental health, however, is an area where we can’t simply “fix” things, despite our best efforts. Parent…