Dr. Seun Adetayo, renowned plastic surgeon, author, and inspiring speaker, speaks to the unexpected and often surprising circumstances that require children to undergo plastic surgery. She elaborates on the specialty of pediatric plastic surgery to help educate and arm families with information when faced with making a decision about their child’s plastic surgery.
OMAHA, NE – January 19, 2020 – Dr. Seun Adetayo, renowned plastic surgeon, author, and inspiring speaker, has posted a new blog on her website entitled, “When Children Need Plastic Surgery.” Dr. Adetayo helps families understand the variety of conditions that require children to undergo plastic surgery and the importance of working with a pediatric plastic surgeon.
Dr. Adetayo states, “Pediatric plastic surgery can sometimes be confusing to grasp. After all,” she continues, “plastic surgery is not something that is usually connected with children. Also, the media portrayal of plastic surgery does not depict the full spectrum of the specialty. Most often it is portrayed as “cosmetic services” reserved for the rich and superficial.”
“More times than I can count,” Dr. Adetayo writes, “I have been asked, “Why do children need plastic surgery?” She goes on to clarify, “Very often, the need for plastic surgery can come about as the result of birth differences such as clefts, abnormal head shapes, skin disorders, or malformation of the hands, feet, trunk or rest of the body. At other times,” She adds, “the need may come as a result of accidents or other traumas.”
As Dr. Adetayo notes, “When a family is faced with the decision of plastic surgery for their child, it’s important to be armed with the most in-depth information. You see, children are not always able to say what is bothering them. They cannot always answer medical questions and they are not always able to cooperate during a medical examination due to anxiety, excitement, fear, or other reasons.” She emphasizes, “Children require a different skill set, especially when being examined for complex pediatric plastic surgery reconstructions. Like other pediatric specialties, pediatric plastic surgeons work on how to examine and treat children in a way that relaxes and makes them cooperative, while still allowing the surgeon to examine the child in a way that helps guide the diagnosis and treatment. Thus, the role of the pediatric plastic surgeon is a critical one.”
The entire blog can be read at: https://seunadetayo.com/2021/01/04/when-children-need-plastic-surgery/
About Dr. Adetayo
Dr. Seun Adetayo currently practices in Omaha, Nebraska. She is a board-certified Plastic Surgeon and a Diplomat of the American Board of Plastic Surgery. She is a Professor of Surgery, and Chief of Pediatric Plastic Surgery.
Dr. Adetayo is unique in her field. As a gifted surgeon operating in a competitive field, Dr. Adetayo is also the first foreign-born (Nigerian) female minority surgeon to have built a successful nationally accredited multidisciplinary program for children with birth defects in Northeastern New York. She continued in this trajectory of helping patients and families as she now heads the Division of Pediatric Plastic Surgery where she serves as the Chief at the Children’s Hospital. Her journey has been dedicated to caring for patients and their families; mentorship for students, residents, and faculty; advocacy for legislation at local and national level; research; education; and community engagement and leadership. She shares her journey and strategies for success via her print material, meeting panels, blogs and speaking engagements.
Dr Adetayo has authored several book chapters in leading texts, including the second edition of Comprehensive Cleft Care which is an authoritative text volume on cleft and craniofacial disorders and treatment. She also authored a chapter in the Family Companion Guide for educating patients and families with cleft and craniofacial diagnoses. She was also the author of the chapter on treatment of zygoma fractures in the text Operative Techniques in Plastic Surgery.
She has received over 40 awards and recognition, and her work has resulted in over 50 published works and over 60 presented works at regional, national, and international meetings. She is published in peer-reviewed publications in leading journals including Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Cleft Palate Craniofacial Journal, Annals of Plastic Surgery, Journal of Craniofacial Surgery, and Journal of Neurosurgery and Pediatrics.
Dr Adetayo plays an important role in mentoring and education in surgery, healthcare, and professional circles. She served as an invited surgeon and surgical educator during her last mission trip to Zimbabwe, where she served as the lead surgeon and guest lecturer for various hands-on plastic surgical reconstructions and teaching sessions. She is active in Women In Leadership lectures and advocacy. She served as a speaker for the Synthes collaboration with Johnson & Johnson Company on Improving Cultural Competence and Ethnic Diversity in Healthcare, and was one of four selected panelist speakers on Pioneering Women in Reconstructive Surgery International Program by L’Oreal in conjunction with Resurge International. She was an invited speaker at the 2019 Healthcare Finance Management Association (HFMA) annual Women In Leadership Conference in upstate New York. In January 2020, she served as the Keynote Speaker for the Stryker Women’s Network National Conference National Women in Surgery and Leadership event in California.
Dr. Adetayo has served in various community leadership positions including Chairperson of the Long Beach Rescue Mission, Co-President of the Phi Delta Epsilon Premedical Society, Co-President of the Pritzker REMEDY Cuba Medical Aid Mission, Coordinator of the Chicago Local Chapter of the Adolescent Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP) program for inner city Chicago school kids. She currently serves as Managing Editor and Co-Chair of the Learning Resource Committee of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA).
She has been involved in various medical education and surgical trips to several countries including Cuba, Haiti, Nigeria, Peru, and Zimbabwe as educator and surgeon. She was awarded a Diploma of Honor conferred by the President of the Congress of the Republic of Peru. She collaborates on meaningful initiatives with various international organizations including Rotary International and The Smile Train on improving surgical outcomes, healthcare delivery, patient safety, and quality control standards in surgical reconstruction. She continues to be active in advocacy, and philanthropic efforts in developing children and advancing communities.