Although this term may sometimes be used in medicine to explain to a family that the synostosis at the time, is not and may not cause any neurological concern, the term cosmetic means just that. At this time it is “cosmetic in nature” try not to get bogged down by the use of this term.
A procedure is cosmetic when intended to change a physical appearance that would be considered within normal human anatomic variation. Cosmetic services are often described as those that are primarily intended to preserve or improve appearance.
Reconstructive surgery is typically performed to improve function, to make a deformity appear more normal, or to alleviate health complications associated with the abnormality.
Families often worry when they hear the word “elective” regarding their child’s surgery.
An elective procedure is simply one that is planned in advance, rather than one that’s done in an emergency situation. A wide range of surgical procedures can be considered elective. Craniosynostosis surgery is typically an elective procedure but that does not mean that it is not a necessary procedure.
The treatment of Craniosynostosis is NOT cosmetic.