Craniofacial Procedures

Dr. Kristen Yee—our experienced plastic surgeon—developed her interest in craniofacial surgery after seeing the separation of craniopagus twins and a transfacial approach to a skull base tumor during her training at Johns Hopkins, along with the more common cleft repairs and cranial vault remodeling for craniosynostosis.

Dr. Yee was further inspired by hearing a lecture by Dr. S. Anthony Wolfe about Dr. Paul Tessier, the father of craniofacial surgery in Paris, and she then sought out advanced training after her plastic surgery residency at UCLA, one of the premier craniofacial centers in America carrying on Dr. Tessier’s techniques and philosophy. (Dr. Henry Kawamoto, one of Dr. Tessier’s principal American students, and his trainees are among Dr. Yee’s teachers and mentors.) She also spent time in Paris as part of her fellowship to learn from the current generation of craniofacial and ear reconstruction surgeons.

Dr. Yee finds craniofacial surgery a particularly rewarding and interesting part of plastic surgery, as the face has such a complex structure to reconstruct, and its function is to help us relate to others through expression and communication, as well as carrying the senses of sight, smell, sound, and taste. She has privileges at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland where the more complex pediatric craniofacial cases are performed and followed with a team of experts.

Craniofacial surgery includes reconstruction of congenital defects as well as deformities caused by trauma or cancer. Below is a list of conditions treated by Dr. Yee in her craniofacial practice. Each individual’s condition is unique and specific questions regarding techniques and outcomes will be addressed during the consultation.

Surgery In Progress

Craniofacial Surgery

Cleft Palate



Pierre Robin Sequence

Hemifacial Microsomia


Jaw Abnormalities

Congenital Nevi and Vascular Malformations

Acute Facial Trauma

Post-Traumatic Facial Deformities

Post-Mohs Excision of Skin Cancer