She will provide a full spectrum of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery to both adults and children in the area.
The recent opening of Wesley Children’s Hospital has paved the way for Dr. Biskup to bring a new specialty to Kansans outside the Kansas City metro area.
Dr. Biskup is fully trained in adult cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, having completed a full six-year residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery.
She will join the Plastic Surgery Center in Wichita, where she will offer the full breadth of adult procedures.
“I picked plastic surgery because it was a very creative field,” she says. “Plastic surgery is unique in that you get to rebuild form, function and often self-confidence, and I enjoy the full gamut of plastic surgery.”
Dr. Biskup will also offer specialty care to pediatric patients, in partnership with Wesley Children’s Hospital. She has found her additional fellowship training rewarding, as it prepared her to make a difference in the lives of pediatric patients.
Pediatric plastic surgeons can address a broad range of conditions, from cleft lip and palate and maxillofacial anomalies, to congenital birthmarks, to distraction of bones. Dr. Biskup’s love for problem-solving and creativity made the field a natural fit.
“I’ve always had a passion for kids, and I felt it’s very meaningful to be able to change a child’s life for the better,” she says. “It’s definitely a field where there’s lots of room for growth and an opportunity to make a big difference. That’s what led me to my fellowship.”
At Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, the third-best children’s hospital in the country as ranked by U.S. News & World Report, where Dr. Biskup recently finished her fellowship training, she developed extensive firsthand experience in many of the most innovative techniques in pediatric plastic surgery.
“We, as a field, are innovative and adapt to technology quickly,” Dr. Biskup says.
This includes adopting new procedures for abnormalities that otherwise can severely limit children and their growth.
“One of the really exciting things in my field is being able to do distraction in children and young adults with very small upper or lower jaws,” she says. “By cutting the bone and very slowly moving it apart, the body can form new bone, allowing for forward movement in the upper or lower jaws. This can help with breathing and eating, and avoid tracheotomy in children who might otherwise need it.”
“Since a child’s future growth is very important, you have to operate very gently, with great consideration for surrounding structures,” she adds.
Scarring is also a concern — especially for children and adolescents — and Dr. Biskup says endoscopic technologies are helping address that problem.
“I think we can use more endoscopic approaches for a lot of things we normally would do openly,” she says. “Instead of making an incision on the face to remove a cyst or dermoid, in certain cases we now can make the incision in a more hidden area, such as the hairline.”
She looks forward to growing the cleft team clinic in Wichita and expanding the spectrum of available pediatric services.
“Patients with clefts and craniofacial conditions require many medical specialists to care for them throughout their lifetimes, so a multidisciplinary model of care is essential,” Dr. Biskup says, adding she is thankful for the opportunity to provide a full spectrum of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery in the Wichita area.
For more information about Dr. Biskup and the Plastic Surgery Center, located at 1861 N. Webb Road in Wichita, visit pscwichita.com or call 316-688-7500.