Board Certified
 Trained in Plastic,
 and Micro Surgery

Cleft Lip and Palate Surgery

A child born with a separation in the upper lip is said to have a cleft lip. A similar birth defect in the roof of the mouth, or palate, is called a cleft palate. Since the lip and palate develop separately it is possible to have cleft lip and palate or variations of both. Children born with a cleft lip or palate will need the skills of several medical professionals. In addition to the need for a plastic surgeon to repair the opening, these children may have problems with feeding, with their teeth, hearing, speech, and their psychological development as they grow. For this reason, parents should seek the help of a Cleft Lip and Palate Team as early as possible.

If you are considering surgery to correct a cleft lip or palate, the Center for Plastic Surgery can give you a more in-depth understanding of the procedure such as:

  • When it can help?
  • How it's performed
  • What results can you expect.
  • Planning your surgery.
  • Preparing for your surgery.
  • Types of anesthesia
  • Personalized follow-up on each case.
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