Cleft Lip & Cleft Palate are the most common birth defects. They most commonly occur as isolated birth defects or can occur as a part of many genetic symptoms. Cleft Lip & Cleft Palate are openings or splits in the upper lip, roof of mouth (palate) or both, Cleft Lip & Cleft Palate are a result when facial structures that are developing in a new born baby do not close completely.
Cleft Lip & Cleft Palate can be corrected with Surgery. A series of surgeries might be needed to achieve normal function and appearance.
Cleft Lip & Cleft Palate occurs because of non fusion of either bones or soft tissues in the areas leading to a cleft lip or cleft palate or both . Cleft Lip & Cleft Palate happens in the second and third months of pregnancy.
Various causes are :
Family history of Cleft Lip & Cleft Palate:
Patients with Cleft Lip & Cleft Palate face challenges like
Cleft lip occurs usually in the first few months of life and is recommended within the first 12 months of life . Surgery to repair a cleft palate is recommended within the first 18 months of life or earlier if possible .
A minimum of one surgery is required to repair the Cleft Palate. The others depends on the condition and progress of the patient
The recovery takes about 3 weeks after the surgery , during this time it is important to protect the area from injury .
Plastic surgeons can use minimal incisions and fine stitching materials to make the scar look very faint .