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Cleft Lip/ Plate Treatment

Cleft lip/palate treatment is a collaborative journey involving a dedicated team of healthcare professionals, encompassing surgical, therapeutic, and emotional support. Through early intervention and comprehensive care, individuals born with cleft conditions can achieve optimal facial aesthetics, functional abilities, and a fulfilling quality of life.


A cleft lip and/or palate is a congenital condition where there is an opening or gap in the upper lip and/or the roof of the mouth (palate).

Diagnosis and Evaluation:

  • Prenatal Detection: In some cases, cleft conditions can be identified through prenatal imaging, allowing for early preparation and planning.
  • Clinical Examination: A thorough examination by a healthcare team, often including a pediatrician, plastic surgeon, and speech therapist, to assess the extent and complexity of the cleft.

Early Intervention:

  • Feeding Challenges: Infants with cleft lip/palate may face difficulties in feeding due to the gap in the mouth. 
  • Orthodontic Devices: For infants with a cleft palate, orthodontic devices may be utilized to aid in proper oral development.

Cleft Lip Repair:

  • Timing: Surgical repair of the cleft lip is typically performed when the baby is around 3 to 6 months old, allowing for optimal healing and minimizing long-term impact on facial development.
  • Surgical Technique: Plastic surgeons carefully reconstruct the cleft lip, aligning and suturing tissues to achieve symmetry and restore a natural appearance.

Cleft Palate Repair:

  • Timing: Cleft palate repair is usually performed when the child is between 9 and 18 months old, depending on the individual case.
  • Surgical Approach: Surgeons close the opening in the palate, facilitating proper speech development and preventing complications like ear infections.

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