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How do they repair a cleft lip? – NJ Craniofacial Center

Posted on Mar 23, 2023

Medically Reviewed by: Robert Morin, MD, MBA, FACS
Craniofacial Surgery
Pediatric Plastic Surgery
Reviewed on: November 14, 2023

Cleft lip is a common birth defect that affects thousands of babies every year. It occurs when the tissues of the lip and mouth do not join together completely during the early stages of fetal development. This defect can range from a small notch in the lip to a large opening that extends into the nose, and it can cause serious problems with eating, speaking and even breathing. Fortunately, cleft lip repair surgery can help restore the appearance and function of the lip, allowing people to live healthier, more confident lives.

At the NJ Craniofacial Center, our team of experienced surgeons specializes in cleft lip and palate repair. We understand how important it is to create an individualized treatment plan that will not only restore the appearance of the lip but also provide lasting results. We take a comprehensive approach to cleft repair, focusing on the short-term and long-term goals of our patients.

How successful is cleft lip surgery?

One of the most important questions asked when considering cleft lip repair surgery is “How successful is it?” The success of cleft lip surgery depends on the skill of the surgeon and the patient’s particular anatomy. In general, the cosmetic appearance and functionality of the lip can be greatly improved with surgery. However, there is always a risk of complications and scarring. At NJ Craniofacial Center, we take extra steps to ensure the best possible outcome, such as using advanced surgical techniques, latest technology, and experienced staff. We have successfully treated countless patients with cleft lip and palate deformities, helping them to achieve lasting results.

What is the best age for cleft palate surgery?

Another important question is “What is the best age for cleft palate surgery?” The timing of cleft palate surgery is very important, as it can impact the outcome of the surgery. At NJ Craniofacial Center, our surgeons are experienced in determining the best age for each patient’s particular case. We take into account the patient’s age, the severity of the deformity, and the likelihood of success when determining the optimal time for cleft palate surgery.

How many surgeries are needed for cleft lip?

Finally, many people wonder “How many surgeries are needed for cleft lip?” The number of surgeries needed for cleft lip repair depends on the severity of the defect. Generally, the treatment plan includes at least one surgery to close the gap in the lip, as well as additional surgeries to address any associated problems. At NJ Craniofacial Center, we are committed to minimizing the number of surgeries needed and creating a personalized treatment plan for each patient.

At NJ Craniofacial Center, we understand the importance of cleft lip repair and the impact it can have on a person’s life. Our team of experienced surgeons are dedicated to providing the highest quality of care, utilizing advanced techniques and technology to ensure the best possible outcome. We strive to create an individualized treatment plan that minimizes the number of surgeries required and provides lasting results. If you or someone you know is considering cleft lip repair surgery, please contact us at NJ Craniofacial Center for more information.


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