Cleft lip (cheiloschisis) and cleft palate (palatoschisis) are among the most common birth defects seen in infants and children. The incomplete formation of the upper lip (cleft lip) or roof of the mouth (cleft palate) can occur individually, or both defects may occur together. The conditions can vary in severity and may involve one or both sides of the face. A cleft, or separation of the upper lip and/or the roof of the mouth, occurs early in fetal development. Cleft lip and palate occur when certain components of the upper lip and roof of the mouth fail to form normally. Cleft lip and cleft palate repair is a type of plastic surgery to correct this abnormal development both to restore function and to restore a more normal appearance.
Most clefts can be repaired through specialized plastic surgery techniques, improving your child’s ability to eat, speak, hear and breathe. After surgery, there is a more normal appearance and function of your baby’s face.
For additional information about the condition, see “For the Parent of Newborns with Cleft Lip and/or Cleft Palate“, published by the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association.
Early evaluation and intervention by the NJ Craniofacial team of specialists provides your child the essential care they need in cleft lip and/or cleft palate diagnosis and repair. Our team works together to develop a course of treatment, including surgical repair of the cleft, speech rehabilitation and dental restoration. Our team of Craniofacial specialists includes:
To schedule a private consultation with NJ Craniofacial Center, please call our office or request an appointment online. We look forward to your visit.