Repairing cleft lip and palate for children

family happiness after a cleft lip in infants surgery Children who are born with disfigurements and deformities such as cleft lip and palate can be easily addressed with the use of reconstructive surgeries. At Olack Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, we work routinely with parents of children with cleft lip and palate to provide repair of the lip and palate with restorative options. Our Show Low, AZ area practice is equipped with the training and expertise to provide repair of these areas in a way that can boost a child’s self-esteem and confidence while addressing the problems associated with the deformity.

What is cleft lip and palate?

The palate is the roof of the mouth, and during the development of the baby in the earlier stages of pregnancy, this area may not properly close up as it should. This deformation is typically found early on during prenatal examinations through ultrasounds. Because both the lip and the palate develop separately, it can be possible for a child to have one or the other, or a combination of the two. This deformity can be easily addressed with reconstructive surgery at Olack Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

When can a child get cleft lip and palate surgery performed?

We often recommend that children born with cleft lip and palate undergo reconstructive surgery as early as appropriate to prevent problems associated with this deformity. Cleft lip is a procedure that is typically done on a baby around the ages of three to six months, while the cleft palate is better repaired around the age of one year. The goal for this procedure is to restore the area to it’s typical function and appearance while leaving as little scarring as possible from the surgery. When performed by an experienced provider, it is simple and straightforward with easy recovery and healing for the child.

Does your child need treatment to address cleft lip or palate?

The providers at Olack Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery are here to help! We encourage parents who are looking to have this done for their child to call our office at (928) 537-6767 and visit the office at 2450 East Show Low Lake Road, Suite #2A. We are open to new and returning patients seeking breast, body, facial, and reconstructive surgeries.

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