A cleft lip and palate is a birth defect that can occur when the tissues that form the upper roof of the child’s mouth do not properly join. This can cause a cleft lip, cleft palate, or sometimes even both. Cleft lip and palate surgery is a reconstructive surgery that is performed to correct these defects. The providers at Olack Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Show Low, AZ work routinely with children and infants to restore a more natural appearance to the lip and mouth. The team will discuss what cleft lip and palate surgery entails, as well as some of the benefits and risks associated with it.
More about the surgery itself
This surgery is a reconstructive surgery that is performed to correct the cleft in the upper lip and/or roof of the child’s mouth. The procedure can be done at any age, but it is typically done when the child is between six months and one year old. The surgery involves repairing the tissues that did not successfully join and combine together properly during development. This can be done with various techniques, such as skin grafts, flaps, or stitches.
What are the advantages of this surgery?
There are several benefits to this surgical procedure. One of the most important benefits is that it improves the child’s ability to eat and speak correctly. It also helps improve their appearance, which can boost their self-confidence. Additionally, cleft lip and palate surgery can help prevent further health problems, such as ear infections and dental problems.
What are the risks associated with this surgery?
As with any surgery, there are some risks associated with cleft lip and palate surgery. These risks include infection, bleeding, and scarring. There is also a small risk of complications that can occur during or after the surgery. It is important to discuss these risks with your provider before deciding if this particular surgery is right for your child.
Learn more today!
The team at Olack Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Show Low, AZ offers comprehensive care for children with the unique defects. If you have questions about this surgery or would like more information, please contact us today by calling (928) 537-6767 and requesting a visit to our clinic, located at 2450 East Show Low Lake Road, Suite #2A.