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Are there any good ways of reducing scarring after a cleft lip surgery?

Are there any good ways of reducing scarring after a cleft lip surgery?

Yes: Some treatments offered before surgery (nasoalveloar molding, or nam) can help lessen the scarring afterwards. Sometimes, scars will need to be revised surgically to get the best outcome, but this is fortunately not common. ...Read more

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Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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How do I fix the scars left behind by cleft lip surgery?

How do I fix the scars left behind by cleft lip surgery?

Revision : Without seeing photos you have several options. Non-surgical options include kenalog (triamcinolone) injections along the scar as well as co2 laser resurfacing. If the lip exhibits retraction or requires lengthening then a surgical revision would be necessary. ...Read more

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I have a cleft lip and partial cleft pallet, had a lip surgery and need more, but my hospital doesn't know where my dental records are. What can i do?

I have a cleft lip and partial cleft pallet, had a lip surgery and need more, but my hospital doesn't know where my dental records are. What can i do?

Need more info: You need to get an appointment with an oral surgeon.The best place to get a referral is from your dentist or the local Dental Society in your county. I'm not so sure that prior dental records are essential in this case. ...Read more

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Is corrective surgery a very successful solution for a cleft lip and palate?

Is corrective surgery a very successful solution for a cleft lip and palate?

Absolutely: It is the only way to fix the defect. Results vary based upon the severity of the defect and the experience of the surgeon. ...Read more

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What recovery problems are to be expected from a cleft lip and palate surgery for a one-year old?

What recovery problems are to be expected from a cleft lip and palate surgery for a one-year old?

A few things: Pain, and the different feeling inside the mouth after cleft palate repair are the two biggest problems to be expected after cleft palate surgery. Cleft lip also adds a little more pain. The children also don't like the use of arm restraints, even though most of us surgeons use them after lip repair, and sometimes after palate repair. ...Read more

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How old does a child have to be in order to have cleft lip and palate corrective surgery? I'm hoping that the answer is sooner rather than later, given how this appearance will affect how a child is perceived by their peers.

How old does a child have to be in order to have cleft lip and palate corrective surgery? I'm hoping that the answer is sooner rather than later, given how this appearance will affect how a child is perceived by their peers.

Cleft : Cleft lip and/or palate is one of the most common birth defects in america, affecting about 1 in 800 children. This condition is characterized by a minor or significant separation of the upper lip and/or roof of the mouth. The surgery performed to correct this condition is called a palatoplasty. Most plastic surgeons recommend a palatoplast be performed between 6 months to 18 months and the decision to perform this surgery is based on the extent of the birth defect, the child's age, speech development, facial growth and risk. While many parents wish for the surgery to occur earlier, most sugeries occur around 10-12 months of age. This age is ideal due to healing times at this age. Also, the area around the affected facial are hasn't had much time to grow, which can help speed up the recovery time. Children at this age may also not recall the surgery later in life. At this age, speech development is still in its infancy. It has been found that children who undergo this procedure after the age of three are prone to having speech development issues. There is always risk involved with any surgery. Work with your doctor to determine the best path for your child and his/her surgery to determine best timing for this procedure. ...Read more

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How hard is the surgery to fix a cleft lip and palate?

How hard is the surgery to fix a  cleft lip and palate?

Routine: There are usually a couple of offices in any metropolitan area that form cleft palate "teams". They are usually made up of ent, plastic and oral surgeons. In the hands of one of these experienced groups, the surgeries are becoming more and more routine. While some defects can be more difficult to correct, they have amazing success rates and excellent outcomes. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get rid of cleft lip through facial surgery?

Is it possible to get rid of cleft lip through facial surgery?

Absolutely: The treatment for cleft lip is surgical repair. I would recommend finding a trained cleft surgeon (facial plastic surgeon or plastic surgeon) near you that is trained and experienced in this complex and artistic procedure. They will be able to counsel you appropriately about the repair options based on the type or cleft. ...Read more

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What is orthognathic surgery for bilateral complete cleft lip and palate?

What is orthognathic surgery for bilateral complete cleft lip and palate?

Clefts and Jaw Sx: In cleft patients, it is common for the maxilla to fail to develop along normal growth patterns, a lot of this has to do with scarring from previous surgeries. In order to correct for this underdevelopment of the upper jaw, orthognathic surgery is performed. Typically, the upper jaw is advanced forward, and because it is a bilateral cleft, it will technically be a three-piece segmental LeFort. ...Read more

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What does orthognathic surgery for bilateral complete cleft lip and palate involve?

What does orthognathic surgery for bilateral complete cleft lip and palate involve?

Many surgeries : This surgery can include repair of the lip and nose by clipping then sewing the tissues together in the first 6 months of life. The palate (roof of mouth) repair around 12-18 months of age involves sewing the two sides together. A repair of a cleft in the gumline may involve adding bone and orthodontics (braces) usually 9-12 years old. ...Read more

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Orthognathic surgery for bilateral complete cleft lip and palate, can you tell me more?

Orthognathic surgery for bilateral complete cleft lip and palate, can you tell me more?

Team approach: The best approach for treating these problems is a team of specialists that work together as a team. ...Read more

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My daughter whas born with a bilateral cleft lip and palet. What kind of plasters can i put on to let her lip come in place to make surgery beter?

My daughter whas born with a bilateral cleft lip and palet. What kind of plasters can i put on to let her lip come in place to make surgery beter?

Get evaluated: I send these patients to a cleft palate team affiliated with a cranio-facial plastic surgeon.They will generally work out a plan for any strapping/taping etc when such efforts will benefit the patient. Each patient has unique structural findings that make an exam, testing and planning necessary to the best possible outcome. You can't do that online. ...Read more

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How involved is the surgery for a cleft lip?

How involved is the surgery for a cleft lip?

Depends on the type: Bilateral cleft lip is usually more complicated than single sided clefting. In the hands of and experienced surgeon, the surgery could take from 30 mins to 2-3 hours. Most children stay 1 night in the hospital. ...Read more

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Can you correct a cleft lip later on in life if you can't afford a surgery for your child at this time?

Can you correct a cleft lip later on in life if you can't afford a surgery for your child at this time?

Yes, but not ideal: It is possible to repair a cleft at any age, but much better speech and functional results are possible with a team approach and intervention at an early age. In the us, there is no reason to delay treatment. Check with your nearest children's hospital and find a cleft lip & palate team. They should have a social services person to help find a way to get the child the surgery they need. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my son just had a cleft palate surgery repair. cleft lip repair and nose?

Cleft palate surgery: Follow the post op instructions given by the surgeon. Ask them all of your questions. They are the best one to help you and your son thru this healing period. Good luck. ...Read more

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My son just had a cleft palate surgery repair. cleft lip repair and nose. How can I help them heal?

My son just had a cleft palate surgery repair. cleft lip repair and nose. How can I help them heal?

Listen to staff: Cleft surgery is common and highly successful. You surgical team will provide you with necessary instructions to allow your son to heal well and recover from this operation. The staff of surgeon and hospital will monitor him throughout the process. Ask if there are any support groups you may talk to or email for further help. Good luck. ...Read more

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What recovery problems are to be expected from a cleft lip and palate surgery for a one-year old? We have adopted a one-year old child, that has a cleft lip and palate. What difficulties could be encountered during recovery? Will her breathing be affected

What recovery problems are to be expected from a cleft lip and palate surgery for a one-year old? We have adopted a one-year old child, that has a cleft lip and palate. What difficulties could be encountered during recovery? Will her breathing be affected

Cleft : Cleft lip and palate treatment consists of multiple staged operations that will occur over the life of your child as he/she reaches different developmental landmarks. Most typically, the cleft lip is repaired first and allowed to heal before proceeding to repair of the cleft palate. Because your child is older than the typical ages of repair of the cleft lip (3 months old) and palate (8-10 months old), some surgeons may decide to do more than one procedure in a single stage. This will depend on the experience and preferences of your surgeon, as well as considerations of your child's general health. Because repair of cleft lip and palate is an involved process involving multiple stages over the lifetime of your child, my strongest recommendation is to connect with an experienced craniofacial surgical center with an integrated, team approach. Excellent outcomes can be achieved when a child has integrated care from plastic surgeons, otolaryngologists, speech therapists, orthodontists, dentists, and social services coordinators. My own craniofacial surgery training was at stanford university, and i can personally recommend the stanford/ lucille packard cleft and craniofacial team to you as an excellent team. There are also other centers near you which have very good craniofacial programs. Please arrange to have your child evaluated by an experienced craniofacial team in order to get the best answers to your questions. All the best to you, dr. Skourtis. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Press
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Scarring (Definition)

A scar is the result of the body healing. It is the end product of a long cascade of signals and cellular repair that takes approximately a year to complete, and a lifetime to maintain. It is a normal process that occurs whenever ...Read more


Dr. Daniel Sampson
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Cleft Palate (Definition)

Also called palatoschisis, it is a congenital fissure in the roof of the mouth, resulting from incomplete fusion of the palate during embryonic development. It may involve only the uvula or extend ...Read more