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What is the difference between a complete and incomplete hair lip?
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Dr. Becky White
Pediatrics
7 doctors agree
In brief: See below
An incomplete hair lip means only the lip tissue is open at birth, a complete hair lip means the opening goes into the roof of the mouth (palate).
Both are repairable by surgery.

In brief: See below
An incomplete hair lip means only the lip tissue is open at birth, a complete hair lip means the opening goes into the roof of the mouth (palate).
Both are repairable by surgery.
Dr. Becky White
Dr. Becky White
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Dr. Russell Faust
The other terms are "cleft lip" and "cleft lip and palate".
Dr. Marc Polecritti
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Extent of defect
Hair lip is an old description of a cleft lip because it resembled a rabbit or hare.
In incomplete cleft lips, the defect or cleft does not extend into the nose. In complete cleft lips, the defect extends into the nose.

In brief: Extent of defect
Hair lip is an old description of a cleft lip because it resembled a rabbit or hare.
In incomplete cleft lips, the defect or cleft does not extend into the nose. In complete cleft lips, the defect extends into the nose.
Dr. Marc Polecritti
Dr. Marc Polecritti
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Dr. Troy Reyna
Surgery - Pediatric
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In brief: Extent
Incomplete harelip may only involve the soft tissue, whereas a complete harelip can include the boney structures of the upper jaw or maxilla.

In brief: Extent
Incomplete harelip may only involve the soft tissue, whereas a complete harelip can include the boney structures of the upper jaw or maxilla.
Dr. Troy Reyna
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