In Plastic Surgery
Free Cleft Surgery
A child is often born with cut lips or cleft of the lip, gums and palate. Sometimes the cleft may involve other parts of the face like nose, eyes and lower lips.
Cleft usually occurs in the upper lip. It can happen on one side or both sides. It can be minor, incomplete or complete. Nose may be deformed along with the cleft of the lip. Some times cleft of the lip is associated with the cleft of the alveolus and/or cleft of the palate. Clefts of the lip can be treated by plastic surgery. The surgery is done between the age of 3 months and 6 months if the child is healthy.
Cleft of the palate- palate or the roof of the mouth lies between nose and mouth. It can be cleft , either partially or completely. Cleft of the lip prevents the child from sucking the breast milk and such children often become malnourished ,because the mother can’t feed the child well or can’t feed the proper kind of milk. However, it is easy to feed such a baby with a small training or learning. Cleft of the palate also causes problems in speech that improves in most children after surgery.
Cleft of the palate is usually operated between the age of 9 months and 12 months , if the child is healthy.
Cleft of the alveolus- cleft of the bone the bears the teeth or gums can also be cleft along with the cleft of lip. It is usually corrected after the age of 6 years. When the alveolus is cleft the teeth may emerge in a deformed shape and direction. This need orthodontic correction.
Cleft lip nose deformity- nose is often deformed especially along with complete cleft of the lip. It can be corrected early at the age of 7-9 years or late at the age of 13 years or more.