Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate

Whether an infant is diagnosed prior to birth or at birth with clefting of the lip or palate, the goal of treatment is the same: to achieve a natural appearing lip, nose and palate.

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Clefts affect all classes of people in every part of the world. Approximately 1 in every 700 babies is born with a cleft, slightly higher in Asian populations. The causes of cleft lip and palate are unknown. Cleft lip and palate historically have posed significant nutritional and aesthetic challenges for patients, but advancements in the last six decades have overcome these problems. While the treatment requires several surgeries, even beginning as early in life as 3-4 months, and, therefore, a real commitment from families, the affect on the patient’s life-long health is profound.