Cleft lip is one of the most common birth defects in North America and around the world. Cleft lip is the incomplete formation of the lip (either the upper lip or the roof of the mouth). It can involve both sides of the face or just one side of the face.
If your child does not have plastic surgery for his or her cleft lip, then he or she will grow up without full mouth functioning. Your child will not be able to eat, speak, hear, and breathe as well as a child who has undergone the surgery for these conditions. There is also the possibility of teasing and aesthetic differences for children who grow up without getting the cleft lip or cleft palate surgery. All of this is avoidable and preventable with permanent plastic surgery.
What is the cause of Cleft lip?
The cause of Cleft lip is a problem in fetal development. During fetal development, for those individuals born with cleft lip, the upper lip and roof of the mouth are unable to form properly. This separation of the roof of the mouth and the upper lip should occur very early in fetal development, but it does not with those who have this condition. Once children are born, there are no other options besides plastic surgery.
How can Cleft lip be repaired?
Cleft lip and Cleft palate can be repaired through plastic surgery. The plastic surgery repair will not only restore function to the mouth, but it will also provide a more normal appearance of the mouth and lip. Once your child has undergone Cleft lip or Cleft palate repair surgery, he or she will be able to eat, speak, hear, and breathe much better.
The surgery itself is now considered routine for many specialized doctors and plastic surgeons. There are risks as with any surgery, but the risks in this case are minimal while the benefits are astronomical. In fact, many children outside of the United States are flown in by organizations that wish to help them correct their cleft lip or cleft palate through plastic surgery.
What are the costs associated with cleft lip surgery?
Many plastic surgeons offer inpatient financial programs to help offset this cost or to help create affordable installment payment plans that patients and their parents can afford.
If you or someone you know has a cleft lip and needs an operation, please schedule an initial consultation with us. We will set up an in-depth surgery plan that can reverse the cosmetic downfalls of being born with a cleft lip. We can also provide extra functioning to the area through the plastic surgery for cleft lip. We have offices in the Plano, TX, Frisco TX, Dallas TX, and McKinney TX areas for your convenience.
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