Some children are born with a cleft lip, which is a congenital malformation in which the upper lip do not join in the middle. The problem can present itself from a small crack in the lip to a complete separation from the nose.
According to plastic surgeon Guilherme Miranda, a cleft lip correction is indicated mostly from the age of three months or preferably until early school age.
However, it is not uncommon to find adults who still have not corrected this deformity in their childhood or even partially repaired. In these cases, you can also still correct and improve the local aesthetic. Only speech problems, if existing, are more difficult to treat and an audiological monitoring is indicated for the treatment.
A general anesthesia is used for the surgical repair of a cleft lip.
The scar from the cleft lip surgery is located at the site of the fissure and will depend on the type of the pre-existing deformity.
2 to 4 hours.
24 to 48 hours.