Cleft lip and palate is a very common type of congenital deformity, occurring about once in every 800 births. Depending on the severity of the condition, cleft lip reconstruction is often necessary to restore a normal functionality and appearance of the nasolabial area.
Cleft lip reconstruction is usually performed within two to three months of birth. However, there is a preferred “rule of 10s” where the child should be at least 10 weeks of age, weigh 10 pounds and have at least 10g of hemoglobin.
Cleft lip reconstruction is an important procedure for preventing complications such as speech and hearing impediments that are often associated with cleft lip. Consult with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Richard Bartlett for more information about cleft lip reconstruction.
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