One in 800 children is born with a cleft lip and palate. There are varying degrees of deformity ranging from a barely noticeable lip imperfection to a complete cleft lip and palate. Boston board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Richard Bartlett specializes in reconstructive procedures to correct a cleft lip and palate.
Treatment for a cleft lip can begin as early as three months with cleft palate repairs being performed as early as nine months. The first step is a complete physical exam to address any other health issues that may cause complications. Children with a cleft palate often have difficulty sucking. Dr. Bartlett will offer feeding advice to ensure the child is getting proper nourishment until the deformity can be corrected. In some cases, children will need additional procedures later in life.
If you are in need of a skilled surgeon to treat a cleft lip or palate, contact our office to schedule your confidential consultation. We will work with you to create a treatment plan that will produce the best possible results.