Cleft lip, with or without cleft palate, affects one in 1,000 babies every year and is the 4th most common birth defect in the United States. Partnering with an experienced pediatric plastic surgeon is essential to guide you and your child through the reconstructive process and obtain an excellent functional and aesthetic result. Dr. Mark Fisher offers a high level of fellowship training in craniofacial and pediatric plastic surgery, enabling him to repair cleft lip and cleft palate issues with consistent success.
Reconstructing a Cleft Lip or Palate
The surgical restoration of these issues requires tremendous attention to detail, which is why Dr. Fisher is proud to bring an extensive amount of fellowship training and dedication to the table. In most cases, cleft lip repair is performed at 3 months of age as a single procedure to reconstruct the lip and the nose. Most children will go home the same day and be seen for regular follow-up appointments in Dr. Fisher’s office.
Cleft palate restoration is usually performed around one year of age. Dr. Fisher will close the gap in the mouth and reorient the palatal muscles into their correct position to ensure proper speech. Most children will spend one night in the hospital and go home the next day.