Understanding cleft lip and palate

  • Posted on: Jun 15 2021
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At Sasson Plastic Surgery, Dr. Homayoun Sasson and his team are here to help adults and children with restorative and cosmetic surgeries. One procedure performed in his practice for children is that of cleft lip and palate surgery. This common birth defect can be addressed with our specialized team and allows patients the chance to reconstruct these areas and feel more confident in how they look. 

What is cleft lip and palate? 

Between the fourth and seventh week of pregnancy, the lips are formed. In some situations, the tissue that forms the facial features may fail to join properly during development, causing cleft lip. Cleft lip results in an opening that carries from the lip to the nose and can form on one or both sides. It is often developed along with cleft palate, which impacts the roof of the mouth. It is also caused by failed formation. Cleft lip and palate issues occur in approximately one of 1600 babies born in the United State, according to the CDC. 

What can increase a woman’s chance of having a baby born with cleft or lip palate concerns? 

Some of the factors found by the CDC that might have a connection to babies born with this defect include those who smoke, have diabetes, or use certain medications, such as those used to treat epilepsy. Continued studies are always happening to better understand this condition. 

What can be done? 

Most babies born with cleft lip and palate issues will want to speak to a reconstructive plastic surgeon to address this malformation and provide a more pleasing appearance to the mouth and face. An evaluation can be scheduled with Dr. Homayoun Sasson to learn how the procedure is performed to close these areas and address the deformation. 

Are you considering cleft lip and palate surgery for your child? 

Dr. Homayoun Sasson is pleased to provide Great Neck, NY area patients with reconstructive surgery when born with these defects, and continues to take pride in offering solutions for parents who may be worried about their child’s future. If you want to discuss this procedure with a professional, call Sasson Plastic Surgery today to schedule an appointment with our facility. We are open to new patients and have two convenient office locations. 


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