Cleft Lip & Palate

Cleft lip and cleft palate are congenital deformities, or birth defects, that cause the upper lip and/or upper palate to separate from themselves, creating an abnormal appearance, speech impediment, and ear or breathing problems. Dr. Quereshy can perform this specialized procedure to help correct this deformity and provide the patient with a beautiful, natural appearance. Cleft lip and palate surgery can be safe for both children and adults who struggle with this condition.

How does cleft lip or cleft palate occur?

Cleft lip occurs when the upper lip fails to form completely; cleft palate occurs when the roof of the mouth fails to fully develop before birth. Most cleft lip and palate abnormalities can be fully corrected through surgery to restore function and appearance.

Cleft Palate and Cleft Lip Surgery

General or sedation anesthesia is used during the procedure. For cleft lip repair, the space between the upper lip is closed by stitching the two sides together wherever the natural separation has occurred.

Cleft palate repair is more involved, as tissue and muscle must be repositioned using flap techniques to rebuild the roof of the mouth. With both procedures, incisions are stitched closed with removable or dissolvable stitches.

Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate Recovery and Results

Cleft lip repair results leave a visible scar on the upper lip, so it is important to avoid exposing the surgical site to the sun to prevent hyperpigmentation. Cleft palate repair scars are completely hidden inside the mouth. 

Within 1-2 weeks, discomfort, bruising and swelling should be mostly resolved, and you will be able to start enjoying your restored nose, lip and mouth features, chewing more easily and breathing more easily.

Preparing for Cleft Lip and Palate Repair Surgery

Because cleft lip and cleft palate repair are typically performed on children, patients should be thoroughly examined by their pediatrician prior to surgery.

Dr. Quereshy will help you prepare for your cleft palate and/or cleft lip repair procedure well in advance so you feel comfortable and relaxed on the day of surgery. All prescriptions and pre- and post-operative instructions will be given to you weeks beforehand.

Cleft Lip or Cleft Palate Surgery in Cleveland, Akron, Medina

Dr. Faisal Quereshy is a facial specialist – a surgeon and educator trained in two specialties to treat patients who want or need aesthetic or functional improvements of the face. He is board certified in Facial Cosmetic Surgery, as well as Oral and Maxillofacial surgery.

Read more about Cleveland oral & maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Faisal Quereshy.

The Visage Surgical Institute is located in Medina, Ohio and serves local patients seeking cleft lip and cleft palate repair, as well as those from the greater Cleveland and Akron metro areas. For more information about surgery for a cleft lip or cleft palate, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Quereshy, please call Medina Office Phone Number 330-721-2323.

Service areas include: Medina, Cleveland, Columbus, Akron, Parma, Brunswick, Solon, Fairlawn, Cleveland Heights, Hudson, Wadsworth, Cuyahoga Falls, Strongsville & Kent Ohio.