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Learning About Diabetes Diagnosis, Treatment and Research

How A Cleft Lip On A Baby Is Repaired Through Plastic Surgery

by Carla Hudson

A cleft lip occurs in a baby when the tissues in the mouth and face don't merge together like they should as the fetus develops in the womb. The result is the baby can be born with an opening in the upper lip and palate. The cleft lip can be somewhat unsightly and most parents will choose to have plastic surgery done to close the opening to have their baby's face appear as normal as possible. If your baby was born with a cleft lip, and you are considering having plastic surgery done to repair the tissues, here is how a plastic surgeon can close the gap in the lip and make your baby's face look normal.

General Anesthesia

Cosmetic surgeons typically use a general anesthesia to subdue the child during surgery. The general anesthesia will put your child into a deep sleep where they won't feel any pain, and so they won't move around on the operating table.

You will usually be given a set of instructions on how to prepare your child for the administration of the general anesthesia. Among the most important things is to not allow your child to ingest anything for at least 2 hours before you arrive at the hospital on the day of the surgery. The general anesthesia can cause your child to vomit any food or liquids during surgery, and the vomit could enter the baby's lungs and cause serious complications and possible death.

Cleft Lip Surgery

The surgeon will start by cutting an incision on both sides of the opening in the lip. The incision will go from the bottom of the lip to the top of the cleft opening (which sometimes can enter the nostril of the nose).

The surgeon will use a fine suture to connect the two sides of the cleft lip together. The two sides of the cleft lip with fuse together as the incisions heal.

Cupid Bow

The surgeon will also reconstruct normal anatomical features on the lip like the cupid bow. The cupid bow is the two raised portions of skin the run from the bottom of the nose to the top of the lip on both sides of the cupid dimple – which looks like a valley made of skin under your nose.

The cupid bow is restored by creating a flap of skin that is bent over to form the ridge before the cleft opening is sutured up. This procedure also helps to hide the scars from the incisions.

Most children can usually go home within a few hours after the surgery after they wake up from the general anesthesia.Contact a hospital, such as Shriner's Hospital Cincinnati, for more information about pediatric surgery.