Cleft Lip

A cleft lip is a defect (gap) between the lip and or nostril edges that may occur commonly in up to 1/1000 newborns. It may often be diagnosed on prenatal ultrasound around 20 weeks of gestation. Surgical repair of the skin, mucosa, nose, and lip muscle occur around 3-4 months of age and may require presurgical molding by a process called NAM. Good aesthetic and functional results can be obtained, however, minor revisions may be necessitated when your child is older (particularly in the nose) due to the unpredictability of facial growth.

Dr. Bastidas works with a team at the Center of Excellence for Cleft Lip & Palate delivering cleft defect solutions.

Bilateral Preop
 
Dr. Bastidas works with a team at the Center of Excellence for Cleft Lip & Palate delivering cleft defect solutions.
 
Preop Bilateral Cleft Lip
 
Dr. Bastidas works with a team at the Center of Excellence for Cleft Lip & Palate delivering cleft defect solutions.
 
Post-op 6 months Bilateral Cleft Lip
 
Dr. Bastidas works with a team at the Center of Excellence for Cleft Lip & Palate delivering cleft defect solutions.
 
Pre/Post Op Comparison
 
Dr. Bastidas works with a team at the Center of Excellence for Cleft Lip & Palate delivering cleft defect solutions.
 
Patient 2: Preop Bilateral Cleft Lip
 
Dr. Bastidas works with a team at the Center of Excellence for Cleft Lip & Palate delivering cleft defect solutions.
 
Patient 2: Post-op Bilateral Cleft Lip Repair
 

BILATERAL CLEFT LIP

A bilateral cleft lip involves two sides of the lip, often creating a wide nose with a short columella.  Similar to a unilateral cleft, a NAM appliance is used to better shape the nose and taping is provided to narrow the gap.  A bilateral repair is typically performed around 5 months to take full advantage of the molding forces of the NAM appliance and to allow for growth.   

Dr. Bastidas works with a team at the Center of Excellence for Cleft Lip & Palate delivering cleft defect solutions.

Bilateral Cleft Lip After

Dr. Bastidas works with a team at the Center of Excellence for Cleft Lip & Palate delivering cleft defect solutions.

 

Way after Bilateral Cleft Lip