Cleft Lip Surgery :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

Cleft Lip Surgery

The goal of cleft lip surgery is to restore normal appearance and function to the upper lip. Cleft lip surgery is usually recommended at three to four months of life. In most cases, the tissue in the area around the cleft is rearranged to close the opening. An important part of the surgery involves detaching and repositioning the muscle of the lip to recreate the circular muscle around the mouth.

The cleft lip can be repaired in a single step or in two procedures, depending on factors such as the width and extent of the cleft. The surgeon may try to provide some additional support for the nose. Reconstruction of the nose is usually accomplished at the time of cleft lip repair.

Illustrations of the Cleft Lip Surgery Procedure

Cleft Lip Surgery, Landmarks in place and incision lines marked

Landmarks in place and incision lines marked.

Cleft Lip Surgery, Medial and lateral lip element of cleft incised.

Medial and lateral lip element of cleft incised.

Cleft Lip Surgery, Undermining skin of medial lip prior to moilizing orbicularis oris muscle.

Undermining skin of medial lip prior to moilizing orbicularis oris muscle.
Cleft Lip Surgery, Closure of orbicularis oris muscle, creating a philtral ridge.
Closure of orbicularis oris muscle, creating a philtral ridge.
Cleft Lip Surgery, Closure of cleft lip completed.

Closure of cleft lip completed.
 

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