Cleft Lip and Palate


Cleft Lip and Palate issues are discovered at birth


Repair requires removal of excess skin through a lower abdominal wall incision, possible liposuction to selected areas, and tightening of rectus muscles. Time 2-4 hrs.


Hospital, general anesthesia, 1-2 day hospital stay.

Trade Offs

Moderate surgical discomfort, bruising, swelling, numbness of the abdominal wall skin, and a permanent lower abdominal and periumbilical scar is expected.


Although uncommon, infection, bleeding, delayed healing, skin loss, poor scarring, phlebitis and blood clots are complications that can prolong recovery or necessitate a return to surgery.


Our patients wear a supporting garment or girdle for 3-4 weeks to encourage good wound healing and minimize complications. Patients return to work and light physical activity at 2- 4 weeks and a normal exercise routine at 6 weeks. Most patients are tired for 3- 4 weeks after surgery. Scar maturation occurs in 18-24 months.

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Cleft Lip and Palate Schenectady-Albany, Dr. Patricia Fox, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Over 30 years experience, Medical Director of Surgeon’s for Underserved Nations mission. Cleft Lip and Palate Schenectady- Albany