How Is a Cleft Lip Surgery Performed?
The first step in cleft lip surgery is the administering of anesthesia. The doctor may suggest intravenous sedation or general anesthesia, depending on the age and health of your child.
The next step of the surgical procedure is the incisions. The goal of the surgery is to join the gap in the lip together to restore normal mouth and nose functioning. Incisions are made on both sides of the cleft, which creates flaps of skin, intraoral tissue, and muscle. These flaps are then brought together and stitched shut, creating a normal lip and nasal structure.
The incisions will be stitched shut with removable or absorbable sutures. Any scars are carefully positioned on the upper lip and nose contours. These scars will fade over time and will not interfere with your child’s physical appearance.