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Cleft Lip & Palate

East Cooper Plastic Surgery offers the latest technologies and most advanced treatments for face and body procedures. For more than 20 years, the expert medical team at East Cooper Plastic Surgery has been dedicated to providing its patients with the highest-quality medical care and the most natural-looking results. We are proud to offer cleft lip and palate reconstruction to residents of Mt. Pleasant, Charleston, North Charleston, and the neighboring communities of South Carolina.

What is a Cleft Lip & Palate?

A cleft lip and cleft palate are medical conditions in which the lip or the roof of the mouth do not develop completely during a child's time in the womb, resulting in an opening in the lip or roof of the mouth that leads to the nasal cavity. According to research performed by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about one in every 1,600 babies born in the United States are born with both a cleft lip and cleft palate. This common condition, while often scary looking to parents, can often be repaired with plastic and cosmetic surgery. With the proper treatment, most patients born with a cleft lip or cleft palate are able to live out a normal and healthy life.

How Much Does Treatment for a Cleft Lip & Palate Cost?

The cost of your cleft lip or cleft palate reconstruction surgery is going to vary depending on the extent of treatment needed to achieve your desired results. To get a better idea of how much your cleft lip and cleft palate repair surgery will cost, we encourage you to come in for a private consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons. We are also happy to offer financing options through CareCredit® for your convenience.

Cleft Lip & Palate in Charleston, SC

What Can I Expect During a Cleft Lip & Palate Reconstruction?

Your child's cleft lip and cleft palate reconstruction will be performed by Dr. James Craigie or Dr. Richard Kline in our state-of-the-art facility. Before your surgery begins, our medical team will administer anesthesia to ensure your child remains as comfortable as possible throughout the procedure. Once asleep, our doctors will carefully close the gaps in the lips, mouth, and nasal passages, reconstruct the damaged areas and restore a natural appearance to the face. To get a better idea of what you can expect during your child's reconstruction surgery, we encourage you to come in for a private consultation with our medical team.

What Can I Expect During a Cleft Lip & Palate Reconstruction Recovery?

Drs. Craigie and Kline will provide you with detailed post-operative care instructions for your child's cleft lip and cleft palate reconstruction prior to their surgery. It's important to follow these instructions as closely as possible to ensure your child has a swift and easy recovery. While recovering from this procedure, Drs. Craigie and Kline may recommend temporary diet restrictions and over-the-counter pain medications to manage your child's discomfort. Most patients are able to make a full recovery within about four to six weeks.

Is Cleft Lip Reconstruction is Right for My Family?

If your child is born with a cleft lip or cleft palate, reconstruction surgery may be right for them. The best way to find out if cleft palate and cleft lip reconstruction is right for your child is to schedule your private consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeons. They'll be happy to sit down with you, listen to your concerns, evaluate your child's current features, and develop a fully personalized treatment plan to help them get a healthy mouth with a natural appearance.

For more than 20 years, the professional medical team at East Cooper Plastic Surgery has been dedicated to providing its patients with the latest treatments for breast reconstruction, breast enhancement, body contouring, and non-invasive facial rejuvenation. Contact us today to schedule your private consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeons. We are proud to serve residents of Mt. Pleasant, North Charleston, and the neighboring communities of Charleston, South Carolina.

Cleft Lip & Palate in Charleston, SC

What is a Cleft Lip & Palate?

A cleft lip and cleft palate are medical conditions in which the lip or the roof of the mouth do not develop completely during a child's time in the womb, resulting in an opening in the lip or roof of the mouth that leads to the nasal cavity. According to research performed by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about one in every 1,600 babies born in the United States are born with both a cleft lip and cleft palate. This common condition, while often scary looking to parents, can often be repaired with plastic and cosmetic surgery. With the proper treatment, most patients born with a cleft lip or cleft palate are able to live out a normal and healthy life.

How Much Does Treatment for a Cleft Lip & Palate Cost?

The cost of your cleft lip or cleft palate reconstruction surgery is going to vary depending on the extent of treatment needed to achieve your desired results. To get a better idea of how much your cleft lip and cleft palate repair surgery will cost, we encourage you to come in for a private consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons. We are also happy to offer financing options through CareCredit® for your convenience.

What Can I Expect During my Cleft Lip & Palate Reconstruction?

Your child's cleft lip and cleft palate reconstruction will be performed by Dr. James Craigie or Dr. Richard Kline in our state-of-the-art facility. Before your surgery begins, our medical team will administer anesthesia to ensure your child remains as comfortable as possible throughout the procedure. Once asleep, our doctors will carefully close the gaps in the lips, mouth, and nasal passages, reconstruct the damaged areas and restore a natural appearance to the face. To get a better idea of what you can expect during your child's reconstruction surgery, we encourage you to come in for a private consultation with our medical team.

What Can I Expect During my Cleft Lip & Palate Reconstruction Recovery?

Drs. Craigie and Kline will provide you with detailed post-operative care instructions for your child's cleft lip and cleft palate reconstruction prior to their surgery. It's important to follow these instructions as closely as possible to ensure your child has a swift and easy recovery. While recovering from this procedure, Drs. Craigie and Kline may recommend temporary diet restrictions and over-the-counter pain medications to manage your child's discomfort. Most patients are able to make a full recovery within about four to six weeks.

Is Cleft Lip & Palate Surgery Right for Me?

If your child is born with a cleft lip or cleft palate, reconstruction surgery may be right for them. The best way to find out if cleft palate and cleft lip reconstruction is right for your child is to schedule your private consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeons. They'll be happy to sit down with you, listen to your concerns, evaluate your child's current features, and develop a fully personalized treatment plan to help them get a healthy mouth with a natural appearance.

 

For more than 20 years, the professional medical team at East Cooper Plastic Surgery has been dedicated to providing its patients with the latest treatments for breast reconstruction, breast enhancement, body contouring, and non-invasive facial rejuvenation. Contact us today to schedule your private consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeons. We are proud to serve residents of Mt. Pleasant, North Charleston, and the neighboring communities of Charleston, South Carolina.

Meet the Team

Microsurgical Reconstructive Breast Surgeon in Charleston, SC

James E. Craigie, MD

Microsurgical Reconstructive
Breast Surgeon

Reconstructive Breast Surgeon in Charleston, SC

Richard M. Kline Jr., MD

Reconstructive
Breast Surgeon

Nationally Certified Family Nurse Practitioner in Charleston, SC

Lindsey Weaver, FNP-C

Nationally Certified
Family Nurse Practitioner

Board-Certified Physician Assistant in Charleston, SC

Audrey Rowen, PA-C

Board-Certified
Physician Assistant

Board-Certified Physician Assistant in Charleston, SC

Katherine Kohl, FNP-C

Nationally Certified
Family Nurse Practitioner