The When and How of Cleft Lip Repair in Minneapolis
Apart from performing Minneapolis plastic surgery for enhancement and aesthetic purposes, Dr. Hoffman is also an expert and very much adept in reconstructive procedures such as otoplasty and cleft lip repair. If you’re a parent or guardian of a child with a significant cleft lip deformity, a Minneapolis cleft lip repair procedure may significantly help you improve your child’s appearance (as well as confidence!) and restore normal function.
Best Time for Cleft Lip Repair
Usually when a baby is born with a cleft lip, the guardians are presented with options and most likely meet with a team of doctors including a pediatrician, an EENT (eyes, ear, nose and throat) specialist, speech therapist, dentist, and a plastic surgeon.
By and large, a cleft lip repair is recommended between the ages of 12 to 18 months. Performing the repair earlier than 12 months will most likely lead to facial deformities, while having it done later that 18 months may affect the child’s speech.
The Goal of Cleft Lip Repair
Dr. Hoffman’s goal is to close the separation between the lips through incisions on either side of the cleft. This technique will create flaps of tissue and will be drawn together to close the cleft lip.
Minneapolis Cleft Repair with Dr. Hoffman
Dr. Hoffman starts his consultation by showing parents before and after photographs of children with cleft lip deformities he has successfully repaired. We tell them there will be a team of specialists involved in the care of their child. Dr. Hoffman is involved in the Cleft Lip and Palate Team at St. Paul Children’s Hospital and also provide consultation service to the University of Minnesota Hospitals. He can provide names and phone numbers of parents who have children with clefts who are willing to share their experiences.
If you’re interested for an initial consultation, contact us at 651.686.4548 or fill out this online contact form to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hoffman. We look forward to your visit!