Cleft lip repair

Cleft lip is a treatable birth defect that occurs when the tissues of the upper jaw and nose do not join as expected during fetal development, resulting in a split (cleft) in the lip. A cleft lip typically does not cause health problems. Some infants with cleft lip have difficulty feeding.

Cleft lip usually involves only one side of the upper lip. It rarely occurs in the lower lip. Cleft lip often occurs with cleft palate. These are the most common birth defects of the head and neck.