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What Is A Cleft Lip or Cleft Palate?

Cleft lip and palate is a birth deformity that’s seen when the lip and roof of the mouth don’t fuse properly during gestation. It leaves an opening between different portions of the face, lips, or roof of the mouth.

In fact, there are over 17,000 known genes that contribute to the craniofacial development. It’s no wonder that this condition is among the most common birth defects worldwide.

This condition doesn’t discriminate and can occur in any nationality, race, or ethnic group. Children that have a cleft lip and palate are more likely to have problems with malnutrition, ear infections, hearing loss, dental health, speech, and swallowing.

Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate Surgery

Sometimes a child will only have a cleft palate (roof of the mouth) while other babies are born with both a cleft palate and lip. Since there are different varieties of cleft lip and palate, several surgeries to correct the issue are available.

Dr. Rousso is a world-renowned facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon with extensive experience and expertise in cleft lip and palate surgeries. However, aesthetics is only a part of the problem. Treating this condition fully, requires the hands of a team of experts. Therefore, Dr. Rousso works with multiple medical and surgical specialists as well as nursing, speech and feeding professionals who use cutting-edge techniques and procedures to achieve the best look and functional outcome.

If your child was born with a cleft lip or palate, then come and see our New York City facial plastic surgeon.  We’ll gladly visit with you and your little one for a consultation to determine the best course of action. Call today.

Posted on behalf of Joseph J. Rousso, MD, FACS

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If you or a family member need facial plastic surgery or reconstructive surgery for aesthetic or functional issues in New York City, take the time to meet with Dr. Joseph Rousso for a consultation. His extensive education, experience and talent as a facial plastic surgeon cannot be surpassed, especially when it comes to balanced, natural-appearing results. Contact his office in Manhattan to schedule your consultation.

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Nancy M.

They were very professional from the moment I walked in there. The doctor took the time to understand my pain and was ready to help and did a great job.

Lauren S.

Dr Rousso is patient, listens well and explains thoroughly. He has a warm manner and seems very knowledgeable. I highly recommend!

Joseph T.

Very personable doc – at no point in the appointment did I feel rushed. Great staff, too, and I was seen very quickly.

Cassandra F.

I love visits with Dr. Rousso. Always super nice, patient, thorough, and willing to answer any questions I have.

Lisa K.

Professional, informative, and didn't feel rushed. Was able to diagnose my condition.

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Dr Rousso is an excellent doctor, and my visit couldn’t be more pleasant. I highly recommend him.

Aaron B.

It appears Dr. Rousso diagnosed me both quickly and effectively. My symptoms are already clearing up!

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Dr Rousso gave me a great initial consult and a referral to a sinus specialist.