Cleft lip and cleft palate are birth defects that occur when the lip or mouth do not form properly during pregnancy. Cleft palate is a birth defect in which a baby’s palate (roof of the mouth) doesn’t form completely and has an opening in it. These birth defects are called oral clefts or orofacial clefts.
Deformity of nose occurs in varying degrees along with cleft lips. Although the lip gets corrected early on in life, the nose deformity persists as a stigma and it causes mental trauma to the affected.
The correction of such deformities is challenging and the results are rewarding. Nose function as well as appearance gets major improvement by surgery. The days are gone when such surgeries were done in surgical camps. More and more patients are seeking better care and attention. Restoration of near normal appearance should be the goal. The surgical options are many and varied. The results depend on judicious selection of technique keeping in mind the nature of deformity. Results are permanent.