cleft & facial deformity foundation
Lifesaving, life-changing facial plastic reconstructive surgery for disadvantaged young people with complex facial deformities around the world.
The Craniofacial Team will educate you and your family on how to best care for your child at home, and will also outline specific problems that require immediate medical attention. It is important to note that Craniofacial Deformities do not exist in isolation and may be accompanied by other congenital abnormalities.
The surgery for Cleft Lip is performed as a single procedure which also closes the nostril deformity. Bilateral Cleft Lip sometimes requires two surgeries
The operation to repair Cleft Palate may take 2 – 3 hours and your child will be required to stay in the hospital for 3 – 4 days.
Hemangiomas can sometimes be quite disfiguring and may require treatment which may consist of steroid medications, embolization of blood vessels or removal by laser or surgical excision.
A facial cleft is an opening or gap in the face, or a malformation of a part of the face. Facial clefts is a collective term for all sorts of clefts. All structures like bone, soft tissue, skin etc. can be affected.
What are Face Defects/Deformities?
Face Defects / Deformities, also known as Facial Defects /Deformities are deformities in the growth of the skull and facial bones. These are congenital deformities (present at birth) and can be corrected by reconstructive surgery. Face Defects/Deformities can be Craniofacial Deformities (affecting the skull), Maxillofacial Deformities (affecting the upper jaw) and Dentofacial Deformities (affecting the bony structure and teeth).
What Causes Face Defects/Deformities?
Most medical professionals agree that there is no single factor that causes
these types of abnormalities.
Instead, there are many factors that may contribute to their development, including the following:
- Combination of genes: A child may receive a particular combination of gene(s) from one or both parents,
or there may be a change in the genes at the time of conception, which results in a craniofacial anomaly.
- Environmental: There is no data that shows a direct correlation between any specific drug or chemical exposure causing a craniofacial anomaly.However, any prenatal exposure should be evaluated.
- Folic acid deficiency: Folic acid is a B vitamin found in orange juice, fortified breakfast cereals, enriched grain products, and green, leafy vegetables. Studies have shown that women who do not take sufficient folic acid during pregnancy, or have a diet lacking in folic acid, may have a higher risk of having a baby with certain congenital anomalies, including cleft lip and/or cleft palate.
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