Cleft Lip & Palate

Cleft lip and cleft palate are openings that slip in the upper lip, the roof of the mouth, or both. A cleft lip and a cleft palate occur when an unborn baby does not fully develop its facial structures and consequently, they do not close completely. Cleft lip and cleft palate happen to be one of the most common birth defects and are typically isolated; however, they are sometimes associated with inherited genetic symptoms.

While having a baby with a cleft lip or palate is difficult for any parent, they can both be corrected. For many babies, a series of surgical procedures can be done to restore the facial structures and achieve a normal appearance with minimal scarring.

At the Oral Surgery Center, our team is highly trained and experienced in treating cleft lip and palate deformities. We have successfully treated a great number of our patients and take pride in achieving natural and functional results. We understand that any type of condition that babies are born with is extremely difficult for the parents, as it is for their child. We want you to know that we are here for you every step of the way. If you have any questions regarding cleft lip and palate surgery in Los Angeles or would like to schedule a consultation with our team, feel free to contact us at any time.


Generally, the appearance of a cleft lip and cleft palate is immediately identifiable at birth. Here are some of the appearances you may notice about a cleft lip and cleft palate:

  • A split in the lip and the roof of the mouth that affects one or both sides of the facial structure
  • A small split in the lip or extends from the lip through the upper gum and palate below the nose
  • A split in the roof of the mouth

While it is not as common, a cleft can occur in the muscles of the soft palate, also known as the submucous cleft palate. This is at the back of the mouth and is covered by the mouth’s lining, which makes it more difficult to notice. Because it often goes unnoticed, it may not be diagnosed until later down the line when symptoms start to show. Here are some signs and symptoms of a submucous cleft palate:

  • Difficulty eating
  • Difficulty swallowing can result in liquids or foods coming out of the nose
  • Nasal sounding voice
  • Chronic ear infections

Risk Factors

There are several factors that can potentially lead up to a baby being at risk of a cleft lip and cleft palate in Miracle Mile:

  • Inherited genetic conditions of a cleft lip and palate
  • Exposure to substances during pregnancy (tobacco use, alcohol, or certain medications)
  • Diabetes
  • Obese mothers during pregnancy

Contact the Oral Surgery Center For Cleft Lip and Palate Surgery in Mid-Wilshire

If your baby was born with a cleft lip and palate, it is important that you contact our team at the Oral Surgery Center for help as soon as possible. We will be able to diagnose and treat your child with the qualified care that they need and deserve. We understand that dealing with the difficulties that your child may be facing can be hard; however, we want you to know that we stand with you and your child every step of the way. We can provide your child with natural-looking, functional, and beautiful results. Contact us today!

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Miracle Mile
6360 Wilshire Boulevard
Suite 403
Los Angeles, CA 90048