Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate

Cleft lip and cleft palate are congenital, or birth, defects that occur in the first trimester of pregnancy. If your child was born with clefting, he or she is not alone. Cleft lip and cleft palate are the most common of all the birth defects of the head and neck. 



Because the lip and the mouth develop separately, it is possible for children to have just cleft lip, just cleft palate, or both. Complications and symptoms vary from child to child, which is why our team of world-class surgeons at the Yale Craniofacial Program will work with you to create a plan tailored for your child.  



When your child is born with a defect, we understand that it can be a difficult time for you and your family and that you want to do everything possible to help him or her. By working with the craniofacial surgeons at Yale Plastic and Reconstructive Surgey, your child will receive the highest level of coordinated management and comprehensive care from our multidisciplinary team.

We believe that parents are an integral part of every child’s treatment; our surgeons and team members will be with you every step of the way, making sure that you understand each procedure. 



We have the specialized training to use nasoalveolar molding before cleft lip and palate surgery, a technique that may mean fewer surgeries.