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How Long Does Recovery Take After Adult Cleft Lip Repair?

Today, there are many treatments and techniques that can provide adults with cleft lip and palate improvement in their appearance, comfort, and oral function. Some of these methods involve surgery while other treatments are minimally invasive. If surgery is used to correct or repair an adult cleft lip and/or palate, the recovery process is just as important as the operation. Everyone heals at their own rate, but generally speaking, recovery following adult cleft lip and palate repair involves (but is not limited to):

  • Dietary restrictions
  • Reduced activity
  • Pain management
  • Dental hygiene adjustments

Recovery can take a few weeks before patients are able to return to most normal activities. Bruising, swelling, and some discomfort—managed with medication—are common effects and should fade with time. Full healing can take months or more, although most of the process is not visible to the patient. Dr. Eric Payne will review what to expect based on your treatment plan before your operation. Your care is our highest priority, and we understand that addressing the concerns associated with cleft lip and palate can be both fulfilling and a little scary. We are here to help you at every stage of treatment and beyond.

Contact us today if you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Payne and learn more about options for repairing an adult cleft lip and/or palate.