Dr. Eric Payne is a craniofacial plastic surgeon who treats adults as well as children with craniofacial congenital deformities, such as a cleft lip and/or cleft palate. He works with a team of specialists who are highly experienced improving the quality of life for patients with facial clefts, such as speech therapists, oral surgeons, orthodontists, and even prosthodontists if necessary. There is no age limit for cleft lip and cleft palate treatment at The Craniofacial and Plastic Surgery Center in Houston, and we can help you improve many of the issues caused by these craniofacial deformities.
|Benefits||Depending on your concerns, surgery and/or non-surgical treatment can help adults born with a cleft lip or palate improve their speech, achieve better jaw alignment, correct breathing issues, and cosmetically enhance scars or deformities in the jaw.|
|Surgery Time||Adult patients may or may not require an overnight stay after surgery depending on the type of procedure performed.|
|Recovery Time||If nose surgery or scar revision was performed, patients typically require one to two weeks of downtime. Most individuals who have minor jaw surgery can return to school or work after one to three weeks.|
|Healing Time||In cases of surgery, healing is typically completed in about three months. Final results are usually seen at 9 – 12 months after swelling fully subsides, although the majority of inflammation often fades much sooner.|
|Post-Surgery Diet||A liquid and soft food diet will be necessary for the first several weeks after surgery.|
|Why Surgery?||Some adult patients born with a cleft lip and/or palate can benefit from surgery to improve cosmetic concerns, functional issues, medical conditions, or all of the above.|
|Cost||The average cost of cleft lip and/or palate repair is $5,000 to $10,000 when a patient is working outside of an insurance network; some cleft-related procedures can be applicable for full medical insurance coverage.|
Those who were born with a cleft lip and/or palate can face unique challenges as they grow older, even if they underwent treatment or surgery to repair their cleft as a child. While not all patients who previously had a cleft require additional services, Dr. Payne and our compassionate team of specialists provide care and support for adult patients who are experiencing dental, physiological, functional, or cosmetic concerns related to their cleft lip or palate. Depending on the obstacles or complications you face, treatment may involve surgical procedures, non-surgical therapies, dental care, or some combination of the above. We use a collaborative approach to help ensure patients receive the best possible care for their specific needs, and can work with you to determine an optimal treatment plan to improve the issues caused by your orofacial cleft.
Cleft lip and palate issues can lead to many difficulties in adult patients. The most common problem is speech impairment to various degrees, but there are several other concerns that a number of people share.
Typically, areas that are of concern for adult patients with a cleft lip and cleft palate include:
The post-operative instructions for repairing an adult cleft lip and/or palate will depend on the type of surgery performed, how complex the treatment is, and other factors. Guidelines for care can include initial dietary restrictions (liquid or soft diet), reduced activity, pain management, and recommendations for maintaining dental hygiene without affecting the surgical site. Dr. Payne and his team will review the details of your post-operative plan in full with you before the surgery, and they will be available to discuss any questions you have about any stage of healing.
It’s not uncommon for adult patients to have a visible scar left from their previous cleft surgery. In some cases, patients may also experience lip asymmetry or an irregular lip contour. There are many scar revision and plastic surgery techniques that can potentially improve facial scarring and/or balance the proportions of the lips. Depending on your concerns, a scar/lip revision procedure can:
When correcting a scar or lip defect, Dr. Payne and our team aim to achieve results that look as natural as possible. For some patients, correcting asymmetries may only require a minor procedure or even non-surgical techniques. In either case, we will be able to present you with your treatment options after evaluating your concerns in a consultation.
Prices to repair or revise a cleft lip and/or palate will vary based on your individual treatment plan and the techniques that make up your procedure. Medical insurance should cover the cost of your treatment; however, if you are working outside of the health insurance industry, an operation of this nature can cost between $5,000 and $10,000. Dr. Payne and our medical team will provide details about fees associated with your program during your initial consultation, particularly if you plan to pay out of pocket. Everyone deserves to live the best life they can, which includes overcoming the difficulties caused by this condition. We’re here to help, so please reach out with any questions you have.
While surgery should not be seen as a universal “fix” for the unique issues that patients who were born with orofacial clefts contend with, a continuum of care as an adult can potentially help individuals improve and uplift their quality of life. At any rate, rest assured that you will not have to grapple with the questions above on your own! Dr. Payne and our medical team will be available to discuss your hopes, concerns, and treatment options with you while going over the risks and benefits of treatment.
Dr. Payne and his team of specialists can help you if you’re over the age of 18 and need further treatment for your cleft lip and cleft palate. Please give us a call to schedule your consultation.