Richmond’s Nasal and Facial Plastic Surgery Specialists

Cleft Lip & Palate

Cleft Lip

A cleft lip, or harelip, is the most common major facial deformity in the U.S. The cleft causes significant difficulty with speech and eating and often occurs in combination with a cleft palate. In the U.S., a single stage repair is usually performed around 3-6 months of age. Remaining nasal asymmetries often require touch-up surgery as the child matures.

Cleft Palate

A cleft in the upper jaw and/or roof of the mouth distorts speech and allows food to go into the nose. Sinus and ear infections are common. Surgical correction of a cleft palate is usually performed around 9-12 months of age.

Dr. Armstrong has traveled on medical mission trips around the world to perform these procedures to children and adults who had no access to expert care.

Read more on our missionary work with congenital deformities