A cleft in the lip or palate is a birth defect that happens before a child is born. It is classified by an abnormal opening on the lip, palate or both areas of the mouth. The result of the cleft is an abnormal appearance that can impact a child's emotional health and can change the way a child eats. Surgical procedures are available to help correct the opening and create a normal appearance.
Obtaining the surgical procedure abroad is a solution that can help save a family money. While a cleft lip or palate is potentially a medical problem, it might not always be fully covered by insurance. Surgery in foreign countries often follows the same safety precautions, but has a much lower expense. The result is a normal appearance.