Conveniently located to serve Minneapolis-St. Paul and Washington County
Partner with one of the most recognized ENT / Facial Plastics teams in the Midwest to repair cleft lip and cleft palate.
A child born with a cleft lip and palate can be an overwhelming experience for parents, siblings, and relatives. Cleft lip and palate congenital abnormalities are one of most common birth defects affecting approximately 1 in 750 births in the U.S. Although the diagnosis is frequently made by ultrasound during pregnancy, at times it is not discovered until birth. It is important to partner with a team of skilled and caring physicians who will help navigate you and your child through the process of correcting this condition and improving your child’s quality of life.
Dr. Christopher Tolan is a Midwest leader in the treatment of cleft lip and palate congenital deformities. He is also an active member of the Cleft Lip and Palate panel, which is held at St. Paul Children’s Hospital and Clinics on a monthly basis. In addition, he has traveled with the medical missions Love Without Boundaries (LWB), Children’s Surgery International (CSI), and Operation Hope; all volunteer organizations dedicated to providing surgical management for children and adults who have cleft lip and palate congenital malformations.
Treatment of Cleft Lip and Palate
The treatment of Cleft Lip and Palate typically involves an outline for a staged approach to management. This initially consists of presurgical orthopedics or Nasoalveolar Molding. Usually this is started within the first weeks of life and helps improve the alignment of the lip, nose and palate. It is generally continued for a period of 12-16 weeks. The first stage in surgical repair is then undertaken and consists of placing ear tubes and repairing the lip. Repair of the palate is usually delayed until 9-12 months of age. It is not unusual for some children to undergo intermediate procedures in an effort to restore a more normal appearance.
Utilizing a multidisciplinary cleft team approach including the cleft palate and lip surgeons, speech-language pathologists, audiologists, dentists, orthodontists, oral surgeons and restorative dentists helps manage some of the complex issues that may arise. Dr. Tolan will work directly with your medical team to ensure the best outcomes for your child and your family.
- Cleft Lip and Palate
- Congenital malformations
- Improved appearance of cleft lip and palate
- Improved function mouth
- Improved function of nose
- Improved confidence
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Are you interested in learning more about Vadnais Heights, Eagan & Woodbury Cleft Palate & Cleft Lip Surgery? Schedule a consultation with our staff to find out if it is right for you.
Thank you Amie!
I have been going to Midwest Facial for over 20 years. Everyone I have ever met with there has been very professional, friendly and seemed to have my best interest at heart. This is also a fun group of people which makes going there a pleasure. I highly recommend.
DR. GRIFFIN IS THE G.O.A.T. He is knowledgeable, experienced, compassionate and tactful when giving recommendations. Excellent bedside manner. Definitely helped improve my condition and restore my confidence. I am so happy with my results. The staff from the nurse to front desk person were kind, courteous and professional. 10/10 I highly recommend going to this clinic.
Dr. Tolan and the entire staff at Midwest Facial and Plastic Surgery have helped me so much. I am so fortunate to have been treated by him... The entire experience has been so wonderful I don't know why I waited so long?
I have been a client of Midwest Facial Plastic Surgery for around a decade. The staff is so friendly and courteous. My treatments have exceeded my expectations and family/friends are complimenting me on how healthy my skin looks.
Every single person I met during my visit was warm, compassionate, knowledgeable, supportive and helpful. I felt like I was their most important patient of the day even though they had a full schedule. I left my appointment with a full understanding of my options and next steps.
Dr. Farhood made me very comfortable with the procedure from the beginning to the end… He truly cares about us people! He is very confident in his work and that says a lot.
Before + After Results
View before and after photos of surgeries performed by facial plastic surgeons Dr. Christopher Tolan, Dr. Garrett Griffin, Dr. Zachary Farhood and Dr. Anna Bakeman in Minneapolis, MN.