Cleft lip correction surgery is usually done at an age of 3 - 6 months. However it can be done at any age. Near normal cosmesis
of the lip can be created without leaving any significant scar on the lip.
Cleft plate surgery is usually done at an age of 10 - 12 months. However it can be done at any age. When done
at the correct age near normal speech can be developed in the child. Proper muscle approximation of soft palate
is required for the same. If not repaired on time, the child learns to talk with the deformity. Such patients when
operated later in life might not have a good speech. Hence timely correction is important.