and cleft palate
, Cleft lip
and cleft palate also known as orofacial cleft and cleft lip and
palate, is a group of conditions that includes cleft lip (CL), cleft
palate (CP), and both together (CLP).A
cleft lip contains an opening in the upper lip that may extend into the
nose. The opening may be on one side, both sides, or in the middle. A
cleft palate is when the roof of the mouth contains an opening into the nose. These disorders can result in feeding problems, speech problems, hearing problems, and frequent ear infections. Less than half the time the condition is associated with other disorders.
Cleft lip and palate is due to tissues of the face not properly joining together during development. They are a type of birth defect. The cause in most cases is unknown. Risk factors include smoking during pregnancy, diabetes, an older mother, obesity, and certain medications such as some used to treat seizures. They can often be diagnosed during an ultrasound done during pregnancy.
A cleft lip or palate can be successfully treated with surgery. This is often done in the first few months of life for cleft lip and before eighteen months for cleft palate. Speech therapy and dental care may also be needed. With appropriate treatment outcomes are good.
Cleft lip and palate occurs in about 1 to 2 per 1000 births in the developed world. CL is about twice as common in males as females, while CP without CL is more common in females. In 2013 it resulted in about 3,300 deaths globally down from 7,600 deaths in 1990. The condition was previously known as a hare-lip due to similarity to a rabbit, but that term is now generally considered to be offensive.
Liposuction also known as lipoplasty ("fat modeling"), liposculpture suction
lipectomy ("suction-assisted fat removal") or simply lipo, is a cosmetic surgery operation that removes fat from many different sites on the human body. Areas affected can range from the abdomen, thighs and buttocks, to the neck, backs of the arms and elsewhere.
factors limit the amount of fat that can be safely removed in one
session. Ultimately, the operating physician and the patient make the
decision. There are negative aspects to removing too much fat. Unusual
"lumpiness" and/or "dents" in the skin can be seen in those patients
"over-suctioned". The more fat removed, the higher the surgical risk.
reports of people removing 50 pounds (20 kg or around 4 stone) of fat
have been claimed, the contouring possible with liposuction may cause
the appearance of weight loss to be greater than the actual amount of
fat removed. The procedure may be performed under general, regional, or
The safety of the technique relates not only to the amount of tissue
removed, but to the choice of anesthetic and the patient's overall
health. It is ideal for the patient to be as fit as possible before the
procedure and not to have smoked for several months. Relatively modern
techniques for body contouring and removal of fat were first performed
by a French surgeon, Charles Dujarier. A 1926 case that resulted in gangrene in the leg of a French model in a procedure performed by Dr. Dujarier set back interest in body contouring for decades to follow.