First, a thorough in-office exam is performed by Dr. Kathy to diagnose the lip and/or tongue tie. Once diagnosed, we move into our private treatment room equipped with pocket doors that allow for maximum privacy. For infants, the baby is first swaddled and then brought back into our treatment room via personal car-seat, we ask that every infant arrives with personal car-seat in hand due to the fact we keep the baby in this while performing the procedure. Laser protective eye wear is placed over the eyes and a “before” photo will be taken of the area(s) being treated. Dr. Kathy will then administer a local anesthetic to the area(s) before utilizing the laser to release the overly-attached tissue(s). We will take an “after” photo of the area(s) before reviewing the proper stretching exercises to prevent re-attachment and promote proper healing of the area(s).
Dr. Kathy will demonstrate these exercises to you. This is very important to prevent the tissue from reattaching back to its original tie. Baby and mom will return to check their progress. Moms are encouraged to continue working with their lactation specialist.