Sometimes, during pregnancy, a baby’s lip and nose are not adequately formed. A cleft lip is due to the absence of tissue that would be needed to build the lip and nose. Cleft lip is a relatively common birth defect and a skilled surgeon can repair this defect through primary cleft lip surgery and cleft lip rhinoplasty aka cleft lip nose surgery. In this post, I will discuss the technique we use at VIP to correct this deformity.
CLEFT LIP NOSE SURGERY: A SURGICAL SOLUTION
What is Cleft Lip?
A crucial time during pregnancy is between the 5th and 9th week. This is when the lips and mouth form. During early development in the womb, the tissue and cells from each side of the head grow towards the center of the face and join to create these facial features. A cleft is what happens when there is a gap or split in the upper lip or palate due to the inability of the tissues and cells from each side to join before birth. A small slit or a large opening through the lip into the nose can appear. It is common that children who have cleft lips also have a cleft palate.
Surgical Solutions For Cleft Lip: Cleft Lip Nose Surgery
A surgeon usually repairs the cleft lip when a baby is extremely young; approximately between 3 to 6 months. This is called primary cleft lip surgery. After a surgeon repairs a cleft lip during infancy, a rhinoplasty is usually performed after the teen years to improve the look and function of the nose. This secondary surgery, the cleft lip rhinoplasty, can only be done after an individual has fully formed his facial structure.
At VIP, we excel at this challenging surgery. We only utilize the best material, rib cartilage, for this type of surgery. Why is this? Because it is a strong supportive material to correct nasal deformities. It also helps “with restoring the nasal septum, skin, and soft tissue.” A surgeon can provide excellent results when using rib cartilage.
Cleft Lip Nose Rhinoplasty Results
The goal of cleft lip nose rhinoplasty “is to correct the slanted shapes of nasal cartilage and bone inside”. Dr.Lee uses both rib cartilage grafting and ear grafting because it allows “tremendous control for correcting deformities associated with the cleft lip nasal deformity.”
Usually, open rhinoplasty is the standard for this type of surgery. Dr. Lee makes a small cut at the base of the columella so he has access to all of the nasal structures and he will place incisions inside the nose. The actual surgery time varies and usually requires one night of hospitalization with stitch removal in 5-10 days. After stitches are taken out, there is a significant improvement.
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