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Plastic Surgery Case Study – Male Incomplete Cleft Lip Repair

Background: Cleft lip and palate is a common and well known congenital deformity. It is typically perceived in its fullest presentation with a complete cleft through the lip, alveolus and palate. Even the nose is not usually perceived as part of the cleft, in the compete cleft the nose is also severely affected both internally Read More…

Plastic Surgery Case Study – The Adolescent Cleft Septorhinoplasty

Background: The unilateral cleft lip and palate is the most common orofacial deformity. While the cleft through the lip and palate is the most obvious component to it, adjacent structures are also affected. This is very apparent in the nose with the classic depressed and widened nostril on the cleft side. The correction of the Read More…

Plastic Surgery Case Study – Primary Unilateral Cleft Lip Repair

Background: Cleft lip and palate is one of the most common facial birth defects. On average and as a simplistic statement, it presents amongst all races and sexes combined at 1:1000 birth occurrence rate. It has a wide variability in the degree of involvement of the lip and palate. But the unilateral cleft lip and Read More…

The Tongue Flap in Cleft Palate Fistula Closure

The tongue evokes a lot of different reactions from people because of its appearance, location and use in various gestures. While unusual in appearance and movements, its importance in oral function can not be underestimated. It has numerous roles in eating, speech and oral hygiene. It is truly a multifunctional body organ. The tongue is Read More…

Plastic Surgery Case Study – Teenage Male Cleft Rhinoplasty

Background: Of all the difficult cases in rhinoplasty surgery, the cleft  nose remains one of the most challenging. While this challenge is magnified in the bilateral cleft nose, it is only slightly less in the unilateral cleft lip and palate patient. The challenge its not in understanding the deformity but working with nasal tissues that Read More…

Plastic Surgery Case Study – Cleft Lip Revision with Buccal Fat Graft

Background: Repair of a primary cleft lip deformity is one of the common pediatric plastic surgery procedures performed in infants. Usually done around three to four months of age, its repair is usually done by the rotation-advancement technique. This well established cleft lip repair procedure works by derotating the shortened medial lip element and bringing Read More…

Plastic Surgery Case Study – Incomplete Cleft Lip Repair

Background: While cleft lip and palate is a widely recognized orofacial deformity, it is less commonly appreciated that it has a wide spectrum of presentations. It occurs in basic categories of combined cleft lip and palate and isolated cleft lip and isolated cleft palate, but every  possible variation in between these basic categories occurs. Its Read More…

Plastic Surgery Case Study – Outcome from Unilateral Cleft Lip Repair

Background: The term, cleft lip and palate, refers to a spectrum of congenital clefting conditions that emanate out from the mouth area. In its most common presentation, it  involves both the cleft lip and palate (technically cleft lip-alveolus-nose-palate) but it can also occur as an isolated cleft lip or an isolated cleft palate. These common Read More…

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