Introduction to Cleft Lip Rhinoplasty

Dr. Sundine performs both primary and secondary cleft lip rhinoplasty procedures and is known among Newport Beach facial plastic surgery patients as one of the more skilled nose surgeons in the region.

To learn more about cleft lip nose reshaping surgery, please read the paragraphs below. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Sundine, please contact our practice. We believe this can be a life-changing surgery and we look forward to starting this journey with you.

Infant cleft lip

What is Cleft Lip Rhinoplasty

If you were born with a cleft lip you probably have had multiple procedures to restore your appearance. The final step on this long journey is nasal surgery to optimize the appearance of the nose. For patients with a unilateral cleft lip nasal deformity, a rhinoplasty in Orange County can help the deviation of the nose, improve the projection of the tip, and improve the symmetry of the nose. The rhinoplasty can also significantly improve breathing through the nose. For patients with a bilateral cleft lip nasal deformity, rhinoplasty can improve the projection of the tip of the nose and decrease the width of the nose. Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Michael Sundine, has been caring for patients with cleft lips and palates since 1992 along with other craniofacial conditions. His experience can help you achieve the improved appearance of your nose that you have always desired.

Patient Review

Dr. Sundine is great! I was very hesitant to undergo another procedure as I was born with a cleft lip and had already gone through 3 surgeries. My nose was still very asymmetrical, and I was beginning to think there was nothing else that could be done. I’m glad I stumbled upon Dr. Sundine’s site in a quick google search. I got in touch with his office very quickly and was offered a consultation at no charge. The rest is history. He was very accommodating and very responsive. He improved the appearance of my nose significantly and made sure everything went smoothly leading up to the surgery and the healing process thereafter. I’m very glad with Dr. Sundine’s results! – Hugo B.

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Who Is a Candidate for Cleft Lip Rhinoplasty Surgery?

Dr. Sundine will review your medical history and closely examine your nasal anatomy to determine if you are a good candidate for nose reshaping surgery. If you are a smoker or are taking any herbal supplements, it is very important that you disclose this information. Smoking compromises blood flow to your skin and will greatly affect the healing process. Dr. Sundine will most likely ask you to quit before proceeding with surgery.

While determining your candidacy, Dr. Sundine will also talk to you about your aesthetic concerns and what can be done to give you the nose you want.

The Cleft Lip Rhinoplasty Procedure in Newport Beach

For patients with cleft lip nasal deformities, Dr. Sundine always uses the open rhinoplasty approach. Open rhinoplasty involves incisions in the columella, the strip of skin between the nostrils; the top layers of skin are then lifted back. This procedure allows greater visibility and manipulation of the underlying nasal structures. The results are also more predictable. Rhinoplasty surgery is performed under general anesthesia at an accredited outpatient facility. You will be sent home a few hours after surgery.

Recovering from Cleft Lip Rhinoplasty Surgery

Following your cleft lip rhinoplasty surgery, you will have an external splint and surgical dressings above the lips. Your face may feel sore and swollen, but you will not experience any unbearable pain. You will also have splints on the inside of the nose, which help keep the newly altered tissue in place while it heals. Dr. Sundine will provide you with antibiotics, pain medicine, and detailed aftercare instructions. Your bandages will most likely be removed within a week after surgery.

During your recuperation, please don’t smoke. Smoking compromises blood flow to the skin and will impede the healing process. Also, you should avoid any extensive physical activities, blowing your nose and taking blood thinners or herbal supplements. Dr. Sundine will closely monitor you on a regular basis. If all goes well, you will be able to return to your daily activities within 10 days. The results will appear gradually and you should achieve your final outcome within 12 months of surgery.

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Renowned plastic surgeon Dr. Michael J. Sundine is proud to offer a range of facial aesthetic and reconstructive procedures. To schedule your consultation, please contact us today. We look forward to starting this journey with you!

Professional Memberships:

American Society of Plastic Surgeons
American College of Surgeons-Fellow
American Academy of Pediatrics-Fellow
International Society of Craniofacial Surgeons
American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons
American Cleft Palate- Craniofacial Association
American Association of Pediatric Plastic Surgeons
California Society of Plastic Surgeons
Orange County Society of Plastic Surgeons
American Association of Plastic Surgery

Patient Reviews & Testimonials


    I gave Dr. Sundine the highest possible review in each category because he truly deserved the highest reviews on every level. I am a very well recognized lawyer on the West Coast. My firm has spent millions of dollars on television advertising in which I appear. I could not afford to have a bad face lift or even for people to notice I had a face lift at all. I interviewed many physicians including some of the “celebrity” physicians. Ultimately, I chose Dr. Sundine because he performs highly complex complete facial reconstruction procedures on children. I figured if he was so skilled that he could perform such incredibly difficult procedures on a child, I was confident he could perform a face lift with which I would be happy. The results were so far beyond my expectations that I could hardly believe. I look literally ten years younger. I am incredibly happy with the results and they seem to get better and better as the healing continues. I never had a problem getting a return call or making an appointment. Dr. Sundine is always pleasant and answers all of my questions. I would recommend him to anyone!!!

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  • "I Am Very Satisfied With The Results"

    What I really like about Dr Sundine is his vast experience and training. I also like the fact he did not try to sell me other procedures. He is also very down to earth and easy to talk to. I am very satisfied with the results and I highly recommend him.

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  • "Thanks, Dr. Sundine!"

    After much research and multiple visits to other surgeons, I knew right away that Dr. Sundine was the perfect choice for me. He is gentle and kind and genuinely listens to you. I felt completely confident in his ability from the first visit to the last. Even the day of the procedure, he spent ample time talking to me, taking measurements, and making marks on my body so as to get the perfect results. I have been singing his praises to all of my friends and will recommend him to anyone searching for a plastic surgeon. Thanks, Dr. Sundine!

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  • "Excellent Plastic Surgeon!"

    Dr. Sundine is an excellent plastic surgeon! I have been using his services for almost 5 years. The office setting is state of the art and his office manager Toni makes sure that everything runs efficiently. They really listen to your needs before and after surgery to make certain that you walk out fully satisfied. If you want to look years younger and fully refreshed I highly recommend that you use his services. This is not your typical Newport Beach plastic surgeon’s office. Patients walk out looking naturally gorgeous, not overdone like some of the women in Orange County! The office offers a full range of injectables, peels, and lasers in addition to major cosmetic surgery procedures. Whether you need a little tweak or surgery this is the physician that you should see!
    - Susan

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  • "You are the Best Surgeon!"

    Dr. Sundine is the best plastic surgeon. Dr. Sundine’s excellent skills and knowledge has made my surgery turn out so well. But more importantly, it made me feel better about myself. Again, thank you Dr. Sundine for all you have done for me. You are the best surgeon!
    - Thy D.

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