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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 the 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.
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 his practice at 949 706 3100.
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.
Renowned plastic surgeon Dr. Michael J. Sundine is proud to offer a range of facial aesthetic and reconstructive procedures. In addition to offering cleft lip rhinoplasty, he is a skilled primary and secondary rhinoplasty surgeon. Dr. Sundine is also proud to offer facelift, brow lift and eyelid surgery in Newport Beach. To schedule your consultation, please contact his practice at 949 706 3100.