If you have a cleft lip, you were most likely born with it and may have had several reconstructive procedures to restore normal appearance. If you are still not pleased with the final results, Dr. Sundine can help. He has been correcting cleft lips since 1992, as well as other craniofacial conditions. His surgical skills and years of experience allow him to deliver outstanding cleft lip repair results.
Dr. Sundine performs both primary and revision cleft lip repair procedures and is known among Newport Beach facial plastic surgery patients as one of the most skilled cleft lip surgeons in the region.
To learn more about cleft lip revision surgery, please read the paragraphs below. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Sundine, please contact his practice, Michael J. Sundine MD, at 949-706-3100.
Who Is a Candidate for Cleft Lip Revision Surgery?
Dr. Sundine will review your medical history and closely examine the appearance of your lip to determine if you are a good candidate for cleft lip revision surgery. The lip repair may be under-rotated and Cupid’s bow may be uneven. Some patients have a whistling deformity or a poor quality of scarring that they would like improved. There may also be an imbalance between the size of the upper lip and the lower lip.
While determining your candidacy, Dr. Sundine will also talk to you about your aesthetic concerns and what can be done to give you the lips that you want.
The Cleft Lip Revision Procedure in Newport Beach
The approach to revision of the cleft lip is going to be dependent on the problem identified in the lip. The procedure may be as simple as a revision of the scars from the repair. More complex deformities may require the lip to be taken apart and then reassembled. Occasionally, the lip may need to be augmented to achieve balance with the other lip. The exact procedure will be reviewed carefully based on your examination and specific needs.
Recovering From Cleft Lip Revision
Recovering from cleft lip revision will not be very different from your previous experience. After surgery, your face will feel sore and you will have some surgical dressings. Dr. Sundine will provide you with aftercare instructions, as well as medicine to keep you comfortable during the first 10 days. You will be able to return to your daily activities within one to two weeks, during which time you will see Dr. Sundine on a regular basis. As with your primary procedure, the results of this surgery will become evident over time.
Schedule Your Consultation
Dr. Michael J. Sundine is an established Orange County plastic surgeon who is proud to offer reconstructive procedures to help patients look and feel their best. In addition to performing clef lip revision, he offers cleft rhinoplasty and birthmark removal. He is also well-known for performing strictly aesthetic procedures such as eyelid surgery and nose surgery in Newport Beach To schedule your consultation with Dr. Sundine, please contact his practice at 949-706-3100.
Revision Cleft Lip Repair Care Instructions
You should eat a soft mechanical diet. Avoid spicy or acidic foods as this may cause you some discomfort.
You may gently brush your teeth. Rinse your mouth out with salt water four (4) times daily. Stir a teaspoon of salt into a glass of warm water to rinse out your mouth.
You will be given a prescription for pain and antibiotics. Take the antibiotics until they are completed. Use the pain medication as needed for discomfort.
Apply bacitracin ointment to the lip suture lines four times daily.
At one week postoperatively from the lip repair you will return to the office for removal of the sutures.
Continue the bacitracin ointment to the suture line four (4) times daily for another week.
At two weeks postoperatively from the initial lip repair, you will return to the office for a postoperative follow-up visit. You will be instructed on how to perform the massage of the lip scars at that time.
*Call our office if you have any questions, if any problems should arise, or if you have been having any signs or symptoms of infection (redness, fever, drainage).