Revision Cleft Lip Repair

Conveniently located to serve Newport Beach & all areas of Orange County

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 plastic surgery Newport Beach 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 Today

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

  • Post-Operative 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 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). 949-706-3100 (Costa Mesa Office)

Our Reviews

  • - Written on October 20, 2018


    • My experience with Dr. Sundine was AWESOME! He did such an amazing job on my nose. My nose had basically collapsed and Dr. Sundine made it look normal again. He helped me restore my self confidence. I am so happy with the results. Dr. Sundine explained everything in detail prior to surgery along with my follow up visits. I highly recommend him. He is very professional, knowledgeable and kind.

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  • - Written on January 27, 2018

    “Thank you so much for your time and generosity!”

    Dr. Sundine,

    Thank you so much for your time and generosity! I just love my results and feel fortunate to have had you as my surgeon

    P.S. Have a healthy, happy, & prosperous New Year

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  • - Written on February 1, 2018


    Excellent. I found Dr. Sundine to be a very competent surgeon and a really good person. His personal manner made a sometimes difficult, time-consuming process (tissue expansion) much easier. I’m glad we pursued the expansion option and I was fortunate to have had him as my surgeon. I recommend Dr. Sundine to anyone who is in need of Plastic / Reconstructive Surgery.

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  • - Written on February 1, 2018


    Dr. Sundine is an outstanding doctor. His technique, his expertise and the care with which he approached my surgery were exceptional. I wasn’t surprised. I chose him because I knew that his training and skills are terrific. Dr. Sundine and his staff still exceeded my expectations, however, and the complete experience – consultation, surgery and follow-up– have been wonderful. As I did, I encourage everyone to do your due diligence and research alternatives, but at the end of the day there is no better choice than Dr. Sundine. Amazing results…

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  • - Written on February 1, 2018

    “I RECOMMEND HIM 100%”

    Dr. Sundine is a gifted, highly trained plastic surgeon who achieves amazing, natural looking, aesthetic results in facial and body plastic surgery. My facelift is 4 years old. Even people who don’t know me comment I look wonderful. Others often ask me about Dr. Sundine… …and of course I recommend him 100%. In addition to being highly skilled and knowledgeable Dr. Sundine is caring, compassionate, communicative and professional. Finally, his office staff is friendly and efficient. I have never waited more than 5 minutes..

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  • - Written on February 1, 2018

    “Dr. Sundin did a terrific job”

    Dear Dr. Sundine & staff, Just wanted to drop you a line to say how much I loved your caring & professional work. Dr. Sundin did a terrific job on a very hard surgery below my right eye due to a skin cancer removal. I will recommend him to all I come in contact with. Thanks again and I owe you all a big hug & sincere thanks to all you did for me. L.A.

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  • - Written on February 12, 2018

    “He truly deserved the highest reviews on every level”

    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.

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  • - Written on February 4, 2018

    “Special thank you to Dr. Sundine! So happy!!”

    My keloid surgery was an absolute success. I am so pleased with the results and grateful to the staff pre & post surgery. I was so nervous and scared to precede w/ the procedure. For I never had a surgery or general anesthesia before.:(

    Dr. Sundine with his exceeding professionalism gave me gentle kind assurance that all will be fine. In addition, educated me to his full knowledge and experience in detail what to expect. I felt safe and secure in his hands. Very kind soul. Post surgery I had radiation at another location, and it was a success. I am still in the healing process and my ear aesthetically looks next to perfect. I’m free of the disfigurement and I have a renewed confidence keloid Free!! :-)

    It was like 1 2 3!!

    Thank you Dr. Sundine, the friendly staff/ nurses You ALL Rock!! & I couldn’t ask for any better.:)

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  • - Written on September 19, 2017


    Dr. Sundine and his staff were absolutley wonderful ! Very personable, caring and professional. His nurse Toni was so kind and answered all my questions and addressed all my concerns. The procedure went very well, with very little bruising or down time. Dr. Sundine is truly an exceptional plastic surgeon and I will definitely be using his services in the future. Thank you very much Dr Sundine and your magnificent team !

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  • - Written on September 19, 2017


    I chose Dr. Sundine because he is an expert in a highly regarded surgical technique that delivers a completely natural result. It takes longer on the operating table and it requires specialized training which many doctors just don’t want to invest in. The results, however, are nothing short of spectacular.

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