Correction of secondary cleft lip deformities

Plast Reconstr Surg. 2002 Apr 15;109(5):1672-81; quiz 1682. doi: 10.1097/00006534-200204150-00031.


After studying this article, the practitioner should be able to (1) describe the common secondary deformities of the cleft lip, (2) determine the appropriate timing for surgical intervention to correct the deformities, and (3) determine the best method of addressing each of the individual secondary deformities of the cleft lip. Secondary deformities are common in children born with a cleft lip and palate. Patients with cleft lip deformity will undergo multiple surgical procedures early in life, so it is imperative to prioritize treatment of their secondary deformities and minimize the number of interventions needed. Of the many approaches used to correct these problems, surprisingly few work well consistently. As with all plastic surgery, the timing and procedure should be predicated on the severity of the deformity.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cleft Lip / prevention & control
  • Cleft Lip / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Lip / abnormalities
  • Lip / surgery
  • Plastic Surgery Procedures / methods*
  • Reoperation