Aesthetic camouflage of bilateral cleft lip scars: technical revisions

Aesthetic Plast Surg. 1993 Winter;17(1):23-9. doi: 10.1007/BF00455045.


We have attempted to change the two scar lines of bilateral cleft lip repair into one zigzag scar line. The prolabium is used to push up the columella and the nasal tip. The donor site of the prolabium is closed by transposition of the nasolabial flap. The postoperative scar shows one zigzag line at the center of the lip. This method has many advantages including an inconspicuous scar, repair of the short columella and flat nasal tip, repair of a wide nose, and repair of the whistling deformity. Complications of this method are maxillary retardation, long lip deformity, and keloid formation. However, these can be avoided by modifying the method.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Cicatrix / etiology
  • Cicatrix / pathology
  • Cicatrix / surgery*
  • Cleft Lip / surgery*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Postoperative Complications / etiology
  • Postoperative Complications / pathology
  • Postoperative Complications / surgery*
  • Reoperation / methods*
  • Reoperation / standards
  • Surgery, Plastic / methods*
  • Surgery, Plastic / standards
  • Suture Techniques / standards