Cleft Rhinoplasty

What Is Cleft Rhinoplasty?

Cleft lip and cleft palate (orofacial clefts) are common birth defects in which the tissues in the mouth do not form properly. Cleft rhinoplasty is a nasal reconstruction surgery that aims to improve both cosmetic and functional nasal issues caused by cleft lip and cleft palate deformities. Due to the intricate nature of cleft rhinoplasty, it's vital to seek out a qualified surgeon who has experience performing this type of procedure. The Rhinoplasty Society seeks to connect patients with specialists around the world.

Why Do Patients Seek Cleft Rhinoplasty?

The initial cleft lift repair surgery is usually performed during infancy or childhood. Nasal repair is often done in conjunction with this surgery. However, once the nose reaches full growth, it is common for patients to have aesthetic and functional problems. Cleft rhinoplasty offers patients the opportunity to achieve a more normal-appearing nose. Those seeking cleft rhinoplasty may wish to:

  • Improve the appearance of the nasal tip or nostrils
  • Reshape a crooked nose
  • Create a more balanced facial appearance
  • Lower the height of the nasal bridge
  • Improve breathing function

How Is This Surgery Performed?

Your surgeon will perform an in-depth review of your medical history and discuss your goals prior to performing the procedure. Cleft rhinoplasty is an outpatient surgery that is done while you are asleep under general anesthesia. Usually, the open rhinoplasty technique is used. An incision will be made, and the top strip of skin will be pulled back. The underlying bone, tissue, and cartilage will be adjusted according to the desired result. Following surgery, detailed aftercare guidelines will be provided to help you recover at home.

What Should I Expect After a Cleft Rhinoplasty?

After a cleft rhinoplasty, you can expect a recovery period where swelling and bruising are common, typically peaking within the first few days. A splint may be applied to help maintain the new shape of the nose. Recovery involves taking prescribed pain medication and antibiotics to prevent infection. It's crucial to avoid strenuous activities and to follow specific care instructions to support healing. The full aesthetic results will gradually become apparent as the swelling subsides over several weeks to months.

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Treat a Cleft Lip Nasal Deformity

Despite having previous surgeries to correct a cleft lip, you may still wish to improve the appearance and function of your nose. A highly trained surgeon can evaluate whether you are a candidate for cleft rhinoplasty and provide more information about the adjustments that can be made. Members of The Rhinoplasty Society are knowledgeable regarding cleft rhinoplasty. They have seen firsthand just how life-changing the outcomes can be.

Is cleft rhinoplasty safe?

When performed by a qualified surgeon, cleft rhinoplasty is a safe way to improve your breathing and quality of life. It's important to seek out a highly trained specialist with experience in this specific type of surgery for the best results and the lowest risk of complications. Members of The Rhinoplasty Society are hand-selected based on their experience and credentials.

How can I make recovery smoother after cleft rhinoplasty?

Patients should follow all post-surgical instructions closely during the weeks and months following cleft rhinoplasty. Taking time to rest and avoiding strenuous activities can help you recover more quickly. Your doctor may recommend cold compresses to reduce swelling, as well as pain relievers if needed.

Is cleft rhinoplasty covered by insurance?

Your health insurance provider may cover part or all of the cost for cleft rhinoplasty, depending on the procedure and whether it is considered medically necessary. Anyone considering the procedure should contact their insurance provider to find out if they are covered. A surgeon can also provide information about possible financing options for those who do not have coverage.

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.