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Thoughts on the Davies Repair of Unilateral Cleft Lip

Cedars, Michael G. MD

Journal of Craniofacial Surgery:
doi: 10.1097/SCS.0b013e31825a66b0
Original Articles

Abstract: The Davies Z-plasty repair of the unilateral cleft lip can generate adequate lip height with little transverse tightness and should be considered in the presence of a vertically short lateral lip. Separate repair of the orbicularis muscle may contribute to good long-term lip height and shape. It is possible to revise the Z repair to increase height.

Author Information

The author is in private practice, Oakland, California.

Received March 14, 2012.

Accepted for publication April 10, 2012.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Michael G. Cedars, MD, 3300 Webster St, Ste. 1106, Oakland, CA 94609; E-mail:

The author reports no conflicts of interest.

© 2012 Mutaz B. Habal, MD