The cleft lip nasal deformity is a result of imbalance of the structures caused by a collapsed alar cartilage, a widened nostril floor, and a lowered nasal orifice. This deformity can be corrected most readily by repositioning and supporting the collapsed alar cartilage of the cleft side. A technique has been developed to achieve this by releasing the ala from the nasolabial fold, elevating and supporting the alar cartilage, and repositioning the alar rim on its new deepithelialized base. One-to two-year follow-up of seven patients who underwent such repair has demonstrated satisfactory correction of the deformity.
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