Correction of the cleft nasal deformity: from infancy to maturity.
The cleft nasal deformity remains the most likely stigma of the cleft to remain plainly visible despite vigorous and repeated attempts at correction. This deformity is present at birth, but evolves over time. Certain aspects can be treated early, but some, such as the dorsal and septal deformity continue to develop as facial growth proceeds through adolescence. This article presents a conceptual mechanism and a philosophy of conservative reliable gains starting at the primary operation, with the long-term view of achieving definitive correction at maturity. Cogent planning of longitudinal care of the deformity from infancy leads to solid, predictable results.
Fisher, MD; Fisher, DM; Marcus, JR
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