Nose surgery (Rhinoplasty) associated with Cleft lip and palate
A cleft nasal deformity is typically associated with cleft lip and palate. The affected side of the nose is widened and flattened due to displacement of the nasal cartilages. The goals of cleft nasal surgery are to re-establish normal nasal tip projection, align the nares and position of the nasal base. To supplement the cartilages of the nasal tip, a cartilage graft may be required.
Children with cleft nasal deformity could also have difficulty nasal breathing due to the deviation of the nasal septum. This can also be readily corrected at the time of the cleft nasal surgery.
Cleft nasal surgery is usually performed at ages 4 to 5 years, prior to starting school. Because growth may not take place in a normal fashion, revisions of the nasal surgery may be required during 14-15 years of age.