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Cleft Lip: Second Surgery

Surgery that corrects transformation, asymmetry, and even scarring

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Cleft lip is one of the most common congenital facial deformities

The second surgery for cleft lip is not a simple stitching procedure: it requires a professional understanding of each area that needs improvement and precise skills to make the said improvement. It is a complex and tricky procedure.

This is why BANOBAGI Plastic Surgery Clinic works with dentists and dermatologists to provide a more effective second surgery for cleft lip. Each area is improved in structure and function, teeth and bone structure are corrected if needed, and scarring is managed. Moreover, our extensive knowledge and experience allow us to select the most appropriate surgical method for your individual conditions: this means a more satisfying result.

Cleft Lip: A Congenital Deformity
A congenital deformity with cleft lip, gums, or palate
Cleft Lip: A Congenital Deformity

First surgery: stitches up the cleft 2–4 months after birth

First surgery alone is insufficient:
the second is necessary

Unfortunately, most cases of cleft lip cannot be fully corrected with the first surgery alone. Even if the first operation provides a relatively normal appearance throughout childhood, puberty rapidly creates facial asymmetry, causing much stress. This is due to the first surgery’s inability to create a symmetrical growth in the face, even though it may correct the cleft itself. The asymmetrical development affects the nose, the teeth, the gums, and even the upper jaw, causing structural irregularities.

If you are suffering from such structural irregularities, consider visiting BANOBAGI for a second surgery: to correct the facial asymmetries and make improvements on scar tissues.

Why second surgery for cleft lip is necessary
  • Structural transformation in the nose
    Structural transformation in the nose

    After the first surgery, bones, cartilages, and skin develop asymmetrically, creating an overall structural curving throughout the nose tip, nostrils, sides, and the bridge. This is a source of aesthetic stress and at the same time, greatly limits the nasal functions.

  • Structural transformation in the lips
    Structural transformation in the lips

    Most patients who have received the first cleft lip surgery carry a lightning-shaped scar across their lip: the asymmetrical development here creates irregular ridges or protrusions.

  • Asymmetrical development in teeth or facial structure
    Asymmetrical development in teeth or facial structure

    Each of our body parts is closely related to another. Many patients with cleft lip experience abnormally developed face from the rapid asymmetrical grown in the nose or the palate affecting teeth or jaw growth.

BANOBAGI corrects the transformations to fit each area’s aesthetic and functional requirements.

The after-puberty results of a cleft lip come in many forms and are difficult to predict. Therefore, in the second surgery, it is important to make corrections by identifying the degree of asymmetrical development and transformation in each area and create harmony.

Furthermore, because the nose and the mouth are respiratory organs that have many other functions, any decrease in functionality caused by transformation must be addressed as well. BANOBAGI takes all these into consideration when conducting second cleft lip surgery. Because the asymmetrical growth widely affects muscles, cartilages, and bones, we aim to provide an overall aesthetic and functional improvement on the nose, the lips, and even the facial structures, based on our deep understanding of each body part. This means that we offer a more effective and satisfying second cleft lip surgery.

Nasal asymmetry correction

An important part of correcting the asymmetrical growth in the nose is to individually correct the complex inner structures. If only the surface area is treated, the surgery does not improve the nasal functionality, and the asymmetry may return from repeated muscle movement and stretched skin.

BANOBAGI offers more effective nose surgery by selecting the most appropriate surgical methods (e.g., implants, autologous-cartilage reconstruction, symmetry-creating osteotomy, etc.) that fit your individual needs.

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    STEP 01
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    STEP 02
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    STEP 03
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    STEP 04

* The above image is just one among many possible surgical options that have been used as examples. Moreover, the type of surgery will depend on your conditions and your goals.

Lip asymmetry correction

Scarring above the lips and lip irregularity caused by the first cleft lip surgery can be corrected through an overall tissue incision and re-stitching. If necessary, cartilage from the ear or the nose can be used to create structural support above the lips; asymmetry correction in the lip line or the mucous membrane is also possible, as well as supplementing the soft tissues in the lips through artificial dermis transplant.

Any incision or stitching required through all this is done with precision, and our intensive scarring treatment, in collaboration with BANOBAGI dermatology clinic, leaves almost no traces.

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    STEP 01
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    STEP 03
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    STEP 04
Bone structure and teeth asymmetry correction

If the asymmetrical development from cleft lip has affected your facial structure or teeth,
BANOBAGI also offers teeth alignment and facial contouring.

Our facial contouring, in collaboration with dentists, can provide more detailed teeth/structure alignment planning, which is then carried out through our extensive knowledge and experience.

  • Before surgery
    Before surgery
  • Teeth
    alignment

    or

    Face
    contouring
  • 6 months after surgery
    6 months after surgery

* The above image is just one among many possible surgical options that have been used as examples. Moreover, the type of surgery will depend on your conditions and goals. The images were used under the patient’s consent. Because of the photography settings, the ones shown may appear different from the actual results.

BANOBAGI offers more effective surgery through a three-department collaboration

The second surgery for cleft lip is not a simple stitching procedure: it requires a professional understanding of each area that needs improvement and precise skills to make the said improvement. It is a complex and tricky procedure. This is why BANOBAGI Plastic Surgery Clinic works with dentists and dermatologists to provide more effective second surgery for cleft lip.

Each area is improved in structure and function, teeth and bone structure are corrected if needed, and scarring is managed. Moreover, our extensive knowledge and experience allow us toselect the most appropriate surgical method for your individual conditions: this means a more satisfying result.

Plastic Surgery Clinic + Dental Clinic + Dermatology Clinic

BANOBAGI’s Second Cleft Lip Surgery: Benefits

  • More satisfying results and recurrence prevention
    More satisfying results and recurrence prevention
  • + Comprehensive improvement through plastic surgery–dentistry–dermatology collaboration

  • + Individualized surgical planning

  • + Aftercare programs (e.g., Rapid Healing) for more proactive recovery

Faster recovery and more natural-looking results

Patients experience less pain and recover more quickly from BANOBAGI’s surgery, thanks to our aftercare programs (e.g.,Rapid Healing Project*). Moreover, our scarring care, in collaboration with BANOBAGI Dermatology Clinic, leaves the scar almost invisible.

Rapid Healing Project

Aftercare project that reduces bruising, swelling, and pain by 30%–50%

  • Precise surgical technique
    Precise surgical technique

    Our extensive clinical experience and highly advanced surgical techniques minimize tissue damage and bleeding during surgery.

  • Pre- and post-surgery drug therapy
    Pre- and post-surgery
    drug therapy

    We also offer individualized drug therapy based on thorough examinations, facilitating quick recovery.

  • Rapid healing medications
    Rapid healing medications

    We prescribe rapid healing medication that activates micro-blood circulation before and after surgery, increasing the body’s resistance to swelling and bruising.

  • Cicabio Arnica Extract Cream
    Cicabio Arnica
    Extract Cream

    A topical cream that alleviates pain and reduces swelling and bruising.

  • Calm Laser
    Calm Laser

    A laser treatment system that is effective for pain relief, anti-inflammation, and swelling control.

Surgery Information

  • Operation Time

    About 1 hr. 30 min. ~ 2 hr.
    (Depends on surgical method)

  • Anesthesia

    Sedation

  • Stitch Removal

    About 5 days after

  • Hospitalization

    Discharged on the day

  • Follow-up

    About 2–3 visits plus more for laser therapy

  • Recovery

    Resume daily routine in 7~14 days

Post-op Pain Level
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As the anesthetics wear off, patients may experience pain, but it will diminish over time.
The pain level during stitch removal or sterilization is that of a mild pinch.
If the patient has only undergone foreign-mass extraction, he or she must avoid intense impact or frequent contact to better assist shaping.

* Consensus based on the actual patients’ response to questionnaire.

* Not a strict standard, and patients’ experiences may differ.

Click here to see the before and after photos

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BEFORE & AFTER

Before
3 Months After
Before
3 Months After

※ This image may look different from the real look depending on the shooting conditions, and was posted under the agreement of patient himself/herself