West China Journal of Stomatology ›› 2022, Vol. 40 ›› Issue (2): 134-138.doi: 10.7518/hxkq.2022.02.002

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Surgical design and application of alar cartilage positioning and repositioning in correcting cleft lip nose deformity

Li Jingtao(), Shi Bing.()   

  1. State Key Laboratory of Oral Diseases & National Clinical Research Center for Oral Disea-ses & Dept. of Cleft Lip and Palate Surgery, West China Hospital of Stomatology, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610041, China
  • Received:2021-06-08 Revised:2021-12-19 Online:2022-04-01 Published:2022-04-01
  • Contact: Shi Bing. E-mail:lijingtao86@163.com;shibingcn@sina.com
  • Supported by:
    Exploration and R&D Project of West China Hospital of Stomatology, Sichuan University(RD-03-202007);Correspondence: Shi Bing, E-mail: shibingcn@sina.com


Correction of nasal deformity is integral to modern cleft lip repair, and high risk of postoperative relapse remains a technical hurdle to overcome. The authors previously presented internal fixation of alar cartilage based on Chinese nasal morphology and lateral columella tissue increment for the correction of unilateral cleft nose deformity. Through the application and review of these techniques, the authors developed a new technique named alar cartilage positioning for primary cleft nose correction, or alar cartilage repositioning for secondary cases. Here, we introduce the theoretical foundation and preliminary experience in using this new technique.

Key words: cleft lip, nasal deformity, alar cartilage positioning, alar cartilage repositioning

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